The Kingdom of Bhutan is probably one of the more unique places to visit in the world. A landlocked state in south Asia, visiting Bhutan comes with a set of rules.
If you’re planning a visit, keep in mind that you must book your all of your accommodation, travel and food through a local tour operator or international partner. This makes randomly deciding to make a stop in Bhutan while back-packing a little more difficult. Another biggie, is that a minimum daily fee is charged to tourists before entering the country which must be paid in order to obtain a visa. This can range from US$200 to US$250 depending on which month you go but the fee is kind of like an ‘all-inclusive’ deal in that it pays for everything you will need each day while you are there (i.e., tour guides, equipment, accommodation, meals, etc.)
Like I said, Bhutan is not your average travel destination.
In November, G Adventures who we profiled back in October, is auctioning off 20 tickets to visit Bhutan with David Suzuki in March. Though this isn’t necessarily a cheaper way to go, it is one way to make a memorable trip, even more unforgettable – and proceeds will go to Planeterra and the David Suzuki Foundation.
For a starting bid of $6,000, you could win yourself a spot on the 12-day trip that goes to all of the Bhutan hot spots - Paro, Thimpu and Punakha. You will study Buddhism, visit sacred shrines and explore the pristine, natural landscape.
The auction closes November 16th so get your bid in while you still can: freedom.gadventures.com/bhutanwithdavidsuzuki-auction