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Best Time to Travel Bhutan

The best time to travel Bhutan is Spring and Autumn. People can visit Bhutan all year round but due to some unforeseen weather changes some tourists in Bhutan may get an unpleasant experience. That is why it is important to know the best time to tour Bhutan before you book your Bhutan tour Packages.

With our experience in the industry and with the help of our past visitors, I tell you the best time to travel to Bhutan. The peak tourist seasons start from the Months of March to May and September to November. This month is considered the best month to visit Bhutan.

There is two best seasons to visit Bhutan and they are Spring and Autumn season. The Spring season starts from March to May with fewer days of rainfall and colorful vegetation and the Best time for hiking and trekking in Bhutan to explore the flora and fauna of the Himalayas. September – November is the autumn season with very little rainfall and sunny skies with lots of festival. During this time of the year, the climate is very favorable providing tourists with better scenic views of the country.

Although we recommend this season while planning your Bhutan holiday, it’s not that tourists cannot travel to Bhutan during other months. They absolutely can, but the climate may not be favorable while doing so. June to August is mostly wet with frequent rainfalls and December to February is much colder with temperatures below zero degrees at night. Even though the nights are cold, the views from December to February are very beautiful and scenic. During this time Bhutan has its yearly snowfall, brightening the landscapes with bright white snowflakes. It can also be considered as one of the best times to explore Bhutan that is if you can stand the cold winter.

Find Bhutan Weather Chart to travel

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Sep/Oct

Nov/Dec

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Paro

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+3

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+23 

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+15

+22 

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+3

Thimphu

+14

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+16 

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+27 

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Punakha

+18 

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+9

Wangduephodrang

+17 

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+24 

+11

+28 

+18

+29 

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+26 

+17

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Trongsa

+12 

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Bumthang

+10 

+1

+16 

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+18 

+10

+21 

+13

+19 

+11

+15 

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Mongar

+23 

+10

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Trashigang

+16 

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How to visit Bhutan from the U.S.A and European Nations?

Please note there are no direct flights to Bhutan from the USA or any European Nations. You need to fly to some Asian country where Bhutan operates its flights to Bhutan. There is 9 destination in Asia where there are direct flights to Bhutan.

In case you are traveling to Bhutan from these countries, you can get connecting flights to Bhutan from the USA via Bangkok, Singapore, Kathmandu, and Delhi. The best option for travelers from these countries can be via Kathmandu, Nepal, or Bangkok, Thailand. We would recommend September – November as the best time to visit Bhutan from the U.S.A as the weather is warm with minimum rainfalls and clearer skies.

Best time to visit Bhutan in Spring

Crystal Clear Lake on the way to Drukpath Trek

How to visit Bhutan from India?

Indian citizens who wish to travel to Bhutan should have a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months. With the new policy in work, the Indian can only travel to Bhutan with a passport. No other documents like a voting card or driving license will be accepted as travel documents to enter Bhutan from 2021. Though Indian tourists do not require a tourist visa but with the new tourism policy, the Indians have to apply for advance permits through tour operators upon paying the SDF(Sustainable Development Fees) of INR 1200 per person. Your advance permit will cover all your destinations and do not have to apply for a route permit in Thimphu. With this permit, you can also enter Bhutan during government holidays.

The best time to travel Bhutan from India would be from March to May as both days and nights are much warmer with sunny days and fewer days of rainfall. It’s better for our Indian guests who cannot stand cold climates.

Find the best things to do in Bhutan during December January, February, June, July, and August.

Is January the best time to travel Bhutan? Weather and Climate conditions in Bhutan during January

Some may think traveling to Bhutan in January is a bad idea due to the cold winter season in the kingdom. And yes the month is very cold, temperatures ranging from zero to twelve degrees during the day and negative three to negative ten during the night. Snow falls are frequent in the northern parts of Bhutan.

Only a few tourists travel in January. Due to fewer tourist visit, you get the opportunity to explore the sights without having to stay in the queue by avoiding the crowds. If you dislike huge crowds and want to explore Bhutan without any irritation then do plan your Bhutan tour during this month. The skies are clear, treating your eyes with the absolute beauty of Bhutan.

Heavy snowfalls are rare in Bhutan but if you are lucky enough, you may get the chance to experience the heavy falls in Thimphu, Paro and Bumthang during this month. So the answer would be yes, it is a good time to visit Bhutan if you want to avoid the crowds and if you can stand the cold. But if you want to skip the cold, you should visit during spring or autumn, when the weather is much warmer.

Best Things to do in Bhutan during January

Architects of Bhutan

What to wear in Bhutan during January?

January is cold in Bhutan, with temperatures dropping below zero degrees. Hence, you should be packing thick and woolen clothes. We recommend warm jackets and pants, woolen socks and snow boots, caps, mufflers, and everything to keep you warm. You might experience snowfall in January so it is always advisable to wear layers of clothing. This way you can always remove a layer if it gets warm or add on another one if it gets colder. But please keep in mind that while entering any religious sites, you have to remove your shoes and caps respecting the place and environment.

Is there any Bhutan Festivals in January?

Bhutan is a very religious country and has many religious festivals throughout the year. The major highlights for tourists in Bhutan are witnessing the different festivals celebrated in the country.

During the month of January you will be able to join the Nyilo festival celebrating the winter solstice. “Nyilo” literally means “the return of the sun.” It is the day from which the duration of daylight increases, signifying the start of longer days. Bhutanese traditionally believed that on Nyilo, past mistakes can be erased and karmic value of good deeds can multiply.

