TRAVEL TIPS & INFORMATION

Drukair flight timing

Due to the geographical location and operating challenges out of Paro airport in Bhutan which is severely dependent on weather conditions, the schedule timings are subject to change without prior notice. Travelers are therefore, requested to check with Drukair offices or its agent for the latest information. Drukair reserves the rights without assigning any reason to cancel, reschedule, or overfly or delay the commencement or deviate from the route of the journey. Therefore, all passengers are advised to maintain a minimum of 24 hours connection time to avoid misconnection

All passengers are advised to maintain flexible tickets on connecting carriers.

The reporting time for your flight is two hours prior to flight departure. All counters will close 40 minutes prior to scheduled departure of the flight.

However, check-in counters in Delhi, Kathmandu and Kolkata will close one hour prior to scheduled flight departure.

Documents Required for travel by Air (in case the passenger is a patient)

1.    Fit to travel by air certificate signed by a Physician
2.    CID of patient and escort if travelling to India and passport if travelling to other countries.
3.    Child Health Card or Birth Certificate if the patient is minor and travelling to India and Passport if travelling to other countries.
4.    Reservation of 5 seats incase stretcher is required and one day prior information to Drukair is required.
5.    Oxygen cylinder can be provided upon payment of Nu. 1000 at the check-in counter
For all travel requirements, please contact the nearest Drukair booking office or a travel agent. International airlines, tour promoters and travel agents abroad are invited to communicate their reservation requirements to the Central Space Control of Drukair in Paro.

Wheelchair Assistance To The Plane

  • Passengers with walking difficulties should request for wheelchair assistance at the check-in counters. 

  • Passengers with walking difficulties will have to ascertain that they can descend and ascend flights of steps.

  • Should any passengers have difficulties in ascending the flight of steps to the aircraft, and a high lift is required, please inform our office at least 24 hours in advance so that the high lift can be ordered in time. 

* Please note that should high lift be required, the following will be charged payable by the passengers;


SSR Type A/C Limit Number Charge Conditions of Acceptance Handling Procedures
High lift Car Service

ATR

Not acceptable

Station specific charges.

BKK - BHT 1330 per hour.
BOM - INR 5900 per usage.
CCU - USD 106 per usage.
DAC - USD 110 per usage.
DEL - USD 120 per usage.
KTM - USD 70 per usage.
SIN - SGD 150 per usage.

Reserve and inform the station of origin 24 hours in advance prior to departure date.

One attendant per patient.

Subject to availability of the service at respective station.

 Payment of the service at the time of reservation.

Passenger using High lift service to be embarked first and disembarked last.

A Traffic staff and a loader to be assigned for assistance.

At time of reservation MEDIF form filled in and signed by concerned doctor must be provided if required as per the patient type.

A319

Acceptable

 


Booking

Drukair has now migrated from Air Kiosk System to the SITA Horizon Computerized Reservation System from 01 June 2009. The airline has also introduced Internet Booking Engine (IBE). The IBE portal consists of two modules, B2B and B2C. IBE, B2B as the more cost effective distribution will be made accessible to all agencies, both outside & within Bhutan. IBE, B2C is for direct customers. This module is accessible by customers worldwide using credit card as mode of payment. Both modules are ready and linked to the Drukair website http://www.drukair.com.bt

Reservation

For all travel requirements, please contact the nearest Drukair booking office or a travel agent. International airlines, tour promoters and travel agents abroad are invited to communicate their reservation requirements to the Central Space Control of Drukair in Paro.

Reconfirmation

All reservations must be reconfirmed at least 72 hours before scheduled departure. Failure to reconfirm will result in cancellation of booking without any notice.

Ticket validity

Tickets issued against full fare are valid for a period of one year, except as otherwise provided in the ticket.

Check in formalities

The reporting time for your flight is two hours prior to flight departure. All counters will close 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure of the flight.

However, check-in counters in Delhi will close one hour prior to scheduled flight departure.

Itinerary receipts and travel documents must be presented at the time of check-in.

For all travel, it is the ticket holder's responsibility to ensure that all required visas have been obtained and presented at check-in.

The Carrier reserves the right to refuse carriage to a passenger who fails to present the necessary travel documents.

Time shown on the itinerary receipt is the departure time of the aircraft and the check-in counters close 30minutes prior to departure time.

If a credit card is used for purchase of this electronic ticket, the credit card must be presented at check-in.

