Frequently asked Questions
Frequently asked Questions
1.WHERE IS BHUTAN?
is tucked away in the folds of the mighty Eastern Himalayas. It is a land
locked country surrounded by on three sides by Indian states - Arunachal
Pradesh in the east, Assam and West Bengal in the south and Sikkim in the
West. The Tibetan autonomous region of China is in the North. The country
lies between latitude 26 40" and 28 20" north and longitude 88 45"
and 92 10" east.
2. HOW MANY DAYS ARE ENOUGH FOR A
HOLIDAY IN BHUTAN?
Ans: This depends on the places you want to
cover. If you were looking for a very short break, a 3 night - 4 days
vacation covering Paro and Thimphu would suffice. A 7 night - 8 days package
would cover Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangdue. However, if you have enough
time on your hands and wish to cover the whole of Bhutan, then 13 days would
be needed. You may enter from Paro or Phuentsholing in the West and exit
from Samdrup or Jonkhar in the East.
3. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME
TO VISIT BHUTAN?
Ans: The best time to visit Bhutan is during
spring or autumn, the months of February, March, April, September, October
and November. The other months are either cold or rainy but they too have
their own flavour.
4. WHICH DZONGS AND MONASTERIES CAN WE
Ans: We can enter till the courtyard in most of the Dzongs
and monasteries. We need a special permit from Special Commission to enter
to the following ones:
*Taksang Monastery, Kitchu Lhakhang,
Dungtse Lhakhang in Paro.
*Tashichhodzong, Changgangkha Lhakhang
*Kuerjey, Tamshing, Jampay Lhakhang in Bumthang.
5. ARE BHUTANESE VERY TRADITIONAL?
Bhutanese are very traditional. They have imbibed their traditions into
their living so much so that all the buildings including the airport in Paro
have designs that are totally traditional. Mostly all men and women wear
their traditional dresses called the 'gho' and 'kira' respectively. Even
though most of their technology is from the world outside, they have learnt
the art of blending it with their traditional life style.
Precautions: Amoebas and Giardias are rife
especially in Southeast Asia, so avoid tap water and ice cubes. Please note
that sometimes tablets for disinfecting water are not effective against all
types of amoeba. Bottled mineral water is available throughout the country.
If you are prone to getting sick during driving on a mountain road, it is
best you get adequate medicine before you start.
Keep plenty of mosquito repellent, cream or lotion for any exposed areas of
skin when you are outdoors. Please ensure to keep them handy, especially
while travelling by road.
Medication: Bring your customary
medicines with you, an anti-diarrhoea medicine, antihistamine tablets,
anti-nausea tablets (in case of mountain sickness), eye drops, lip salve.
Hospitals: There are simple medical clinics in all the
major centres throughout the country. The hospital in Thimphu is equipped
with modern facilities and has professional medical personnel.
7. WHAT TO WEAR:
Ans: Druk Air allows 20 kg (44 lb) weight limit in
economy class and 30 kg (66 lb) in business class for your checked in
baggage. Excess baggage sometimes may be offloaded.
Due to the
wide range of temperature and climatic conditions it is advisable to dress
in layers. For protection against cold, layered clothing is better than one
or two thick garments. If you have scheduled your trip around a festival,
you should definitely carry a set of formal clothing. Bhutanese are
conservative and mostly wear their traditional dresses, so avoid wear tight
body hugging clothes, sleeveless T shirts or mini skirts when walking around
the public areas. During your visit to monasteries, dzongs and other
religious institutions ensure to dress modestly and respectfully. Refrain
from smoking while on the premises. Hats, caps etc should be removed before
entering the premises.
Summers too can be cool in Paro and
Thimphu, and downright cold in winters. Days can be quite warm, especially
in the lower regions such as Punakha and Phuentsholing, and you could start
off driving in the cold of dawn and be uncomfortably warm by mid-morning.
In Bhutan, electricity runs on 220/240 volts, with round two-pin
and three-pin power outlets. If you bring electrical appliances, please
ensure to pack appropriate adapter plugs. Thimphu electrical appliance shops
stock adapter plugs, but they are unlikely to be available elsewhere.
