Travel tips for Bhutan

Best time to visit: A good time to visit the kingdom is during autumn between September and December. This is the time when many of Bhutan’s biggest festivals take place. Nature lovers should consider visiting the country in April and May when the sky is clear, sunny, and the local flora is in full vigor.

What to pack: Most part of Bhutan is at a high altitude with valleys and mountains tightly packed together. The weather is quite varied and unpredictable. One should be prepared for unforeseen weather conditions. Summers are warm with average daily temperature ranging from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius, and during winters it may vary between sub-zero to 15 degrees Celsius. Tourists planning for trek should carry appropriate clothes and accessories. Conservative clothing is advised when visiting monasteries and other religious institutions.

Language: Dzongkha is the national language of Bhutan, but the nationals speak a variety of languages. English is also spoken by the majority of Bhutanese, making communication with foreign tourists easier.

Currency: Ngultrum (Nu.) is the currency of Bhutan, which is equivalent to the Indian rupee in value. So, Indian rupee is accepted across the country. However, the 500 and 2000 denominations are not valid. Visa or MasterCard can be used at hotels, for shopping, and to withdraw cash from ATMs.

Cuisine: Chilies and spices are key ingredients to Bhutanese cuisine. However, they are used in moderation in foods served to foreigners. Rice is consumed by most accompanied with side dishes of meat or vegetables. Pork, beef, and chicken are commonly consumed.

Electricity: All major towns are well connected with electricity that runs on 220/240 volts with round hole two-pin and three-pin power outlets. One should consider bringing a multi-plug travel adapter, although, most hotels offer multi-plug sockets.

Formalities: The passport must be valid for 6 months at the time of travel. A visa is mandatory to enter the country.