Is February the best time to travel Bhutan? Does it Snow in Bhutan during February:

Though February is the last month of winter, it will still be cold in Bhutan, especially in the higher altitudes. Higher Himalaya peaks covered with white snow which never seems to be melting. And last chance to enjoy the winter in Bhutan.

The southern region of the country will be warm in February, very favorable for a visit.  If you don’t like being in crowds and don’t want to pay an extra fee to avoid it then visit Bhutan during February. Tourists in Bhutan can witness the rare and unique “Black Necked Cranes.” You might also be able to experience the winter snowfall during this time.

Travelers can either go for cultural tour to all parts of Bhutan or you can choose an adventure tour to explore and discover the unseen beauty of the last Shangri la. Thick cloths are recommended if you do so.

Weather during this time is much favorable with clear skies but we can expect some days with little rainfall as well. Temperatures range from one degree to twelve degrees during the day, which is not very cold. If you would like a discount for your Bhutan tour, consider traveling to Bhutan during December, January or February. 

It is winter in Bhutan during February but with plenty if sunlight and clear skies, favorable for photography and birding tours. It is not that cold during the day, temperatures ranging from one to twelve degrees but falls to freezing point during the night. Snow fall is rare near the western and eastern regions during this time but you can expect one.

In the western valleys like Thimphu and Paro the weather is favorable during the day but drops to freezing point during the night. And in the northern valleys the temperature is excellent during the day but drops below zero degrees during the night. In the southern region the weather is much warmer, temperature as high as twenty two degrees.

What to wear in Bhutan during February?

February is winter in Bhutan and it will be cold. You should pack thick warm woolen cloths but if you are planning to visit the southern regions then we also recommend you to carry some light thin cloths as well. If you are planning for a trek then include trekking boots and more warm cloths. Decent pair of shoes for normal walks and trekking shoes for hiking and trekking will be okay.  Sunglasses and hats will also be very helpful since the sun can get little stronger during this time.

Things to do in Bhutan during February 2022

Bhutan not only is gifted with beautiful landscapes and thick green forests but the country also celebrates never ending festivals throughout the year. If you plan your Bhutan tour during February, you can join the following festivals.

  • Punakha Drubchen – Celebrated from 9th March – 11th March 2022. Venue – Punakha Dzong.  During this festival a brief history of Punakha Dzong and the conflicts and problems faced by Zhabdrung during the construction of the Dzong is showcased to the visitors. Traditional mask dances are also be performed by the central monastic body.

  • Punakha Tshechu – Celebrated from 12th – 14th March 2022. Venue – Punakha Dzong. This festival is one of the most popular festivals celebrated in the country, right after Punakha Drubchen. During this date it is also marked as the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. Enjoy the beautiful mask dances and traditional folk songs sung by Bhutanese women.

  • Tharpaling Thongdrol – Celebrated on 18 March 2022.Venue -Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi, Bumthang. The festival is only for one day and is mainly to display the enormous Thanka or Thongdrol. (Thanka/Thongdrol: meaning a professional silk work with Buddhist images that looks like a poster.) The thanks are displayed every year alternatively (15th day). The festival is celebrated with prayer ceremonials, performed by the monks of Tharpaling Lhakhang. No mask dances or cultural programs will be entertained during this time.

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Is March a good time to visit Bhutan? Does it Snow in March?

March is considered to be the beginning of peak season as Bhutan starts getting more visitors starting from this month. It is also the beginning of the spring season. Temperatures can still be cool at night but during the day it is usually warm with sunny and clear skies and is favorable for outdoor activities like trekking and hiking.

The valleys are very beautiful due to new blooms and the temperature is perfect as well. Planning your Bhutan holiday from March to June can be a great idea for warmer climate and weather. And no matter where you travel in Bhutan, be ready to be impressed by the scenic views of the country.

The weather and climate condition during March is very favorable in almost every part of Bhutan. Although there are differences in terrain and altitude, the temperature in the country has already started to rise. In the beginning of the month humidity will be less and the vegetation will still be dry but we can expect fewer days of rainfall as well.

But at the southern region of Bhutan the weather is hot during this time, temperature ranging from twelve to thirty degrees during the day. So except for southern region, rest of the regions in Bhutan has the perfect weather and climate condition for touring and trekking.

Spring Festival in Bhutan

Paro Spring Festival in Bhutan

What to wear in Bhutan during March?

It totally depends where you are traveling to in Bhutan. We would recommend carrying both warm woolen clothes and some summer clothing as well. However, it will still be chill during March so warm clothes are a must. If you are trekking during this month, do carry a strong pair of trekking boots and a lot of warm clothes, and an extra shoe for normal walks. As it is usually sunny during the day, sunglasses and hats are also essential.

Bhutan Festivals in March 2021:

March is considered to be among the most popular times to visit Bhutan. Not only due to the pleasant climatic condition during the time but also due to the long list of festivals celebrated in March.

 Following are the list of festivals in March.

  • Zhuri Duechoe – Celebrated from 9th – 10th March 2021. Venue – Zhuri Lhakhang, Chumig
    Bumthang.

  • Gadhen Choedpa – Celebrated from 12th – 13th March, 2021. Venue – Ura Lhakhang, Ura Bumthang.

  • Kharchu Drubchen – Celebrated on 13th March, 2021. Venue – Kharchu Lhakhang,
    Thromdey Bumthang.

  • Gomphukora – Celebrated from 21st – 23rd March, 2021. Venue – Gom Kora Lhakhang,
    Trashigang.

