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  1. Is Bhutan a touristic destination?

  • Yes, Bhutan being a mountainous country, the mountains, lush landscape and the rich culture of Bhutan makes Bhutan one of the famous touristic destinations.
  1. Where is Bhutan located?

  • Bhutan is a small landlocked country that lies in the eastern Himalayas between India and China.
  1. How to obtain a Bhutanese visa? Is the visa required to enter into Bhutan?

  • You can apply for a Bhutanese visa at the embassy or Consulate office of Bhutan in your home country. If you are traveling to Bhutan through a travel agency, then the agency takes cares of all the procedures required to obtain a Bhutanese visa. Yes, a valid visa is required prior to entering into the country. However, if you are an Indian, Bangladesh national or a citizen of Maldives, then you will not require a Bhutan visa to enter into Bhutan.
  1. What is the visa cost in Bhutan?

  • The visa cost for international tourists is USD 40. However, if you are an Indian, Bangladesh national or a citizen of Maldives, you will not require a visa. You can enter into Bhutan for free.
  1. Do I need a tour operator to travel in Bhutan?

  • Yes, you will need a licensed tour operator to travel in Bhutan. It is a strict government policy that you should use a licensed travel operator or their international partners to travel within Bhutan.
  1. How do I get into Bhutan?

  • You can enter into Bhutan either by air or by roadways. You can fly to Bhutan through its direct or connecting flights. Druk air and Bhutan airlines provide flights to Bhutan. If you opt for roadways, you can enter into Bhutan via three border crossings i.e. Phuentsholing, Gelephu, and Samdrup Jongkhar.
  1. Which currency is used in Bhutan?

  • Ngultrum is the Bhutanese currency that is used all over Bhutan. As the Bhutanese currency is tied up with Indian currency, Indian currency (except Indian currency of 500 and 1000 denominations) are also accepted in Bhutan.
  1. What should I include in my bag pack?

  • Your bag back depends upon the time you are visiting the country Bhutan. For summer, cotton and lightweight woolens are recommended. For winter, pack your bags with warm clothing, down jackets, and sweaters. You can add layering to accommodate the changing weather conditions. Do not forget to pack socks, comfortable shoes and some conservative clothes that may be required while traveling inside some religious area.
  1. What is the best time to visit Bhutan?

  • The ideal time to visit Bhutan is anytime in between October to December. However, the time of visit can differ with your purpose of visit. During October to December, the sky is clear with fresh air. Generally, January and February are cold. April is dry and in spring you can have great views of flower blossom. May to September are monsoon seasons therefore, humidity is high and even the views are not so clear.
  1. What is the common food in Bhutan?

  • Bhutanese cuisine is similar to Indian, Tibetan, and Chinese cuisine. You can see a great influence of Indian, Tibetan and Chinese cuisine in Bhutanese cuisine. The main course of food includes boiled rice, seasonal vegetables, and meat (pork and chicken). The dishes are often cooked with chili or cheese. Bhutanese dishes are spicy. Chili is an ingredient that you will find in almost all the dishes.
  1. What is accommodation like in Bhutan?

  • Generally, the hotels in Bhutan classified by the government into three categories – grade A, B, and C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels found around the globe. You can expect some best hotels in western Bhutan i.e. Thimpu, Paro, Wangdue and Punakha. As you travel across the eastern and central regions, the quality of the hotel but they are all up to the mark.
  1. How is electricity and internet facility in Bhutan?

  • The electricity of 220 volt AC is supplied all over and standard plugins are used in Bhutan. Power cut can be observed in the eastern and central region hence we recommend to carry an additional power bank. The internet facilities are offered by most of the hotels in Bhutan. In case of no internet, you can find several cyber cafes on the way.
  1. Is altitude sickness common in Bhutan?

  • If you travel to higher elevation region, the altitude sickness can be a problem. However, a traveler can be affected by altitude sickness based on age, endurance capacity, stamina, and fitness level.
  1. Can Bhutanese people speak English?

  • Though the official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha, people also speak English as English is the medium for education in schools and colleges.

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