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What to Expect:

Currency

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.



Language

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.

Accommodations

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.


Food


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.


Time

Bhutan time is 6 hours ahead of GMT and there is only one time zone across the country.


Clothing

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


Health Information

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.


Communication Facilities

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 and cities.


Photography

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 places.


Insurance

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.


Safety

Bhutan is safe place as crime rate is almost negligible. The towns and cities are safe to enable you to roam without any danger.


Shopping

Shopping malls in Bhutan are filled with traditional handicrafts, textiles, jewelry, baskets, masks, paintings and woodcarvings, all of which make excellent souvenirs.


Transportation

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.
 

 


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