General Travel Information
Laundry facilities / services are available in most hotels. It is advisable to check the hotel’s pricing schedule and returning policy prior to using the services if available.
Visa is the more widely accepted credit card, while other credit cards may be accepted only at deluxe / luxury hotels.
Commercial banks have ATM facilities but only for local bank accounts.
Money Exchange facilities are available for travelers’ cheque and main currencies, including US Dollar, Euro, Japanese Yen, Pound Sterling, Swiss Franc, Hong Kong Dollar, Canadian dollar, Australia Dollar, Singapore Dollar, Danish Kroner, Norwgian Krone, Swedish Kroner. Exchange rates vary and travelers should check prior to transaction.
We have in our fleet safe and high quality imported cars from Japan and other countries. Depending on the size of the group the following 4 wheel drive cars are available :
1. Toyota cars
2 .Coaster bus.
We have well experienced and senior drivers to accompany you on your trip, together with a qualified guide approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.
Health: While it is not necessary for you to take any particular vaccinations prior to your visit to Bhutan, we do recommend that you take necessary precautions before coming to Bhutan if you have visited other infected places. You should bring along your own medical kits sufficient for the duration of your stay in the country.
If you suffer from motion sickness, do note that roads in most hilly areas are winding. We recommend that you bring along medication that can help you with this.
Visiting Bhutan is not a big problem as you will start your visit from low altitude places to acclimatize before moving on to the higher altitude places.
Clothing: Spring and autumn seasons are peak seasons in Bhutan (February to March and August to December). During these seasons it is nice and cool during the day and might get cold in the evening and at night. It is always better for you to bring winter clothes.
Food and Drinks:
Most of the restaurants and hotels serve Indian, Chinese, Continental and Bhutanese dishes. Bhutanese food is very spicy and Bhutan’s main dish is called ‘Eema dechi’, which is chilly with cheese. During peak season most restaurants and hotels serve meals in buffet style. Alcoholic beverages available include locally manufactured whisky and beer as well as imported liquor.
Shopping; Many travelers bring home with them good quality local products like wood carvings, thangka paintings, textile woven cloth and incense sticks.
Electricity and Voltage: All major towns are well connected with electricity that runs on 220/240 volts with round hole two-pin and three-pin power outlets.
It is recommended that you 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.
Bhutan’s currency is the Ngultrum (Nu.) It is at par with the Indian rupee which is accepted as legal tender in the country
Note: INR (Indian Rupees) denominations of 500 and 1000 are not accepted in Bhutan.
ATMs are located within all main towns throughout Bhutan, where money can be withdrawn using a Visa or MasterCard. For concerned travelers a list of ATM locations throughout Bhutan is found here: http://www.bob.bt/contact-us/atm-locator/.
In addition, POS (Point of Sale) services are available nationwide, meaning visitors can pay by credit card at most hotels and handicrafts stores.
The main radio station is the Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS), which has programs in four different languages – English, Dzongkha, Nepali, Sherchop.
Communications: Communication facilities are available in almost all parts of the country. There are fixed line phones and mobile services in all twenty dzongkhags (districts). Internet service is also there in almost all parts of the country.
Standard mail services like DHL and Federal Express are available in major cities like Thimphu and Paro.
Time difference: Bhutan Standard Time (BST) is 6 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Bhutan is 30 minutes ahead from India standard Time. Time zone is same throughout the country.
|Bhutan Climate Information|
|Bhutan has four distinct seasons. Spring from March to May where the spectacular flaming red, pink, and white of the rhododndron blossom. During June and July are the monsoon months that brings occassional heavy rainfalls in the afternoon. Authum months from September to November bring shorter days and cooler evenings with lovely crisp clear skies and popular for trekkers. December to end of February (around Bhutanese New Year), the southern regions, being much lower have a more warmer winters. Is is also the best best of the year to view the snow covered peaks of the Himalayas.Best time to visit: Bhutan’s weather varies with altitude, with the highest temperatures and rainfall occurring in the south which bears the brunt of the monsoon between June and September.Temperatures drop dramatically with increases in altitude though days are usually very pleasant with clear skies and sunshine. Nights are cold and require heavy woollen clothing, particularly in winter. October, November and April to mid June are the best times to visit – rainfall is at a minimum and temperatures are conducive to active days of sightseeing.
The foothills are also very pleasant during the winter.
Tipping Policy for Guide/Driver and other staff:
Initiated by some foreigners, tipping (never a fixed amount) has now become legendary, so to say, and a common practice. Although not recognized officially, tour guide(s) and driver(s) are rewarded for the services they have rendered from the airport pick up until drop off. Usually, the same tour guide(s) and driver(s) escorts your entire trip within country. Nevertheless, there might come a time, once in a blue moon, where your guide(s) or driver(s) will be replaced by another professional on the ground he/she is found not withstanding or fulfilling the services he/she is mount to obey/provide. Many leaders on group tours take up a collection at the conclusion of the trip and hand it over in one packet. With a large group this can be a substantial amount and the practice has introduced a better and stronger reinforcement in maintaining their (Bhutanese guides) continuum of rendering the best of services at all times. Bhutanese guides/drivers/staffs thanks you for the appreciation you showed in exchange for the services they provide.
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