All foreign national tourists visiting Bhutan must travel through all-inclusive
package tours, for which there is a fixed tariff set by the Royal Govt. This tariff
includes the services of accommodation & meals, transport & Guide, sightseeing and
tours must be booked through local Tour Operator such as Wind Horse and entire land
arrangements made by the same agent.
travelling in peak seasons and festival time, it is necessary to book 8 weeks in advance.
Festivals held in autumn and spring are peak time for tourists and without early
reservation it can be difficult to confirm flights and hotels.
unit of currency is the Ngultrum. 1Nu = 100 Chetrum. The Ngultrum is pegged to the value
of Indian Rupee. Approx. 1 $ =Nu. 43
AIR: The best way to
enter Bhutan is by Druk Air, the national air carrier. Following stations are connected
with Druk Air flight:
: Delhi, & Calcutta
Druk Air is
the only Airline operating in Bhutan. For more information about Airline, please refer
page on Druk Air Schedule or visit web: www.drukair.com OR you can E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry / Exit to / from Bhutan is also possible through Phuntsoling, the
southern Bhutanese border town. Bagdogra, in the state of West Bengal (India) is the
nearest airport approx. 04 hour drive from this place. For travelers wishing to visit
Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal along with Bhutan, Phuntsholing serves as the
Exit from Bhutan can
be made through Samdrup Jongkhar also. This frontier Bhutanese town is approx. 3 hours
drive from Guwahati, the capital City of Assam State. Samdrup Jongkhar is the authorised
exit point only and an important link for visiting north-east India.
our tours are escorted by well trained, knowledgeable guides, certified by Department of
Tourism. Most of the guides are English speaking but Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish,
German, Russian speaking guides could also be provided with prior information additional
and on cost.
delicacies are limited with spicy chilies and cheese. However you will be served a buffet
of Continental food with some local dishes too. On treks, our trained cooks prepare dishes
suitable to western taste ranging from Continental to Chinese and Bhutanese to Indian.
to wide range of temperature and climate conditions, it is advisable to bring appropriate
clothing. For protection against cold; layered clothing is better than a few thick ones,
so choose your cloths accordingly. On treks, Cloths should be preferably be made from
natural materials which will allow the body to breathe better. You may be offending people
if you walk around in skimpy or tight fitting clothes. Although there are normally
opportunities to wear shorts, we would advise women to wear shirts or loose trousers, men
should not wear singlets. During visit of monasteries, Dzong and the other religious
institutions you should not wear shorts, hats and should be properly dressed. Here is a
general list of things to bring on Bhutan trip.
WHAT TO PACK
Clothes as per
season, sunglasses, spare glasses or contact lenses, pair of casual shoes, washing kit,
shaving kit, towel, hat, umbrella, camera, film and accessories, books, maps, insect
repellent, hand cream, small sewing kit, safety pins, torch or flash light with spare
batteries, mirror, nail clippers, scissors, sun cream, lip salve or soluble aspirin,
antiseptic cream, anti-histamine cream [for relief of insect bites], anti diarrhea,
preparation of relief of sunburn etc. (We will send you check list of things to bring
based on the trip you undertake)
photographic opportunities on all trips are immense. You will also wish to record the
local people, their houses and shops, etc. You can always ask by gesture, if it is ok to
take pictures. Dont take your destination as a living museum. Also while visiting
Dzongs, Monasteries and religious institutions, please follow your guides
instruction carefully. Although films and batteries are available locally, it is best to
bring it yourself.
MEDICAL & HEALTH
enjoys outdoor life and is physically fit can participate in our treks and tours. However
some treks may be rigorous and difficult because of high altitude and therefore a good
training of fitness for at least a month at home is required for treks going to an
altitude in excess of 4000mts/1500 ft. There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to
Bhutan or within the continent. However it is recommended that you be protected against
Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Cholera, Hepatitis A, Malaria, especially if you are travelling
out of Bhutan. If you have heart condition, please check with the doctor to ensure that it
is ok to undertake high altitude treks.
anywhere in the subcontinent, it is imperative that you have full comprehensive insurance
cover to protect against unforeseen accidents and mishaps. Such policies are not available
in Bhutan. It should adequately cover baggage & travel delays etc. and helicopter
evacuation, transportation and medical assistance incase of treks.
