Bhutan unit of currency is Ngultrum (Nu.).The Ngultrum is fixed at parity with the Indian Rupee. Exchange varies from USD 1 = Nu. 43 depending on the fluctuation.
Visa and American Express credit cards are accepted only in a few places. Visitors are advised to carry traveller checks (preferably American Express) with some cash (US Dollars).
American Express, VISA and JCB credit cards are accepted in a few shops. Traveller’s cheques are also accepted. Guests are advised to bring hard currency USD, Euro or Pound Sterling for incidental expenses and personal shopping as cash is accepted widely in all shops and easily convertible.
Originally spoken only in western Bhutan, Dzongkha is now the national language. English is widely spoken in main towns and it is the medium of education in all schools. Local people are also familiar with Hindi and Nepali.
We use Japanese imported luxury vehicles like Land Cruiser, Toyota Cars, Hiace Buses, Hilux, Toyota coaster bus for large groups etc. Himalayan Adventures owns its own fleet of luxury SUVs, Toyota pickups as luggage vehicles and buses.
Hotels, lodges and guesthouses are fairly comfortable at tourist destinations. Hotels in western Bhutan are better than those in the central and eastern part of the country where accommodation establishments are simple and offer minimum facilities. Hotels are not categorized according to international standards, however all Tour companies have to keep guests in A Grade Resorts and Hotels as per directives of the Department of tourism, five star luxuries are now available in Paro and Thimphu and some select locations. The two international luxury chains operating in Bhutan are the Aman Resorts and the Uma, a como group of Hotels. We can arrange your stay in these properties. Some of the main trekking routes have purpose-built huts.
Rice forms the main diet of a typical Bhutanese person, accompanied by generous helpings of hot chilies and cheese in almost every curry. Hotels and restaurants usually offer Bhutanese, Continental, Chinese and Indian cuisine.
currently, there are no vaccinations required for travelling to Bhutan. However, visitors coming from an area infected with yellow fever are required to get a yellow fever vaccination and must be administered at least ten days before arrival in the country. Likewise, visitors arriving from a cholera infected are should get vaccinated, and anti-malarial medication is recommended for travellers visiting rural areas bordering India.
Electricity in Bhutan is reasonably reliable and runs 220/240 volts. An international converter kit with a set of adapter plugs may be required if travellers bring along electrical appliances.
Reliable telephone and fax services are available in all towns in Bhutan. International connections are excellent. Internet cafes are few in number and available only in a few places. Most hotels have a small business centre and internet connection. B-Mobile cell network is available in most places. If you use a GSM 900 phone, you can buy a SIM card on arrival in Bhutan. If you need to be connected in Bhutan, we can arrange a cell phone for you at a nominal fee and advise the number before you start your travel. Satellite phones can also be arranged while on the big treks.
Bhutan standard time is six hours ahead of GMT, and there is only one zone throughout the country. Bhutan standard time is 30minutes ahead of Indian Standard Time.
Traditional handicrafts, textiles, jewelleries, baskets, masks. Paintings and woodcarving make good buys
The export of antiques, plants and animal products are strictly prohibited. Personal electronic equipment such as cameras, video cameras and computers must be declared on arrival and will be checked upon departure.
Photo shops in Bhutan do not offer quality equipment or accessories. 35mm colour print film is readily available but slide films are difficult to find. It is advisable to bring along enough lithium batteries if required.
Cotton and light woollen clothes can be worn in the summer months. The monsoon months call for rain gear and comfortable shoes. The rest of the year requires heavy woollen and coats to keep out the cold.
To protect against unforeseen accidents and mishaps, we advise you to have Travel insurance policy from your country. It should adequately cover helicopter evacuation and medical assistance. We regret the unavailability of such policies in Bhutan.
The crime rate in Bhutan is very low; the country lives up to its nickname of the Land of Peaceful Dragon. Even so there are Police Stations in almost all regions.
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