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Travel Etiquettes :
Travel Etiquettes :
- Do not smoke around schools or young people. Bhutan has banned tobacco.
- Bhutan is a closed country and does not want tourists, because it does not want to get affected by outside culture, so don’t try to influence them.
- Avoid public display of affection.
- Let the pedestrians cross the road.
- Do not litter. its a eco-sensitive area. So anything you throw can hard the ecology.
- You will find dustbins everywhere. Use them.
- At most simple restaurants, with the menu, you will be provided with a paper and pencil.
You are expected to write your order on the piece of paper.
This is because of lack of man-power, one can’t waste his time standing to take your order.
- Cheese momo is the most common thing you will get.
- If you are skeptical about meat/beef/pork, verify before eating any meat product.
- All milk and meat products come from the border town. So road blockade means you are eating two days old meat.
- You get alcohol at most places. Though there are restrictions. See second pic below.
- The last pic above is of Kewa Datsi. Its a milk-cheese–potato based dish. Worth trying.
- There’s huge meat market near the Veggie market in Thimpu.
- Carry extra packed food in monsoon. You can get stuck in Landslide road blockade.
- Petrol Diesel filling stations are at :
- Just after first checkpost
- Just Before Paro
- Inside Paro city
- Lots in Thimpu
- Minor Car repair at:
- Puncture shops at (at all filling stations and)
- Parking is a big issue in Thimpu
- Parking in 2009 was charged @5Nu/15 mins
- So 10 Hours night charge came to 200Nu
- Search thoroughly for Free Parking.
- You need additional permit to visit HA
- You cant visit Dochu-la unless you have the permit beyond Thimpu
- Few monasteries in Paro require permit. And that permit is issued in Thimpu.
- You can get your permit extended in Thimpu
- Do not try to venture without permits.
- In 2009, there were two service providers. Bhutan Telecom and Tashi Cell
- You need a copy of your passport and thumb Impression for the SIM card
- I used both and found that Bhutan Telecom has better coverage.
- T-Cell has GPRS
- Call rates of India was erratic
- Though Foreign tourists are required to declare their place of stay in Bhutan at the time of seeking permit, Indians are exempted.
- There are a lots of places to stay in Thimpu. In the main market, you have a lot of hotels.
- In Paro, budget hotels are limited. I found a budget hotel pronounced something like ‘pelzoring’. It was located along the river near the mobile tower in Paro.
- In Gedu, you won’t be able to find a place to stay.
- In Tsimasham, you have two-three places/lodges to stay.
- Carry your own mosquito repellant.