• Punakha Dzong

    Winter Capital of Bhutan

  • Old Bhutanese Woman

    An old hardworking Bhutanese Woman

  • Dances of Bhutan

    Bhutanese festival dancer.

  • Black-necked Crane

    Black-necked Crane at Phobjikha Valley

Bhutan Travel Tips

Guide

Our all tours are escorted by trained english seaking guide, who are certified guide licensed by Bhutan Government. We provide language speaking guides with sufficient prior notice and we charge additional cost. When you traveling with Bhutan Hiking Travel, you can be confident that your guide is totally focused on making your Bhutan experience a culturally and spiritually rich, which will be make your memory of life time.

Money

Bhutan currency is known as Ngultrum (Nu.), the vale is same as indian rupee. Traveler cheque/cash/US dollar/Euro/Austrilian dollar/American Express are also accepted. The ATM facilities for foreign currency are alsowidely accepted. Generally Indian rupees less than 500 denominations are accepted in Bhutan. You can exchange your money in paro airport or in hotels or any bank in Bhutan. You can use your credit cards in Bhutan like American Express, Visa Card, Maestro cards are accepted in very few hotels and shops in the capital and towns nearby. A charge for transactions is high around 3-5% on net transactions.

Insurance

If you plan to trek or engage in adventure sport and if you plan to come through one of our associate companies abroad it is advisable that you are covered by a fully comprehensive travel insurance policy as such policies are non-existent in Bhutan. If you plan to trek or engaged in adventure sport, if you plan Insurance will prove useful should trekkers not able to continue trekking and stay at hotels on direct payment and for unforeseen needs like helicopter rescue crop up. Here in Bhutan we have insurance agent. The Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan, which has initiated a travel and medical plan for visitors. For details you can visit www.ricb.com.bt

Customs formalities

The following items are exempted customs duty.

  1. Personal effects and articles for day to day use by the visitor
  2. 1 litre of alcohol (spirits or wine)
  3. 200 cigarettes, on payment of import duty of 200%
  4. Instruments, apparatus or appliances for professional use.
  5. Photographic equipment, video cameras and other electronic goods for personal use.

Import/export restrictions of the following goods is strictly prohibited.

  1. Arms, ammunitions and explosives
  2. All narcotics and drugs except medically prescribed drugs
  3. Wildlife products, especially those of endangered species
  4. Antiques Imports of plants, soils etc. are subject to quarantine regulations.

Customs regulations are strict with Antique export. One must not buy any which are more than 100 years old. Be sure to complete the Customs form for declaring imported articles for personal use in Bhutan.

Smoking

Sale of tobacco is totally banned and prohibited in Bhutan. However for smokers may import maximum of 200 Cigarettes a visit while paying 200 % taxes on entry to Bhutan. Smoking is only allowed in designated areas in Bhutan and not allowed in public places.

Electricity

Electricity is available every part of Bhutan. The voltage used is 220v in Bhutan. It is possible to recharge your camera batteries in most accommodations.

Communications

Almost all hotels in Thimphu and Paro have internet access. Mobile (cell) phone is also widely used with international roaming facilities.

Shopping

You get a variety of goods like hand-woven textiles that is either in raw silk or silk, carved masks of various animals, woven baskets of cane and bamboo, wooden bowls known as Dapas, handmade paper products or finely crafted gods of silver. There are also shop that sell beautiful thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamp. There are many handicraft shops in and around Bhutan.

Decorum

Festivals are religious events and held is purified and consecrated areas, so when you are watching a festival you must be decently dressed in respect to the local culture and tradition. Miniskirts, shorts and hats are also not allowed while you witness festivals and entering Dzongs Monasteries and Government offices.

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