Druk Executives

Safety
Bhutan is renounced as one of the most politically stabilized nation with a very low crime rate making it one of the safest destination to travel in the world today. The moment one steps inside the country, apart from feeling secure, many has often exuded feeling of peace, tranquil and very much at peace far away from the world of chaos, rat race, etc.

Money
Ngultrum (Nu) is the unit currency which is at par with one Indian Rupee. The Indian rupee is also legal tender in Bhutan. Credit cards like Mastercard, Visa and American Express are accepted at few large hotels and shops. Tourists are advised to carry their money in the form of travelers checks (preferably American Express) and cash (US dollars would be best) which might be used for incidental purchases, expenses, tips, etc. Major convertible currencies and travelers' cheques can be exchanged at banks in all major towns.

Language
Dzongkha is the national language spoken widely throughout the kingdom. English is widely spoken in major towns and is the principal medium of instruction in schools in the country. Other spoken languages are Nepali, Bumthap, Sharchop and Hindi. There are a host of local dialects spoken in small community within the country.

Time
Bhutan has only one time zone and it is 6 hours ahead of GMT.

Food
Food habits in Bhutan are often richly spiced with chilies and cheese. The local favorite, Ema Datsi, is comprised of chilies in a cheese sauce. Chilies and cheese are used as vegetables and not condiments. Hotels and restaurants generally serve Indian, Chinese, Continental, and Bhutanese food.

While on Trek, DET’s own trained cooks will prepare dishes suitable to western taste, and every effort and care will be made to accommodate every individual’s dietary preferences. We need an advance notice of an individual’s dietary restrictions so that we can make appropriate arrangements when the catering team plans the provisions.

It is safe to drink only bottled or boiled and filtered water. A wide variety of soft and fruit drinks are available in most major towns.

Shopping
The most popular tourist purchases are traditional Bhutanese arts and handicrafts. Produced by skilled artisans, these are generally of a high quality, and include Buddhist paintings and statues, textiles, jewelry and wooden bowls and carvings. Bhutan is not a consumer society, and the variety of everyday goods available is not particularly large.

Accommodation
The standard of accommodation remains relatively basic, particularly away from the major western towns. Most places are simple but clean, and service is slow but friendly.

Communications

All major towns have basic communication facilities, including post, telephone, fax and telegraph. Television and internet were introduced in 1999, and can be accessed in major western centers.

Health
The main health risks are similar to other South Asian countries, namely diarrhea, respiratory infection or more unusual tropical infection. It is wise to have health insurance, and although vaccinations are not required they are recommended. When trekking there are also risks associated with altitude sickness and accident. In the event of health problems there are basic hospital facilities in each district headquarters.

Electricity
All towns in western Bhutan have a reliable power supply. Elsewhere, access is less consistent, and electricity is not available in most outlying areas of the country. The voltage supply is 220/240, the same as India.