  • Talo Tshechu Celebrated from 21st – 23rd March, 2021. Venue – Talo Gonpa, Punakha.

  • Gasa Tshechu – Celebrated from 21st – 23rd March, 2021. Venue – Gasa Dzong, Gasa.

  • Zhemgang Tshechu – Celebrated from 21st – 23rd March, 2021. Venue – Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang.

  • Paro Tshechu – Celebrated from 24th – 28th March, 2021. Venue – Rinpung Dzong, Paro.

Best Things to do in Bhutan in April. Is April a good time to visit Bhutan? Find Weather and Climate conditions in Bhutan during April:

April is the perfect time to tour around Bhutan due to the pleasant climate and weather conditions in all parts of the country. Beautiful blue skies and colorful landscapes is what you will see in April. With very less rain falls during the month, the forests are lush green mixed with variety of colors of different flora and fauna. And as the skies are sunny and clear most of the days, the views will be excellent which is perfect for both outdoors and cultural tours.

As the climatic conditions are very favorable during April, Bhutan has become the perfect location for Trekking and hiking. Due to its variety of rarely trekked routes, it is a paradise for adventure and outdoor tours.

With very less rain fall the weather is dry and the temperature is pleasant. Temperatures ranging from seven degrees to seventeen degree Celsius during the day and can vary from place to place. This is because of the difference between the altitude and terrain between the places. Let’s say the weather is not too hot nor too cold. In the western region the temperatures and range up to nineteen degree Celsius. Where as in the central and eastern Bhutan it is much cooler and in the southern region the temperature can go up to thirty to thirty five degree Celsius which makes it the hottest region during the month.

Best time to Travel Bhutan is Spring Season

Spring Flower near Punakha Dzong

What to wear in Bhutan during April:

April is a very pleasant month for a holiday in Bhutan with sunny clear skies and very less rain fall. Temperatures are warm during the day but it becomes cool at night. So recommend you to carry warm cloths along with summer cloths. Thick jackets and sweaters can be your option for the cold but you don’t have to carry a lot. As the days are sunny and bright, sunglasses and hats can be of great help. And if you would like to trek in Bhutan during April, do pack your trekking boots, warm jackets and layers of warm cloths. So that you can remove it whenever the temperature rises and gets hot.

What is the most popular Festival of Bhutan in April?

During April, it the best time to experience the spring in Bhutan and outdoor activities are very popular during this time. Along with the exciting activities you will also get the opportunity to join the extra ordinary festivals of Bhutan. Following are the festivals celebrated during the month of April…

  • Rhododendron Festival – Celebrated from 16th to 18th April 2021. Venue – Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu. The festival is dedicated to the rhododendron flowers which are abundant in Bhutan. It features the rhododendron garden walks and exhibitions, cuisines, crafts, traditional programs and much more.

  • Domkhar Tshechu – Celebrated from 22nd to 24th April, 2021. Venue – Domkhar, Chumig, Bumthang. The festival is celebrated for three days featuring verities of mask dances and cultural programs performed by the locals of the Domkhar village.

  • Ura Yakchoe – Celebrated from 24th to 28th April, 2021. Venue – Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang. The main highlights of this festival are the sacred mask dances performed along with other popular mask dances. All the dances are performed to worship a sacred relic which is displayed to the people as a blessing.

Is May the best time to travel Bhutan? Weather and Climate conditions in Bhutan during May:

Bhutan is gifted with numerous beautiful and natural landscapes and the ideal opportunity to observe these amazing views is during May. During this time the vegetations are vivid lighting up the scenes, tempting guests for a ceaseless photograph sessions. As spring is ending and monsoon is yet to come, the climate conditions are pleasant with warm sunny days and fewer days of rainfall. But the rainfall is very rare and isn’t as heavy as it will be in the coming months.

As the year is about to hit the wet monsoon season, the temperature also starts to rise as the month passes by. Temperatures can be warm around the northern, western and eastern regions but it will be hot around the southern region of the country. The Temperatures can range from thirteen degrees during the night and up to thirty one degrees during the day and it also depends where you are situated at. The southern regions will be hotter and the northern region will be cooler. But the weather has been unpredictable over the years and we have experienced the monsoon rain late at July as well.  And despite of the weather, we will have plenty of time for tour and explore. 

Visit Punakha Dzong in Autumn Season

Punakha Dzong in late Autumn

What to wear in Bhutan during May?

The temperatures are very pleasant during May. You don’t have to carry a lot of thick clothing’s. A simple jacket will be fine as it can be windy some times and if it rains, the temperatures can be cool as well but it won’t be very cold. And the showers are usually during the late afternoons. So less thick cloths and more summer cloths. But if you are trekking or hiking during this month, include your trekking boots and fewer warmer cloths as well as you will be at the higher altitudes and the temperature will be colder.

 Bhutan Festivals in May, 2021:

Sadly during the month of May, there are no festivals celebrated in the country. During this month the religious monks with the head of the national monk body of Bhutan (Je Khenpo) travel back to Thimphu (the summer residence for the monk body) from Punakha (the winter resident for the monk body). This is a monk procession practiced as a tradition for many decades by the monk body of Bhutan. It is held on the first day of the fourth lunar month when the monks leave the old capital and head to Thimphu by vehicles and some walk to the destination which is an eighty-three-kilometer journey to the capital. And during winter they move back to Punakha to escape the harsh winter in Thimphu.

