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Is Bhutan a good place for backpackers?
Sandwiched between India and China, Bhutan is one of the pristine Himalayan destinations. Backpacking around Bhutan is an experience to cherish forever. But it is quite expensive when compared to its counterparts Nepal and India. The Government charges a tourist fee that varies during the peak and the low season. This fee covers internal taxes, sustainable development and tourism costs. The initiative is taken by the Bhutan Government to protect the environment of this region. However, tourists from Bangladesh, India and Maldives are exempted from this policy.
What is the minimum budget for travellers?
USD 200 is the minimum budget for international travellers exploring Bhutan for a day. This includes meals, accommodation, transportation and tour tickets. This budget will increase to USD 250 during the peak season. For solo backpackers, a surcharge of USD 40 is added to the fee. This expense is not applicable for backpackers from India, Bangladesh and Maldives. Their daily budget can be as low as USD 25 (INR 1800) per day. In addition, foreign tourists can visit Bhutan only with the help of a local tour operator or with a private guide.
What is the best time to backpack around Bhutan?
The best time to visit Bhutan is between October and December when the temperature is mild and the weather is sunny. The sky is clear and it is also the ideal time to go for trekking. December to February constitutes the colder months and there is a chill in the air. The spring season between March and May is also a good time to experience Bhutan at its enchanting best. This is the time for the rhododendron bloom. Bhutan experiences torrential rainfall during the monsoon months from June until September. Hence, it is not recommended to visit the country during this time.
Accommodation options around Bhutan include hotels, resorts, homestays and farm stays. The accommodations are approved by Bhutan Tourism Council and ideal for tourist stay. Apart from the top luxury hotels and resorts in major cities, all of the accommodations are perfect for backpackers. These are standard accommodations and are included in the cost of the trip. For experiencing Bhutan in a non-touristy way, there is no better option than staying at a local farm or a homestay. It allows backpackers to interact with the local people and relish their way of life. The cost of staying in a farm stay or a homestay is similar to staying in a 3-star hotel with other amenities.