Bharti AXA TRAVEL INSURANCE Travel Guide to Bhutan Indian Embassy in Bhutan Embassy of India PO Box:193, Jungshina Thimphu Contact Number: +975-2-322162 Visa Process for Indian Visitors to Bhutan Indian nationals intending to visit Bhutan are required to carry any of the two valid 'Travel Documents' (a) Valid Indian Passport having validity of minimum 6 months; and/or (b) Voter Identity Card, issued by the Election Commission of India. No Visa is required to visit Bhutan. Bhutan or as it is officially, known as, the Kingdom of Bhutan, is the landlocked country located in South Asia. Situated in the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan is bordered by Tibet and China in the north, Sikkim and Tibet’s Chumbi Valley on the west, Arunachal Pradesh, from the east and Assam from the south. There are many fantastic places to visit in Bhutan. Thimphu is Bhutan’s capital and its largest city, while Phuntsholing is the financial centre of the region. Here are a few rugged terrains of Bhutan for mountaineers– Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan Sub-alpine Himalayan landscape A Himalayan peak from Bumthang Jigme Dorji National Park The Haa Valley in Western Bhutan Rinpung Dzong Simtokha Dzong How to Reach Here are a few ways to reach Bhutan- By Train- You would have first to visit Kolkata if you want to visit the tourist places in Kolkata and then embark on a train journey which would take you to Bhutan. If you are planning to travel there from North India, then you should reach any of the stations of Delhi, Ranchi or Kanpur to take a train from there. By Air- Bhutan offers two national carriers—Drukair and Bhutan Airlines to accommodate people who want to fly into the country. Drukair carries tourists from all over the world regularly to Paro, the only international airport of Bhutan. Best time to Visit https://weather.com/en-IN/ March – April - The climate of Bhutan is dry and spring-like. May – June - Bhutan is laden with occasional showers and a warm temperature. July – September - The beginning of rainy season in Bhutan when the temperature is still warm. October – November- Sprinkled with Occasional showers and cooler atmosphere, Bhutan is a marvellous sight to watch. December – February - Probably one of the best times to visit Bhutan, when it is coupled with occasional snowfall and colder environment. Bhutan feels like a story straight out of a fairy-tale. What to Pack? The climate of Bhutan varies at different regions within the country, the five very distinct seasons of summer, autumn, spring, monsoon, and winter dictate the things to do in Bhutan for a tourist. Here is what you need to pack by the climate – The subtropical temperature of southern highlands of Bhutan – a Light-warm jacket, jeans, a couple of tee-shirts and skirts. The polar-type climate that ensures that north of Bhutan is year-long covered with snow – woollen jackets, woolly coats, thermal flasks to carry hot beverages, etc. Western Bhutan boasts of the heavier rains of the monsoon – You should carry a few waterproofs like Trench coats, shoes, etc. Travel insurance policy which ensures that your vacation remains stress-free even if events like loss of passport, personal accident, illness, etc.; strike. Top Delicacies The country is known not only for its famous tourist destinations but also for its cuisine. Bhutanese cuisine consists of lots of red rice that is basically brown rice in texture with a nutty taste. The only other variety of rice found in Bhutan is the one that grows on the higher altitudes, like buckwheat and maize. While Buckwheat is the main meal of the people of Bumthang, maize is the staple food of the Eastern districts. The diet of the people mainly consists of yak meat, chicken, pork, dried beef, pork fat and lamb in soups and stews. Meals mainly consist of meat, ferns, rice, lentils, spiced with chilli, dried vegetables, peppers and cheese. Zow shungo is a rice dish that is mixed and served with leftover vegetables. Ema Datshi made with large green chilli peppers and a spicy, cheese sauce; it is also the national dish of Bhutan. Jasha Maru is a chicken stew. Phaksha Paa is a dish made with dried pork that is cooked with spices, chilli peppers, greens and turnips or radishes. Khabzey is some dried fritters found in Bhutan that are made with water, flour and sugar, and then fried deeply. Other popular snacks of Bhutan include momos or the Bhutanese dumplings, Shakam Eeza, Shakam Paa and Goep. Indian Restaurants in Bhutan Folk Heritage Museum Located at: Folk Heritage Museum | Kawajangsa, Thimphu, Bhutan Cuisine: Indian, Vegetarian-Friendly Contact No.: 02-334637 My Kind of Place Located at: Paro, Bhutan Cuisine: Indian, Asian, Contact No.: +975 77 41 17 84 Hotel Ghasel Located at: Nordzin Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan Cuisine: Indian, Vegetarian-Friendly Contact No.: +975 2 324 002 Shopping List Essentials Handicrafts Market: Selling everything from wooden bowls, mala beads to yak tails, the market is situated across the Kundeyling Baazam cantilever footbridge. Thimphu Market: Held on every Saturday and Sunday, this market is a shopper’s delight which should not be missed. Here, you can find some amazing items at jaw-dropping prices. There are some duty-free shops as well where you can find imported items like food products, cosmetics, liquor and other interesting products. Healthcare Centres Health is one of the top priorities of the government of Bhutan where all the health-related issues are overseen by the Royal Ministry of Health. Various schemes for the development and modernisation of the health infrastructure and traditional medicines have been issued by the government. Here, you can call your travel insurance company who would help you in getting good treatment at leading hospitals, and all the expenses would be paid by the insurer. Moreover, the travel insurer would initiate medical evacuation in case of medical emergency. Basics of Local Communication Bhutanese people speak a variety of languages with Dzongkha being the most widely spoken national language. English is also spoken by a vast majority of people in the Bhutanese community making communication for/with tourists extremely easy. Bhutan has an excellent team of interpreters and guides who are well versed in the history of Bhutan and have excellent communication skills. All the guides of Bhutan are licensed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan who only issues the certificates after thorough testing of the candidates. Most of the Bhutanese guides are fluent in Japanese, Spanish, Thai or other European languages making tourists all over the world feel welcome. By learning these basic Dzongkha phrases, tourists can easily reciprocate the hospitality of the people in their native language: Hello – Kuzuzangpo la Thank you – Kadrin Chey la My name is John – Ney gi ming John inn la What is your name? – Chhey gi Ming Gha chi Mo How much? – Gaa Dam Chi Mo la By keeping in mind, the points mentioned above, you will be able to enjoy Bhutan more. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Planning on an international trip? Take a look at our FAQ section that resolves commonly-asked queries on travel insurance. How do I benefit with Travel Insurance? Overseas travel insurance protects you when you are travelling in a foreign land. The insurance covers the expenses incurred during events like flight cancellation, illness, injury, misplaced baggage, loss of passport, etc. There would be financial reimbursement offered to cover the financial risk. Are Children and Senior citizens covered? Children from the age group of 3 months are covered.Senior citizens are also covered, with maximum entry age restricted to 85 years.For buying a policy covering people above 60 years of age kindly contact our representative at 080- 49010200. MORE FAQs Why choose Bharati AXA Travel Insurance Travelling overseas is always fun. its more fun when you know your trip financialy secure. 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