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TRAVELLING TIPS

Do’s and Don’t

  • Few temples and monasteries maybe off limits to tourist, always ask for permission prior to entering.
  • Always check if taking photographs is allowed once you’re in the premise of the temple or monastery.
  • Remove your shoes while entering temples and monasteries.
  • Visitors should be properly dressed while visiting dzongs, temples monasteries and Government institution. As a mark of respect, refrain wearing hats and shorts as you enter these premises.
  • Do not wash, swim or dispose waste in lakes which may be considered sacred.
  • Smoking in public area is strictly prohibited and violators will be penalized by authorities.

Monument and Site visit

Most of these places charge an entrance fee and have visiting hours. Find below details of some of the popular destinations in the country:

Name Place Visiting Hours Closed On Fee (regional)
National Museum Paro 9 AM – 5 PM Govt. Holidays Nu. 25
Tiger’s Nest (Taktshang) Paro 8 AM – 4 PM Tuesdays Nu. 500
Takin Zoo Thimphu 9 AM – 4 PM Mondays Nu. 100
Folk Heritage Museum Thimphu 9 AM – 5 PM Govt. Holidays Nu. 30
Tashichodzong Thimphu 4  PM – 5 PM Nu. 300

Travel/Medical Insurance

The Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan has initiated a travel and medical plan solely for the travelers. To find out more information on the insurance scheme, please visit ricbl.com.bt

Language

While Dzongkha is the national language, locals in the urban areas can speak English and Hindi. So if you ever get lost or need assistance, reach out to the locals and they will be happy to assist you.

Accommodation

Local hotels in Bhutan comply with the Tourism Council of Bhutan standardization policy and most tourist accommodate in a 3 star to a 5 star hotel. The star system is not the same as the international rating standard. However travelers can be assured of the quality of service offered by the local hotels. Book your hotel now

Travelling Kits

Bhutan experiences great variations in its climate. In general summers are warm with average daily temperature ranging from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius, while winter temperatures are usually below 15 degrees Celsius. The northern regions are colder than the southern tropical region and travelers are recommended to pack accordingly.

Other suggested items to pack are a pair of sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, umbrella, camera, travel sickness tablets, antiseptic cream, insect repellent cream, altitude sickness medication, if trekking above 3000m.

Eateries

Visit zhimmey.com for your ultimate guide to finding best restaurant, cafes and eateries across the country.

Night Life

Contrary to traveler’s perception, there are many exciting places travelers can go and hang out. There are multiple options from bars where local bands perform impressive gigs or go to karaoke and nightclubs or if you prefer having a quiet dinner with your travelling companions, there are multiple cafes and restaurant which stay open during the night.

Learn local language – Dzongkha 101

  • Hello – Kuzu zangpola
  • Thank You – Kadin chey la
  • Goodbye – Log jay gay

Emergency contacts

In the event of an emergency, please contact these toll free numbers below:

  • Police: 113
  • Hospital: 112
  • Fire brigade: 110
  • Bank of Bhutan: 1095
  • Druk Air:1300
  • Bhutan Airline: 1234

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