Before leaving for the trip, we checked the weather forecast for the first fortnight of May. Usually the period between March to May is considered to be one of the best period to visit Bhutan considering that it is Spring time there, but the websites like Weather.com and Accuweather predicted warm days, chilly nights and “rains with thunderstorms” too.So to be on the safe side we packed our stuff (clothes, shoes, raincoats, pullovers etc) accordingly.
The online research made us aware of the Bhutnaese love for the red chilies when it comes to the local food. Also since we avoid nonveg food, we packed some non perishable snacks too, just in case. You can avoid carrying too many snacks, since you can easily get the popular packaged food in Bhutan. Chips, biscuits, cookies and other namkeens, imported from India are available in many convenience stores in towns and cities like Paro and Thimpu.
Local domestic airlines from Mumbai to Kolkata allow free checked baggage of 15 kgs per passenger, but from Kolkata to Paro (Bhutan airport) you can carry up to 20 Kgs of Checked baggage.
The Bhutan currency-Ngultrum (Nu) is equal in value to the Indian rupee and Indian currency is freely accepted. Cost of products is also almost same.
In Kolkata we stayed at Ethnotel Hotel which is close to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. The rooms were well maintained and clean and the beds were comfortable. Our room was facing towards the road and the hotel is just 1.5 km from airport, yet there was no noise disturbance at all. The food was a good and the service was excellent. One can enjoy the freshest fish preparations at this place.
NOTE: This is not a paid post. The views and reviews are based on our personal experiences that we encountered on our Bhutan trip, booked via Make My trip and no favors were offered/accepted.