Important FAQs for Bhutan Travel

  1. Do I need a visa to travel to Bhutan?
    Yes, all international visitors (except for nationals of India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives) require a visa to enter Bhutan. Your travel agency will arrange the visa as part of the tour package. The visa is processed once your tour booking is confirmed and the full payment is received.

  2. What is the best time to visit Bhutan?
    The best times to visit Bhutan are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). These seasons offer mild weather, clear skies, and vibrant festivals. The rhododendrons bloom in spring, while autumn provides excellent conditions for trekking.

  3. What should I pack for my trip to Bhutan?
    Pack clothing suitable for various weather conditions. This includes layers for warmth, a good pair of hiking boots, rain gear, and comfortable casual wear. Don’t forget essentials like a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal medication, and a camera.

  4. Is there a daily tourist tariff in Bhutan?
    Yes, Bhutan has a daily tariff for tourists, which includes accommodation, meals, a licensed guide, and transportation within Bhutan. The tariff also includes a Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) which contributes to Bhutan’s free education, healthcare, and poverty alleviation.

  5. Are there any health concerns or vaccinations required?
    No specific vaccinations are required for travel to Bhutan. However, it is recommended to be up-to-date with routine vaccinations. Consult your doctor for personalized advice. Bring any personal medications you may need, as pharmacies in Bhutan may not carry all medications.

  6. What currency is used in Bhutan, and can I use credit cards?
    The official currency is the Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN). Indian Rupees (INR) are also widely accepted. Credit cards are accepted in some hotels, shops, and restaurants in larger towns, but it’s advisable to carry cash, especially when traveling to remote areas.

  7. Is Bhutan a safe country to travel to?
    Bhutan is considered one of the safest countries for travelers. Crime rates are very low, and the Bhutanese people are known for their hospitality and friendliness. However, always take standard precautions to ensure your safety and security.

  8. Can I use my mobile phone and access the internet in Bhutan?
    Mobile phone coverage is available in most towns and popular tourist areas, but it may be limited in remote regions. International roaming can be expensive, so you may want to purchase a local SIM card. Most hotels and some cafes offer Wi-Fi, though the speed can be slow.

  9. What kind of food can I expect in Bhutan?
    Bhutanese cuisine is known for its spiciness, with red rice, vegetables, and meat being staples. Ema datshi (chili and cheese stew) is a popular dish. Most hotels and restaurants offer a variety of Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese, and Continental dishes.

  10. Are there any cultural etiquette or customs I should be aware of?
    Yes, it’s important to respect local customs and traditions. Dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites. Remove your shoes before entering temples and dzongs. Always walk clockwise around religious monuments and avoid pointing your feet towards religious objects or people.

  11. Do I need travel insurance for Bhutan?
    Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended. Ensure your policy covers medical expenses, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, and lost or stolen luggage. Bhutan’s healthcare facilities are basic, and serious medical issues may require evacuation to a neighboring country.

  12. How can I book a tour to Bhutan?
    Tours to Bhutan can be booked through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator or an international partner. Your travel agency will handle all arrangements, including visa processing, itinerary planning, and bookings for accommodation, guides, and transport.

These FAQs provide valuable information to help travelers prepare for a memorable and well-informed trip to Bhutan.