BHUTAN

 

Bhutan is a country located in the eastern Himalayas.  This magical country has been visited by many saints, mystics, scholars and pilgrims over the centuries who not only come for their personal education but are blessed by the land and its people.  Travelers will be pleasantly surprised to see that Bhutanese culture and their traditional lifestyle is still intact.  From the traditional woven clothing to the prayer flags on high mountain slopes, from the local architecture to the natural environment, from the religious mask dances to the folk dances, the rich Bhutanese cultural heritage is proudly maintained.

The Bhutanese treasure their natural environment as it is seen as a source of life and the home of the gods and spirits.  Buddhism has been the predominant religion since the 7th century and has incorporated the value that all forms of sentient life, not just human life, are precious and sacred.  The Bhutanese have lived in harmony with nature and the country's natural areas are pristine and respected. Bhutan has been identified as a 'bio-diversity hot spot' and has a wealth of native birds.  The country harbors some of the most exotic species of birds in the eastern Himalayas with an estimated 770 species and over 50 varieties of rhododendrons.  There is also a variety of medicinal plants and orchids.  Bhutan is rich in wildlife with animals like the snow leopard, the golden languor, the blue sheep, tigers, water buffalo and elephants.  In order to maintain Bhutan's beauty, the country has consciously adopted a controlled tourism and development policy.  In 1997, just over 5,000 tourists entered the country, and the numbers in the coming years are not expected to increase greatly.

 

Visa

All visitors to Bhutan must hold a passport and a valid visa.  When you sign up for your trip, we will take care or all visa and travel arrangement.  For travel in Bhutan you must be escorted by guides licensed by the Bhutan Department of Tourism.

 

Clothing

Due to a wide range of temperature and climatic conditions it is advisable to bring appropriate clothing.  We have packing lists that will help you plan.  During visits at monasteries, Dzongs and other religious institutions you are advised to wear proper attire and follow the proper dress code.

 

Health information

No vaccinations are currently required for travelling to Bhutan.  However, if you are arriving from an area infected with yellow fever, you are required to have a yellow fever vaccination, which should be administered at least 10 days prior to your arrival in Bhutan.  Also if you are 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 southern districts that border India.

 

Electricity

Electricity is 220/240 volts.

 

Insurance

Before joining this tour we recommend that you purchase travel insurance.  This should include adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses, trip cancellation and helicopter evacuation.  Emergency helicopter evacuation insurance is required if you are trekking to high altitudes.

 

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