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    20 Things to know before Planning Bhutan Trip

    Following are the tips before planning the Bhutan trip :

    1. The Minimum Daily tariff is fixed by the Bhutan Government as mentioned below:

    For the group of minimum 3 people or more bare minimum tariff is

    • High Season – March April May September October & November @ USD 250 per person per night halt.
    • Low Season – January, February, June July August & December @USD 200 per person per night halt.

    The above prices include following:

    • All internal Taxes & charges (including the royalty)
    • All travel with a licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide
    • All internal transport
    • Accommodations
    • All Meals
    • Camping equipment & Haulage for Trekking

    2. Except for Indian & Bangladesh passport holders, the visa application needs to submitted by the authorized tour operator on behalf of the visitors. Visa is issued by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) in Thimphu, Bhutan.

    3. Emergency Contacts

    National Disaster: 219/17124546

    Tourism Council: 2300

    Police: 113

    Health Ambulance: 112

    4.Dzongkha is the official language of Bhutan, Most of Bhutanese are fluent in English so communication will not be a problem.

    5. Local currency is Ngultrum (BTN), which is equivalent to Indian Rupee (INR) & Indian Rupee is widely accepted all over Bhutan.

    6. Wi-Fi Networks are easily available in the Hotels but for better connectivity get a local SIM card from Tashi Cell or B-Mobile.

    7. ATMs are available only in the main towns. But due to connectivity issues ATMs do not work always, also one can withdraw a small amount only, it is advisable to carry cash all the time.

    8. International Credit cards are widely accepted in all the Hotels & Handicraft stores.

    9. Tuesday is the National Dry Day in Bhutan.

    10. Tips are not mandatory, unlike western countries. The Local guide will take care of tipping on your behalf. However, you have to tip the travel guide.

    11. Carrying & use of Drone is strictly prohibited in Bhutan.

    12. Remove your hat while entering in religious places & take off your footwear while entering the temple altar rooms.

    13. Miniskirts & Singlets are not allowed in any religious monuments & offices. Follow proper dress code while visiting religious sites & offices.

    14. Always walk clockwise while passing heritage and religious monuments sites.

    15. Refrain from touching any murals, religious paintings & objects in the monasteries as it is disrespectful as per local culture.

    16. Do not legs stretched or sit straddled in front in the altar, it is culturally offensive. Cross your legs or kneel while sitting in religious places.

    17. Photography is prohibited inside the Dzongs, monasteries, temples or any religious institutions, however inside the courtyard of the Dzongs, monasteries, temples is allowed.

    18. Maintain silence in heritage and religious monuments & monasteries. Also Do not point with your forefingers to a person, religious figures, or statues. Instead, a stretched palm is used as reverence or respect to point to someone.

    19. Follow traffic rules and use designated zebra crossing for road safety.

    20. Consumption and sale of Tobacco is completely banned in Bhutan. Smoking is strictly prohibited and liable to be fined in the public places. Bring your own cigarettes & ask your guide where you can light up.

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