Due to the wide range of temperature and climatic conditions it is advisable to dress in layers. For protection against cold, layered clothing is better than one or two thick garments. Clothing should preferably be made from natural materials, which allow the body to breathe.
You will be offending people if you walk around in skimpy or tight fitting clothes. Shorts are not welcomed and women are advised to wear below the knee skirts or fairly loose trousers. Do not wear sleeveless T shirts (singlet’s, vests) as outer garments. Dress modestly and respectfully for visits to monasteries, dzongs and other religious institutions, and refrain from smoking while on the premises. Hats, caps etc. should be removed before entering the premises.
Durable comfortable trekking boots, sunglasses, headgear, rain coat and warm clothing are recommended. A sleeping bag is must and it is advisable to have a medium to heavy one. A torch can be handy. (Note: for trekking a load of 20kg is allowed).
What to Pack:
The following is fairly exhaustive list of what you should pack for the trip: Clothes as per season, sunglasses/spare glasses, pair of casual shoes, knife, hat, umbrella, camera, 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, medicine for anti-motion sickness and any medication you take regularly, or might need to take for a periodically recurring condition, such as asthma.
The photographic opportunities on all trips are immense. The natural scenery is superb, and you will also wish to record the local people, their houses and shops etc. Always ask by a gesture if it is ok to do so. Don’t take your destination as a living museum! Also, note that photography in shrine rooms of dzongs, monasteries and religious institutions is generally not permitted. Outdoor photography is usually permitted, but when visiting such places, please check with your guide before taking any photographs.
“Kuzu Zangpola” Greetings! & Kadinche – Thank you! Dzongkha is the national language. English is commonly spoken throughout the Kingdom.
Ngultrum is the local currency. The Ngultrum is pegged with the Indian Rupee at par. Foreign currency exchange services are available at the local banks. Updated foreign exchange rate information can be found at the local bank website and at the airport.
Banks have also installed many ATM across the country. The ATM accepts VISA and MasterCard. Service charges may vary depending on the country and the Bank of where the card was issued and therefore we recommend travellers to get in touch with their bank prior to travelling to Bhutan. Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept card payment as well.
Tourist SIM Card:
Local telecom service companies offer tourist SIM card. The services include talk time, text and data services. Tourists can avail the SIM card from the airport or visit distribution shops in town. Tourists are required to submit a copy of their passport. The SIM card cost Ngultrum 100 to 200. SIM cards are available in Standard, Micro and Nano sizes.