Tourism Policy

Tourism in Bhutan is managed through a partnership of government and private travel agencies visioning the the ‘high value, low impact’ tourism policy. There is a minimum daily tariff fixed by the government which includes all of your accommodation, food, land transport within Bhutan, services of guides and porters, supply of pack animals on treks, and cultural programs as appropriate

Safety: Bhutan is one of the safest countries in the world for tourists. Most of the Bhutanese people are very friendly

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Drukair

Food & accommodation

A typical Bhutanese staple is rice, ema datsi (chili and cheese curry), Phaksha Paa (seasoned pork), Shakam (Bhutanese version of beef jerky) and suja (butter tea). While most hotels serve Continental, Indian and Chinese dishes. While in Bhutan, we expect our guests to try Bhutanese dishes.

The more frequented districts in western parts of the country generally offer better standards of accommodation than the less visited eastern and southern parts. However, since all the hotels are approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan, you can expect at a decent standard

A Farmhouse stay with the most basic of amenities where you will be able to experience the typical Bhutanese lifestyle can be arranged for visitors to experience the real Bhutan

 

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resort Uma

Transportation & communication

The most popular mode of transportation within Bhutan is by motor vehicles. Domestic air travel while possible with the opening of two airports at Yongphula in East and Bumthang in Central Bhutan, however it is not very reliable mainly due to weather conditions.

Roads have reached all major towns and villages in the country. However, during monsoons, roads may be blocked by landslides and flash floods, disrupting travel.

All major towns have communication facilities like Internet Cafes, Post Offices, and Telephone Kiosks with international dialing facilities. Most of Bhutan has mobile phone coverage operated by B-Mobile and T-Cell the only two service providers in the country

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Paro Road

 Bank & Shopping

Bhutan’s currency is the ngultrum (Nu.) and is on par with the Indian Rupee, also an accepted legal tender in the country. It is however recommended that you carry travelers’ checks or cash, preferably American Express and US dollar instead, as the ATM facilities for foreign currency is limited to just few towns including the capital city Thimphu. Visa and American Express credit cards are also widely accepted. You may change dollars, Euros, traveler’s checks, and a few other convertible currencies at banks and bigger hotels in all major towns.

Shopping & credit cards: The most popular tourist purchases include traditional Bhutanese arts and handicrafts, Buddhist paintings (thangka), textiles, and wood carvings. Bhutanese hand-woven textile is prized around the world. You can buy them in most handicraft boutiques. Credit cards (MasterCard, Visa & American Express) are accepted only by a handful of shops and hotels in bigger towns. Therefore, we suggest you carry sufficient traveler’s checks and cash

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BNB Bank

Other Basic Tips

Travel/Medical Insurance: The Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan (RICB) has initiated a travel and a medical scheme solely for our visitors. If you wish to apply for one, Merik Tours shall get detailed information about the insurance scheme. You may also visit the RICB website at www.ricb.com.bt

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

Language: Bhutan’s national language is Dzongkha. However, English is widely spoken in most parts of the country.

Smoking: Buying and selling of tobacco products is banned in Bhutan. It is prohibited to smoke in public places and nearby temples and any other religious sites.

Electricity: All major towns are well connected with electricity that runs on 220/240 volts with round hole two-pin and three-pin power outlets.

Clothing: Given Bhutan’s varied climate and seasons, you are advised to carry a variety of clothes. Make sure you bring a hardy pair of boots and a rain gear. We recommend warm clothes in the evenings and mornings.

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Chuzom

Travel Experts

Travel Manager: Tshewang Zam

Besides her first hand travel experiences in many parts of the world, Tshewang is knowledgeable about various destinations with a keen understanding of the ins and outs of the travel industry. Her attention to detail and creativity are appreciated by clients looking to plan the vacation of a lifetime. She is the subject matter expert when it comes to your vacation in Bhutan

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Travel Consultants: Team Toronto

As we extend our branch in Toronto, we have an excellent team of Travel Consultants who will not only prepare your travel packages, but also take care of your bookings and payments locally. This would mean that you won’t have to worry about wiring your payments internationally, instead pay as if you are at your favorite grocery store by means of credit card, debit card, email transfers, bank drafts you name it, we will make it as seamless as possible. So shall be any unforeseen cancellations and refunds. We have it covered locally.

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Why Choose Us

Our mission
Our mission is simply to let you discover your happiness at a lower affordable rate without compromising the quality services that Bhutan has to offer.
Easy payment options
We have established the first permanent Bhutanese travel office in Toronto. Our company owns proprieties in Toronto and has legal banking relationship with one of the leading Canadian banks. So you have the worry free option to pay through personal cheques, bank draft, money order, email transfer or major credit cards absolutely protected by the consumer rights.
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