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Glad you booked our Bhutan February 2020 trip and we hope you are mighty excited. Thought we’d share a list of things to keep in mind, and carry for the trip.
1)To get your Bhutan permit, please carry 2 passport size photos and either your passport or voter’s id. Please note Pan card, Aadhar card or driving license will not do. Please also carry a xerox of the id you get – either passport xerox or voters id. We will need both original id and the xerox document. Make sure you come with both of these things when you fly in to Bagdogra.
2) It’s going to be mostly pleasant weather in Bhutan in February. Mornings will be cool yet sunny, around 12 to 14 degrees. But evenings will be cold, between 3 to 5 degrees. Please carry clothes accordingly. Carry a thick jacket and sweaters. You will need one warm jacket at Chele La Pass for sure as it is very windy there. Carry something to cover your ears and neck as well, like a cap, scarf or a muffler, and gloves.
We would suggest that you also called thermals, for times if it’s get too cold.
Note: While visiting monasteries or any other religious site, it’s mandatory to wear something which covers your knees and arms.
3) Indian currency doesn’t works any more in Bhutan. But nothing to worry, we will get your money changed to Bhutanese currency on the first day of the trip.
You cannot use your debit or credit cards in Bhutan. Even international debit cards will not work. So carry adequate cash. On average, we end up spending approximately Rs 6000 – 7000 on the trip. We are not including personal shopping here. Also, it is always advisable to carry some extra cash in case of emergency etc.
4) You don’t need anything special for the trek. Get a pair of sturdy shoes. If you have trekking shoes, it’s good. It’s not a must. But yes, no sandals on the trek. So do get a pair of good sturdy shoes for sure, with a good sole that grips the surface.
It’s basically a 2-3 hour uphill walk, no rock climbing involved.
It is our recommendation that everyone ups their fitness a bit before the trip.
5) Your Indian sim wont work in Bhutan. International roaming is quite expensive. f you want, you can buy a local sim (get an extra photograph for it, if you plan to buy a sim).
6) The hotels do have wifi, but in our experience in Paro, across the whole town itself, wifi is weak.
7) Entertainment: Feel free to carry uno cards, playing cards, frisbee, a ball, whatever you want to. If anyone has speakers, please get them as well, would be fun to use those and dance sometimes.
8) We are trying our bit to make the planet a better place so we do not encourage people carrying or buying plastic bottles. It will be nice if you can each get your own bottle, and we can keep filling it up wherever we stay or visit.
9) Girls, we would recommend you carry sanitary pads/tampons considering how many women have irregular period cycles during travel.