Frequently Asked Questions

Bhutan: The Hidden Kingdom


Q: Are flights included in the cost of my trip?

The international flight from New Delhi, India to Paro, Bhutan is included in the trip fee. You are responsible for the additional, international flight to and from New Delhi, India. Discover Corps has a partnership with a travel agency that can assist in organizing airfare if needed. Visit, Student Universe.

Q: Can I travel solo? Are there additional fees?

We welcome solo travelers on all trips, single room supplements are mandatory on this trip for all solo travelers

Q: What does ‘double occupancy’ mean? Does that mean the trip prices covers two people?

Double Occupancy refers to the accommodations (double room). The program fee you see on each trip page is per person.

Q: I have special dietary requirements – will that be an issue?

In Bhutan, we are able to accommodate most dietary restrictions such as vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free. We do our best to accommodate all diets and allergies, but we do recommend you still inquire with a Discover Corps Travel Specialist about specific needs.

Q: Is the water safe to drink in the country I’m visiting?

We can't guarantee that tap water is potable in all locations throughout Bhutan. For this reason, Discover Corps will provide purified water for all of our travelers as well. Please travel with a reusable water bottle to avoid the use of plastic.

Q: Do I need travel insurance? What should it cover?

Travel Insurance is not required but we highly recommend that a plan is purchased to protect against any delays or cancellations that could incur. We partner with Arch RoamRigh, a leading provider in travel protection, and can refer you to them for a quote. For more information click here.

Q: Are my belongings safe while I’m on my trip?

Yes. We trust that your belongings are protected while under our staff’s watch. Please contact your Travel Specialist in regards to questions about included amenities at each lodging such as lockboxes.

Q: Is tipping commonplace in the places we’re visiting?

Tipping information for Bhutan can be found here

Q: Are Discover Corps trips suitable for LGBTQ travelers?

Yes, we are confident that LGBTQ travelers would be more than welcome on our trips and in Bhutan.

Q: I’m concerned about the political stability and/or safety of the country we’re visiting. Is it safe?

Discover Corps holds the safety of our travelers and staff as our #1 priority. We provide safe and secure lodging, healthy, hygienic meals and bottled water, safe and comfortable transportation, and expert local knowledge in order to facilitate safe travel programs. Discover Corps also does not take travelers to destinations that are deemed unsafe. We are constantly keeping up with local news in the countries we visit and can help answer any concerns that may arise before your departure or during your trip.

Q: What is the best way to carry money?

It’s best to divide money into different places and keep small bills handy. In some destinations, accommodations offer safety boxes. If you need money once in-country there will be ATMs to take out money at the airport.

Q: What if I end up ill or get injured on the trip and am unable to continue? What happens then?

In the case of injury or illness, first and foremost, we would seek proper medical attention. In each of the locations we operate, we have designated medical clinics and hospitals that we take travelers to in such cases. Discover Corps also includes a comprehensive medical insurance policy for each traveler who goes abroad with us. Please see the medical insurance section of this pre-departure handbook for exact coverage descriptions.

If you are unable to join Discover Corps prior to the trip, travel insurance will cover the costs depending on the severity of and reason for the situation. You can inquire with Arch RoamRight for exact policies and the guidelines.

Q: What type of luggage do you recommend I take?

Overall, the rule of thumb across all of our trips is to pack as lightly as possible. This will simply reduce the amount of luggage you are carrying around throughout the trip and make things easier. Typically, rolling luggage works best, but keep in mind that uneven sidewalks and cobblestones in many destinations may make this more difficult.

Q: What clothes and footwear should I pack?

Each destination varies in climate, so it is recommended to look over the packing list that is provided under each destination. Please reference the packing list here on the Travel Portal.

Q: What essential documents do I need to take?

Any international travel requires a valid passport . Discover Corps recommends you take 2 photo copies of your passport and leave one at home and take the other with you.

Q: Can I opt out of certain activities?

Travelers can opt out on certain activities, but keep in mind that each program is a set price and includes all activities.

Q: Will my mobile phone work? Will I have access to the Internet?

It’s not guaranteed that your phone will work, we recommend reaching out to your cell phone provider to see the available international plans. WiFi will be accessible at most of the accommodations.

Q: Do I need to get vaccines before I travel?

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, there are no vaccine requirements in order to travel to Bhutan. The CDC recommends that you are up to date on routine vaccines. We recommend consulting with your local travel clinic for recommended inoculations for all international travels.

Q: How Far in Advance do I need to Reserve my trip?

For Bhutan, you'll want to book 6 months in advance.