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Travelling Info

Travelling Tips

Please note that as per the Immigration rules of The Kingdom of Bhutan, PAN Card and other ID cards other than Passports & Election cards are not accepted by the Immigration office at the point of Entry at Paro Airport or Pheuntsholing border. Those who do not possess Election Cards or Passports, but have other docs, they have to be routed thru India House and the process takes a long time which creates harresments to the pax. Therefore, for pax coming without Election Cards or Passports, will have to make a photo-affidavit on a Rs 10 non-judicial stamp paper duly attested by a first class Magistrate mentioning that the pax is an Indian national. The photo-affidavit must mention the pax's name (In Full) , Age, Gender along with his/her's other details like address, father/husband's name etc. The photo-affidavit information should be accurate so that the concerned authority can do smooth processing of permits.

How should I interact with people in Bhutan?
  • The people of Bhutan are like other people! Ask before you take their picture. Ask your guide before taking pictures in museums or public buildings. There are some places that are off limits to visitors for religious and safety reasons. Ask your guide so you can always be sure.
  • And please never hand out candy or small trinkets to children. Bhutanese people are very proud of the fact that there are no beggars in Bhutan and wish not to encourage this behavior of expecting anything from our guests. Small gifts to people you stay with and a tip for your guide are fine.
What should I and what can I bring with me?
  • Good walking shoes
  • Sunscreen (highest possible)
  • Sunscreen (highest possible)
  • Headgear for sunny days
  • Bug repellent
  • Cotton clothing for summer days, light woolen clothes for evenings. Heavy woolens for winter.
  • Shorts for hiking and walking around town are fine. Out of respect, please don't wear shorts in public buildings or monasteries. Have a pair of long pants or longer skirt for these locations.
  • Plugs/converters for electrical equipment (Standard Indian round pin socket suitable for Voltage and cycles 230v, 50cycles AC.
  • Ear plugs (many barking dogs!) For trekkers, be sure to bring the following:
    1. Sturdy and "broken-in" trekking/hiking boots
    2. Sunglasses
    3. Sunscreen (highest possible)
    4. Headgear
    5. Raincoat
    6. Medium to heavy sleeping bag (or can be rented - bag and mat for $5 per night)
    7. Torch (Flashlight)
    8. Insect repellent
    9. Day pack and water bottle
    10. An extra duffel bag with lock

Maximum recommended load for trekking is 25Kgs (55lbs.), or 1/5th of body weight.

Cellular or mobile phones: GSM phones or satellite phones work in Bhutan.

No ATM machines anywhere in the Kingdom so make sure to bring enough spending money- either cash (USD, Euros, Pounds etc.,) or Traveller's Checks. Money is easily changed in Bhutan - your guide will help you.

Some of the bigger handicraft stores take American Express, Visa and Mastercard. However, the small shops do not.


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