Is June the best time to travel to Bhutan? Weather and Climate conditions in Bhutan during June:

This is the time of monsoon and you can expect to get wet with heavy rainfalls during this month. Usually, the rain falls during the late afternoon so there will be plenty of time to tour and explore. Bhutan has the highest rate of rainfall during monsoon season among the neighboring Himalayan countries. The southern part of Bhutan is very hot with the heaviest rainfall compared to other parts of Bhutan.

Sometimes the monsoon rain can be late providing pleasant weather conditions. June is only the beginning of monsoon so the rainfall is less compared to the coming months. Despite of the rainfall the temperatures are warm and pleasantly humid in western Bhutan. The only complication during this time in Bhutan is the rain, rest, it’s all perfect. But over the years, due to global warming the weather has been unpredictable and tourists traveling during this month have also increased. Trekking and hiking are also preferred by some. And we would say you can have a great time in Bhutan during June as well. And for the tourists in Bhutan during this time (June, July & August) the daily tourist fee is also lesser.

Daily Tourist Fee During low Season Down Below…

What to wear in Bhutan during June:

As the temperatures are warm you can carry your summer wears like t-shirts, summer jeans, joggers anything you are comfortable in. You don’t have to carry super thick cloths during this time. A simple jacket will be okay. Sometimes it can be windy. If you are trekking during this month add, trekking boots and some warm cloths and jackets because you will be trekking at higher altitudes where the temperatures can be cold.

Bhutan Festivals in June, 2021:

Although the month is wet and gloomy but pretty much unpredictable the country celebrates two beautiful festivals.

  1. Nimalung Tendra/Tshechu – Celebrated from 18th to 20th June, 2021. Venue – Nimalung Dratshang, Chumig, Bumthang.

  • Kurjey Tshechu – Celebrated on 20th June, 2021. Venue – Kurjey Lhakhang,
    Choekhor, Bumthang.

Is July the best time to travel Bhutan? How is the Weather and Climate conditions in Bhutan during July?

As we reach the mid of monsoon, travelers can experience the warm yet wet weather conditions in Bhutan. During this time the country has its heavy showers and the visibility of the landscapes and mountains are not that great. Showers are mostly during the afternoons or late afternoons providing opportunity for the visitors to explore its hidden architectural beauties during the day. Temperatures can be highly humid and the vegetations are wet, not very ideal for trekking and hiking. However for tourists in Bhutan, July can be a good time for sightseeing.

Despite being low season, the rate of tourists entering the kingdom has increased drastically over the years. And the northern regions are popular during this season as the weather is much more favorable with humid temperatures and less rainfall.  The vegetations are drier as well. The southern and the western region of Bhutan have the most rain fall during the time and the rain can be more than a minor inconvenience. Temperatures rang from twenty five to thirty degrees across the country but increases in the coming months. During this month we recommend travelers to be keep track of their flight schedules as flights to Bhutan can be cancelled or delayed due to the climatic conditions. Over all we would say it is not that bad during July.

Visit Thimphu valley in mid Summer

View of Thimphu valley in Summer

What to wear in Bhutan during July?

The month is warm with constant rain fall. So recommend you to carry waterproof clothing’s, summer wears and jackets as well because it can be cool in some places. Trekking is not that favorable due to most of the trekking routs being wet and muddy. And crossing through the dense jungles of Bhutan during this time can be tough and irritating as bugs and insects tend to increase during this time. But if you happen to trek during this time, prepare to get wet. Boots for trekking, hats face covers, and thin long sleeves may come in handy.

Bhutan Festivals in July, 2021:

As the rain is heavy during July, the county also celebrates only one festival during the month. But it is popular among the locals and people from all parts of the country attend this festival.

Haa Summer Festival – Celebrated on 10th & 11th July, 2021. Venue – Haa. This festival is celebrated in the region of Haa, Bhutan and is the celebration of traditional nomadic living culture and lifestyle, unique cousins, traditional sports and religious dance performances (Chum).

Is August the best time to travel Bhutan? How is the Weather and Climate conditions in Bhutan during August?

Bhutan is known as the “Last Shangri La” and the scenic views during this month makes you want to believe the phrase is true. And over the years the country has managed to become one of the top destinations for travelers. Bhutan lightens up with lush green mixed with colorful and vivid vegetations.  August is the last month for low season before the peak season begins from the coming month. Tourists can experience the wet but humid weather with high temperatures across the kingdom. Trekking and hiking during august is not that favorable but sightseeing and exploring the architectural beauties in the country can be perfect.

During this time the temperatures also start to fall with autumn right around the corner and summer about to end. But the temperature will still be pleasant. We would say much more pleasant. Temperatures are humid across the country, southern regions having the highest humidity at thirty to thirty five degrees. Western and eastern regions can rise up to twenty five and the north has the lowest humidity.

What to wear in Bhutan during August:

As it is the end of summer season, the country can still experience monsoon showers so water proof clothing’s with summer wears are recommended.  The climate conditions are pretty warm during the time so thick cloths are not recommending much. But a jacket may come in handy. Jackets can save you from windy evenings. And if you are a hardcore trekker and would like to trek in Bhutan during august than pack your trekking boots, hats, thicker jackets and warmer cloths as we will be walking at higher altitudes. And having a health insurance is very helpful in case of health and safety issues.

Bhutan Festivals in August, 2021:

During the month of August the country celebrates two mushroom festivals in different parts of the country.

  1. Mushroom Festival – Celebrated on 15th & 16th August, 2021. Venue – Genekha, Thimphu.  During this festival, the local community combined with the school students showcases their local products together with some cultural programs but the special event of the festival is to showcase the native mushrooms and the ways to harvest them sustainably and organically. You can even buy the fresh mushrooms.

