Getting into Bhutan
If you are willing to visit Bhutan then you can get into this beautiful country via air or by road.
Druk air provides flight from Kathmandu to Paro on alternate days. Druk air and Tashi air (also known as Bhutan airlines) provide domestic flights within Bhutan if you are willing to explore different places in Bhutan via air.
If you are willing to enter into Bhutan via road, then southern gateway of Phuentsholing can be an option via the Indian state of West Bengal. The gateway is around five hours drive from the capital city of Bhutan – Thimpu. The gateway is a normal route if you are thinking of opting for a multinational tour i.e. Nepal, Sikkim, and Bhutan tour.
Except for the travelers from Bangladesh, Maldives, and India, all other visitors require a valid visa to enter into Bhutan. You will need to apply for a visa to Bhutan prior to your date of travel. Nepal Intrepid Treks can apply for your visa once you book a Bhutan tour or treks with us. However, the nationals from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives can obtain a visa to Bhutan at the entry port itself.
Requirements to the process for visa
A color copy of passport (should be clear and readable in jpeg/.pdf format)
The remaining validity of your passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Bhutan
A visa clearance letter will be provided to you prior to your departure along with the Druk air ticket. The visa clearance letter shall be checked at the entry port and visa shall be stamped to your passport.
Travel Insurance is a must when you are traveling to any country as it ensures you from any risk of flight delays, accidents, theft or robbery during the travel.
Currency and Exchange
The currency of Bhutan is quoted in Ngultrum (Nu). And 1 Ngultrum (Nu) = 100 Chetrum (Ch)
Notes are denominated as Nu 5,10, 20, 50, 100 and 500
Coins are denominated in Nu 1, 50, 25 and 20 chetrum
However, US Dollars are also widely accepted in Bhutan.
Useful Bhutan Phrases
- Butter Tea – Suja
- Chili – Ema
- Good Luck – Tashi Delek
- Good-Bye – Legshembe Joen (If you’re The Person Staying)
Legshembe Shug (If you’re The Person Leaving)
- Hello – Kuzo Zangpo La
- How Are You? – Ga De Bay Ye?
- How Much Is The Cost Of This Item? – Di Gi Gong Ga Dem Chi Mo?
- I Am From Nepal – Nga Nepal Lay In.
- My Name Is Ram – Nge Gi Ming Ram In.
- No – Me
- No Thank You – Miju
- Ok – Top
- OK, I Will Buy It – Toob, Nga Gi Nyo Ge.
- Please Reduce The Cost A Bit. – Gong Aa Tsi Phab Nang.
- Potato – Kewa
- Rice – Chum
- See Ya Later – Shoo Lay Log Jay Ge
- Thank You – Kadrin Chhe
- What Is Your Name? – Chhoe Gi Ming Ga Chi Mo?
- Where Is The Toilet? – Chhabsang Ga Ti-Mo?
- Yes – Ing