Essential Info

What to Pack

We have listed a exhaustive list of what you should pack for the trip in Bhutan: clothes as per the season, sunglasses, pair of casual shoes, a small knife, hat, umbrella, cameras and accessories, insect repellent, hand cream, sun lotions, safety pins, torch with spare batteries, antiseptic creams, anti histamine creams, anti diarrhea pills, and any medicine you take regularly.

Time Zone

Bhutan time is 6 hours ahead of the GMT and it’s the same time zone throughout the country.

Communication

You will be able to check your mail and make international telephone calls from most of the town while touring in Bhutan. Internet cafes are more wide spread in the western part of the country but now with the development almost all the hotels you are staying will provide you with Wi-Fi services. We also have public IDD calling booths.

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. Thimphu electrical appliance shops stock adapter plugs, but they are unlikely to be available elsewhere.

Health

No vaccination are currently required for travelling in Bhutan. However , visitors coming from an area infected with yellow fever are required to have had a yellow fever vaccination at least 10 days before their arrival. Cholera vaccination is strongly recommended for visitors coming from cholera infected places. anti-malarial medication is also recommended for the visitors who will be visiting rural areas of districts bordering India .

Accommodations

There are comfortable resorts, hotels, lodges and guest houses at our tourist destinations.

BMV Tours and Treks has carefully selected a list of accommodation unit with the best of location, service and ambiance. Away from the towns and villages, there are purpose-built cabins on some of the principle trekking routes ,but there is nothing like camping in the forest or anywhere in the mountains where ever you spend the night the warm Bhutanese hospitality will make you feel welcome.

Photography

The natural scenery is superb which offers you immense opportunities of photography on your entire trip. Its always good to ask by gesture if its ok to take pictures of the localities in fact most of them are pleased.

Don’t take your destination as a living museum! Also note that photography in shrines rooms of the dzongs, monasteries and religious institute is generally not allowed. Out door photography is usually permitted, but when visiting such places please check with you guide before taking photographs.

Climate

Its tropical climate in the southern part of Bhutan the eastern region of the country is warmer than the central valleys. However , bear in mind that the higher altitude ,the cooler the weather, and that with a brisk wind blowing down off the mountain so even low lying valleys can become chilly.

The central valleys of Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Mongar, Tashigang and Lhuentse enjoy a semi-tropical climate with cool winters, whilst Paro, Thimphu, Tongsa and Bumthang have a much harsher climate, with summer monsoon rains and winter snowfalls which may block passes leading into the central valleys for days at a time. Winter in Bhutan is from mid-November till mid-March, and at this time of the year the climate is dry and sunny for the most part, temperatures peaking at around 15c. in the daytime and falling below zero at night. The monsoon usually arrives in mid-June, with light rain falling mainly in the afternoons and evenings. At the end of September, after the last of the big rains, autumn suddenly arrives, and is a magnificent season for trekking until November.

Money

Bhutan’s currency is the Ngultrum (Nu.), with 100 Chetrum = 1 Ngultrum. The Ngultrum is fixed to the value of Indian rupee. Tourists are advised to carry their money in the form of traveler’s checks (preferably American Express) with some cash (US dollars would be best) which might be used for incidental purchases/expenses. There are bank branches in all major towns.

Shopping

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.

Food

Bhutanese delicacies are rich with spicy chilli and cheese. All the hotels, lodges and restaurants selected by BMV Tours and Treks offers delicious Chinese, Continental, Bhutanese and Indian cuisine.

On the trekking our own trained cooks will prepare suitable to western taste in the above range and every effort will be made to accommodate the individual dietary preferences of all the clients.

Gratitude

Tipping is totally a personal matter. The bottom line in determining whether or how much to tip is to ask yourself how much BMV Tours and Treks travel team did their best to make your experience a memorable one.