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MONEY

Bhutan’s currency is the Ngultrum (Nu.) and pegged at par with the Indian Rupee. POS (Point of Sale) services are available, allowing you to pay by credit card at most hotels and handicrafts stores.

Note: INR (Indian Rupees) denominations of 500 and 1000 are not accepted in Bhutan. 

SIM Card

Bhutan has a comprehensive mobile (cell) phone network with global roaming also assessable facilities. If you require a SIM card, it can be made available. SIMs are usually regular, micro and nano in size.

TIPPING

Tipping is a purely personal matter. We leave it up to you as to whether you want to give a gratuity to your guides and drivers. However, if doing so, we recommend that you place the gratuity in an envelope.

What to Pack?

With great altitude variations, the weather is quite unpredictable in Bhutan. We advise you to dress in layers - as temperatures will vary in different regions. Some standard items to pack - hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, rain gear, good walking shoes, spare batteries/chargers for your electronics, and any prescription medication you are taking.

Cultural Tips

It's always good to have some cultural information and following it in Bhutan can win you great appreciation from the locals. Some common tips - ask for permission if you are photographing a person, remove shoes and hats before entering a temple, and photography is prohibited in religious places. Leaving a donation at the temple is at personal discretion. Normally all Bhutanese do as a small offering.

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