You must know before you visit Bhutan
We expect visitors to dress modestly and respectfully especially if you are planning a visit to the monasteries, Dzongs and other religious institutions. Long pants and long sleeved tops should be worn when visiting such places. As a mark of respect, be kind enough to remove your hats, caps etc. as you enter religious and administrative premises, institutions and in any other place that you come across with the national flag being raised.
-Bhutan is one of the safest countries in the world however you should still exercise caution when visiting. Please ensure that your belongings especially your passports, cameras, wallets and purses are properly secured. Please refrain from leaving such items within sight in locked vehicles while sightseeing or you must inform driver/guide of Heavenly Bhutan well leaving anything inside the vehicle.
-Avoid drinking tap water and spring water as most of water sources in Bhutan are untreated. One can easily acquire affordable treated and bottled water.
-Also, Bhutan has a duty to protect its citizens from drugs and tobacco products. To do this we need your help and cooperation. Please co-operate if stopped and asked about your baggage. Please do not carry tobacco goods in excess of the set limit.
– Taking pictures inside the alters of the Dzongs (fortress), temples and monasteries is strictly prohibited.
-Take off your hats in front of the Dzongs, temples and national flags.
-Visitors should be properly dressed with long sleeves shirts and pants to visit Dzongs, temples, monasteries, schools and any government institutions.
-Always walk clockwise well crossing the Dzongs, temples, monasteries, prayer flags or religious artifacts.
-Get permission before you take the pictures of the people and religious items.
-Do not give sweets, money, pencils, pens etc, to the children.
-Although Bhutan is safe, we advise you to keep your valuable items like wallets, cameras, passport etc in safe place.
-Be careful with street dogs and domestic dogs, do not tease or play with them as they are not friendly in Bhutan. Sometime dogs are nuisance at night too.
-Please do not forget to check your arrival/departure dates, time, sector and email one day prior to your arrival in Bhutan.
-Public displays of affection between men and women, men and men and women and women are not common. Please refrain from doing this in public places.
-Smoking in public places is not allowed in Bhutan.
-Buying & selling of antiques is strictly prohibited. Please always buy goods with cash memo or original bills/invoices only.