Tergo Travels, Bhutan

Tergo Travels, Bhutan

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ENTERING AND EXITING BHUTAN:

The easiest way to the Dragon country is by Druk Air flight to Paro, a spectacular valley, one and half hour drive from the capital, Thimphu. More information can be obtained from www.drukair.com.bt. Druk Air services can be obtained from the following countries: · India : Delhi & Calcutta · Nepal : Kathmandu · Thailand : Bangkok · Bangladesh : Dhaka. Druk Air is the only airline operating in Bhutan. If you want to combine your trip to Bhutan by land with a visit to nearby Indian States of West Bengal, Sikkim, and other northeastern states, you might want to enter or exit through a border town.

The other way would be to fly to Bagdora, an Indian airport, four hours drive from Phuntsholing, a town in southern Bhutan.

It is also possible to enter and exit Bhutan through Phuentsholing, the southern Bhutanese border town. Bagdogra, in the state of West Bengal (India) is the nearest airport and is approximately 4 hours drive away. For travelers wishing to visit Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal along with Bhutan, Phuentsholing serves is probably the convenient Point of entry/exit.

One can also exit from Bhutan Samdrup Jongkhar also. This frontier Bhutanese town is approximately 3 hours drive from Guwahati, the capital town of Indian north eastern state of Assam. Samdrup Jongkhar is only and authorized exit point and is an important link for visiting further north eastern states in India.

Please note that as per Government Rules, it is mandatory to travel at least one way by Druk Air, which can be either entry or exit or both. However, if Druk Air seats are not available, both entry and exit by surface is also permitted.

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VISAS AND PASSPORTS:
Travelers to Bhutan are permitted only as a member of a tour group. Visas are must for entering into the kingdom, and this can be arranged by the tour operator. Visa will be issued at Paro, with a fee of US$ 20 per person for 14-days visit.

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MONEY/CURRENCY:
Bhutan unit of currency is the Ngultrum (Nu.), with 100 Chetrum = 1Ngultrum. The Ngultrum is fixed to the value of Indian rupee. Tourists are advised to carry their money in form of traveler checks (preferably American Express) with a little cash (US Dollars) which might be needed for incidental expenses. A few places accept visa and American express credit cards.

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LANGUAGE:
Dzongkha is the national language of Bhutan and is one of the Tibetan families of languages. English is commonly spoken in main towns and also it is the medium of education in schools throughout the Kingdom.

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TRANSPORTATION AND LODGING:
Tergo Travels arranges comfortable hotels and lodges which is available in most of the places of interest. However on the trekking routes, tents are generally used. For transportation, comfortable vehicles are provided.

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TOUR GUIDES:
All clients of Tergo Travels are escorted by well trained and knowledgeable guides who are certified by Tourism Authority of Bhutan. Tergo Travels can also provide the services of German, Japanese and French speaking guides with prior information and on additional cost.

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TIME TO TRAVEL:
Bhutan has a season for everyone. The Kingdom stretches across all climatic zones; from the sub-tropical jungles in the south, to the moderate heights of 2000 – 2500 metres in the centre and up to the alpine world of the towering Himalayas and glaciers of the north.

In winter the South beckons. Dry and pleasant conditions make this the best time of year for bird watching in the jungles, village to village trekking in the lower altitudes or a bicycle trip along quiet mountain roads. The trekking routes in the high mountains are covered in deep snow and are impassable at this time of year. The impressive and endangered Black Necked Crane spends the winter in the high valley of Bumdeling (in eastern Bhutan) and Phobjika (in central Bhutan).

In spring the trekking season commences in moderate altitudes. Above 3,000 metres spectacular rhododendron forests bloom. It is also the perfect time for a rafting tour. In Paro, one of the largest monastic festivals – Paro tshechu – takes place.

The temperature is pleasantly mild even up to the Alp regions. Rain comes only in May as the harbinger of the approaching monsoon.

The summer brings with it the monsoon, but this should not deter travellers. In the settled areas of the medium ranges of Central and Western Bhutan pleasant summer temperatures without heat or humidity can be found. Rain falls for short periods daily but is manageable with adequate planning and equipment. Treks in high mountain areas, e.g. the Snowman Trek, are characterised by mild temperatures, verdant green meadows, and pastures of Blue Poppies and Edelweiss. Nomads tending their yaks in the high Alps are a common sight.

Autumn is the traditional high season in Bhutan. September and October have the highest number of tshechus (monastic festivals). Trekkers particularly enjoy the clear view of the mountains in October and the low rainfall. Rice harvest means a picturesque landscape remarkable terraces and changing colour.

Temperatures and vegetation in the altitudes between 200 and 300 metres are comparable to the moderate climate of middle Europe. The tree line lies just less than 4000 metres. During winter there is little precipitation. Snow falls rarely below 2500 metres.

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CLOTHING:
Due to wide range of temperature and climatic conditions it is advisable to bring appropriate clothing. For protection against cold-layered clothing is better than a few thick ones, so choose your cloths accordingly. Cloths should preferably be made from natural materials, which allow the body to breathe better. You will be offending people if you walk around in skimpy or tight fitting clothes. Although there are normally opportunities to wear shorts, we would advise women to wear skirts or loose trousers, men should not wear singlet. During visit of monasteries, Dzong and other religious institutions you should not wear shorts & hats.

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What to Pack:
1. Clothes as per season,
2. sunglasses / spare glasses or contact lenses,
3. sun screen, preparation for relief of sunburn,
4. pair of casual shoes,
5. washing kit,
6. shaving kit,
7. towel,
8. hat,
9. umbrella,
10. camera, film and accessories,
11. books, maps,
12. insect repellent,
13. hand cream,
14. small sewing kit & safety pins,
15. torch or flash light with spare batteries,
16. mirror,
17. nail clippers,
18. scissors,
19. lip salve or soluble aspirin,
20. antiseptic cream,
21. anti-histamine cream,
22. anti diarrhea pills.

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PHOTOGRAPHY:
The photographic opportunities on all trips are immense. You will also wish to record the local people, their houses and shops etc. Always ask by gesture if it is ok to do so. Don’t take your destination as living museum. Also while visiting Dzong, monasteries and religious institutions, please follow your guide’s instruction carefully.35mm color print film is readily available. Slide film is more difficult to find. Bring enough batteries if you use lithium batteries.

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HEALTH INFORMATION:
No vaccinations are currently required for traveling to Bhutan. However if you are arriving from an area infected with yellow fever, you are required to have a yellow fever vaccination and should be administered at least 10 days before your arrival in Bhutan. Also if arriving from a Cholera infected area, the vaccination is strongly recommended. Anti-malarial medication is also recommended for all travelers who are visiting rural areas in the districts that border India.

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SHOPPING:
The country’s exquisite postage stamps, lovely hand woven fabrics, carved masks, woven baskets, wooden bowls, handmade papers, finely crafted metal objects, thangka paintings are the items mostly purchased by travelers in Bhutan. Buying and selling of antiques is strictly forbidden in the Kingdom.

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GRATUITIES:
Tipping is neither compulsory nor is there any fixed amount, but it is normally expected – it is left to the individual to determine how much to tip depending on how much the individual concerned added to the value of your travel experience. You can either tip in US dollars, Euros or in Ngultrum.

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ELECTRICITY:
In Bhutan, electricity runs at 220/240 volts, 50 Hz. If you do bring electrical appliances, bring along an international converter kit complete with a set of adaptor plugs.

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TIME:
Bhutan is 6 hours ahead of GMT and there is only one time zone throughout the country.