Altitude in Bhutan
Even though the altitude in Bhutan is higher than most people are used to, altitude sickness is rare in Bhutan as most valleys are under 2,500 metres, and mountain passes are generally only just over 3000 metres. Our cultural tours do not reach altitudes higher than 3,500 metres (except the ‘Journey Across Bhutan’).
Bhutan Driving Distances
The National Highway is the only main road that traverses from the West of the country to the East. It is a 3.5m-wide stretch of tarmac that winds its way up and down mountains, across bridges, along the side of cliffs and over high mountain passes. Roads can be steep and winding, making a journey of 100km a morning’s adventure. Our contemporary fleet of 4WD SUV’s, spacious Toyota station wagons, as well as Toyota Coaster and Hiace buses are perfectly suited to covering these long distances and winding roads.
Bhutan Currency Exchange
Bhutan’s unit of currency is called Ngultrum (Nu.). A Ngultrum has the same value as the Indian rupee, which is also legal in Bhutan. One US dollar equals roughly 54 Nu. Check the current exchange rate at www.xe.com.
INR 100 & 50 Rupee denomination may be used in Bhutan, but Ngultrum cannot be used in India. Indian Rupee denomination note of INR 500/ and INR 1000 are not accepted in Bhutan.
Climate and when to visit
Even though Bhutan is a year-round destination, climate is certainly a consideration when planning your journey, especially if you are trekking. However, Bhutan’s altitude range, from subtropical valleys to alpine peaks, and its busy festival calendar means you can visit Bhutan at any time of the year to explore its attractions and witness colourful festivals.
Accommodation in Bhutan
This boutique hotel, located in Thimphu, Bhutan, is tucked away from noisy city traffic below 12th century Changangkha Lhakhang with wonderful, sweeping views of the Thimphu Valley. The suites are modelled on a mixture of traditional Bhutanese style and service with modern design and soft tones creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. All rooms have underfloor heating, high-quality bedding, separate bedroom and large living space, large private bathroom and kitchen facilities, flat-screen sattelite television, daily housekeeping as well as internet access. In addition to the luxury accommodations, Bhutan Suites also offers fine dining, a bar, relaxing tea-lounge, Wi-Fi broadband internet access, room service, daily housekeeping, currency exchange, 24-hour front desk and laundry service.
Bhutan at Glance
The people of Bhutan are a rich mosaic of lifestyles and languages. However they are also united by their friendliness and unique cultural heritage rooted in Mahayana Buddhism that has remained isolated from western influence. They also treasure their environment, and live in harmony with its elements. The population is mainly concentrated in small towns and villages, and it is in these fascinating places that you can really discover the true spirit of the Bhutanese people.