FAQs

Do I need a tour operator to book my travel?

Yes, you must have a licensed Bhutanese tour operator to book your travels or for your partner as per the tourism regulations.

What currency is used in Bhutan?

The currency of Bhutan is Ngultrum. However Indian notes are acceptable in almost all the shops in the country.

What do $200/$250 dollar per day minimum daily package include?

The $200 and $250 are charges respectively for low season and peak season. The package includes 3 star accommodations, food costs, an experienced guide and also transportation within the country with an experienced driver. The package also includes $65 royalty that goes towards free education, free health and poverty alleviation. All of these services should be arranged by the tour operator.

Do Bhutanese generally speak English language?

Yes, they do. All the subjects in educational institutions are taught in English except for Dzongkha and Monastic religious texts. So be prepared, to be surprised. Most people speak good English here.

How frequent is altitude sickness?

It is quite frequent. Any traveler irrespective of age and fitness level faces dizziness, dehydration, fatigue, shortness of breath and insomnia. We recommend you to bring medicines with you and stay hydrated.

Are there internet cafes in the country?

Yes, there is. Few, but almost all the towns in the country have cafes.

Is Bhutan a safe Country?

Generally, yes the country is safe. The crime rates are very low. People are kind and will help you anytime. However, always be cautious when you travel alone about the surroundings and your properties.

Do I need health insurance to travel to Bhutan?

It is not mandatory, however if you have insurance it would be better in case of unforeseen need of medical care and assistance. Especially if you are coming to Bhutan for cultural and adventurous tours that involves hiking and trekking in the altitude places.

Is Bhutan welcoming country for LGBT people?

Of course it is. We are country of love, happiness and values. Just to let you know, we have LGBT people here in the country too.

What is not included in the package?

Here are the lists of things that are not included in the package.

  • Visa Fees
  • Airfare
  • Airport Taxes
  • Excess Baggage
  • Medical Insurance
  • Personal Expenses

What is the time zone in Bhutan?

Bhutan has only one time zone that is six hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), 30 minutes ahead of India and a hour behind Thailand.

Are there any discounts?

The discounts on daily royalty are available on the following three conditions.

  • Royalty for children up to the age of 5 is exempted
  • Children from 6-12 years accompanied by parents/ guardians are eligible for 50% discount on daily royalty.
  • Full time students below the age of 25 can get 25% discount on daily royalty on validation of their identity cards from their academic institutions.

Can we buy antiques in Bhutan?

Well, that is a straight denial. Export of antiques is prohibited by the law. Tourists can buy only antiques in the market that are certified for sale and export. Usually, if an artifact can be taken out of the country, then the government provides a official seal.

What is the best medium of travel to Bhutan? Air, land or water ?

Well, the answer is ‘Air’ for all the foreigners. However if you are from the neighboring countries like India or Nepal…travelling through land is quite reasonable too. Water medium of travel is not available in the country.