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Useful Information

Accessibility

Entry into Bhutan can be made either by land or by air. Druk Air, the National Air Carrier of the Kingdom, operates regular fights to / from Paro to Delhi, Kolkatta, Kathmandu and Bangkok. By surface, entry into Bhutan is possible through southern border town of Phuentsholing. This frontier town is about 6 hours drive from Thimphu and Paro, 4 hours drive from Bagdogra and 7 hours drive from Darjeeling and Gangtok.

Druk Air, Bhutan’s National Air Carrier offers special fare for Indian nationals which is as under :

Delhi / Paro or vice versa = Rs. 7,750/ + taxes
Kolkatta / Paro or vice versa = Rs. 4,000/ + taxes
Kathmandu / Paro or vice versa = Rs. 4,000/ + taxes
Dhaka / Paro or vice versa = Rs. 4,260/ + taxes
Bangkok / Paro or vice versa = Rs. 10,000/ + taxes
Gaya / Paro or vice versa = Rs. 4,000/ + taxes
Yangon / Paro or vice versa = Rs. 7,630/ + taxes

The above given fare is for economy (Y class) seat and for business class ( J class) the fare is same as other nationalities.

The fare for Children and Infant is as given below :

CHILD FARE :
67% of Y class fare and 75% of J class fare on Delhi, Kathmandu v.v. sectors
75% of normal fare from Bangkok to Paro
67% of normal fare between other destinations

INFANT FARE :
10% of normal fare

Entry Permit

Indian Nationals travelling between Bhutan & India do not need Visa. An identity document, be it either passport or an election commission I. D card is, however required for presentation at the immigration during entry, to obtain an entry permit along with 06 passport size photographs. An Affidavit from Supreme Court is needed for those who don’t have any of the above documents.

Indian Nationals travelling between Bhutan and Nepal require valid passport as per Nepalese immigration regulation.

Route Permit

It is required for those travelling to restricted areas beyond Dochula pass. The Route Permit is processed & issued in Thimphu, only after arrival in Bhutan and on production of the Entry Permit. Two copies of passport size photos required while processing Route Permit. Also this permit can be processed only during working days (Mon-Fri) and applications are accepted from 9-11 a.m and permit granted on same day from 3-5 p.m in summer and 3-.4 p.m in winter.

Climate

Bhutan’s climate is quite unpredictable. The weather can vary dramatically from place to place and day to day. In Thimphu and Paro valleys, the winter daytime temperature averages 16 degrees Celsius during clear days and drops well below freezing point during the night. The fluctuations are not so great during the summer and the daytime temperature rises to mid-twenties Celsius.

Clothes

From May to September, cotton clothes are sufficient, plus a woolen sweater or light jacket. From November to the end of April, however, you will need very warm clothes. Comfortable sports shoes are also recommended. Mountain boots are not necessary unless you are trekking.

Food

Bhutanese delicacies are rich with spicy chillies and cheese but are normally tempered to the taste of the visitors. All our hotels and lodges offer delicious Indian, Chinese, Continental and Bhutanese cuisine. Hotels normally serve a mixture of vegetarian and non-vegetarian items on buffet style however pure vegetarian meals also served on request and prior information.

Currency

The Bhutanese currency is called Ngultrum (Nu.) and is at par with Indian Rupee. Credit cards (Amex and Visa cards) are accepted by only few limited establishments and no ATM centers are available. Indian Rupee is acceptable all over Bhutan however it is also advisable not to carry Rs 1,000/ and Rs 500/ denomination currency notes.

Language

The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha and a large number of dialects are spoken. English has been the language of educational instruction since 1964 and is widely spoken. Also locals at popular tourist destinations understand and speak Hindi.

Religion

Mahayana Buddhism is the state religion and the majority of Bhutanese people follow Drukpa school of the Kagyupa sect.

Security

Bhutan is very safe destination with lowest crime rate in the world. In general you will find Bhutanese people very warm, hospitable, helpful and friendly.

Telephones

Telecommunication is well developed and efficient in Bhutan. The country code is + 975. If you wish to bring your own mobile phone please contact your manufacturer/supplier directly to obtain up-to-date information.

Photography

You can photograph almost everywhere in Bhutan. The people are highly photogenic and everyone seems to wear a smile. However, very often the Bhutanese are camera shy so use your discretion at all times and when in doubt ask verbally or by gesture. Also while photographing Dzongs, monasteries and temples, please check with your guide.

Shopping

Shops are normally open between 0900-2000 Monday to Sunday. Markets are held regularly and are a rich source of local clothing and jewelry.

Customs

The Bhutanese authorities strictly monitor export of any religious antiquities of any kind form the kingdom. Personal electronic devices and reasonable amount of cigarettes and alcohol are permitted into the kingdom.

The following goods may be imported into Bhutan:
- 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
- 1 litre bottle of spirits
- 250ml of eau de toilette

Time

Bhutan is half an hour ahead of IST (Indian Standard Time).

Electricity

The voltage supply in the Bhutan is 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. Standard Indian round pin sockets are normally used at all places.

Gratuities

Tipping is not included in our tour prices and its at your discretion.

