Bhutan the land of the Thunder Dragon, is an extraordinary destination in the world today. As you are travelling to this uniquely undisturbed country to gain an insight into the unique and undisturbed, well preserved traditional culture, simplicity of life, pristine ecology. We request you to help while travelling to Bhutan to observe and respect the local way of life, after all this is what you have come to experience. It is a country deeply rooted in Buddhist traditions where giant protective penises (phallus) are painted on house walls and hung from the eaves of houses and where Gross National Happiness is deemed more important that Gross Domestic Products. It is a country where buying cigarettes is illegal. As a responsible travel company in Bhutan, Wild Mountain Adventure would like to assure some responsible guidelines of acceptable behavior and practice to our value travelers who embark on a journey with us. When you venture off to Bhutan with us, you will become one of the few who have experience the charm and magic of the enigmatic county the “Last Shangri La” – while steadfastly observing and respecting its distinct and amazing cultural identity. We also request you to adhere to the following characters.
Think Green, Go Green
It is law that Bhutan be covered with a minimum of 60% forest for all times to come. The protected areas constitute 26% of the country and 9% of the country is designated as biological corridor. Visiting such preserved areas brings positive economic benefits to the country as travelers fees contribute to the maintenance and conservation of the country’s flora and fauna. On other side visitors can learn and understand the awareness of need and value of conservation.
- Get the clear instruction of does and don’t from you local guide regarding appropriate conduct while visiting the local parks, and environments
- Always try to avoid damaging the local flora and fauna while you visit the pristine areas. Make sure while driving encourage yourself and your fellow friends to bear the speed limit, strict your driving on established paths.
- While visiting the zoos and animal parks, kindly maintain distance from the habitat animals of the areas
- Make sure to read the instruction and sign boards before entering the animal preserved center like mini-zoo in Thimphu and Black-necked Crane preserved center in Phobjikha valley
- Bright colored dress while hiking through Phobjikha valley during winter is strictly avoided because it distracts the crane.
- Do not use camera flash while taking close photography of the surrounding habitat animals and birds. If possible consider getting a long range lens for your camera
- Do not be tempted to purchase animal products like skin, teeth, and bones. It is illegal in Bhutan
- Avoid eating wild animal meats found in the local area and at restaurant menu. It will result in devastating impacts on local animal’s populations.
Something To Remember
- In order to ensure that monastic life is left unhindered and protected, some religious establishments are restricted to tourists. Some of the areas in Bhutan are also closed to travelers due to environmental concern.
- Regarding hotels, in order to better serve our customers, we do not encourage and entertain crowding of many people in the hotel rooms. Our hotel though they do not attire with international standard but are committed to providing professional services to every individual clients. Therefore, safety of individual clients is their priority.
- For visitors wishing to bring their private transportation, kindly discuss with Wild Mountain Adventure regarding the process and getting approval from Road Safety & Transportation Regulation (RSTA).
What You Should Know
- Request permission before taking photographs of people, events, or objects
- Inside the premises of temples, dzongs or monastery, taking photographs is not permitted
- Taking photograph is only permitted in the court yard area
- Please do not touch any religious artifact or antique
- Purchase of religious items especially antiques is prohibited
- Please do not climb on or do anything that would show lack of respect to all Buddhist
- Artifacts or antiques, large or small, ruined or not, they are regarded as sacred
- Please wear shirts with collars, preferably with long sleeves
- Please take off hats while entering dzongs, temple or monastery
- Shorts or half paints are not permitted while entering the dzongs, temples or monastery
- In some religious sites, sneakers are not permitted
- It is safer to dress up in “smart casual”
- Before entering a dzong, temple or monastery, please switch off all mobile phones or keep in the silent/vibration mode
- Please speak softly within the religious premises
The Bhutanese Way
- Please remember not to point with a single finger but use an upturned flat extended hand especially to indicate a sacred objects or place
- Please do not walk over any cloths, books, hearth or materials left open in religious sites
- Please do not encourage begging by giving alms, candies, etc. If you wish you may leave small donations for genuine purposes at designated areas
- Please refrain from smoking or drinking alcohol while visiting religious places or objects like temples, monasteries, stupas, prayer flags etc.
- Please throw rubbish only in designated areas
- Please refrain from touching any ritual objects or mural paintings
- Make sure to turn off the lights, TV and fans and pull out the plugs out of sockets rather than left on standby before you leave the rooms
- Consider taking a short shower or bath once daily
- Turn the tape water off while you are busy brushing and shaving or other to reduce the use of water
Properly dispose the empty cans, plastic and paper before you depart the room; hoteliers usually stand bother less regarding such empty wastes.