Our mobile phones were not functioning in Bhutan. This country does not have many technologic opportunities, they even resisted the technology and this makes Bhutan so special. TV broadcast started in June 1999, internet in 2000. The service of mobile phones started in 2003.
Since Bhutan is not a common visiting place, Turkey’s GSM operators do not have roaming contract with Bhutan’s GSM operators. So we were completely disconnected. The “real” world was far far away and I took this situation as an opportunity and a blessing. Yet, I’m writing this information as a warning for the people attached to their phones and cannot live without them. Now, let rest of us sing together and throw out our cell phones.
The song is coming from the Cake. “No Phone”:
“no phone, no phone
i just want to be alone today”
Bhutan. Beware Travel Operators
Do NOT use Bhutan Norphel Tours & Treks as your tour operator in Bhutan. Their service is entirely unsatisfactory. They have hidden charges, charge above the government rate without justification, show a general lack of transparency and documentation, and communicate their services and intentions poorly. Very unprofessional.
Travel to Bhutan is a daunting task as one has to choose from over 235 "approved" agents. Payment is through the government but there is no guarantee of the quality or implementation of service. In fact, the Tourist Council of Bhutan has no legal authority to insure "approved" agents deliver services that meet any standard of quality. Be very careful when booking an agent in Bhutan. Only book with an agent that's been directly recommended by a reputable source. Do NOT rely solely on the "approved" government list. Be warned – when traveling to Bhutan you must pre-pay your entire trip and if you are not happy you will forfeit everything regardless.Related to:
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Why does it always rain on me?
We visited Bhutan after the monsoon period, in September. It must be a dry weather but we had rain occasionally. Also we heard that some local people were blaming the climate changing because of these late coming rains. They were supposed to do some construction but they couldn’t.
Bring your raincoats or umbrellas for September and October. And think about global warming more often.
How cute they are during daytime - the worse they get at night! See this lovely dog family slleeping like dead? They just recover from a complete night barking like crazy! So dont forget your earplugs - or better those huge Micky Mouse earmuffs!
Entering a Dzong
When you enter a Dzong (literally it means a Bastion. Now it's half temple and half municipal offices), make sure you are dressed properly. Not that you cannot wear jeans (Well, Bhutanese would appreciate it a lot if don't wear jeans), but that you are not supposed to wear your jacket on your waist, or have your jacket unbottoned or unzippered.
Bhutanese themselves, they wear nice ghos (for men) or kiras (for women). Men wear long white scarf from one shoulder to one waist. Women wear colorful scarf on one shoulder (SEE THE PICTURE).
Let me talk in my...
Let me talk in my case......Easten India especially nearby boarder is still dengerouse aera. there is tribal problem all time, like Kashmir in western India. I got wrong bus first, then dropped on the way to Jaigaon. I tried to get different bus to get back, but did't have many bus at that time. Around here still has intension of military, Even local villegers afraid of it. I was picked up by some kind Bhutanese man, it wasn't happened anything on me.
Near Kuenga Chhoeling Palace Upper Motithang, Thimphu, Bhutan
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