The kingdom of Bhutan is located on the southern slopes of the Eastern Himalayas, landlocked between the Tibet autonomous region to the North and the Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to the west and south. It lies between latitudes 26°n and 29°n, and longitudes 88°e and 93°e. The land consists mostly of steep and high mountains crisscrossed by a network of swift rivers, which form deep valleys before draining into the Indian plains. Elevation rises from 200 m (660 ft) in the southern foothills to more than 7,000 m (23,000 ft). This great geographical diversity combined with equally diverse climate conditions contributes to Bhutan's outstanding range of biodiversity and ecosystems.
The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha, however English is widely spoken across the country. Bhutan time is GMT +6 hours & the population of the country is 0.7 million (approximately). The currency of Bhutan is Ngultrum (on par with Indian rupee). The exchange rate: us$ 1 = approx. nu. 55. Although TIPPING is not compulsory, it has become common practice in Bhutan. It is entirely discretionary.
Bhutanese architecture remains distinctively traditional, employing rammed earth and wattle and daub construction methods, stone masonry, and intricate woodwork around windows and roofs. Traditional architecture uses no nails or iron bars in construction. Characteristic of the region is a type of castle fortress known as the dzong. Since ancient times, the dzongs have served as the religious and secular administration centres for their respective districts the University of Texas at El Paso in the United States has adopted Bhutanese architecture for its buildings on campus, as have the nearby Hilton garden inn and other buildings in the city of El Paso.
WHAT TO PACK: During the warmer spring and summer months (Mar-Aug.), light clothing with an additional layer for the evenings (jacket or jumper) is advisable. In the autumn and winter months (Sep-Feb.), a warm jacket, hat, gloves and fleece are recommended. Our travel consultants will provide a detailed list of what to bring when you book your trip.