If you look forward to fulfilling the long-awaited vision of your plans for Bhutan Travel in the land of monks, monasteries and enchantment, a range of travel tips will help you prepare before you depart. Your convenient companion is a detailed Bhutan Travel Guide that offers knowledge regarding history, men, festivals, tourist attractions, and the environment. What You Need to Know About Bhutan, this are the following few Bhutanese details, including tips on the must-try foods, the best time to visit, visa criteria, banking options, and useful Bhutanese terms and phrases, can help you schedule your trip to the Thunder Dragon land without any hassles or misunderstanding.
By Air: From Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai you obtain direct international flights to Bhutan. The Paro-Kathmandu flight is one of the most exciting and famous. You get to enjoy amazing views of four of the five highest mountains on earth if you’re going that direction.
By Land: Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar are the only tourist-open land-border areas. Phuentsholing town in south-west Bhutan is about 170 km east of Bagdogra’s Indian National Airport. Thimphu takes around 6 hours upon reaching Phuentsholing. Most visitors traveling to Thimphu via Nepal by land choose the Phuentsholing pathway.
Indian, Bangladeshi, and Maldivian nationals may obtain a visa at the port of entry for a valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months (Indian nationals can also use their Voters Identification Card (VIC). For other visitors, the pre-acquisition of visa clearance is required. Visas are issued by your approved Bhutanese tour operator online, directly or via an international travel agent. Tourists are also expected to book their holiday via a Bhutanese travel company or foreign partner. The travel agency must arrange a visa for tourists.
You will give your passport photo copy page to your travel company, who will then apply for your visa. The visa will be issued by the Tourism Council of Bhutan once your Trip’s full payment (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been transferred to our bank account. Upon receiving, visa clearance will be issued within 72 working hours. You will be asked to submit your visa clearance letter at your entry point, and afterward, the visa will be stamped in your passport.
The currency unit of Bhutan is called Ngultrum (Nu.). An Ngultrum is equal to the Indian rupee, which is also legal in Bhutan. There are no coins, so you can expect cash wads. Please note that USD 50 and USD100 notes have a better exchange rate than USD 20 notes or less. The smaller USD notes get around 5% fewer. Tourists can exchange cash at Paro International airport foreign exchange desk and branches of Bank of Bhutan in major townships including Paro and Thimphu. When you fly to remote areas, ATM and banking facilities are virtually non-existent. We recommend you do your banking in Paro or Thimphu and take local currency with you to the countryside. Few hotels do have foreign exchange facilities, although many are limited to the U.S. Exchanges dollars.
Remember that credit cards are not a convenient means of payment in Bhutan because this facility is offered by only a few hotels in a certain area. However, it accepts only MasterCard, Visa, and American Express. Traveler checks and US dollars are the most popular currency, with most banks looking to cash.
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Electrical sockets (outlets) usually supply electricity between 220 and 240 volts AC. Whether you are plugging into a device that was designed for electrical inputs of 220-240 volts, or an appliance that is fitted with multiple voltages, then you do need an adapter.
When you’re in Bhutan for remote trekking, it’s best if you don’t carry heavy electrical devices. As for your video camera, you should carry enough batteries to last the trek. When you’re in Bhutan for tours in the main townships, it’s best to take chargers and adapters with you because you can use them. With trips that combine tours and treks, you can carry essential electrical devices and use them during the trek and leave them in your hotel.
You should absolutely stop drinking tap water, but use it to clean your teeth. Bottled water is commonly available for drinking. Even the carrying water purification tablets while trekking in remote Bhutan places is helpful. The hotels have mineral or boiled water. You’ll get boiling water on treks, so bring a bottle to fill.
Southern Bhutan has a tropical climate as eastern Bhutan is cooler than western Bhutan. The northern part of the Himalayan country gets snowfall almost all year round. Hence, the best time to visit Bhutan also varies on the part of the world you fly to. October to December is considered perfect as the sky is bright and sunny.
January and February are colder, so this time you’ll hardly encounter visitors traveling to Bhutan. March to April is one of the best times to visit Bhutan as the climate is warm and cool, and in late spring you will appreciate the pretty rhododendrons in full bloom.
Rhododendrons are already in flowering in May, but heat and humidity rise, making it difficult for easy travel.
June-August is Bhutan’s monsoon season. Rainfall occurs in Bhutan’s eastern, western and southern regions, while the mountains are surrounded by monsoon clouds.
With outstanding weather, September, October and November is the biggest high season. If you want to see the unusual black-necked cranes, visiting Phobjikha Valley between late October and mid-February would also be appropriate.
December is cold, but the valleys are sunny and the skies are clear.
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