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$250/day for your wedding shoot in Bhutan? Here's what you're really getting

The beautiful kingdom of Bhutan is a huge draw for many, thanks to its surreal landscapes, amazing monasteries and welcoming hospitality. But it also comes with a seemingly hefty USD 250 tourist fee a day. It's not just for the visa, though. Here's what you're really getting.
 

Bhutan has been drawing a lot of attention in recent years - with its amazing, unspoilt landscapes and magnificent architecture, it's a truly idyllic and mesmerising retreat for nature and culture-loving urbanites. 

The Her World Brides team travelled to Bhutan with local celebrities Jesseca Liu and Jeremy Chan to shoot their wedding portraits. 

The majestic and iconic Tiger Nest is just one of the draws of the mystical kingdom, also often dubbed the happiest country on the planet. Its dramatic natural scenery, monasteries and fortresses are made for spectacular pictures, and especially for pre-wedding shoots. We would know - just check out the fabulous spreads we shot of Jesseca Liu and Jeremy Chan for their pre-wedding portraits. 

Left: The majestic Takstang Lhakhang or Tiger's Nest Monastery. Left: Simtokha Dzong, home to the country’s Institute for Language and Cultural Studies and a monastic school

But yet, there's a drawback: the USD 250 daily tourist fee, which is the highest in the world. 

It may seem exorbitant to those thinking of visiting Bhutan. But it's more than the cost of your visa. In fact, it also covers accommodation, food and ground transport. According to Bhutan Times (via AsiaOne), here's what really goes into the daily tariff: 

  • A minimum 3-star accommodation (An additional premium may be required for 4 & 5 star accommodation) 
  • All 3 meals each day
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide throughout your stay
  • All internal ground transport and entrance fees
  • Camping equipment and crew for trekking tours (if you opt to go trekking)
  • A portion of your daily fee (US$65) goes to the Bhutan government to provide education, healthcare and environmental conservation. 

 

The pricing also varies by season:

  • USD $200 per person per night for stays during January, February, June, July, August, and December
  • USD $250 per person per night for stays during March, April, May, September, October and November

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While it's certainly not cheap, there are some plus points, if you're intending to go ahead with your honeymoon or shoot in Bhutan:  

  • You won't get overcrowded tourist attractions.
  • Which also means you won't get other folks in your shots all the time.
  • You'll get a licensed and reputable guide, so you'll have someone on hand who's familiar with the local culture and customs, gaining access to religious sites, the dos and don'ts, and so on.
  • Infrastructure and tourist attractions won't get damaged from a tourist crush, like so many other places in the world.
  • There are an endless number of sites you can visit that are included in the tourist fee (in other countries, each site may incur a different cost). 

Worth the moolah? We'll let you decide. But if you're planning a visit to the beautiful kingdom, don't forget to check out: 6 OF BHUTAN'S MOST GORGEOUS PLACES FOR WEDDING PHOTOS