What language is spoken in Bhutan?
The official and most widely spoken language in Bhutan is Dzongkha. However, there are 19 different dialects spoken throughout the country, one of which is English.
What currency is used in Bhutan?
The official currency used in Bhutan is the Ngultrum. While the Ngultrum is widely used among Bhutan residents, the Indian Rupee is also an acceptable form of currency. The Ngultrum and the Rupee share the same monetary value (1 Ngultrum = 1 Rupee). There are a few ATMs in Paro and Thimpu but sometimes they do not work.
How long does it take to get to Bhutan?
The only airline that serves Bhutan is DrukAir. In order to fly to Bhutan, travellers are required to take a connecting flight. Currently, flights only enter from select ports of departure including Kathmandu, Bangkok, Singapore, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Guwahati, and Mumbai. Flight times to Bhutan vary depending on the port of departure. The flight may be as short as 1hr if leaving from Dhaka, or as long as 4.5hr if leaving from Singapore.
Do I need a Visa to travel to Bhutan?
Yes, all visitors travelling to Bhutan require a visa prior to entry into the country. Visas are processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan through a tour operator, such as Goway. Visas are issued upon entry into Bhutan. Just bring your visa clearance letter issued to you by your tour operator and the visa will be stamped into your passport.
When is the best time to travel to Bhutan?
Bhutan experiences a varied climate due to the changes in altitudes. The best time to visit is during the spring months (March-May) as these tend to be dry and experience pleasant temperatures ranging from 15-20°C. As you enter the summer months, the heat and humidity increase and the monsoon season begins. Fall is also a good time to visit. The months of October-December are characterized by bright sunny days, clear air and cooler weather.
Is Bhutan a good place for families?
It certainly can be! If your kids can prepare for the possibility of some heat or rain, trekking, and ethnic cuisine, then Bhutan can definitely be a worthwhile experience for both you and your kids. While long and challenging treks may not be suitable for those with young children, Bhutan’s many National Parks have a number of shorter treks that are only 1-2 hours and which are perfect for families travelling with children who are still looking to experience the nature, wildlife, and breathtaking views. Perhaps enjoy lighting a lantern in one of the many temples, or a swim around the Po Chu River in Punakha. Families may also enjoy the spectacular museums, most of which exhibit the country’s culture and tradition in a very expressive way that will invoke children's imaginations.
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