General

Frequently Asked Questions


What is included in the daily fee?

The daily fee of USD 200 (off season) or USD 250 (peak season) includes:

  • A night's stay in a 3-star hotel or farm stay (4 & 5 star hotels may require an added fee)
  • Three meals per day at standard hotels or restaurants
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide (for the extent of your stay)
  • All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • A sustainable tourism royalty of USD 65

Please see https://mybhutan.com/pricing for pricing details.


What is the easiest way to book a trip to Bhutan?

MyBhutan.com is now the easiest way to book your trip. We're the only one-stop portal for travel to Bhutan, the place where you can create your entire itinerary, connect with a local agency, process your visa application, and pay for your trip — all at a cheaper rate for the same services than you will find anywhere else.


What currency is used in Bhutan?

Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum. Its value is tied to the Indian Rupee which is also accepted as legal tender. However, Indian notes in 500 and 1000 denominations are not acceptable...


What are the popular sports in Bhutan?

Archery, the national sport, tops the list of popular sports in Bhutan; a sport that is played internationally as well as domestically using both traditional and modern equipment. The Kingdom of Bhutan maintains an Olympic archery team.

Other popular sports played at international levels are basketball, football and futsal. Baseball was introduced by MyBhutan's founder in 2013 and was recently voted by the districts as a favorite sport in country.


What is the capital of Bhutan?

Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan. With altitude ranging between 2,248m and 2,648m, Thimphu is officially the world’s third highest capital city.

Punakha District served as the capital of Bhutan until 1952.


What is the climate in Bhutan?

The climate in Bhutan is extremely varied, which can be attributed to two main factors, the vast differences in altitude present in the country and the mild influence of North Indian monsoons. The climate is humid and subtropical in southern plains and foothills, temperate in the inner Himalayan valleys of the southern and central regions, and cold in the north with year-round snow on the main Himalayan summits. Temperatures vary according to elevation and season.


What religions are practiced in Bhutan?

With the freedom of religion guaranteed by the Constitution of the Royal Government of Bhutan, the majority of the population practice Buddhism, which was introduced into the country in the 8th Century by Guru Padmasambhava.

Christianity, Hinduism and Islam are also practiced by a smaller percentage of the population.


Can I withdraw money in Bhutan?

ATMs are available in the major districts of Bhutan. There are also a select few in other districts. If heading into the districts, it is easier to withdraw cash in Thimphu or Paro before heading out.

There is a currency exchange desk at the Paro International Airport. The banks in Bhutan publish daily rates at which you can exchange foreign currency for Ngultrum at the bank branches. Please discuss with your tour guide regarding accessibility to cash as you visit each area on your itinerary.

Foreign cards do not work at all ATMs.


What is the traditional architecture of Bhutan?

Constructed with rammed earth, buildings in Bhutan have always been traditionally built by skilled craftsmen without any proper plans. This distinct and unique style of construction is a skill that has been passed down from generations.

The three main types of buildings are the large imposing Dzongs (fortresses) which serve as municipal and religious headquarters of the districts, large rural farmhouses and various kinds of religious structures of various kinds (from large temples to small stupas).


Is there television in Bhutan?

Television was formally introduced to Bhutan in June of 1999, in the form of the Bhutan Broadcasting Service, officially picking up the title of ‘the last country to open up to television broadcasting’. The collective request of the general population for a live broadcast of the ’98 World Cup Finals led to the government finally allowing the introduction of television.