  • Masutaki Mushroom Festival – Celebrated on 23rd & 24th August, 2021. Venue – Ura, Bumthang. This festival is similar to the mushroom festival celebrated at Thimphu. But the main delicacy or the mushroom showcased are the matsutake and chanterelle mushrooms. You can buy them as well.

Is September the best time to travel Bhutan? How is the Weather and Climate conditions in Bhutan during September?

As monsoon comes to an end we experience the pleasant autumn in Bhutan with the start of peak season. The skies start to clear up providing the beautiful views of the glorious Himalayas. We can still get the showers but with lesser rainfall during the late afternoons. The hot and wet weather conditions start to end and temperature also starts to drop from this month but it won’t be cold. But as the month ends it can start to get cooler. September can be an excellent time to visit Bhutan as the landscapes start to dry up in most of the regions and the views are really amazing as the vegetations are still lush green and colorful but the western and the southern regions can still get the frequent showers as the monsoon isn’t over yet.

Although at the lower altitudes one can experience the pleasantly humid temperatures but at the higher altitudes it is much cooler. Trekking and hiking are also favorable during this time. And a lot of tourists prefer to trek during this time. For your delight, the country also celebrates different festivals during the month which are very popular among the foreign visitors like Thimphu Tshechu, Tour of the Dragon (Bike cycle race), Gangtay Tshechu and much more.

What to wear in Bhutan during September:

It is warm and humid during September so recommend packing summer cloths. Rain won’t be much of a problem but if it does rain, your tour operator will provide the umbrellas and raincoats. And also a jacket as some evenings can be windy and if you are trekking during this month, do not forget your trekking boots and more warm cloths as temperatures at the higher altitudes are much lower and colder.

What are the best things to do in Bhutan in September?Bhutan Festivals in September, 2021:

Bhutan celebrates a verity of festivals during September in the different parts of the country and includes some of the festivals popular among the tourists. It is a great time to visit Bhutan during the month with favorable climatic conditions and exciting celebrations.

  1. Tour of the Dragon (Bicycle Race) – Celebrated or held on 7th September, 2021. Venue/Racing locations – Bumthang to Thimphu. (Distance – 286 kilometers over 4 mountain passes.) It is not a normal bike race or a classic mountain bike race nor a gravel grinder as it doesn’t fit into any categories defined by the UCI. So we categorize it as an ultra-marathon mountain bike race on roads of the thunder dragon that are extremely challenging.

  • Thimphu Drubchen/ Dromchoe – Celebrated on 12th September, 2021. Venue – Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu. During the festival enjoy the colorful and beautiful mask dances and traditional cultural programs. Usually tourists weren’t allowed to witness the Drubchen but over the years, TCB and the government of Bhutan have started to allow tourists to witness the drubchen as well and you need to purchase tickets to witness the festival.

  •  Wangdue Tshechu – Celebrated from 14th to 16th September, 2021. Venue – Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang. The festival is celebrated at Wanduephodrang Dzongkhag for three days and is popular of its Raksha Mangcham (the Ox dance).

  • Tamshing Phala Chhoepa – Celebrated from 16th to 18th September, 2021. Venue – Tamshing lhakhang, Chokhor, Bumthang. People from all parts of the country gather at Bumthang to celebrate this festival. Various mask dances and cultural programs will be performed by the monks of Tamzhing Monastery.

  • Thimphu Tshechu – Celebrated from 16th to 18th September as well. Venue – Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu. Thimphu Tshechu is very popular among the travelers round the globe as it is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in the country. It is witnessed by thousands of people, both local and foreign tourists. The festivals include days and nights of prayer and ritual with mask dances and cultural programs.

  • Gangtey Tshechu – Celebrated from 18th to 20th September, 2021. Venue – Gangtey Gonpa,
    Phobjikha,Wangduephodrang. This festival is celebrated to commemorate the great deeds of 8th century Tantric master Guru Padmasambhava who introduced Buddhism in Bhutan. Witness and enjoy the beautiful and unique mask dances and cultural programs.

  • Thangbi Mewang – Celebrated from 19th to 21st September 2021. Venue – Tangbi Lhakhang, Chokhor, Bumthang. During the festival, people celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the ancient Thangbi Lhakhang. The main highlight of the festival is the Mewang ceremony (“Fire Blessing”), a purification ritual where locals and guests jump over the fire to purify themselves.

Thimphu Festival in Autumn

Mask Dance during Autumn Festival Tour

Is October the best time to travel Bhutan? Weather and Climate conditions in Bhutan during October:

Although Bhutan gets visitors all year round we would say October is the the best time to travel Bhutan. Both for cultural sightseeing and trekking as the weather conditions are excellent with very less or no rainfall throughout the season and sunny skies. As the skies are clear and vivid, showcasing the glorious views of the Himalayan ranges, it is very ideal for trekking and hiking. And a lot of festivals are lined up during this month. Everything is perfect for a bustling travel destination like Bhutan. The weather and climate is perfect with variety of festivals to choose from but everything cannot be perfect for anyone as the number of tourist’s increases drastically during this time which makes it difficult to book the required hotels and accommodations.

Temperatures also tend to decrease and the landscapes start to turn golden brown in color alarming that the winter is near. Although the temperature drops it will be humid enough and warm during the day but during the night it can be little cooler. Many of the tourists travel to Bhutan during this time because of the festivals celebrated during this month. A successful festival needs a favorable weather condition as it needs to be celebrated out, on the open grounds and the festivals celebrated in  Bhutan are arranged in such a way that the weather doesn’t hamper the celebration as a festival ruined by a silly rain is intolerable.

