NATRAJ TREKKING     Since 1967
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Travel Tips

What to bring?
Druk Air observes a baggage weight limit of 20 kilogram's (44 lb) in economy class and 30 kilogram's (66lb) in business class so it may be troublesome and expensive to carry too much. Casual clothes are generally most suitable though a set of formal wear might come in handy as might rain gear, windbreakers, sun caps and sunglasses. You should come prepared for vast contrasts of weather.

Sun cream and lip protection will help. Strange as it may seem you may wish midway through your stay that you had brought along a set of ear plugs, a Swiss army knife or useful equivalent, a small backpack, and a soft suitcase instead of one made of less versatile material.

For trekking a duffel bag would be very useful

Guides

All our tours are escorted by well trained and knowledgeable English speaking guides, certified and licensed . Language speaking guides may also be provided with sufficient prior notice and at an additional cost and if available. When travelling with BTS, you can be confident that your guide is totally focused on making your Bhutan experience a culturally and spiritually rich: memory of a life time.

Insurance

If you plan to trek or engage in adventure sport and if you plan to come through one of our associate companies abroad it is advisable that you are covered by a fully comprehensive travel insurance policy as such policies are non-existent in Bhutan.

Insurance will prove useful should trekkers not able to continue trekking and stay at hotels on direct payment and for unforeseen needs like helicopter rescue crop up.

Money Matters

Generally Indian rupees less that 500 denominations are accepted in Bhutan. Cash US dollars are preferred for daily expenses and also for small shopping. Money can be exchanged at the Paro airport and also in hotels. The exchange rate is best in Banks in Bhutan.

Master Cards and Visa Cards are mostly accepted in larger shops and hotels.

Customs formalities

Customs regulations are strict with Antique export. One must not buy any which are more than 100 years old. Be sure to complete the Customs form for declaring imported articles for personal use in Bhutan.

Smoking

Sale of tobacco is totally banned and prohibited in Bhutan. However for smokers may import maximum of 200 Cigarettes a visit while paying 200 % taxes on entry to Bhutan. Smoking is only allowed in designated areas in Bhutan and not allowed in public places.

Currency

The national currency of Bhutan is the Ngultrum (Nu.) valued at par with the Indian Rupee, which is also used in the country. As of midyear 2001, the Ngultrum's exchange value hung at about Nu. 48 to the US Dollar. Visa and American Express credit cards are accepted in few places but have a limited use.

Traveller cheques as well as US and Hong Kong Dollars, Pound Sterling, French and Swiss Francs, German Mark, and Japanese Yen can be exchanged at local banks and at most hotels.

Nepali rupees and Thai Baht are not accepted in Bhutan although Indian rupees (only INR 100 denominations are accepted in Bhutan)

Altitude and Climate

Although only the size of Switzerland, Bhutan's topography and climate are those of dramatic contrasts. The land rises from the southern sub-tropics at an altitude of about 1,000 feet above sea level to snow-capped peaks of over 20,000 feet in the north. The central temperate belt, which encompasses most of the major settlements and tourist haunts, ranges from about 4,500 to 14,000 feet. The capital city of Thimphu, for example, is situated at 8,300 feet.

The climate along this belt defies generalization but it can be safely said that spring (March to May) brings warm days and cool nights with the mercury averaging 20 degrees Celsius at daytime. With June come occasional downpours and summer temperatures peak at over 27 degrees Celsius. The milder months of fall (September to November) are less wet and are the best time of the year for trekking. The ensuing months are the driest and nighttime temperatures often plummet to below zero. However, winter offers its own charms of sunny blue skies and unhindered view of snow-capped mountains.

Electricity

Electricity is reasonably stable in Bhutan . The voltage used is 220v in Bhutan. It is possible to recharge your camera batteries in most accommodations. Film batteries may be difficult to get in most places in Bhutan, therefore it is advised that you bring along enough.

Decorum

Festivals are religious events and held is purified and consecrated areas, so when you are watching a festival you must be decently dressed in respect to the local culture and tradition. Miniskirts, shorts and hats are also not allowed while you witness festivals and entering Dzongs and Monasteries. The dancers possess a spiritual power, which cleanses, purifies, enlightens and blesses the spectators.

Remember, too, that smoking is not permitted in public places in Bhutan.

Client Reviews

QuoteHi Anil
MANY, MANY, MANY thanks for organising our tour itinerary while in Nepal. We had an ABSOLUTELY fantastic time in Chitwan, Pokhara and Dhampus. We shall never forget it, and so enjoyed the experience, the wonderful and friendly people, the culture, the food, the country, the mountain trekking, jungle walks, bird watching, wildlife, elephant rides, canoeing, village walks, photography, and other general "tourist stuff".

Howard Adam
President & CEO

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