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When to Visit Bhutan

KNOW THE BEST TIME TO VISIT BHUTAN TO GET THE BEST OUT OF YOUR HOLIDAY IN BHUTAN.

Visiting Bhutan at any given time of the year is full of memories in itself but knowing when to visit can take you far. There is no such thing as perfect timing to visit Bhutan because any time you consider to visit Bhutan, it’s perfect. But there are times when it’s just more than perfect.

Spring and autumn seasons are considered far perfect times to visit Bhutan. These seasons are spread across six months a year. Autumn being from September to November and spring season from March to May.  During these times of the year, the average temperature is moderate across the country. Rainfall is scanty during these seasons. And it is during these times of the year that most of the cultural and religious festivals take place across Bhutan. 

Other festivals such as the highland festival, bird and crane festivals take place in autumn months. 

The humidity of the air around these times of the year is perfect. It’s soothing for your breaths and calming for your skin. This makes it all worth for you to pack your backpacks to go hiking, camping, see wildlife, go biking and to many more adventures you can think of.

During the lean times, that is winter and summer, the temperature can plummet below freezing in some of the places in winter and reach as far as 33°C in Thimphu alone. Snowfall is a common winter phenomenon in the northern and western districts of Bhutan and rainfall during the summer months of June to August across the country. 

During these seasons, festivals and other events are scanty. But it doesn’t mean Bhutan is not full of surprises in these times because it is. You can venture on exclusive classic tours, see wildlife, go camping and do many more than you can imagine.

SPRING

Spring and autumn seasons are considered far perfect times to visit Bhutan. These seasons are spread across six months a year. Autumn being from September to November and spring season from March to May.  During these times of the year, the average temperature is moderate across the country. Rainfall is scanty during these seasons. And it is during these times of the year that most of the cultural and religious festivals take place across Bhutan.


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‎AUTUMN

Cooler and with clearer skies, but still mild and dry, the autumn months of September to November bring prime conditions for trekking and biking on Bhutan’s mountain trails. The season is the photographer’s friend, as willow trees shed their golden leaves and the changing light casts Himalayan summits – including some of the world’s tallest unclimbed peaks – into sharp relief. Autumn is also a season of festivals, such as the annual celebration of the return of the kingdom’s beloved bird, the endangered black-necked crane, which returns to winter in the Phobjikha Valley every November.


‎WINTER

December onwards brings crisp air, clear skies and snow-capped summits to the mountain realm, and winter nights are characterised by a pinprick panorama of stars. Although the temperature drops after dusk, days are still warm and pleasant – ideal conditions for hiking and exploring Bhutan’s western districts of Paro, Punakha and Thimphu. From Aman Gangtey, the Phobjikha Valley is especially enchanting this season, as the rolling plains and bamboo shrub lands are populated by roosting cranes, and nomadic yak herdsmen usher their cattle down from the snowy highlands.


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‎SUMMER

From June to August, the Bhutanese summer brings sapphire skies, balmy temperatures and refreshing rains. It is the ideal time to explore the historic monasteries and dzongs scattered throughout the valleys, or to embark on personal wellbeing journeys on a yoga-enriched spiritual retreat. The land turns lush and green, and a cornucopia of rare ingredients come into season, including Bhutan’s legendary green chilli – only available for a few months – making summer ideal for gastronomic experiences.


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