How to Visit Bhutan Without Offending?

Tucked in the lap of the timeless Himalayans, Bhutan, the only Vajrayana nation in the world, is a destination that few travelers make it to. Despite its natural scenery, a harmonious society, and a strong sense of culture and tradition, very has been told and written about the “Last Shangri-La”. Here we have listed down five things to keep in mind while travelling in Bhutan so that you don’t offend anyone.


Bhutan is slowly pacing towards development with one foot in the past. Religion and culture is still deeply ingrained in its way of life. Almost all the time, you will see men and women dressed in their traditional attires. That’s why it is wise for tourists to dress modestly. Excessive show of skin is looked down upon and will often be met with glaring glances. Also, when you are entering Dzongs, you have to make sure your jacket isn’t unbuttoned or unzippered. Luckily, Bhutan’s climate is moderately cool throughout the year.

No critical comments on monarchy

Although Bhutan isn’t an absolute monarchy since 2008, the royals are just as famous as they were, with a very impressive approval rate and popularity. That is why, tourists should absolutely refrain from making any kind of negative comments on the Bhutanese Royal family. The population still very much regard them as the pride of nation and speak highly of them. That’s why, when talking politics with a local, abstain from making any undesirable comments on the royalties, even if you are not on same page.


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