Things You Must Know Before Making Trip to Bhutan:


Nestled in the Himalayas, the Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the most stunning destinations that few travelers make it to due to its location, cost, or travel logistics. If you are planning to visit others Asian Country stop it once and planning to visit Bhutan too. Bhutan is an mesmerizing rich in Culture, Rich in beauties.

Unfortunately, Bhutan is not a budget-backpacker-friendly country, but even with the relatively high expenses, it is worth visiting it. Since you can now book your own hotels independently, here’s a list of hotels to book at the most popular destinations to visit.

Certainly! Here are 15 things you should know before making a trip to Bhutan:

Visa Requirement (Process): Bhutan has a unique visa policy that requires visitors to pre-arrange their travel through an authorized tour operator or travel agent. Individual travel is not permitted, and tourists must book their trip through an approved agency.

Daily Fee and SDF: Bhutan imposes a mandatory minimum daily fee for tourists, which covers accommodation, meals, a licensed guide, and transportation within the country. This fee varies depending on the season and the number of travelers in your group.

Restricted Tourism area in Bhutan: Bhutan restricts the number of tourists to maintain its cultural and environmental integrity. It is advisable to book your trip well in advance, especially during peak seasons.

Flight Options (Druk Air / Bhutan Air): The main international airport in Bhutan is Paro International Airport, and the country's national airline, Drukair, operates flights to and from various destinations, including Delhi, Kathmandu, Bangkok, and Singapore.

Travel Insurance including Covid: It is highly recommended to obtain travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and evacuation services before visiting Bhutan. Check with your insurance provider to ensure Bhutan is covered.

Weather and Clothing: Bhutan experiences diverse weather conditions due to its varying altitudes. Pack layers of clothing, including warm clothes for the cooler highlands and light clothes for the lower regions. It is also advisable to carry a raincoat or umbrella.

Respect for Local Customs: Bhutanese people are deeply rooted in their cultural traditions and Buddhist beliefs. Show respect for local customs, traditions, and religious sites. Dress modestly, remove your shoes before entering temples, and seek permission before taking photographs of individuals.

Currency: The official currency of Bhutan is the Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN). Indian Rupees (INR) are also widely accepted in Bhutan. Credit cards are accepted in some hotels and larger establishments, but it is advisable to carry cash for smaller purchases.

Altitude Sickness: Bhutan's higher altitudes can cause altitude sickness. If you plan to visit places like Paro or Punakha, which are above 2,000 meters (6,500 feet), acclimatize gradually, stay hydrated, and consult your doctor if necessary.

Photography and Drone Usage: Photography is generally allowed in Bhutan, but some areas, such as certain temples, may have restrictions. Flying drones without prior permission is strictly prohibited in Bhutan.

Language in Bhutan: Dzongkha is the official language of Bhutan, but English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas and hotels. Basic phrases in Dzongkha, such as greetings, can be appreciated by the locals.

Wi-Fi and Mobile Connectivity: Wi-Fi and mobile network coverage in Bhutan can be limited, especially in remote areas. It is advisable to check with your service provider for international roaming options or purchase a local SIM card.

Pack Essentials: Apart from appropriate clothing, consider packing essentials such as sunscreen, insect repellent, a sturdy pair of shoes for hiking, a hat, and sunglasses. A good camera is also recommended to capture the scenic beauty of Bhutan.

Tour/Trekking Permits: If you plan to go trekking in Bhutan, certain areas require trekking permits, and it is mandatory to hire a licensed guide. Make sure to obtain the necessary permits and follow the regulations set by the Bhutanese government.

 Environmental Conservation: Bhutan is renowned for its commitment to environmental conservation and sustainability. Respect the environment by following designated trails, not littering, and being mindful of the fragile ecosystems.

These are some essential points to consider before traveling to Bhutan. It is always advisable to do thorough


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Sundar Lamichhane was born in Gorkha district, Nepal. He is working as Nepal Head at Amen Bhutan Tours and Treks (P) Ltd. He has been completed his Bachelors level of science study from Kathmandu .He has been in this field since 7-8 years. He has ideas about online business as well as offline marketing technique.