Where is Bhutan?
Bhutan is a small, landlocked nation located in the eastern Himalayas between India and China. Its landscape ranges from subtropical plains and forests in the South to subalpine forests and snowy mountains in the North. It is a predominantly Buddhist country, which has remained independent throughout its history and is governed by a Constitutional Monarchy.
How do I get to Bhutan?
Flights to Paro, Bhutan depart from several airports - Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Singapore and Mumbai – most visitors arrive via Bangkok and Singapore. The two airlines that fly into Bhutan are Drukair and Bhutan Airlines.
Do I have to use a tour operator to book my travel?
It is a government regulation that you must use a licensed Bhutanese tour operator or one of their international partners to book your travel to Bhutan
Do I need a visa to enter Bhutan?
All International tourists wishing to enter Bhutan require a visa which must be pre-arranged through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator or one of their international partners. Visa clearance must be arranged by your tour operator prior to travel. Your passport must be valid for minimum of six month throughout duration of stay in Bhutan.
How much does the visa cost?
The visa fee for all international tourists is USD 40 which needs to be paid in advance to your licensed Bhutanese tour operator (or their agent).
What languages are spoken in Bhutan?
The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha, but most of Bhutanese are fluent in English.
What currency is used in Bhutan?
The local Bhutanese currency is the Ngultrum. Its value is tied to the Indian Rupee which is also widely accepted in the country. Many local businesses will accept major credit cards. USD cash can also be readily exchanged for local currency and you may wish to also bring some USD for your convenience.
What health issues should I be aware of and do I need Travel Insurance?
Before embarking on a trip to Bhutan, please seek advice from your doctor with regard to vaccinations and appropriate medication you should have prior to your travels. Avoid drinking tap water which has not been boiled or ice cubes in drinks at all times as most water sources in Bhutan are untreated.
We ask our all guest to cover a comprehensive medical and travels insurance policy that include provision for medical evacuation by air.
Can I use a local SIM card?
Tourist SIM cards can be purchased at the airport and from many local outlets throughout Bhutan. These operate in both Android and Iphones.
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