When to goThe most favourable season to go is from September to November as the climate is very pleasant and the temperatures mild. Avoid going from June to August as this is the monsoon period.
Your passport and a visa are compulsory. Your passport must be valid for 6 months from the date of entry into Bhutan. For any stay in Bhutan , you must request a visa from a recognised tour operator in Bhutan or through one of their foreign representatives. The tour operator will take care of everything, from the visa to the airplane ticket with Druk Air, the only airline going to the country.
For British citizens, formalities are the same as for other Europeans.
Health adviseThe yellow fever vaccine is compulsory if you are travelling to Bhutan . Other vaccins like DTP, hepatitis A and B, typhoid fever and rabies are also recommended. Also take precautions against malaria. Protect yourself from insect bites by wearing full-length clothes. There is no emergency evacuation possible in Bhutan due to limited hospital facilities, so it is wise to take out a repatriation insurance policy. For more information, consult the government site.
Airline ticketsTo book your plane ticket and request your visa, you must go through a recognised tour operator in Bhutan or through a representative in Britain. In fact, you will find no plain air travel to this destination. No comparisons are possible as the Bhutanese airline Druk Air is the only one that goes to the country.
Time differenceThe time difference with Bhutan is +6 hours for Bhutan in winter and +5 hours in summer. So, when it is 12 noon in London, it is 5pm or 6pm (depending on the season) in Bhutan.
LanguageDzongkha, a Tibetan dialect, is Bhutan's official language. Tshanglakha and Bumthangkha are also widely spoken dialects. In the big towns, English is also widely used.
British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata (there is no embassy in Bhutan)
1A Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata, India, 700071.
Honorary Consulate of Bhutan in the United Kingdom
2 Windacres, Warren Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 2HG
Phone and internet connection
Bhutan's dialling code is +975.
Internet has recently become available in Bhutan . However, outside of the big towns, it is still mostly inaccessible.