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Climate
Bhutan being a mountainous country its climatic conditions varies and changes fast even within a short distance of drive. During the summer the weather is quite warm and pleasant with occasional rain fall. In general, the higher the altitude, the cooler the weather, and with a cool breeze blowing down off the mountains, even a low-lying valley can become quite chilly.  Monsoon seasons are rainy. Winter season is incredibly beautiful with occasional snow, clear warm days, chilly evenings which makes it perfect for hiking and sightseeing with the whole of the mountains and valleys in clear view.

Southern areas are tropical with plains and hills. Central areas vary depending on the altitude from sub tropical to moderate temperate valleys and mid size mountains (5,000 meters). Northern areas/high altitude alpine climate Punakha is “California like” with temperatures varying from 5° Celsius to 17° Celsius in winter and in summer from 18° Celsius to 32 ° Celsius with a yearly rainfall of 600mm. Paro & Thimphu has moderate climate with temperatures of -3/12 in winter to 13/25 degrees in the summer with a yearly rainfall of 800mm. Summer shower season (July to September) evening rain with long dry periods during the day. Winter season (November to February) provides clear days and nights with a very comfortable climate.

Accommodation
Over the years, many quality hotels have come up in Bhutan. Most hotels meet the recent standardization policy. Hotels in Bhutan are well maintained and have all basic amenities such as geysers and shower rooms and are properly maintained. Visitors can be assured of their warmth and comfort of the hotels, and the ambience and the hospitality offered are incredible.

We also have some luxury 5-star establishments namely Amankora (in Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Gangtey and Bumthang), Uma Paro(Paro and Punakha) and Hotel Taj(only in Thimphu). These establishments have been developed as a result of Foreign Investment in Bhutan. They offer a variety of privileges which are quite unique from the other establishments, therefore be prepared to pay for these privileges. Also we have Zhiwaling our only Bhutanese architect 5-star hotel in Paro.

Tour Guides:
All the tours in Bhutan are conducted as guided tour. Tour guide is considered as a very important component of the tour package. Therefore, they are trained and certified by the Tourism Authority of Bhutan. The most common mode of communication is English but we also provide guides who can speak French, Japanese and Chinese.

Transportation:
For one to two people, we use comfortable SUVs 4WD cars such as Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Prado and Korean cars like Tucson, Santa Fe and Terracan. For three to six people in a group, we provide comfortable Korean Hyundai H-1 and Toyota Hiace buses and for seven people and above, we provide AC Toyota Coaster buses.

Language:
Many people assume no English in Bhutan and are surprised to find many speak English fluently and comfortably, even children. That is basically English is used as medium of education in every school. English is so common that we use it as official language in all the government offices.  However, apart from English we also have many other regional languages as much as 20 dialects and the National Language we speak is called “Dzongkha”.

Food:
The Bhutanese dishes consist of vegetables, chili, cheese, chicken, beef, pork, yak and rice. Bhutanese popular dish "Ema Datse"(chili & cheese stew) is loved by many foreigners. Other popular dishes on menu are Momo (cheese or pork dumplings), Hogay (cucumber, tomato, onion, and cheese salad), curries with chicken or pork, Nosha Paa (beef and chili). Due to the hot flavoring and abundant use of chilies in the cuisine it is spicy. No sea food  served but on request you can get buffet style meals with choice of continental, Bhutanese and Indian Cuisine.

Our cooks, who accompany the treks and camping tours, are well trained and equipped and can come up with delicious feasts every day. For beverages locals enjoy Yak Butter Tea (tea leaves, water, salt, & yak butter) and Ara (spirit distilled from rice).

Electricity:
We generate our own hydro electricity with our perennial rivers. The power generation is so consistent that many people do not use stabilizer for their appliances. The supply of electricity to all villages is an ongoing project and by 2020 every household in Bhutan will be connected by electricity. Trekking will take you far from electric supplies. The voltage supply is 220 /240 volts with round hole two- pin and three-pin power outlets.

Medical and Insurance:
The Government of Bhutan does not check for vaccinations upon entry into Bhutan. Before embarking on a trip to Bhutan, it is advisable to have tetanus, typhoid, and hepatitis A inoculations. Hospitals and medical facilities are available in all the districts of the Country. As most parts of Bhutan are situated at high altitude, it’s a non-Malaria region except in southern parts of Bhutan. Strict hygiene standards are enforced in the food production areas by BAFRA (Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority).

