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Go anytime – you won’t be disappointed. However If you are prepared to travel outside of the peak season periods (APR-MAY and mid SEP-NOV) there are fewer tourist visitors & you will enjoy a more rewarding experience. We especially recommend June – July (Summer) and December-March (Winter/Spring). If you are trekking you will need to generally travel in the peak season months for suitable conditions.
Lets put this myth to sleep staight away! Because the Bhutanese Government has imposed an ‘all inclusive’ nightly tariff structure a Bhutan tour can ‘appear’ to be expensive.Considering every visitor has access to a private guide, driver, private vehicle and a land package including all meals, accommodation, sightseeing, entry fees, transfers, taxes, Govt Royalties & visa fees it is indeed excellent value for money.
It is not possible to gain an entry visa for Bhutan unless you pre-pay for a pre-arranged land package itinerary with a licensed and approved inbound operator and pay the appropriate nightly tariff. Bhutan prohibits independent backpacker style visitors to maintain its strict cultural and ecological values. However please be aware you can enjoy a degree of flexibility during each day to hike, visit markets & villages and interact with locals as you wish.
You can can bring in any major currency to Bhutan (USD,SGD,AUG,EUR,.. etc), then you can change them into the local currency (Ngultrum, BTN). the most convenient place to change it would be at the Money changer located at Paro airport. Otherwise you can use Indian Rupees as well, their value is the same as the Ngultrum and they are widely accepted in Bhutan. Some shops such as souvenir and handicraft shops may accept USD directly for the transactions.
Most of the standard tourist class hotels will have a business centre where you can use their PC to access your emails/internet A few of the newer hotels now have wireless broadband and there are internet cafe’s in most valleys. All of the luxury resorts & lodges offer a wireless internet facility however not necessarily in guest rooms.
Bhutan, like many countries in the world, is experiencing some climate change. Broadly speaking Summers (June-mid-September) are warm, humid and wetter and Winters (Dec-early March) cooler and dry. Winter nights are cold however the days are clear, sunny and surprisingly mild in the valleys and only averaging 2 snow falls per annum. The wettest month is August.
You should expect to get your visa only between 14 to 5 days prior to your departure. Remember to print out a copy of your visa so that you can present it at the Druk Air Check-in counter and also at immigration points.
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