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Yes, seriously, although the US$65 "royalty" is actually included in the US$200 "daily package fee". However, that's the group rate (3 or more people), you get socked another $40/30 per person if you're traveling solo/duo, and another $50/night/person if you're visiting when it's neither midwinter nor monsoon (March-May, Sep-Nov). Bhutan explicitly wants ...


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For starters it is not a "minimum spend", rather it is the base rate per day for tours. It covers your government taxes, accommodation, three meals, guide services and transport. If you are doing some more specialized like white water rafting, climbing, etc there is a supplement. If you are wanting to stay in upscale hotels there is a supplement. The ...


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Unless you're an Indian, Bangladeshi or Maldivian citizen, you are unable to enter Bhutan without going through a Bhutanese tour agent - either directly or via a tour agent in your own country. You will not receive a visa otherwise. These tour agents are the ones that effectively "ensure" that you will meet the minimum spend as per Bhutanese tourist ...


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I went there solo for 5 days in 2007, as part of a backpacking trip, and it's like this: You contact a tour agent ("operator") and explain that you just want to see the sights for N days. (Many of their tourists hire porters for serious mountaineering.) You will be quoted the minimum rate of $200/day or whatever. If the rate is different or the reply ...


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There are a number of websites where you can check the evolution of fuel prices. Taking a random result from Google yields this one. With a rough daily price you can then use an online tool such as numbeo to compute and estimate of tour fuel consumption, using miles-per-gallon-type (mpg) metrics, and thus an average price for your roadtrip. The fuel ...


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I made a page that does exactly that. It can also take costs for accommodation, car rental and daily food and entertainment budget into account. For the trip you mentioned it might cost you a bit more than NZD 300. Keep in mind that it will cost you an additional ~NZD 200 your you want to take your own car with you from north to south island on the ...


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Fuel prices are low at present in NZ, but fuel prices will vary from region to region. Tank up in big cities, not small remote country towns if you can help it. You can check average prices here: http://www.pricewatch.co.nz/Default.aspx?lyr=15&price_type=avg I would work on an average price closer to NZ$1.75 per litre. I assume you are driving a ...


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I think the bare minimum km you can connect those dots is 1881km. (See this link for distance derivation) You'll go over about 3 passes, so that might increase your cost a little. You won't be going much over 100kph due to the high degree of speed enforcement so that may save you some gas money. You'll also find that on the westcoast of the south island due ...



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