What to Expect:
The currency of Bhutan is called Ngultrum (Nu.). For economic
reasons, the Bhutanese ngultrum is equivalent to the Indian
Rupees (Rs.) which is also accepted in the country as legal
tender. Major currencies and travelers cheques can be exchanged
in the banks and some hotels. Credit cards are accepted at only
a few of the hotels and shopping establishments in the country.
Dzongkha is the national language of Bhutan, however English is
common. It is the language used in the education system across
the country, alongside the native language. Nepali is prevalent
in the south while Bumthangkha, Khyengkha and Sharchopkha are
common dialects in the central and eastern Bhutan.
Hotels and lodges built in the traditional Bhutanese style are
found in all of Bhutan’s major towns. Accommodation will always
include rooms with private baths (toilet and shower), heating
appliances, daily linen service, and food. In eastern and
central Bhutan, accommodations are simple with access to basic
facilities. At Bhutan Journey we will select the best available
hotels with ambience and excellent services.
Bhutanese dishes are rich with spicy chili and cheese flavors.
Bhutan’s hotels have a choice of Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese and
Japanese dishes, as well as some other continental foods. Other
foods are also available to accommodate your preferences and
needs if we have advanced notice.
Beverages and Drinks
Bhutan is known across the world for its excellent production of
beverages and drinks. Alcohol is widely available at reasonable
prices. In rural areas you can get home brewed Ara, which is
similar to Japanese Saki. Other imported beverages are also
served at the hotels. Bottled mineral water is available
throughout the country.
Power and Electricity
Electricity is available in all of the towns frequently visited
by tourists. The voltage supply is 220/240. Tourists intending
to carry electrical appliances are advised to bring a converter
with an adapter kit.
Bhutan time is 6 hours ahead of GMT and there is only one time
zone across the country.
Between late May and early October it is summer with
temperatures ranging from 5 to 27 Celsius (40–80 F) and monsoon
season, with heavy rainfall, is from June to August. Light
layers of natural or synthetic fabrics are recommended, with
heavier outer layers for the evening, such as sweaters or fleece
jackets. A light raincoat or umbrella is useful for the rainy
moments and waterproof gear is recommended for longer treks
Good health facilities are available in the major towns.
However, it is always advisable to take caution while traveling
to rural areas by drinking only bottled water. For trekkers, it
is most important to acclimatize to higher altitudes.
Telecommunication facilities are available across the country
although overseas mobile phones will not operate. If constant
communication is required we recommend use of a satellite
telephone. With the introduction of internet to Bhutan in 1999,
visitors can also access internet facilities in all major towns
To capture the beauty of Bhutan, you are advised to carry plenty
of film and batteries. You cannot count on being able to
purchase the most current photographic supplies: e.g., batteries
and digital disks. Only a few things are available in some
In order to protect against unforeseen accidents and mishaps, it
is advisable to have travel insurance policy from your country.
The policy coverage should include helicopter evacuation and
medical assistance, among others, since such policies are not
available in Bhutan.
Bhutan is safe place as crime rate is almost negligible. The
towns and cities are safe to enable you to roam without any
Shopping malls in Bhutan are filled with traditional
handicrafts, textiles, jewelry, baskets, masks, paintings and
woodcarvings, all of which make excellent souvenirs.
In order to ensure your conformable travel, A Bhutan Journey
has a fleet of Japanese imported vehicles like Land Cruiser,
Toyota Cars, Hiace Buses, Hilux, etc.