The only country in the world where tourists need to spend minimum $250 a day
The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, tucked in between China and India, definitely appreciates quality over quantity. Tourists are very limited here and the country strongly avoids being overrun by them. That's why this country officially requires its visitors to pay $200-250 per person per day. So is it worth the money? Those who've visited say that if you can afford it, absolutely!
What's included in the fee?
The price varies depending on which months you decide to travel. It's cheaper to travel during low-season from January to December ($200) and more expensive from in spring-season, from March to November ($250). Almost all foreign tourists are obligated to pay this fee, with the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives. Children up to 12 years old and students can also get a discount.
When you add everything together, this is a pretty good deal. With all of your biggest costs taken care of, you'll just have to spend additional money on the flight, alcohol, souvenirs, snacks, and tips for your driver and guide.
Why is this actually a good thing?
Also, 30% of the money goes to free health care, free education, infrastructure and poverty reduction. Furthermore, you get to experience untouched nature and well-preserved culture that can't be found elsewhere in the today's world. The experience is different when there are not a lot of tourists on the sites, pushing around, and trying to get the best photos. For instance, Bhutan's trekking routes are not nearly overcrowded like in Nepal. Here you can fully connect with nature and local culture, enjoying peace and quiet.
Bhutanese cultural heritage and unique lifestyle
But still, some changes are happening. The internet and television were firstly introduced here in 1999. In 2008 Bhutan switched from being a kingdom to a democracy and young people are moving abroad more and more frequently to escape strict traditional laws. The government is strongly trying to fight the influence of the modern world and keep its cultural identity.
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Main sights and attractions to explore
Prepare for tasty, spicy food, lots of hiking, impressive views wherever you go, and stunning monasteries! Still worried about the price? Don't be, because some things are priceless and this exclusive piece of paradise might not stay like this for too long.