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Travel Tips

Know it before you start the journey
  • All foreign travelers are required to apply for a Visa before entering Bhutan through a local travel company.  A physical copy (photo copy) of your Visa is required during check-in at Druk air counter for your flight to Bhutan.

  • Please make sure that you are traveling with the passport that is registered on your Visa. If you have renewed your passport, please get the Passport number on the Visa updated. Bhutan immigration imposes a USD 200 as penalty if you carry a passport that is different from the one registered on your Bhutan visa.

We strongly recommended that you be insured against medical and personal accident risks (including repatriation costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue services) . You should be aware that some policies restrict coverage or do not cover travel to Bhutan and may not cover activities such as trekking. Please ensure that your policy provides a sufficient level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

Your guide will be waiting for you outside the arrival terminal. Same guide and driver will be with you throughout the trip until your departure. If you wish to customize your itinerary please feel free to discuss with your guide.

  • Bhutan’s currency is the Ngultrum (Nu), which is par to the Indian Rupee. 1USD =60 Nu. You also can use Indian Rupees for transactions, preferably in a small denomination of 50 and 100 rupees.

  • USD is also accepted in Bhutan but only for notes printed after the year 1996.  If you carry other currency (American dollars, Euro and SGD), you may change at the banks and authorized money changers in town.

Visa International (preferred) and master cards are the only credit card that is accepted in Bhutan. The transaction on these cards charges 3.5%. However we recommend you to carry some cash in case ATM’s and swap machine fails. 

Medical care is readily available free of cost in the main towns like Paro and Thimphu. In other towns, you can expect rural clinic.

Your check list needs to consider weather in Bhutan

Summer temperature (June, July, august): maximum of 30’c (86’f) during day and low of 20’c (68’f) with possibilities of rain any time of day.

Winter (December, January, February): maximum of 21’c (69’f) and low of 7’c (44’f) with no or less rain.

Spring (March, April, may): maximum of 25’c (77’f) during day and low of 18’c (64’f) with little rain towards evening.

Autumn (September, October, November): maximum of 20 ‘c (68’f) during day and low of 15’c (59’f) with less rain

Please note that Temperature varies in different regions in bhutan

Essentials: Passport, tickets, currency, credit cards, driving licence, itinerary, visas, hotel and insurance documentation, copies of paperwork

Computers & Communications: Camera, extra cam memory card, laptop and mobile phone with cable for all your equipments

Normal daily clothes, footwear, undergarments 

Sufficient supply of Medications

Toiletries and cosmetic: Hairbrush, clippers, tweezers, shaving gear, sunscreen, Long-sleeved shirts, windbreaker and down jacket (For evening and during winter)

Pack a variety of warm accessories: Socks, Hat, Gloves and Scarf (For evening and during winter)

 

Please do bring some earplugs against barking dogs, especially if you have nights in Thimphu. Though they are considered as stray dogs, they are treated with respect. Please remember beating and mistreating stray dog will offend local folks.

Dzongkha is the national language. A few words that you may like to know are:

“Ku-zuZang-po-la” greetings (hello or hi) with the “la” suffix used as a sign of respect

“Ka-drin-che la” means Thank you.

Please do not expect locals to reply after toy say “ka drin che la” because dzongkha do not have a word for “you are welcome”

But not to worry for foreign travelers, as English is a medium of communication and is widely spoken.

Note: Bhutan has become the first nation in the world to ban the sale of tobacco. While visitors can still bring in 200 sticks of cigarettes for personal use but will attract a duty of 200% tax.

Visitors are advised to be cautious while purchasing antiques. A clearance needs to be demanded from shop where you buy to avoid harassments at airport.