General Information



Bhutan is commonly known as the ‘Land of the Peaceful Dragon’ (Druk Yul).  It is also supposed to be the last Shangrila, in the midst of the incredible topography, and owing its air of tranquility to the peace and harmony within the country.  The tourism policies in Bhutan is based on the principle of sustainable growth where the tourism industries must be environmental, ecologically, socially and culturally acceptable as well as economically viable.


National Symbols of Bhutan:


 National Symbols









 Blue Poppy






 Druk Tsendhen


 Kira (Women)

 Gho (male)




Bhutan has a total of 16 dialects, from which Dzongkha has been termed as the national language.   Dzongkha means ‘the language of the Dzong (fortress)’.  However, English is the principal medium used in schools, which is precisely the main reason why English is commonly spoken in most parts of Bhutan.


Health Inoculations


No vaccinations are currently required while traveling to Bhutan. As a minimum requirement, you must take shots for tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis A.




Due to the mountainous terrain, we advise all our guests to bring appropriate medicine for car sickness (just in case).  We also suggest all our guests drink only bottled mineral water, since the tap water in Bhutan is not treated.  Furthermore, we would like to remind our guests to bring any medication that is taken regularly or even periodically.





 Winter (Jan-Mar)

Spring (Apr-Jun)


Fall (Oct-Dec)


 -5.8 to 9.4

 4.6 to 17.6

 14.9 to 26.8

 7.4 to 18.7


 -2.6 to 12.3

 7.1 to 20.0

 13.4 to 28.9

 10.4 to 28.9


 4.2 to 16.1

 11.9 to 24.4

 21.6 to 32.0

 18.9 to 27.8


 4.3 to17.0

 12.9 to 26.2

 16.2 to 28.4

 14.7 to 26.1


 -0.2 to 13.0

 6.6 to 20.1

 15.3 to 25.3

 11.7 to 28.8


 5.1 to 10.8

 3.9 to 17.7

 10.9 to 24.1

 5.9 to 19.5


 8.2 to 15.5

 14.0 to 22.8

 15.8 to 26.1

 15.8 to 22.7


 10.5 to20.4

 17.0 to 28.3

 23.1 to 31.5

 17.7 to 29.1



Distance between the Dzongkhags




Distance (Km)

Driving Time



55 km

2 hours



70 km

3 hours



180 km

6 hours



76 km

3 hours



70 km

3 hours



17 km

45 min


Gangtey (Phobjikha)

70 km

3 hours

Gangtey (Phobjikha)


125 km

4.1/2 hours



129 km

5 hours



68 km

3 hours



198 km

7 hours




























As you can see above, Bhutan anticipates a wide range of temperature due to the mountainous terrain; hence it is advisable to dress in layers.Bring comfortable sports shoes for light hikes & sightseeing; semi-formal shoes for dinners/appointments/functions.While visiting the Buddhist institutions or the Dzongs, dress neatly and wear full sleeved collared shirts (covered arms, no shorts or short skirts).  It is also important that the guests remove hats, caps, sunglasses before entering the vicinity of Dzongs or religious complexes, as a token of respect. 




We advise the tourists to carry their money in the form of traveler’s cheques preferably in American Express.  However, US dollars are also widely accepted.  Visa and master cards are also recognized by the banks, which allows a maximum withdrawal of 300-600$ per day. An approximate amount of 10$ per day is calculated as miscellaneous expenditure incurred by individuals on laundry, postcards, overseas calls, 




In Bhutan, electricity runs on 220/240 volts, with round hole two-pin and three-pin power outlets. If you bring electrical appliances, also pack appropriate adapter plugs.




Most hotels in major towns have free wifi services (either in the room, or lobby or both) and in some hotels, it may be chargeable.Data Cards for the internet (usb/thumb drives) can also be purchased and can be used where ever there is a cellular network (B-mobile or Tashi Cell).




The standard hotels in Bhutan mostly refer to the 2-3 star hotels, which is usually properly maintained for tourists.  Most of the 5-star luxury hotels are located in Paro and Thimphu, and a few 4 stars in Punakha, Gangtey, and Bumthang.  The accommodations in the central and eastern parts of Bhutan can be more basic. 




Bhutanese delicacies are rich with spicy chilies and cheese. The tourist restaurants will normally tone down the chilly for visitors. Chinese, Continental, Bhutanese and Indian cuisine are available in the hotels and local tourist restaurants.




Photographies in shrine rooms of the Dzongs, Chortens, Monasteries and any form of religious institutions is strictly prohibited.  However, scenic photography of the natural habitat, villages, locals, houses, monks, animals, etc is totally acceptable.




Hotel and restaurant bills include service charges amounting to 5-10%. There is no need to add anything further on this. Pelden Bhutan Holidays will take care of this.


Tipping of your guide and the driver is a purely personal matter.