What to wear in Bhutan during October:

October can be a combination of both warm and cool temperatures, warm during the day and cool during the night. So recommend you to carry summer clothing’s along with some long sleeves and warm jackets. Normal jeans and long sleeve shirts can work perfectly fine. All we want is you to be comfortable during your tour in Bhutan. And if you are trekking during this month, add trekking boots, hats, sun glasses and mufflers to your baggage. All the equipments for trekking and hiking will be arranged and provided by your tour operator. 

Bhutan Festivals in October, 2021:

October is the month of celebration as the number of festivals celebrated during the month is much more compared to other months in a year. And it is the right time for the festivals as well due to favorable weather conditions. Treat yourself with an exciting and never seen culture and tradition of the Bhutanese people.

  1. Jhomolhari Mountain Festival – Celebrated on 14th & 15th October, 2021. Venue – Dangochong, Thimphu. This festival is a two days celebration at the base of Mount Jumolhari headed by the local community. It is celebrated to showcase the culture of the community, living together with the natural wonders that surround them such as the snow leopards. 

  • Chhukha Tshechu – Celebrated from 13th to 15th October, 2021. Venue – Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha. The festival is celebrated annually at the chhukha district as an offering to saint Guru Rinpoche. Witness variety of mask dances along with cultural programs and folk songs performed.

  • Jakar Tshechu – Celebrated from 12th to 16th October, 2021. Venue – Jakar Dzong, Thromdey,
    Bumthang. People dress in their finest clothing’s of gho and kira during the festival. Different mask dances, folk songs and cultural programs are performed at the festival showcasing the rich culture and tradition of Bhutan.

  •  Ugyencholing Kangsoel – Celebrated from 13th to 15th October, 2021. Venue – Ugyencholing Lhakhang, Tang, Bumthang.

  • Dechenphu Tshechu – Celebrated on 15th October, 2021. Venue – Dechenphu Lhakhang,
    Thimphu. It is a festival celebrated by the local community of the area. Several sacred mask dances along with cultural programs will also be performed.

  • Takar Duechoe – Celebrated from 20th and 23rd October, 2021. Venue – Chumig, Bumthang.

  • Jambay Lhakhang Drup – Celebrated from 21st to 23rd October, 2021. Venue – Jambay Lhakhang,
    Chokhor, Bumthang. During the festival many sacred mask dances are performed by the local villagers and the monks of the Jambay Lhakhang.

  • Prakhar Duchhoed – Celebrated from21st to 23rd October, 2021.Venue -Prakar Lhakhang, Chumni, Bumthang. Enjoy the sacred mask dances and folk songs performed during the festival. It can be a great time to connect with the local people as well.

  • Royal Highland Festival – Celebrated on 23rd and 24th October, 2021. Venue – Laya, Gasa. This festival is one of the most popular festivals among the tourists. It is mainly celebrated to promote the sustainable livelihood of highlanders, showcase highlander’s innovation, and exhibit the highlands.

Is November the best time to travel Bhutan? What is the Weather and Climate during November?

November is the end of autumn season in Bhutan and beginning of winter. The temperatures start to drop and is much cooler compared to October. Especially at night and early mornings. Despite of the drop in temperature, one can experience sunny and clear days with dry vegetations and no rainfall. The temperature varies in different parts of the country due to the difference in altitude.

The southern regions are much warmer compared to other regions. Final month for trek the best routes in Bhutan and people cannot trek this routes during December and January due to the harsh cold winter. Starting from November, there will be fewer crowds of tourists and is ideal for travelers who want to avoid packed crowds. And this is the time when people can witness the rare but beautiful black necked cranes. These birds migrate from Tibet to Bhutan during winter and fly back to Tibet during summer.

What to wear in Bhutan during November:

As November can be cold and hot at the same time, recommend you to carry extra layers of cloths. Thick jackets and mufflers can come in handy. But again extra layers are recommended as you can remove it every time you feel hot. If you are trekking during this month do not forget your trekking boots, hats, gloves, sleeping bags if you want to carry your own. Chances of rainfall are very less and can experience warn sunny days as well.

Best Things to do in Bhutan in November.

  • Sumthrang Kangsoel – Celebrated on 2nd and 3rd November, 2021. Venue – Ura, Bumthang.

  • Black Necked Crane Festival – Celebrated on 11th November 2021. Venue – Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang.

  • Mongar Tshechu – Celebrated from 12th to 14th November, 2021. Venue – Mongar Dzong, Mongar.

  • Trashigang Tshechu – Celebrated from 12th to 14th November, 2021. Venue – Trashigang Dzong,
    Trashigang.

  • Pemagatshel Tshechu – Celebrated from 12th to 14th November, 2021. Venue – Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel.

 

Is December the best time to travel Bhutan? Does it Snow in Bhutan during December:

As December starts, winter also kicks in with cold winds and gloomy days. The views of the higher Himalayas are not that clear due to the foggy weather conditions. This is the time when you will literally feel the cold in the country. But the weather can be favorable with clear and sunny skies and warmer temperatures during the day and at night it can be much colder. Do not forget your winter jackets.

 December and January are the ideal time for snowfall in Bhutan and if you are lucky enough, you may get the chance to experience the snow in Bhutan as well. Trekking during this month is also feasible as the landscapes are dry with favorable sunny days. How every it will be very cold at the higher Himalayas.

