Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery

Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as Guru Rinpoche visited and sanctified Bhutan in the 8th century when evil spirits abounded and harmed people. More »

Punakha Dzong

The Punakha Dzong, also known as Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong (meaning \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"the palace of great happiness or bliss\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\".It Lies Between two river Banks of PHOCHU(male river) and MOCHU(female river)... More »

Chele La Pass

Chele La Pass is Located at 3810m (13,000ft), between the valley of Paro and Haa is Chele La, the highest road pass in the country More »


Travel Information

Money and Bank

Bhutan’s currency is Ngultrum (Nu.) which is pegged to the value of Indian rupee. We are dealing with Bhutan National Bank and accept Visa Card, Credit and ATM facilities available.  ATM machines are located in a number of places around Thimphu and even in smaller towns.


The photographic opportunities on all trips are immense. The panoramic view of natural environment landscapes and rich biological resources, flora and fauna, fortresses, Stupas, traditional life style and different ethnic groups of people and traditional farming systems, snow-clad mountains etc are some of the opportunities for photography. However, you may need to check with your guide for indoor photography as taking photographs inside Dzongs, temples, monasteries and religious institutions are restricted unless the Department of Culture gives permission to do so.


Hand-woven textiles, carved masks, woven baskets, wooden bowls, handmade paper products, finely crafted metal objects, Thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps are the items mostly purchased by travelers in Bhutan.   Thimphu & Paro has the most extensive range of the handicraft items. It is recommended to carry cash such as Euro, Pounds, US dollars, Japanese Yen and related travelers’ checks for expenses in Bhutan. Only few shops may accept the Credit card. It is best to buy more expensive items at reputable shops, which provide receipts as proof of purchase.


As buying and selling of tobacco product is banned in Bhutan but you may bring 200 cigarettes for personal consumption with payment of 200 % import duty. It is also prohibited to smoke in public offices and government premises. It is also sacrilegious to smoke near temples and any other religious sites.


The following articles are exempt from duty:

  1. Personal effects and articles for day to day use by the visitor
  2. 1 liter of alcohol (spirit 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

The article under (4) & (5) must be declared on the declaration form. If any such items are disposed of in Bhutan by sale or gift, they are liable for customs duty. On departure, visitor are required to surrender their forms to the customs authorities.

Imports/Export restriction of the following goods is strictly prohibited:

  1. Arms, ammunition and explosives
  2. All narcotics and drugs except medically prescribed drugs
  3. Wildlife products, especially those of endangered species
  4. Antiques.


Most hotels in Bhutan are 2-3 star level and are referred to as Standard Hotels. A few luxury 4 & 5 star accommodations are also available (Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang). The standard accommodations all offer the necessary facilities, and are properly maintained. Generally speaking, hotels in western Bhutan (Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue) are better than the rest of the country. Accommodation establishments are more modest with fewer amenities in the more remote areas of central (Gangtey, Trongsa, Bumthang) and eastern Bhutan (Mongar, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Samdrup Jongkhar). Sometimes the best accommodation may be the only accommodation and a very modest one in that area especially in the central and eastern regions.


Most hotels serve Continental, Indian and Chinese dishes, a typical Bhutanese staple food is rice, ema datsi (Chili and cheese curry), and suja (butter tea). While visiting Bhutan, we expect our guests to try Bhutanese dishes. You can also try out MOMOS, the Tibetan dumplings.


Hospitals and Clinics are located in almost every part of country. Main health risks include diarrhea and respiratory problems because of the change in climate and seasons. For some, altitude change could also cause minor palpitations, shortness of breath or headaches, especially if on a trek. The travelers to Bhutan are recommended to have vaccination such as Adult Diphtheria and Tetanus, Hepatitis A & B, Polio, Typhoid, Cholera, Rubella, Japanese B Encephalitis, and Rabies.
You might also want to carry a little first aid kit of the following important medicines: antifungal and antibacterial cream, antibiotic for skin infections, indigestion medication, laxative, paracetamol, sunscreen, and throat lozenges.


Bhutan probably could be one of the safest countries in the world for tourists. However, we advise you not to venture out after 9 pm and if you really need to go out make sure you are accompanied by your guide. Always ensure that your belongings especially your passports, route permits, cameras, wallets and purses are properly secured. There have been incidents where visitors found their important documents missing.


Bhutan has a good network telecommunication facilities. Almost all district and town have internet cafes, post offices and telephone kiosks with international dialing facilities. Mobile (cell) phone is also widely used with international roaming facilities.


All major towns are well connected with electricity that runs on 220/240 volts with round hole two-pin and three-pin power outlets. Our energy is clean and green energy generated by hydro power.


Dress neatly and modestly and wear full sleeved collared shirts (covered arms, no shorts or short skirts) and remove hats, caps, and sunglasses before entering the precincts of Dzongs (fortresses) or religious complexes. Due to the wide range of temperature and climatic conditions it is advisable to dress in layers.  For protection against cold, layered clothing is better than one or two thick garments.  Clothing should preferably be made from natural materials, which allow the body to breathe.  Bring comfortable, well-worn clothing, and plenty of underwear and socks.  If traveling in the cold season, bring two sets of silk vests and long johns, as they are warm and dry quickly after washing.

Travelling Kits

We recommend you to bring all the necessary things for your holidays such as:

  1. A pair of sunglasses, sun screen lotion and a hat
  2. Antiseptic cream
  3. Anti-histamine cream
  4. Altitude & car sickness medicine
  5. Insect repellent, flash light (with spare batteries)
  6. Camera, films and accessories (including spare camera batteries), etc.

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