Bhutan FAQ for Autumn Month

What will the weather be like in Autumn ‘ Sept-Nov’ ?

September, October & November) are usually the most popular times to visit with generally clear, mild weather, excellent scenery, lower rainfall and a range of festivals called Tshechus and Domchoes. They are however the busiest months for tourist visitors and you can expect some congestion at major tourist sights. The temperature can be 17’c to 7’c as per the valleys altitude. 

Can we buy mobile sim card and what about internet connection?

Tourist can buy mobile sim cards. It can be activated within minutes and will cost only about USD$3.   Internet connectivity of 3G-4G will be available. Yelha Bhutan tours will be providing free Wi-Fi access in the resorts for the guest.

Would we need travel insurance?

All visitors in Bhutan are advised to get their insurance coverage from their own country. Bhutan doesn’t have travel insurance facilities.

What is Bhutan’s electricity supply like? Can I use electrical appliances in the hotels?

Bhutan uses a 240 v system. Electrical supply is generally good, but can be less stable in the smaller towns outside the capital, Thimphu. If you are using computers and other sensitive equipment, be prepared for fluctuations and power surges. Many rural areas are still without electricity although some farms have solar electrification.

What type of electrical plug is used in Bhutan?

Bhutan uses the Indian round pin sockets. You can find adapters in many of the hardware shops in the capital, Thimphu.

Are cigarettes available in Bhutan?

There is a ban on the sale of cigarettes in Bhutan. Smoking is also prohibited in public places, hotels and offices.

Can we buy antiques in Bhutan?

The export of antiques is prohibited by law. Tourists should buy only artifacts that have been certified for sale and for export. The government provides an official seal to certify that artifacts can be taken out of Bhutan.

Are there any tips for taking pictures in Bhutan?

Bhutan is perhaps one of the most photogenic places in the world. The landscape, nature, architecture and the people make it a photographer’s paradise. People are generally happy to pose for pictures, but do ask before you do so if you are focusing on one person. Photography is not permitted inside Dzongs, monasteries and temples as they are considered living institutions.

Can I get films and other photographic needs in Bhutan?

It is advisable to bring your own photographic equipment and needs.  Films and camera batteries are available generally only in major towns. Slide film is generally not available so bring plenty of slide rolls if you’re shooting slides.

 Can I use credit cards in Bhutan?

Credit cards are accepted in very few hotels and shops in the capital and towns. All credit card transactions take extra time and are cumbersome to use. For convenience, it is preferable to have traveler’s cheque and cash.

Is there ATM facility in Bhutan? Are money changers available in Town?

Yes, if you have visa, masters and Maestro with a pin code, you can en-cash money from all the banks in Bhutan. We have lots of money changers shops in town. It is better for the guest to exchange their currency at such stores since the guest can get higher exchange rate.

What currency is used in Bhutan?

Bhutanese currency is called Ngultrum. Nu.1 = Indian Rupees. Rs. 1.

What type of clothing should traveller bring?

Generally, cotton clothing is recommended for summer days, light woolen clothes for evenings and heavy woolens for winter. Keep in mind that even in the summer, evenings can be cool. Days can be quite warm, especially in the lowlands of Punakha. It is best to use the layering system, starting with thermal underwear and adding a shirt, jacket or parka as necessary.

 Good walking shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen are items you should also bring. Shorts for hiking and walking around town are fine. Out of respect, it is best to dress modestly meaning no tank tops, short skirts, shorts (except when hiking) or revealing clothing. Please don’t wear shorts in public buildings or monasteries. Have a pair of long pants or longer skirt for these locations.

What are the accommodations like for our Guests?

We have carefully selected government approved accommodations with the best location, service, ambience and cuisine. Our standard range of hotels is clean, comfortable, simply furnished and generally rated tourist class or about 3-star.

Most of these hotels and lodges are built in Bhutan’s traditional architectural style. Most of the hotels offer internet access and all have hot water and private baths. See individual program descriptions for details.

What is the time difference from GMT?

Bhutan is 6 hours ahead of G.M.T. and half an hour ahead of India.

What is the transportation like?

We provide dependable imported cars for private tours of 1-3 individuals and large buses for bigger groups.

Should travellers have to be concerned about altitude sickness?

Since the group will be travelling to lower altitude only, the guest need not worry about altitude sickness.

What will the food be like?

Tourist hotels generally present meals in a buffet selection, and provide a choice of Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Continental food.

Most meals are served with rice, either white or the wholesome local red variety and dal. Although traditional Bhutanese food is heavily seasoned with red chilies and can be quite hot, dishes at hotels are tempered to tourist’s tastes.

What kind of travel guides can we expect?

Licensed Bhutanese travel guides will introduce you to the many facets of this interesting country. The English-speaking guides undergo regular training and, where required, specialized guides will lead you on bird watching, botany or other special tours.

Is tipping a standard practice?

Yes, tipping is a standard practice in Bhutan and it is part of a Bhutanese culture. All your service staff such as guide, driver, and hotels staff will expect tips from you at the end of the service.

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