Bhutan is a small, landlocked nation located in the eastern Himalayas between India and China. Its landscape ranges from subtropical plains and forests in the South to subalpine forests and snowy mountains in the North. Bhutan is a predominantly Buddhist country and is known as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism.
All foreign nationals (except Indians, Bangladeshis and Maldivians) require a Bhutanese visa to travel to Bhutan. All Bhutanese visas are issued only by Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan. Furthermore, Bhutan visa is issued only from head office of the Department of Immigration which is based in Thimphu- the capital city of Bhutan.
Visas are only issued to the tourists who have booked their trip to Bhutan with local licensed tour operators such as Bhutan all seasons Tours & Treks, either directly or through foreign travel agents. Tourist visa applications should to be submitted by a local licensed Bhutanese tour company like Access Bhutan Tours or any other local Bhutanese tour companies and visas have to be obtained in advance for traveling to Bhutan.
Bhutan is ranked as one of the safest tourist destinations on our planet-it has an extremely low crime rate and people do not exhibit that irritating invasive curiosity that you find in many other destinations.
Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum. Its value is tied to the Indian Rupee which is also accepted as legal tender. However Indian notes in 500 and 1000 denominations are not acceptable.
EMERGENCY, when you are away/on your way to Bhutan, if we need to contact you or someone in your country, kindly provide us with the contact person name and number.
Some useful Phrases:
Hello: Ku zu zampola (meaning good health)
Thank you: Ka din cheyla
Good bye: Lus la