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Few good advises while travelling to Bhutan

Few good advises while travelling to Bhutan

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Tips

Bhutan is a country that can be visited all year round. The best time to come is spring, summer and early fall as the weather is the nicest then. The tourist season falls on that period too – normally it starts in March and ends in November. The summer months of June, July and August are the warmest. Winter time (December to February) is usually cold and days are short, however it may be really delightful with snowfall round.

Money

The Bhutan’s currency is Ngultrum introduced in 1974, the Ngultrum is pegged with the Indian Rupee. There are ATMs in towns so you won’t have any problem with finding on and in withdrawal Bhutanese currency. Travelers can also exchange their money in banks, money exchangers and in many hotels. Banks work usually Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5pm; on Saturdays only half day between 9 am to 12 noon.

The most popular are VISA and Master Card. Nepali Rupees and Thai Baht won’t be accepted.

Visa

Visa is generally not required for Indian passport holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives may obtain a visa on entry. No visa fee is charged for nationals from abovementioned countries.

All international tourists wishing to enter Bhutan require a visa which must be pre-arranged through a licensed Bhutanese Tour Operators or one of their international partners.

For international tourist visas, a cost of USD 40 is applicable. This can be paid in advance to your tour operator or travel agent.

Visitors are required to send the photo-page of your passport to your tour operator who will then apply for your passport.

The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including USD 40 visa fee) has been transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Once received, the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours.

Your passport should be valid for at least three months (90 days) beyond the period of stay.

Source:

For further information on visas and entry requirements to Bhutan please visit:

http://www.bhutan.travel/page/permit

http://www.bhutan.travel/page/minimum:daily-package

 

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Language

The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha. Since Bhutan is ethnically and linguistically diverse, major groups include Tsanglalo – speaking Sharchop in the east, Dzongkha – speaking Ngalong in the west and Lhotshampa in the south. There are number of smaller groups such as the Bumthaps in Bumthang, Mangduep in the center, Layap in the north-west, and Brokpa in the north-east and Doyap in the south-west.

Shopping

On the main streets of large towns squares and shopping centers have antique and crafts shops, luxurious boutiques and café-bookshops, with coffee tables placed between bookshelves and confectionaries and bakeries.

The opening hours of shops are not formally set and may vary. Shopping centers are open Monday –Sunday, usually from 10 am to 9 pm. Local shops open early in the morning (7-8am). Restaurant tend to open between around 9am to 1opm. Bars and parties stay open until late night, especially on weekends.

 

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