The country is famous for its exquisite postage
stamps, hand woven fabrics, carved masks, woven baskets, wooden bowls,
handmade paper, finely crafted metal objects and Thanka paintings. There are
many shopping complexes when one can buy these.
9. CURRENCY &
Ans: Please refer to our column in visitor info.
10. WHAT KIND OF ACCOMMODATION IS AVAILABLE?
Please refer to our column in Visitor Information.
AND CUSTOM FORMALITIES?
Ans: Please refer to our column in Visitor
12. WHAT ABOUT THE CUSTOMS AND DUTIES?
Please refer to our column Visa & Customs in Visitor Information.
13. HOW ARE THE TREKS GRADED AND DO I NEED TO BE PHYSICALLY FIT OR HAVE
PRIOR TREKKING EXPERIENCE TO EMBARK ON A TREK?
Ans: The treks are
graded according to its difficulty of route, duration, and altitude. The
treks are graded as Easy, Moderate, and Strenuous. As you are aware trekking
is a physically demanding activity, so when it comes to easy and moderate
treks you should be in good health and prior experience is not required. For
strenuous treks, however, it is imperative that you are physically fit and
can take the stress of long hours of walking, the ever changing elevation
and varying mountain terrain.
14. HOW ARE THE TREKKING ROUTES
GRADED ON YOUR SITE?
Ans: On our site we have included two
moderates and one strenuous treks.
Druk Path - Moderate
Gangtey - Gogona Khotokha Moderate Trek
Laya - Strenuous Trek
WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT ONE MUST BRING FOR THE TREKS?
will need the following personal equipment on the trek:
(b) Good trekking boots (water resistant for the rainy season)
(d) Sun screen lotion.
(e) Hats or caps.
(f) Water bottle.
(g) Sun glasses.
(h) Warm clothes.
(i) Basic medical kit with medicines for high altitude, purifying water,
(j) Small backpack to carry personal belongings.
We will provide the following:
(a) Boiled water at
(b) A cook.
(c) One guide.
Horses and Yaks tents.
(f) All meals
the other necessary trekking accessories.
16. IS IT POSSIBLE
TO JOIN IN AN ARCHERY GAME AND ALSO VISIT THE VILLAGES AND FARMHOUSES?
Yes, you can join in an archery game and also visit the villages and
17. IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A MEDITATION SESSION
WITH THE MONKS?
Ans: Yes, it is possible to have a short
meditation session with prior permission.
18. HOW CAN ONE
Ans: The most convenient way of entering Bhutan is
by Druk Air, the country's national carrier. As flights can be delayed due
to weather conditions (particularly during the summer months), it is
advisable to allow 24 hours before any onward connection.
Air flies regularly between Bhutan and the following countries:
India (Delhi and Kolkata)
Arrival/departure by land is also possible, through the southern
border town of Phuentsholing. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra, West
Bengal. It is a drive of approx. 4 hours. Phuentsholing is a convenient
entry/exit point for travellers wishing to visit India along with Bhutan.
19. WHAT ABOUT FOOD?
Ans: Most of the hotels serve
good quality food. The meals are mostly multi cuisine buffets but in case
you have some special dietary requirements, be sure to tell the hotel at the
time of check in and they will do their best to accommodate your diet plan.
Bhutanese delicacies are rich with spicy chillies and cheese. Pork
and beef are easily available and cheese is a part of most dishes. Swiss
Bakery in Thimphu is famous for its burgers and sandwiches.
20. I AM A VEGETARIAN - IS THIS A PROBLEM?
Ans: If you are
vegetarian, there is no problem. Though there are very limited varieties of
vegetables available, most of the hotels will serve you good vegetarian
21. WHO IS YOUR 'TYPICAL' CLIENT AND AM I TOO
OLD/YOUNG TO TRAVEL TO BHUTAN?
Ans: Well, there really isn't one.
Our clientele ranges from young children to grand parents. Anyone less that
18 years will have to be accompanied by a responsible adult i.e. someone
over 18 years of age.
22. I AM A SINGLE TRAVELLER. IF YOU
HAVE A GROUP, IS IT POSSIBLE TO JOIN THE GROUP?
Ans: Yes, if we
have a group, it is possible to join it through prior approval from the