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Climate

  • Climate

The country can be divided into three climatic zones. The north alpine region that includes mountains higher than 3000 meters above sea level, the temperate zone known as the inner Himalayas of altitudes ranging between 2000 to 3000 meters where most of the Bhutanese live, and the southern tropical belt 100-2000) that receives around 5000 millimeter of summer monsoon rain. The southern belt is hot and humid in summer but pleasant in winter. The climate is moderate in the temperate zone where the day temperature never gets to the extreme. The northern region is cold and dry. However, climate can vary considerably between valleys and within valleys depending on the altitude. Thimphu for example is cold and dry in winter while Punakha is warm. Bhutan has four seasons. Spring (March-May), Summer (June-August), Autumn (September-November), Winter (December-February).

Electricity

  • Electricity

In Bhutan, electricity runs on 220/240 volts, with round hole two-pin and three-pin power outlets. If you bring electrical appliances, also pack appropriate adapter plugs. In Thimphu, electrical appliance shops stock adapter plugs, but they are unlikely to be available elsewhere.

What to Pack

  • What To Pack

The following is fairly exhaustive list of what you should pack for the trip:
Clothes according to the season, sunglasses/spare glasses, a pair of casual shoes, knife, hat, umbrella, camera, films and accessories (including spare camera batteries), insect repellent, hand cream, small sewing kit & safety pins, torch or flash light with spare batteries, mirror, scissors, sun cream, lip salve, soluble aspirin, antiseptic cream, anti-histamine cream, anti-diarrhea pills, a preparation for the relief of sunburn, and any medication you take regularly, or might need to take for a periodically recurring condition, such as asthma. Bring about twice as much film as you are expecting to use, and plenty of spare camera batteries, as these are unlikely to be available locally.

Photography

  • Photography
  • Photo

The photographic opportunities on all trips within Bhutan are immense. The natural scenery is superb, and you may also wish to record the local people, their houses and shops. Always ask, perhaps by a gesture, if it is all right to do so. Please note that photography in the shrines inside dzongs, monasteries and religious institutions is generally not permitted. Outdoor photography is usually allowed, but when visiting such places, please check with your guide before taking any photographs.

Shopping

  • Handicrafts
  • Antiques

Bhutan has a plethora of attractive handicrafts of a kind you would not find anywhere else in the world. Hand-woven textiles, carved masks, woven baskets, wooden bowls, handmade paper products, finely crafted metal objects, thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps are the items mostly purchased by travelers in Bhutan. The buying and selling of antiques is strictly forbidden.

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