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March 22, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

The beautiful Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan does not limit tourism! That’s the message to Australian travel agents from Druk Air, Royal Bhutan Airlines.

The carrier’s head of commercial division, Wangchuk Tshering, outlined special deals for Australians. He told agents in Sydney that reports Bhutan placed limits on tourism numbers were incorrect. It does, however, ensure that visitors pay a mandatory minimum daily package rate of USD 200 per person per night, which needs to be deposited in advance to secure visas.

Australians however, are being given a special break from this, to celebrate the 15th anniversary this year of Australia-Bhutan diplomatic relations. Australian visitors to Bhutan in June, July and August 2018 are eligible for special discounts on airfares, hotels and flexibility of visit. They need pay only the Sustainable Development Fee of USD 65 per person per night instead of the usual USD 200.

Mountainside monastery in enchanting Bhutan

Druk Air has fares in the market for Australian travellers wishing to connect through Bangkok or Singapore, Tshering said. The following special fares apply to all Druk Air sectors (return flights only and exclusive of taxes). PBH is Paro Airport (IATA: PBH, ICAO: VQPR) the sole international airport of the four airports in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

BKK-PBH-BKK    THB 15,530 (about AUD 645) 

SING-PHB-SIN   SGD 800 (about AUD 788)

Bhutan is often celebrated for measuring its wealth in gross national happiness rather than gross domestic product.

Tshering said Bhutan did not want mass-market tourism or hordes of backpackers. It seeks more upmarket visitors.

Homestays are available. Bhutan’s reverence for culture, tradition and nature gives visitors a strong feeling of going back in time. It’s also a paradise for bird lovers and a photographer’s dream.

Wangchuk Tshering of Druk Air in Sydney last week

White-water rafting, mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing and motorbike riding are some of the many activities available, They range from soft to extreme adventures for all ages.

Bhutan is an all-season destination.

A statement says: “Spring and Summer fill the landscape with myriad flora and fauna while Autumn casts a bright golden glow on the landscape and the crisp Winter air and the clear skies make it ideal for capturing some of the best mountain views.

“Year-round Bhutan offers a sense of peace and contentment in the environment marked by cultural festivities as people celebrate in ancient local traditions.”

Written by Peter Needham

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