Travel to Bhutan

Travel Info

  • · YOUR BHUTAN TOUR
  • · BHUTAN TOUR GUIDES
  • · PHOTOGRAPHY IN BHUTAN
  • · FOOD IN BHUTAN
  • · MONEY
  • · CREDIT CARDS/ FOREIGN CURRENCY
  • · CUSTOM DECLARATIONS
  • · DRIVING DISTANCE
  • · AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
  • · CLOTHING/ OTHER PACKING
  • · TIME AND ELECTRICITY
  • · BATTERY

Your Bhutan Tour

A Tour to Bhutan has to be booked through a local tour operator in Bhutan such as BLUE MOON TOURS & TREKS. And all the foreign nationals visiting Bhutan has to book a package tour, for which a fixed tariff has been set by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

Entire land arrangements for your Bhutan tour/ trek including the reservations for the Druk Air and the Bhutan visa will be made by us after the confirmation of the tour and the transfer of the tour payment and the Druk Air fare.

It is important to book your Bhutan Tour/ Trek atleast 2 months before, if you are travelling to Bhutan during festival seasons, especially the Paro, Thimphu and the Bumthang festivals.

When you enter Bhutan, You will have your guide and driver waiting for you at the Airport or at the Phuentsholing Gate, if you are entering via land.

Bhutan Tour Guides

All the tours and treks are guided by knowledgeable Bhutanese guides trained and certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. All the guides speak English. Japanese, German and French speaking guide can be provided on request and additional cost.

Photography in Bhutan

Whether you are on a tour or in a trek, Bhutan provides immense opportunity for photography. Please follow your guide’s instruction while visiting Dzongs, monasteries and other monuments. Sometimes, photography inside the Dzongs and monasteries is not allowed. If you wish to photograph local people in Bhutan you can ask them by gesture or the guide will help you get the permission.

Food in Bhutan

Bhutanese dishes mainly consist of chilies and cheese. But the tourists Hotels and restaurants in Bhutan serve continental dishes with some Bhutanese local dishes. While on trek, you will have cooks trained and certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan to serve you dishes suitable to your tastes.

Money

Bhutanese currency is known as Ngultrum. 1 Ngultrum is equivalent to Indian Rupee. 1 Ngultrum is equal to 100 chhetrum.

Credit cards, visa cards, travelers cheque and exchange of foreign currency

Most of the shops in Bhutan do not accept credit cards, and visa cards. It is always better to have Bhutanese local currency when in Bhutan. Travelers cheque and foreign currency can be exchanged in the bank. Your Tour/ Trek guide will help you to exchange the amounts.

Custom Declarations

All passengers must fill up a custom declaration form provided at the Airport. Everything must be declared in the form. Passengers coming as tourists should surrender the custom declaration form to the custom authorities at the time of departure.

Free Baggage allowance:
Personal belongings of the traveller either carried in hand or checked with a carrier excluding motor vehicle and merchandise.
A person below the age of 15 shall not be eligible for a free baggage allowance.
1 bottle not larger than 1 litre of alcohol.
1 cartoon of Cigarettes may be brought after paying 100% customs duty and 100% sales tax.


Driving Distance between Major Towns in Bhutan and India

Places

Distance (kms ) Driving Time (Approx.)

Thimphu

Paro

65

2 hrs

Thimphu

Phuntsholing

176

6 hrs

Phuntsholing

Bagdogra (India)

170

4 hrs

Thimphu

Wangduephodrang

70

3 hrs

Thimphu

Punakha

77

3 hrs 15 mins

Punakha

Wangduephodrang

13

45min.

Wangduephodrang

Trongsa

129

4 hrs 30 mins

Tongsa

Bumthang

68

2 hrs 30 mins

Bumthang

Mongar

198

7 hrs

Mongar

Lhuntse

76

3 hrs

Mongar

Trashigang

90

4 hrs

Tashigang

Chorten Kora

52

1 hrs 30 mins

Trashigang

Samdrup Jongkhar

180

6 hrs

Samdrup Jongkhar

Gauhati (India)

110

3 hrs

Samdrup Jongkhar

Phuntsholing

380

9 hrs 30 mins


Average Temperature of Major Towns during different months:

Months

Jan/Feb

Mar/Apr

May/Jun

Jul/Aug

Sep/Oct

Nov/Dec

Place

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

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

Wangdue

+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


Clothing and other Packing for a Bhutan Tour

It is advisable to bring warm cloths for the months of January, Febuary, March, April, September, October, November and December. The clothings may include woolen tights to wear under trousers , down jacket or coat. For the other months cotton clothes plus a woolen sweater or light jacket will be sufficient. Other things to pack are, sunglasses, contact lenses, casual shoes and boots for hikes and treks, washing kit, shaving kit, towel, hat , umbrella, camera and accessories, maps, insect repellent, sunscreen lotion, flash light or torch and batteries, lip slave or soluble aspirin, antiseptic cream, etc.

Time and Electricity

Bhutan’s standard time is +6 Hours GMT. Bhutan uses 220/240 volts system. Electricity supply is generally good but it may be less stable in smaller towns around the country.

The sockets used are the Indian round pin sockets. The adapters may be found in the hardware shops around Thimphu.

Battery

In Bhutan, you will find batteries from Japan, China and India but it is advisable to bring your own supply of batteries.

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