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    Bhutan General Information

    Food & Accomodation

    A typically Bhutanese staple is rice, ema datsi (chili and cheese curry), and suja (butter tea). So, expect this fare, should you visit or stay in a farmhouse. Most hotels also serve Indian, Chinese, and Continental dishes.

    Although star-rated recently, the standard of accommodation in most tourist hotels, lodges, and guesthouses, remains relatively basic. The more frequented districts in western parts of the country generally offer better standards of accommodation than the less frequented eastern and southern parts. However, since all the hotels are approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan, you can expect at least a decent standard.

    We can also arrange farmhouses with the most basic of amenities where you will be able to experience the typical Bhutanese lifestyle. Bhutan¹s famed hot stone bath can be arranged in a farmhouse.

    Transportation & Communication

    The only mode of transportation within Bhutan is by motor vehicles. There is no domestic air service yet. And trains are not feasible given the mountainous terrain. However, domestic air travel might be possible in another couple of years.

    The national lateral highway runs from west to east covering some 550 kilometers. Roads have reached all major towns and villages in the country. However, during monsoons, roads may be blocked by landslides and flash floods, disrupting travel.

    All district headquarters and major towns have communication facilities like Internet Cafes, Post Offices, and Telephone Kiosks with international dialing facilities. You can send home beautiful post cards from all corners of Bhutan. Most of Bhutan has mobile phone coverage, and as B-Mobile has agreements with some Asian and European countries on mobile roaming, cellular phones from these countries can be operated in Bhutan.

    Smoking

    Buying and selling of tobacco products is banned in Bhutan. It is prohibited to smoke in public places. It is also sacrilegious to smoke near temples and any other religious sites.

    Safety

    Crime is not a problem in Bhutan, and the country remains one of the safest countries in the world. However, we advise you not to venture out after 9 pm. If you really need to go out, be sure your are accompanied by a guide. Always ensure that your belongings, especially your passports, route permits, cameras, wallets and purses are secured. There have been stray incidents of theft in the past.

    Electricity

    All major towns are well connected with electricity that runs on 220/240 volts with round hole two-pin and three-pin power outlets.

    Clothing

    Given Bhutan’s varied climate and seasons, you are advised to carry a variety of clothes. Make sure you bring a hardy pair of boots and a rain gear. We recommend warm clothes in the evenings and mornings. When visiting temples, remove shoes and head gear and wear clothing that expresses respect for the sacred nature of the site. You will need to wear pants and long shirts for a little formality.

    Climate

    Bhutan experiences four distinct seasons, similar in their divisions to those of Western Europe: spring, monsoon, autumn, and winter. Most tourist visit Bhutan in spring and autumn.

    Spring is the time when Bhutan¹s rich flora is at its best as hundreds of varieties of flowers bloom. And during this time around, the skies are clear and you can see towering snow-covered mountains of the Himalayas. Even in spring Bhutan¹s fierce winter, especially in high altitudes, isn¹t over. Tourists who intend to visit during this time are advised to bring along some winter clothes. Spring season starts from March and ends roughly in June. Another good time of the year ­ autumn ­ begins from September and lasts till the end of November.

    Monsoon brings heavy downpours and occurs between June and August when the temperature is normally between 8° and 21°C (46°-70°F).
    Winters in Bhutan are cold and dry with most high lying places snow-covered. Winter lasts here from December to February.
    Summers are humid and the country experiences heavy rains and frequent road blocks.

    However, Bhutan’s climatic conditions are different at different places and locations because of country¹s geography. Some places in Bhutan are as low as 100m, while others are more than 7,000m above sea level. In the north of Bhutan on the borders with Tibet it is perennially covered with snow.

    Bhutan has three different climatic zones: subtropical in the south, temperate in the central region, and alpine in the north.