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Bhutan Travel and Trekking Information

BHUTAN TRAVEL INFORMATION

Currency:

The national currency is the ngultrum equivalent to Indian rupees.Exchange rate for USD$1 is equal to Nu.60.00 as of Dec 2015.

American Express Credit Card,Indian Maestro Card,Visa Card and Master Card:

Visa credit cards are accepted in few hotels and handicraft shop but tourist are usually advised to carry travelers cheque or in cash(US dollar). For Indian they can carry Indian currency in any denomination which is widely accepted.

Time Difference:

Bhutan Standard time is 6 hours ahead of GMT.There is only one time zone throughout the country, the time in Bhutan is 30 minutes earlier than India,15 minutes earlier than Nepal,and 1 hour later than Thailand.

Communication facilities:

Reliable telephone and internet services are available in all town in Bhutan. International connection are excellent. Internet café are few in number but available throughout the country. Prepaid simcard can be purchased and you can use your mobile phones in most of the major towns of Bhutan with 3G activated. If you prefer to have your personal phone you can also avail for international roaming facilities.

Insurance:

To protect against any unforeseen accidents all the travelers are advised to have comprehensive travel insurance from your country and it should adequately cover helicopter evacuation and medical assistance. For your information you can also avail travel insurance from RICB and for that you can contact us.

Health Information:

No vaccination are currently required for travelling to Bhutan. However visitors coming from any area infected with yellow fever are required to get a yellow fever vaccination and must be administered at least for 10 days before arrival. Medical treatment in Bhutan is free just in case you met with minor accident but incase of major one you are advised to have complete medical insurance.

Cuisine:

Bhutanese delicacies are rich with spicy chilies and cheese. Apart from that Hotels can also provide you with continental, Chinese, and Indian cuisine. In Thimphu there are more choice with restaurant specialized solely in Chinese, Thai, Italian and Indian. You can also visit farm house to taste the purely local and organic food and you can always ask your guide to take you to this places for a change. Most of the tourist food are blend with less spice.

Shopping:

The countries exquisite shopping postage stamps,beautiful handicrafts.hand woven fabrics,carved mask,woven baskets wooden bowls,handmade papers,thangka paintings, are the most popular items purchased by foreign visitors.Buying and selling of antiques are strictly prohibited in the country.

Roads:

Bhutan roads are winding and narrow by western standard.Since Bhutan is a mountainous country it takes time to travel from place to place.And at present the road condition of Bhutan towards Punakha and Bumthang(eastern Bhutan) is very bad and dusty due to road widening. This may take sometime and most comfortable Bhutan sightseeing would be Thimphu,Paro and punakha. If you need to visit Bumthang you can consider taking Domestic flight from Bumthang to Paro to avoid bumpy ride.

Altitude:

The maximum elevation that you can reach on Bhutan road is 3150m in the west and 3750m in the East.You might suffer from altitude sickeness at times and it is always good to come prepared.

Clothing:

Casual cloths are fine unless you are going for trekking you need to be on comfortable cloths and at least take warmer cloths for changing weather of Bhutan.Your Bhutan tour operator will inform you about the cloth to carry while travelling to Bhutan.

Smoking:

Smoking in public places like Bus stand, hotels,parks,discotheques,entertainment centre,sports vicinity like football ground and archery range isn’t allowed.If found will be fined of Nu.500 with legal action.If you are a chain smoker you can bring 200 sticks maximum paying 100%tax to the government.
Bhutan Internet: Most of the hotels in Bhutan are well connected with WIFI but if you move towards east internet connection might fail you as the telecom network is not well developed in this part of Bhutan. You can get simcard with 3G for your phone which works well in all parts of Bhutan.

Trekking Information:Bhutan being the mountainous country it is mandatory for guest to have full medical check up before they book this adventure. We advice guest to have personal medicine necessary for trekking the high altitude.If you let us know your health status we can advice you for trekking in Himalayas.

Bhutan Trekking Package

What is new in Bhutan Tour Packages 2018 

Best time to trek in Bhutan would be the month of March,April,May,Late September and October. You can also choose to trek in winter in central part of Bhutan where the weather is warmer and scenes are extravagant.

Customs and Regulations: The Bhutanese authorities strictly prohibit the export of any religious Antiquity or antiques of any type. All personal electronics, Cameras, Video Cameras, Computers and personal electronic equipment may be brought into the country but they must be listed on the custom form provided on arrival at Paro airport and will be checked on departure. Two liters of alcohol and reasonable quantity of cigarettes may be brought into the country without duty.

Ear Plugs: Compared to other towns, Thimphu has a high number of Stray dogs. You may be disturbed by the barking of the dogs at night. So we highly advise you to bring ear plugs.

Distance & driving time between various places in Bhutan: All mode of transport within Bhutan is by motor vehicle as there is no domestic airline or trains. However, motor roads are well maintained and link all parts of the country. The mountainous terrain and winding roads restrict the average driving speed of vehicle to less than 35 kilometers per hour.

From To Distance [in Km] Driving Time [approx]
Thimphu Paro 54 1 Hrs.
Thimphu Phuntsholing 179 6 Hrs.
Thimphu Wangdue Phodrang 70 3.5 Hrs.
Thimphu Punakha 76 3 Hrs.
Punakha Wangdue Phodrang 17 40 Mins.
Wangdue Phodrang Trongsa 129 5 Hrs.
Trongsa Bumthang 68 3 Hrs.
Bumthang Mongar 198 7 Hrs.
Mongar Lhuntshi 76 3 Hrs.
Mongar Trashigang 91 3 Hrs.
Trashigang Chorten Kora 52 2 Hrs.
Trashigang Samdrup Jongkhar 180 7 Hrs.
Samdrup Jongkhar Guwahati (India) 110 3 Hrs.
Samdrup Jongkhar Phuentsholing 380 10 Hrs.
Phuntsholing Bagdogara 170 4 Hrs

 

Climate & Average Temperature of Major Towns: The southern part of Bhutan is tropical, and in general, the east of Bhutan is warmer than the west of the country. The central valley of Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Mongar, Trashigang and Lhuntse enjoy a semi tropical climate with very cool winters, while Thimphu, Trongsa and Bumthang have a much harsher climate, with heavy monsoon rains in the summer and heavy snow fall in winter. Winter in Bhutan starts from mid-November till mid-March, and at this time of the year the climate is dry with day time temperature of 16-18° C and night time temperature falling below zero. The monsoon usually arrives in mid-June, with the rain falling mainly in the afternoons and evenings. Autumn starts from

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Paro

+13

+3

+15

+3

+23

+13

+25

+15

+22

+10

+12

+3

Thimphu

+14

0

+16

+6

+22

+14

+27

+17

+20

+13

+16

+1

Punakha

+18

+7

+24

+9

+22

+10

+26

+13

+25

+11

+22

+9

Wangduephodrang

+17

+7

+24

+11

+28

+18

+29

+20

+26

+17

+22

+7

Trongsa

+12

+1

+16

+2

+20

+14

+18

+14

+17

+13

+16

+9

Bumthang

+10

+1

+16

+5

+18

+10

+21

+13

+19

+11

+15

+2

Mongar

+23

+10

+27

+11

+30

+20

+35

+22

+30

+18

+25

+8

Trashigang

+16

+4

+19

+7

+20

+13

+22

+14

+20

+11

+16

+9