If you are an ardent traveler and a backpacker, Bhutan- this tiny Himalayan Kingdom will be distant dream as of today. No backpackers are allowed. However, if you are a passport holder of any of the SAARC country (South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation) that include includes eight countries – India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives and Bhutan, you can backpack in the country but for others, you will not be allowed.
All tourists (excluding Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian passport holders) who wish to travel to Bhutan require a visa and must book their holiday through a Bhutanese tour operator or one of their international partners. The tour operator will take care of Visa arrangements for visitors. A listing of licensed Bhutanese tour operators can be found at the link below.