Buddhist ascetics, mystic mountains and a way of life based on spiritual devotion, Bhutan’s centuries-old tradition is far from forgotten.

Long shut off from the rest of the world, Bhutan has retained a culture and lifestyle that revolves around the sacred. Hundreds of monks live out their reverence in glorious monasteries, and nuns devote their lives to charity. With a capital city that forbids foreign architecture, the traditions of Bhutan are painted on every facade. Trouping through the mountains reveals mystical views of holy peaks and passes. It’s no wonder these mountain ranges are said to house deities within.

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Entry and exit requirements for Bhutan are strict and tightly controlled. All nationalities except for Indian require visas to visit Bhutan. Visas must be obtained in advance and can’t be issued at the airport or border.

Peregrine travellers will be issued a group visa which states that all travellers must arrive and depart according to the dates of the tour. Travellers are advised to arrive in and depart the country on the dates that the Peregrine tour begins and ends. We are unable to assist with booking additional accommodation outside of these dates, except for rare instances were there are no flights on those dates. In this situation, you’ll need a special individual visa which will add significant costs to your tour.

Tipping isn’t vital in Bhutan but many locals who work in the tourism industry are used to getting tips. You might like to give a small tip to show your appreciation towards drives, porters and restaurant staff.

Internet access is prevalent at large hotels and some internet cafes can be found in Thimphu and Paro. Internet access is hard to find outside of these areas.

Mobile phone coverage is available in major cities but is less common outside of there areas. Arrange to have global roaming activated with your provider if you wish to use your phone while travelling.

Flush toilets can be found at large hotels and some tourist areas, but for the most part, toilets in Bhutan are of the squat variety. Soap and toilet paper may not be provided so you may choose to carry some with you.

Due to the tourist regulations in Bhutan, meals are included in travel arrangements. You can use local currency to buy drinks and snacks or the US dollar to buy souvenirs.

  • Prayer flags = US$1
  • Hand made coin purse = US$5-10
  • Gofur (wooden bowl) = US$10-15
  • Ceremonial mask = US$20-40

Tap water in Bhutan is not potable. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.

International credit cards are generally not accepted in Bhutan except for a few tourist shops. Arrange alternative payment methods before you leave and prepare to carry cash with you if you wish to make purchases.

ATMs are uncommon in Bhutan and are unlikely to be internationally connected or reliable.

ATMs are uncommon in Bhutan and are unlikely to be internationally connected or reliable.

Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

For more information on insurance, please go to: http://www.peregrineadventures.com/how-we-can-help/our-services

For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Bhutan/public-holidays