Rooms and tent
camp accommodations are provided on double occupancy basis. If you wish to reserve a
single tent or hotel room, an additional surcharge is applicable. Single occupancy is
usually from $ 10 25 a night.
Tours, Treks & Expedition reserves the right to modify or alter any trip itinerary due
to circumstances beyond our control, such as flight cancellation, weather conditions, and
group transportation problems, political strike or restrictions etc.
Airport tax of
Nu. 300 per person is payable at the time of departure. It is subject to change.
comfortable hotels and lodges at all tourist destinations. Western Bhutan has better
hotels while in Central and Eastern part of the country, accommodation establishments are
simple and offer minimum facilities. There is no star categorization of hotels here and
five star luxuries are not available.
Hotels in western
towns; Thimphu, Paro, Punakha are well developed providing decent accommodation and
cuisine. However when one ventures into central and eastern region, the lodging gets more
rudimentary. Even when you travel to remote areas of central and eastern Bhutan through
Wind Horse, you can be sure that your accommodation in lodges, guesthouses, smaller hotels
and tented camps will be of an approved standard.
Away from the towns
and villages there are purpose-built huts on some of the principal trekking routes.
Otherwise, there is nothing like camping out under the clearest night skies that you have
ever seen. Wherever you spend the night, the warm Bhutanese hospitality will make you feel
We have carefully
selected the accommodation units with the best of location, service and ambience.
Wind Horse uses the
best establishments available. Although the best units cannot be compared to International
standards but still they offer the necessary facilities. Situated conveniently in the
heart of city or around the spectacular landscape, and built in traditional design, the
units are well maintained
Sometimes the best
hotels maybe the only establishment which may be very modest. In these cases, we feel that
inconveniences are outweighed by unforgettable experience of these more remote areas.
To make most of your holidays
enjoyable, it is essential that you choose one within your capability. Following grade
approximately define the trek difficulty. However you should ask for more details to know
the exact grade.
||These trips can
be enjoyed by anyone leading a reasonable active life. Normally the walking part is up to
5-6 hours a day and the ascents are less then 500 feet.
||These trips are
mix of some longer and shorter walks. The ascent can sometimes go up little to more than
500 feet. Walking hours are normally 6-7 hours. Hill walking experience is desirable.
||The day stages
on these trails are combined with strenous and moderate walks, which normally takes 6-8
hours a day.
||These treks are
regarded as genuine adventure. An experience of mountaineering with the capability of
carrying on normally at an altitude of 4000-5000m. is recommended. Duration of walking can
be sometimes 8 to 9 hours day
DISTANTCE & DRIVING TIME BETWEEN
VARIOUS PLACES IN BHUTAN
mode of travels within Bhutan is by motor vehicles as there are no domestic airlines or
trains. However motor roads are well maintained and link most parts of the nation. The
mountainous terrain and winding roads restrict the average driving speed of vehicles to
less then 35 kms per hour.
||DRIVING TIME (Approx.)
||2 ½ hours
||NJP Railway Station
CLIMATE & AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF MAJOR TOWNS
Southern Bhutan has
tropical climate, the central valleys of Punakha, Wangdiphodrang, Mongar, Tashigang and
Lhuntshi enjoy a semi-tropical climate with very cool winters while Thimphu, Tongsa and
Bumthang have a temperate climate, with monsoon rains in the summer and snow-fall in
Winter in Bhutan
begins from mid-November and ends in mid-March. At this time of the year the climate is
dry, with day-time temperatures of 16-19 degree centigrade (with sunshine and clear skies)
and night time temperature falling below zero. The monsoon usually arrives in mid-June,
with the rain falling mainly in the afternoons and evenings. At the end of September, the
rains cease and autumn suddenly arrives bringing in the best time of the year for trekking
which lasts until mid-November
TEMPERATURES IN BHUTAN (In Celcius)
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