What to wear in Bhutan during December:

December is a very cold time in Bhutan so recommend you to carry thick warm cloths, woolen cloths and thick jackets to save you from the cold. Mufflers, sweaters, high necks can work absolutely fine. And for trekking during this month, carry your trekking boots, more warm cloths and jackets. Please do not underestimate the cold in Bhutan and take into consideration all the precautions beforehand.

Bhutan Festivals in December 2021:

  • Druk Wangyel Tsechu – Celebrated on 13th December, 2021. Venue – Druk Wwangyel Lhakhang, Dochu la. This festival is unusual in that it’s not monks or laypeople that perform the dances, but members of the Royal Bhutan Army. All the mask dances and the cultural dances and folk songs are performed by the Royal Bhutan Army.

  • National Day – Celebrated on 17th December, 2021. Venue – Thimphu, Changlimithang. During this time we commemorate the coronation of the first King of Bhutan in 1907.

Accommodations & Hotels in Bhutan.

Booking hotels during your travel won’t be a problem as the number of tourists visiting Bhutan during this time decreases and hotels will also be available most of the time. But for your choice of accommodation, you have to inform your tour operator beforehand so that it can be arranged and planned accordingly.

Recommended Bhutan Tours during Off Seasons (December, January & February)

4 Nights & 5 Days Tour: Glimpse of Bhutan.

Glimpse of Bhutan is short but a complete Bhutan tour, taking only five days to complete the entire trip. During this trip we will be touring through western Bhutan. Explore the rich culture and tradition of the Bhutanese people which has been into practice for more than three hundred years.

  • 5 Nights & 6 Days Tour: Delightful Bhutan.

Women Bhutan Travel

Pics taken of Mother and Daughter with Guide near Tiger Nest Temple

If you got only few days in hand for a refreshing holiday then Excursion to Himalayas is here to help you plan your short but a complete Bhutan tour. This itinerary is professionally designed for those who don’t have much time to spend for holidays. This is a short tour covering the three main regions/districts of Bhutan.

  • 6 Nights & 7 Days Tour: Glorious Bhutan.

We will be exploring the western region of Bhutan Thimphu, Paro and Punakha. These are the three main districts of Bhutan. The tour lasts exactly for a week and you can explore the country thoroughly, taking your time.

  • 7 Nights & 8 Days Tour: Discovering Bhutan.

Eight days tour across Bhutan. In this tour we will explore the western and eastern region of Bhutan. During this time we will be able to tour the country thoroughly. But to do so, you need to have at least a week in hand for your holiday in Bhutan.

Recommended Bhutan trekking during off seasons (December, January & February)

  •  Bhutan Samtengang Trek – This trek is a short four day trek through the valley of Punakha and Wangduephodrang. It is pleasant and fairly easy trek as the altitudes are not very high (1100 – 1900m) and the climate is warm most of the time. The route takes you through the villages of Sha and Chungsakha and across the longest foot bridge in Bhutan. Although this trek is available throughout winter, the best time to plan for this trek is between March to April.

  • Bhutan Punakha Winter Trek – This is also a short trek through Thimphu and Punakha. Altitudes barely ranging to 1000m which makes it much easier and convenient for the climbers. The route starts from Thimphu to Punakha, passing through several villages and rice fields and also crossing the Sinchula Pass. The trek offers the unseen beautiful views of the country. As the climate at this place is warm due to low altitude, the trek can be available throughout the year.

  • Bhutan sinchula Trek – A short four day trek starting from Thimphu to Punakha crossing one of the epic passes in Bhutan the Sinchula Pass. These pass separates the two important valleys of western Bhutan. We will also be passing through some villages and can interact with the people as well. This route was used by the lords and the monk bodies during ancient times to move back and forth from Punakha to Thimphu.

  • Bhutan Nabji  Korphu Winter Trek –  The trek lasts for 1 week through the beautiful Trongsa Valley. The climate is usually warm around this area, altitudes ranging from 1000 to 1500m. The area is filled with various flora and fauna, beautiful and exciting route. Experience the traditional rural life in Bhutan, spending nights in the remote villages of Nabji, Khorphu and Nyimshong.

Bhutan Tour Cost during Off Season (December, January & February)

Planning your Bhutan holiday during off season? The daily tourist fee will be $200 U.S per person, per night. If you are a solo traveler, you have to pay an extra surcharge fee of $40 U.S per person, per night. And if you have two pax in a group, you have to pay $30 U.S per person, per night as a surcharge fee. If you are more than three pax then no surcharge fee will be applicable to the travelers and would recommend our guests to have at least three people in a group. So that you can be exempted from the surcharge fee. And there are some discount polices for groups more than fifteen pax and if you are traveling to Bhutan with kids.

Feel free to check it out here… (Discount Policies)

Your daily tourist fee includes all your meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner), transportation with driver, professional guide for the entire tour, all accommodations (3 Star hotels & resorts) and entry fees for special sites and heritages. But sixty five percent of the daily tourist fees go as government taxes which are put into free education and free health care for the citizens of Bhutan. Yes, all of the free medical care and free schools in Bhutan are available due to travelers like you who visit Bhutan.

If you are planning to visit Bhutan for the first time then you might be thinking where does this money go?  Sixty five percent of the daily tourist fees go as government taxes which are put into Bhutan’s free education and free health care. There are some discount policies for groups more than fifteen pax and if you are traveling to Bhutan with kids.

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Best Bhutan Cultural Tours during March, April & May.

5 Nights & 6 Days Tour: Glimpse of Bhutan.

A glimpse of Bhutan is short but a complete Bhutan tour, taking only five days to complete the entire trip. During this trip we will be touring through western Bhutan of Paro Thimphu and Punakha

 4Nights & 5 Days Tour: Delightful Bhutan.

