Black-Necked Crane Festival in Bhutan is celebrated at the courtyard of Gangety Goenpai in Phobjikha valley. The festival is an occasion for the locals to rejoice and celebrate the arrival of endangered and majestic bird called ‘Black-Neck Crane’ which becomes an inseparable part of their daily lives during the month of winter. This festival is annually organized to generate awareness and understanding the importance of conserving the endangered Black-Necked Crane. These festivals includes cultural programs like folk songs and dance (with black-necked crane theme) and mask dance performed by the local people, crane dances and environmental conservation theme dance and song performed by school children.
Tariff for all services related to tourism in Bhutan are fixed by the Government of Bhutan which are consolidated into a package and charged on per night basis. The package comes with all meals; private transportation regardless of destination/sightseeing spots, government royalty, all necessary taxes, agent's handling charge and all other necessary logistic arrangement.
The government fixed package tariff for tourists visiting in a team of 03 persons or more are as follows:-
Tariff for the year 2016-2017 (in US Dollar):
The minimum tariff for tourist visiting in a group of 3 persons or more is as follows (per person per night):
Jan, Feb, June, July, Aug & Dec (low seasons): USD 200 per person per night
Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct & Nov (high seasons): 250 per person per night
Per night cost is same for Cultural Tours, Treks or any other Special Interest Tours.
These minimum daily rates are inclusive of following services:
- Accommodation in standard hotels, approved by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
- All transfers and sightseeing within Bhutan.
- Services of accompanied English speaking guide.
- All meals.
- Government's royalty & taxes.
- Riding ponies and pack animals on treks.
- Entrance fees to the monuments.
Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons are subject to following surcharges, over and above daily package tariff:
Surcharge incase only single person travelling = USD 40 per night.
Surcharge incase 02 persons travelling together = USD 30 per person per night.
Incase the number of persons travelling together is 03 or more then there is no surcharge.
As per international norms, 10% of the gross tour payment shall be payable to the principal agents abroad as commission and shall be deducted by these agents at source. Further, this commission shall be calculated from the net amount after deducting the discounts wherever applicable. Also there is no commission on FIT Surcharges, applicable incase of 01 and 02 pax.
Single Room Supplements
The Government set package rates are valid for accommodation on twin sharing basis and incase of using single rooms, following supplements will be applicable:
Festival seasons USD 50 per single room per night.
Other seasons USD 40 per single room per night.
Tourism Development Fund
Visa fee USD 40 per person is payable extra and it can pay along with tour payment.