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Currency in Bhutan

The Bhutanese currency is the Ngultrum (Nu). It is pegged at parity with the Indian Rupee (INR).

The US Dollar and the Indian Rupee is widely accepted in Bhutan. The exchange rates of the USD to the Ngultrum are published in local newspapers by Bhutan’s central bank.

Tourist hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops accept Visa and Master credit cards for payments. Traveler cheques can be cashed at banks.

Other currencies accepted as foreign exchange by the country’s four commercial banks are:

The five commercial banks are :

Other currencies accepted as foreign exchange by the country’s four commercial banks are:

  • US Dollar
  • Pound Sterling
  • Euro
  • Japanese Yen
  • Swiss Franc
  • Hong Kong Dollar
  • Canadian Dollar
  • Singapore Dollar
  • Danish Kroner
  • Swedish Kroner
  • Norwegian Kroner

Shopping in Bhutan

While in Bhutan you could shop for Himalayan antiques from Tibet, Nepal, and northern India and Bhutanese crafts:

  • weaving products made from silk, cotton, yak hair, & wool
  • wood bowls, cups, masks, & carvings
  • religious paintings called thangkas
  • jewellery
  • paper making or desho (coming from the word “de” referring to the Daphne plant)

Bhutanese products worth a buy include Tsheringma herbal tea, honey, apple products, etc. Shops on the street will accept Ngultrum, the Indian Rupee and the US Dollar.

There are ATM machines available for international transactions.

It is illegal to export or remove Bhutanese antiques from Bhutan. If uncertain, certificates are available from the Department of Antiquities to determine if the item is an antique and its origins. An antique is defined as a religious item 70 years old or more.