Security

According to security regulations, passengers are advised:

  • Not to accept any baggage/ packet from unknown persons
  • Not to leave baggage unobserved at anytime especially within airport area. Unattended baggage may be removed by Airport/ Security staff as object of suspicion.
  • To declare before check-in, if carrying any arms or explosive substance. Concealment is an offence under Aircraft Act and Rules
  • To remove battery cells/ dry cells from radios, transistor sets, two-in-ones and other such electrical/ electronic items and hand them over to the airline staff before security check or carry them in registered baggage

 

KEY INFORMATION

Trekking Season

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

 

 

 

 

LUNANA SNOWMAN TREK

  

  

  

  

JOMOLHARI TREK

  

  

  

  

DRUK PATH

  

  

  

DAGALA TREK

  

  

GASA TREK (HOT SPRING) AND LAYA

  

  

BUMTHANG CULTURE TREK

  

GANGTEY TREK

SAMTEGANG TREK

  

  

RODUNG LA TREK

Route characteristics

Lunana Snowman trek is said to be the hardest trek in the world, with 12 passes between 4,500 and 5,300 meters; overnight stays between 3,700 and 5,100 meters; 24 days; the majority is unsettled, high alpine areas

Jomolhari Trek and Rodungla Trek routes are in the high mountains requiring some endurance; 6 to 10 days depending on the chosen route

Druk Path, Dagala trek and Gasa/Laya Treks shorter treks with remarkable altitude differences; 3 to 6 days

Bumthang Culture, Gangtey and Samtegang Treks have ample routes from village to village, 3 to 4 days

Note:

Between mid June to mid September, one should expect regular rainfall.

Average Temperature

Figures in centigrade

Paro

Thimphu

Punakha

Wangdue

Trongsa

Bumthang

Mongar

Trashigang

JAN

Max

9.4

12.3

16.1

17

13

10.8

15.5

20.4

Min

-5.8

-2.6

4.2

4.3

-0.2

-5.1

8.2

10.5

FEB

Max

13.4

14.4

19.6

19

13.9

10

15.9

21.7

Min

1.5

0.6

5.3

7.8

0.4

-1.4

8.3

11.5

MAR

Max

14.5

16.4

21.12

22.8

16.7

16.2

20

24.8

Min

0.6

3.9

9.2

10.4

4.4

3.5

11.6

14.4

APR

Max

17.6

20

24.4

26.2

20.1

18.7

2.8

28.3

Min

4.6

7.1

11.2

12.9

6.6

3.9

14

17

MAY

Max

23.5

22.5

27.2

29.1

21

21.3

25.1

30

Min

10.6

13.1

14.2

17.7

11.6

9.5

17.4

20.6

JUN

Max

25.4

24.4

31.2

29.2

22.2

22.5

26.1

30.7

Min

14.1

15.2

19.5

20.1

13.6

3.5

19.5

22.6

JUL

Max

26.8

18.9

32

18.4

25.3

14.1

16.1

30.5

Min

14.9

13.4

21.6

16.2

15.3

10.9

15.8

23.1

AUG

Max

25.3

25

31.4

29.1

23.8

23

25.4

30.2

Min

14.7

15.8

19.8

20

15

13.7

19.6

22.7

SEP

Max

23.4

23.1

29.9

27.5

22.6

21.6

24.7

30

Min

11.7

15

20.4

19.1

14.2

12.1

19.4

23.9

OCT

Max

18.7

21.9

27.8

26.1

21.8

19.5

22.7

29.1

Min

7.4

12.4

18.9

14.7

11.7

5.9

15.8

17.7

NOV

Max

13.9

17.9

22.3

22.6

19.8

16.1

19.9

26.1

Min

1.4

5

13

9.6

6.4

-0.5

11.2

13.6

DEC

Max

11.2

14.5

15

19.1

18.2

12.3

15.7

23

Min

-1.7

-1.1

7.9

6.3

2.5

-2.3

9.5

11.6

 

Driving time between various places in Bhutan

From

To

Distance(KM)

Driving time(approx)

Thimphu

Paro

54

1 hours 30 minutes

Thimphu

Phuntsholing

171

6 hours

Thimphu

Wangdue Phodrang

70

3 hours

Thimphu

Punakha

71

3 hours

Punakha

Wangdue Phodrang

23

45 minutes

Wangdue Phodrang

Trongsa

129

4 hours 30 minutes

Trongsa

Bumthang

68

2 hours 30 minutes

Bumthang

Monger

193

7 hours

Monger

Lhuntse

75

3 hours

Monger

Trashigang

91

3 hours 30minutes

Trashigang

Chorten Kora

51

2 hours

Trashigang

Samdrup Jongkhar

180

6 hours 30 minutes

Samdrup Jongkhar

Phuntsholing

356

9 hours

Foreign Nationals:

To help us facilitate smooth service, request all foreigners visiting Bhutan to have valid prearranged visas for their return journey to their next destination.