Every period of time in Bhutan has its own charm. You can either visit Bhutan for the beautiful nature scenery or one of the iconic traditional festivals. Your choice!
September to November is the ideal time to visit Bhutan as the air is clear and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder, but from then until April the climate remains dry and pleasant and in late spring the famous rhododendrons bloom spectacularly, flooding the valleys with colour.
Heat and humidity increase from June, and from late June to August the monsoon rains cover the mountains. If you’re interested in seeing the rare black-necked cranes, I recommend visiting the Phobjikha Valley between late October and mid-February.
- High season
- Most beautiful time of the year
- Green valleys and great flower blossom of the Rhododendron
- Lots of festivals (e.g Paro Tshechu in early Apr)
- Low season
- Rainy days
- Sapphire skies after the rain
- Vibrant green foresting and flourishing paddy fields
- High season
- Mild weather
- Gold coloured paddy fields and willows
- Packed with festivals (e.g Thimphu Tshechu in late Sep)
- Best time for trekking
- Low season
- Around 10°C in daytime, under 0°C at midnight
- Light snowfalls in late Jan and early Feb
- Clear, sunny weather
- Black-Necked Cranes appear in Gangtey Valley
Bhutan tourism has two seasons, high season (from March to May and from September to November), and off season (from June to August and from December to February). The difference between high season and off season is USD50/night/person.
Besides, air tickets to Bhutan can be sold out very quickly in high season and air fares fluctuate due to high demand, so make sure you book tours early to reserve seats with good price.
- Punakha Drubchen (Punakha Dzong, Punakha, 4th – 6th March)
- Punakha Tshechu (Punakha Dzong, Punakha, 7th –9th March)
- Paro Tshechu (Rinpung Dzong, Paro, 7th –11th April)
- Rhododendron Festival (Lamperi Botanical Garden, Thimphu, 14th – 16th April)
- Thimphu Drubchen (Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu 26th – 29th September)
- Thimphu Tshechu (Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu 30th September – 2nd October)
- Black Necked Crane Festival (Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang, 11th November)
- Druk Wangyel Tshechu (Dochula, Thimphu, 13th December)
So at the end of the day, the best time to visit Bhutan depends on what you would like. Are you interested in the weather and outdoor activities or perhaps festivals and unique experiences that you can only explore in Bhutan? The choice is yours!
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