Travel Insurance: We advise you to have travel insurance policy from your country, to protect against unforeseen accidents and mishaps during your travel to Bhutan. If you wish to do travel insurance here in Bhutan, you should let us know before coming to Bhutan.
Money: Foreign currency such as USD is widely accepted and can get exchanged at any banks in Bhutan or inform us to help you exchange. ATMs are located within all main towns throughout Bhutan, where money can be withdrawn using a Visa, MasterCard and Credit card.
INR (Indian Rupees) denominations of 500 and 1000 are not accepted in Bhutan.
Shopping: There are wide ranges of shopping centres in Bhutan. Visitors can shop Traditional Handicrafts, Textiles, Jewelleries, Masks, Woodcarving, Painting, Baskets and Bhutanese hand woven traditional dresses beside many others.
Electricity: You are recommended to bring flat-to-round pin converters for your electronics if necessary, however, most hotels offer multi plug sockets. Bhutan is a carbon neutral destination. Our energy is clean and green generated by hydro power.
Meals: Bhutanese tourist hotels offer buffet style meals with choice of Continental, Bhutanese and Indian cuisine. You have a wide range of food items to choose and there is no need to worry at all.
Bhutanese dishes in general are spicy with more chilli. Ema Datshi (Ema-Chilli, Datshi-Cheese), which is a combination of chilli and cheese is a famous curry item in Bhutan. Beside this, there are Sikam (dried pork) and Shakam (dried beef) which are served with red rice (locally cultivated).
photography: You are free to capture images of the landscape, rural life, flora and fauna, distinctive Bhutanese architecture and the exterior of Dzongs (fortresses)/Temples/Monasteries and Chortens (Stupas).
However, you should check with your guide before taking pictures or filming inside Dzongs, temples, monasteries and religious institutions as in some area photograph/filming is not permitted.
Time Zone: Bhutan standard time (BST) is six hours ahead of GMT and time zone is same throughout the country.
Travel Kids: In winter the temperature drop normally below 15 degrees Celsius in most of the country apart from South Region. And in general summers are warm with average daily temperature ranging from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius.
Note: The northern regions of the country are colder than the more tropical south and it is recommended you pack accordingly especially for trekkers. So we advice to bring appropriate warm clothes and comfortable hiking boots (well broken in) preferably with ankle support and weather-proof to complement the weather and rugged terrain.
Other things to pack:
- Sunscreen and Hat
- Sunglasses , insect repellent, soluble aspirin, antiseptic cream, altitude and car sickness medicines and so on
- Camera, Camera charger (accessible sockets with two and three pin plugs) spare batteries for camera and cell phone
- Good walking shoes and stocking
- Clothe- Pack clothes to protect from cold and would be better for the travelers to carry the layered clothes so that they can adjust according to the range of temperature and climatic conditions in the country. We do not advise you to wear T shirts and short skirts while visiting the Monasteries, Fortresses (Dzongs) and any other formal institutions.
Customs: The following articles are exempt from duty:
- Personal effects and articles for day to day use by the visitors
- 1 litre of alcohol (spirits or wine)
- 200 cigarettes, on payment of import duty of 200%
- Instruments, apparatus or appliances for professional use
- Photographic equipment, video cameras and other electronic goods for personal use
Communication: The Bhutanese people speak Dzongkha, the national language of Bhutan. Majority of Bhutanese also speak and understand English thus making the communication easy for all.
Dress and Paraphernalia: We request visitors to dress long pants and long sleeved tops when visiting such places especially if you are planning a visit to the monasteries, Dzongs and other religious institutions. As a mark of respect, be kind enough to remove your hats or caps as you enter religious and administrative premises, institutions and in any other place that you come across with the national flag being raised.
Gratuities: Tipping in restaurants and hotels are not compulsory, but tipping to guide and driver become the choice of the guest depending upon the services they render during your stay.