Tips and recommendations on a trip to Bhutan
Isolated for many centuries Bhutan and today is open only by a limited circle of tourists. In the year, Bhutan accepts only 8 thousand tourists, which is explained by the care of the government on the preservation of the country’s ecosystem and the national identity of the Bhutanese people.
Tourism Department (Tab, Tourism Authority of Bhutan) regulates all forms of tourist activities in the country. All local tour operators must be registered in the Department, and 35% of their daily revenues go directly in Tab. This money is used by the Government for the socio-economic development of Bhutan, the construction of hospitals, schools and roads. The Tourism Department issues special information booklets that describe all aspects of Bhutan travel (the tour operator is obliged to familiarize tourists with their content).
The tourist industry in the country is just beginning to develop, so it is fairly difficult to find warm clothes, special equipment and sleeping bag is pretty difficult. Tour operators usually provide only pack animals, rugs, dishes, kitchen equipment and provide tourists with drivers with vehicles and guides that are required to provide a full range of services. You should also bring a photo and video flashlight with you, as well as batteries and batteries for cameras (in place it is not easy, and what is for sale, often low quality). Show film in place is also difficult. Photographing in museums and on the territory of some monasteries is prohibited. The buttons themselves are usually happy to positive in front of the camera, although it is still worth asking for shooting permission.
Climate Bhutan, despite its southern location, rather inhomogeneous. In the mountainous areas, even in the summer can be quite cool, and in winter – so simple cold. In Tchimphu in winter at night, it is especially cold, and since in some hotels, the heating is quite economical, in the rooms frankly nezarko (the buttons themselves are pretty philosophically). In most local hotels, the heating is rather archaic – gas speakers, heating water in the heat center or even directly – the air in the room.
In the southern regions of the country in the afternoon warm and winter, and in summer, but at night and at dawn, the temperature even in July may descend to +6. When traveling to Bhutan at any time of the year, they will not be superfluous things, and in winter – outerwear on fur and warm linen. When planning hiking, you should take a fully insulated jacket and pants, warm hat and strong mountain boots with thick socks.
Television throughout Bhutan is prohibited, home TVs are usually used only to view video films (the question of creating national television is only discussed). However, most hotels are equipped with satellite television systems with a large selection of television channels.
Officially movement in the country is not limited. However, the territories of large reserves and some religious centers are closed for tourists, which is explained by concern about the solitude of monasteries and the preservation of local flora and fauna. The tour operator is obliged to provide a full list of seats or events that are open to foreign tourists.
Not accepted bargain. Prices in fixed stores.
The main obstacle to foreign tourists is the financial barrier – each traveler is obliged to pay $ 200 for the day of staying in the country from March to November, or $ 165 from June to August and from December to February. With individual travelers and groups, less than four people are charged an additional tax over this, in the amount of $ 40 per day for individual travelers, $ 30 per day for groups in two people and $ 20 per day for groups in three people. These charges cover all tourist expenses for accommodation, food, transport within Bhutan, payment of services of guides, sweeters and conductors, as well as all expenses for the organization of the cultural program, regardless of location and type of placement. The collection does not include payment of beverages and some types of entertainment.
Voltage in power grid 230 V, 50 Hz. Bhutan is a major electricity supplier to the Asian market, but in the country itself there are jumps of voltage in the network and even short-term shutdowns. It is recommended when using expensive instruments to have network filters or uninterruptible power sources.
System of Mer
Metric measures and weights system.
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