Do's and Don'ts for Travelers in Bhutan


  • Request permission before taking photographs of people, events or objects
  • Inside the premises of temples, dzongs or monastery, taking photographs is not permitted.
  • Taking photographs 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 Buddhist artifacts or antiques, large or small, ruined or not, they are regarded as sacred.


  • Please take of hats while entering dzongs, temples or monastery.
  • Shorts / half pants are not permitted while entering a dzong, temple or monastery.


  • Before entering a dzong, temple, monastery, please switch off all mobile phones or keep in the silent/vibrating mode.
  • Please speak softly within the religious premises.


  • Always walk in clockwise direction while visiting religious places.
  • Please remember not to point with a single finger but use an upturned flat extended hand especially to indicate a sacred object or place.
  • Please throw rubbish only in designated areas.
  • Please refrain from touching any ritual objects or mural paintings.
  • Please do not walk over any clothes, books, hearth or materials left open in religious sites.
  • Please refrain from smoking or drinking while visiting religious places.
  • If you are not sure please ask the local people or the guide.


  • Calling from a mobile to a fixed line use 02 and area code before the six local numbers.
  • Example: - Use number 02 - 17602336.
  • Calling from a fixed line to mobile, you can use eights digit numbers directly.