The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is fast emerging from centuries of self imposed isolation. First opened to tourists in 1974 in very regulated manner upon the coronation of present Bhutanese King, this mountain kingdom is still perhaps the world's most exclusive tourists destination.Due to the Royal Government's far-sighted policy to preserve the countries pristine environment and its culture, the harmful effects to industrialization and mass tourism on the environment and the traditional lifestyle of Bhutanese have been carefully avoided. This makes Bhutan a truly unique destination. An unspoiled country with majestic mountains, a unique cultural heritage preserved for many centuries, an architectural style like no other, a landfill of warm hearted and friendly people, reveals a true paradise in the lost era of the present century.
You need a visa for Bhutan : we will apply for the visa on your behalf. The cost of the visa will have been included in your tour price.
Airport departure tax (service charge) is included in your air ticket. It is no longer necessary to pay at the airport.
Although Bhutan has a mobile phone network, overseas companies do not have reciprocal agreements with the Bhutanese operators. To use your mobile in Bhutan , you
will need to purchase a number/SIM card locally. Your guide should be able to help..
We strongly recommend you take medical advice from your doctor before visiting any part of Asia . He or she will be able to advise you on the latest health-related recommendations and preventive measures. Water is not usually drinkable in hotels, and we recommend you stick to bottled water which is available everywhere.
The weather in Bhutan , because of the altitude, is usually cool or cold. However during sunny days, it can feel quite hot due to the thinness of the atmosphere, even though the underlying air temperature is low. We recommend a windproof jacket, and layers of thin sweaters to allow for a range of temperatures. In June-August, the monsoon rains can be heavy.
For visiting public buildings, monasteries and temples, shoes must be removed. Shorts, t-shirts etc. are not acceptable: men should wear long-sleeve shirts with collars, and if warm enough for shorts they should be the longer kind. Ladies should wear trousers or skirts to the knee, and have their shoulders covered, perhaps by a shawl or wrap if necessary.
Here are some things you should consider bringing: Shower Gel, shampoo, facecloth, travel hair-dryer; sunblock cream, sunhat & sunglasses; folding umbrella; good walking shoes; telescopic walking pole.
Visitors to Bhutan rarely experience crime or other difficulties and the crime rate is still very low. However please take sensible precautions as for any 'third-world' country.
Please do not carry passports, important papers or a lot of money when walking in the street: make use of hotel safes where available.
For the higher valley regions of Bhutan which our tours visit:
Winter: December-February. Winter is very dry, with cold nights. The skies are usually clear allowing the sun to make the day quite warm.
Spring: March-May: Warm days and cool nights, the occasional showers cause the land to become green and lush.
Summer: June-August: Warm, however the monsoon starts June/July and can be very heavy.
Autumn: September-November: Warm days and clear skies make for ideal walking and trekking.