Departure Tax

If you are departing by air, there is departure tax of Nu 300 (Rs 300), payable at Bhutan’s Paro International Airport.

Important Notes

Ta Dzong (National Museum) : Paro
Opening Hours : Tuesday – Saturday : 9 a.m – 4 p.m & Sunday : 11a.m – 4 p.m
Closed on Mondays & National Holidays

School of Arts & Crafts : Thimphu
Opening Hours : Monday – Friday : 2 p.m – 4 p.m & Saturday : 9 a.m to 12 a.m
Closed on Sundays, National Holidays and winter Holidays (20 December – 10 March)

National Library : Thimphu
Opening Hours : Monday – Friday : 9 a.m – 5 p.m (summer) & 9 a.m – 4 p.m (winter)
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays & National Holidays

National Textile Museum : Thimphu
Opening Hours : Tuesday – Friday : 9 a.m – 4 p.m, Saturday : 1 p.m – 4 p.m, Sunday : 10 a.m – 3 p.m
Closed on Mondays & National Holidays

Punakha Dzong : closed in winter months when the monk body is in Punakha

All visits to Dzongs and Monasteries limited till courtyard only.

Visit to Trashichhodzong permitted only after office hours (after 4 p.m) in winter months when the monk body is not in Thimphu.

All tourists visiting Dzongs and temples must be dressed appropriately in their own national dress, leave shoes / sandals / caps at the entrance of temple and other appropriate personal decorum should be followed.


Average Temperature:- (in degree celsius)
(Source: Meteorology Unit, Department of Power, Ministry of Trade & Industries, Thimphu)
 

PLACES

 

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MAR
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APR
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MAY
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JUN
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JUL
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PARO 9.4
(-)5.8
13.4
1.5
14.5
0.6
17.6
4.6
23.5
10.6
25.4
14.1
26.8
14.9
25.3
14.7
23.4
11.7
18.7
7.4
13.9
1.4

11.2
(-)
1.7

THIMPHU 12.3
(-)2.6
14.4
0.6
16.4
3.9
20.0  7.1 22.5
13.1
14.4
15.2
18.9
13.4
25.0
15.8
23.1
15.0
21.9
10.4
17.9
5.0
14.5
(-)1.1
PUNAKHA / WANGDUE-PHODRANG 17.0
4.3
19.0
7.8
22.8
10.4
26.2
12.9
29.1
17.7
29.2
20.1
18.4
16.2
29.1
20.0
27.5
19.1
26.1
14.7
22.6
9.6
19.1
6.3
TRONGSA 13.0
(-)0.2
13.9
0.4
16.7
4.4
20.1
6.6
21.0
11.6
22.2
13.6
25.3
15.3
23.8
15.0
22.6
14.2
21.8
11.7
19.8
6.4
18.2
2.5
BUMTHANG 10.8
(-)5.1
10.0
(-)1.4
16.2
3.5
18.7
3.9
21.3
9.5
22.5
13.5
14.1
10.9
23.0
13.7
21.6
12.1
19.5
5.9
16.1
(-)0.5
12.3
(-)2.3

Distances & Driving Time between places of Tourist Interest

 All mode of transport with in Bhutan is by road and there are no domestic airlines and trains. The motorable roads are well maintained and connect most of the places. However the mountainous terrain and winding road restrict the average driving speed of vechile to about 35 km per hour.

From

To

Distance (Km)

Driving Time

Paro

Thimphu

55 km

2 hours

Paro

Haa

70 km

3 hours

Thimphu

Phuentsholing

180 km

6 hours

Thimphu

Wangduephodrang

76 km

3 hours

Thimphu

Punakha

70 km

3 hours

Punakha

Wangduephodrang

17 km

45 min

Punakha

Gangtey (Phobjikha)

70 km

3 hours

Gangtey (Phobjikha)

Trongsa

125 km

4.1/2 hours

Wangduephodrang

Trongsa

129 km

5 hours

Trongsa

Bumthang

68 km

3 hours

Phuentsholing

Bagdogra (West Benal, India)

165 km

4.1/2 hours

Phuentsholing

Siliguri (West Bengal, India)

155 km

4 hours

Phuentsholing

Darjeeling (West Bengal, India)

200 km

6 hours

Phuenthsoling

Kalimpong (West Bangal, India)

185 km

5 hours

Phuentsholing

Gangtok (Sikkim, India)

220 km

7 hours

Phuentsholing

Dooars (Chalsa) (West Bengal, India)

110 km

2.1/2 hours

Hotels used on tour :

Hotel Olathang, Paro
Tel : 00975-8-271304 / 271305
Fax : 00975-8-271454

Hotel Motithang, Thimphu
Tel : 00975-2-322435 / 323890
Fax : 00975-2-328058

Hotel Zangtho Pelri, Punakha
Tel : 00975-2-584125
Fax : 00975-2-584203

Sherubling Lodge, Trongsa
Tel : 00975-3-521116
Fax : 00975-3-521107

Wangdichholing Lodge, Bumthang
Tel : 00975-3-631107
Fax : 00975-3-631138

Hotel Namgay, Phuentsholing
Tel : 00975-5-252374 / 253947
Fax : 00975-5-254147


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