To protect yourself from unforeseen accidents and mishaps it is advisable to obtain travel insurance from your country. It should adequately cover helicopter evacuation and medical assistance. The Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan has initiated a travel and medical plan solely for the visitors. You can visit the web site at www.ricb.com.bt
 
Photography:
Bhutanese are usually happy to be photographed; all it takes is a simple gesture to get their agreement. However, there are some restrictions on taking photographs in the Dzongs, monasteries and temples, all out of respect.
All, who travels to Bhutan fall in love with Bhutan and becomes a chronic photographer, even if you are not a kin photographer. Therefore, if you are coming to Bhutan bring a good set of camera for Bhutan is a photographer’s paradise.

Communication:
All major towns have basic communication facilities such as internet cafes, telephone, fax, telegraph and post. Also most of the hotels have internet access. Mobile (cell) phone is also widely used with international roaming facilities. SIM card and recharge card (Voucher) is easily available in town.

Shopping:

  1. Unique items to purchase while in Bhutan:
  2. Himalayan antiques from Tibet, Nepal, and northern India
  3. Bhutanese crafts:
  4. Weaving products made from silk, cotton, yak hair, & wool • wood bowls, cups, masks, & carvings
  5. Religious paintings called thangkas
  6. Jewellery-most of the stones are brought from outside but the designing of all the jewellery ornaments are done in the country.
  7. Paper making or desho (coming from the word “de” referring to the Daphne plant)
  8. Wood works like wood carving, mask making, wooden bowels etc. 
  9. Bhutanese consumables include tsheringma tea, honey, apple products, etc. Best selection of shopping is done in Thimphu. Shops on the street will accept Ngultrum, the Indian Rupee (at par 1 to 1 with the Nu), and the US Dollar. The only credit card accepted at shops (limited shops) is Visa. Banks will not perform cash advances on credit cards. There ATM machines available for international transactions. Traveler checks can be cashed at banks within the previously listed currencies. It is illegal to export or remove Bhutanese antiques from Bhutan. If uncertain, certificates are available from the Department of Antiquities to determine if the item is a true antique and where its origin is from. An antique is defined as a religious item 70 years old or more. All other items 100 years old or more.

Currency:
The national currency of Bhutan is the Ngultrum (Nu) and it currently trades at approximately Nu 50 to US $1.00. The three currencies accepted within Bhutan are the Ngultrum, the Indian Rupee and the US Dollar. Many of these Banks provide you with SMS and internet Banking facility. There are ATM facility that you can avail of and ATMs are located at number of places. 

You need to pack clothes as per season, sunglasses/spare glasses, pair of casual shoes, knife, hat, umbrella, camera, films and accessories (including spare camera batteries), insect repellent, hand cream, small sewing kit & safety pins, torch or flash light with spare batteries, mirror, scissors, sun cream, lip salve, soluble aspirin, antiseptic cream, anti-histamine cream, anti-diarrhea pills, a preparation for the relief of sunburn, and any medication you take regularly, or might need to take for a periodically recurring condition, such as asthma.

Laundry:
Hotels do the laundry, but very few hotels have dryers. Same day service is possible depending on the availability of sun shine.  

Time in Bhutan:
Bhutan Standard Time is six hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) and one time zone for the whole country. Bhutan is 30 minutes ahead of India, 1 hour behind Thailand, and 15 minutes ahead of Nepal

Driving in Bhutan:
All major towns in the 20 districts of Bhutan are accessible by road. In-spite of high mountains, steep slopes, and the deepest of valleys Bhutan has a relatively well developed network of roads. Steep ascents and descents are characteristic of road travel in Bhutan make travel much slower than one maybe used to. The average driving speed rarely exceeds about 30 kilometers per hour. However, one is attractively rewarded for the long and sometimes tiring car journey, by the impressive views of lofty mountains, lush green forests, villages and magnificent monasteries.

Cloths and other paraphernalia:
With great altitudinal variations weather is quite erratic in Bhutan. So be prepared to brace the erratic weather as you step outdoor.  We expect visitors to dress modestly and respectfully especially if you are planning to visit the monasteries, Dzongs and other religious institutions. As a mark of respect, be kind enough to remove your hats, caps etc. as you enter religious and administrative premises, institutions and in any other place that you come across with the national flag raised.
You should also consider ‘what to wear’ for hikes, trekkingand sightseeing, as well as for dinners, appointments and functions that we have for you. Others that you could consider bringing with you would be a pair of sunglass, sun screen lotion and a hat; antiseptic cream, anti-histamine cream, anti-diarrhoea pills, altitude & car sickness medicine; insect repellent, flash light (w/spare batteries), umbrella, camera, films and accessories (including spare camera batteries)etc.   

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