General Information

Bhutan Travel Connection tours are escorted by qualified, well-trained guides, certified & licensed by Bhutan Tourism Authority. BTC guides can speak English and also Japanese. The services of French, German, Spanish and Italian speaking guides could also be availed with prior information and additional cost.

Government Policy on Tourism
The Royal Government of Bhutan has been strictly limiting the number of tourist coming to Bhutan so that traditional culture can be preserved. Bhutanese are highly religious people and therefore it is important to show respect and understanding for local customs, way of life especially while visiting religious institutions, dzongs, monastries, offices, and prohibited areas.

The tourism industry in Bhutan is founded on the principle of sustainability, meaning that tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable. For this reason the number for tourists visiting Bhutan are kept to an environmentally manageable level through Government regulated tourist tariff.

Currency
The Bhutannese unit of currency is the Ngultrum (Nu.) The Ngultrum is pegged to the value of the Indian Rupee
1 US$ = 64.00 Nu. (Approx)
1 UK£ =85 Nu. (Approx)
1 € = 76.00 Nu. (Approx)
1 $Sing = 47.00 Nu. (Approx)
1 Japnese ¥= 0.55 Nu.(Approx)

We have foreign currency exchange facilities in every bank through out the kingdom but please note that while very few businesses in Bhutan take credit cards and there are still no ATMs, to withdraw the cash, please make sure that you have some cash along with you.

Local Time
Local time is 6 hours (+6.00) ahead of Greenwich Meantime, 30 minutes ahead of India and 1 hours behind Thailand.

Language
Dzongkha is Bhutan’s official language and there are countless dialects. English is widely spoken in shops and hotels.

Clothing
One can experience wide range of temperature and climatic conditions. You atleast need to bring some jacket or warm clothing along. You can offend people if you walk around in skimpy or tight fitting cloths. During your visit of monasteries, Dzongs and religious institutions, you should not wear shorts & hats.

June to September – Cottons and light woolens/ Rain Gear & comfortable shoes

Rest of the Year – Warm cloths (Jackets etc)

Prohibited Items
Arms, ammunitions and explosives.
All narcotics and drugs except medically prescribed drugs.
Wild life products, especially those of endangered species.

Tour Escorts / Guides
All Bhutan Travel Connection tours are escorted by qualified, well-trained guides, certified & licensed by Bhutan Tourism Authority. Bhutan Travel Connection guides can speak English and also Japanese. The services of French, German, Spanish and Italian speaking guides could also be availed with prior information and additional cost.

Transport
BTC can provide modern transport facilities like Toyota & Hyundai vehicles, Hiace busses, Coaster busses, Hilux and Land Cruisers.

Our drivers are well trained and licensed by Road Safety and Transport Authority of Bhutan.

Food
Bhutanese delicacies mostly comprise of spicy chilies and cheese. Hotels selected by BTC for our guests offer delicious Bhutanese, continental, Chinese and Indian cuisine.

On trek the BTC has trained cooks who can prepare dishes suitable to western taste ranging from continental to Chinese, Indian to Bhutanese.

Final Checklist

  • Air Tickets
  • Passport
  • Visa for Bhutan
  • Copy of Travel Insurance document
  • Cash and/travelers’ Cheques
  • Essential for Camping Treks: 4 season sleeping bag; torch; backpack; towel; thermal underwear.