If you got only a few days in hand for a refreshing holiday then we are here to help you plan your short but complete tour in Bhutan. This itinerary is professionally designed for those who don’t have much time to spend for vacations. This is a short tour covering the three main regions/districts of Bhutan.

 6 Nights & 7 Days Tour: Glorious Bhutan.

We will be exploring the western region of Bhutan Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha. These are the three main districts of Bhutan. The tour lasts exactly for a week and you can explore the country thoroughly, taking your time.

 7 Nights & 8 Days Tour: Discovering Bhutan.

Eight days tour across Bhutan. In this tour, we will explore the western and eastern regions of Bhutan. During this time we will be able to tour the country thoroughly. But to do so, you need to have at least a week in hand for your holiday in Bhutan.

9 Days Bhutan Tour.

This is an eight days tour of Bhutan through western and eastern Bhutan, exploring the rarely visited sites. The real beauty of this tour is the opportunity to experience the aerial view of the valleys on the domestic flight from Bumthang to Paro, a cultural tour with a spiritual touch.

10 Nights & 11 Days Tour: Eastern Bhutan Tour.

The Eastern Bhutan tour takes about eleven-day to complete, exploring the western and eastern region of Bhutan. Enjoy the beautiful views of Bumthang and Trongsa. Explore the ancient and rarely seen monasteries and fortresses in Bumthang. You can take a direct flight to Bumthang if you would like the aerial view of the valleys or you can also drive to Bumthang

Recommended Bhutan Trekking Tour during March, April & May.

Druk Path Trek.

Druk Path Trek is a short and popular trek in Bhutan walked between the mountains of Thimphu and Paro. It takes about six days to complete the trek. The trail takes you through the beautiful lakes in the high mountain passes with thick blue pine forests. We will also pass through the ancient temples, monasteries, and forts of Bhutan.

Dagala Thousand lake trek.

This trek takes six days to complete, walking through the pristine and clear lakes of Dagala. This trek of Bhutan gives you the opportunity to see beautiful views of the lakes, glorious Himalayan ranges, and Yaks. We will be passing through many Bhutanese rural areas and villages as well, providing you with deeper information about the way of life In Bhutan.

Jumolhari Round Trek.

Jumolhari Round trek is among the most popular trek in Bhutan. We will start our trek from Paro Valley to the base of Mount Jumolhari, the second-highest unclimbed mountain range in the country. You will be treated to a magnificent view of Mount Jumolhari from the base camp. And we will be ending the trek at Thimphu.

Bhutan Samtengang Trek.

Samtengang Trek is a popular Winter trek in Bhutan. This trek is a short four-day trek through the valley of Punakha and Wangduephodrang. It is a pleasant and fairly easy trek as the altitudes are not very high (1100 – 1900m) and the climate is warm most of the time. The route takes you through the villages of Sha and Chungsakha and across the longest footbridge in Bhutan. Although this trek is available throughout winter, the best time to plan for this trek is between March to April.

Bhutan Sinchula Trek.

A short four day trek starting from Thimphu to Punakha crossing one of the epic passes in Bhutan the Sinchula Pass. These pass separates the two important valleys of western Bhutan. We will also be passing through some villages and can interact with the people as well. This route was used by the lords and the monk bodies during ancient times to move back and forth from Punakha to Thimphu.

Bhutan Nabji  Korphu Trek.

The trek lasts for 1 week through the beautiful Trongsa Valley. The climate is usually warm around this area, altitudes ranging from 1000 to 1500m. The area is filled with various flora and fauna, beautiful and exciting route. Experience the traditional rural life in Bhutan, spending nights in the remote villages of Nabji, Khorphu, and Nyimshong.

Bhutan Tour Cost during Peak Season(March, April, May & September, October, November)

Traveling to Bhutan during peak season? While it is a great idea to visit Bhutan during peak season months for warmer and favorable weather conditions, it is likely that tourists in Bhutan during this time have to pay $250U.S per person, per night.

A daily surcharge fee of $40 U.S per person, per night, will be applicable if the group has less than three pax and $30 U.S per person, per night if the group has less than four pax. And no surcharge fee will be applicable if the group has more than four pax.  Peak season has already begun and because of that, the daily tourist fee will also be increased to $250 U.S per person, per night.

What does the Daily Bhutan Tour Cost Includes?

Your daily tourist fee includes all your meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner), transportation with driver, professional guide for the entire tour, all accommodations (3 Star hotels & resorts) and entry fees for special sites and heritages. But sixty five percent of the daily tourist fees go as government taxes which are put into free education and free health care for the citizens of Bhutan. Yes, all of the free medical care and free schools in Bhutan are available due to travelers like you who visit Bhutan.

Bhutan is considered to be one of the expensive places to visit in the planet and only a few people get to visit this secret place but all of this is to preserve, protect and maintain the countries tradition, culture and environment. And the country follows the policy of “low volume, high impact” which means the country wants tourists visiting the country but at the same time preserving the environment and culture of the country.

Bhutan Visa

You can apply for your Bhutan visa whenever you would like to. There are no restrictions on when you can or cannot visit Bhutan. Anyhow there are two seasons, peak season ad offseason. During the off/low season applying and processing your visa will be much more convenient and faster due to fewer tourists entering the kingdom during this month. And during the peak seasons, applying and processing your visa can be delayed sometimes. That is why we recommend you inform your tour operator in advance of your Bhutan visa. However, it is always easy to apply for a Bhutan visa as long as you have all the required documents.