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Best Time to Visit Bhutan

The best time to visit Bhutan is Spring and Autumn. Though People can visit Bhutan all year round, 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 13 years of experience in the travel industry, I tell you the best time to travel to Bhutan in the Spring and Autumn of 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 are two best seasons to visit Bhutan and they are Spring and Autumn seasons. The Spring season starts from March to May with fewer days of rainfall and colorful vegetation and is 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 colorful festivals. 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.

Why Tour Bhutan throughout the year?

You can visit Bhutan throughout the year but the country experiences different weather conditions which makes travel uncomfortable. Summer and Winter are quite extreme in terms of weather due to which travel is difficult. Summer receives frequent monsoon rain where roads are blocked due to landslides and flights are often rescheduled.

Winters are good but cold with temperatures going down below 0 degrees. Roads can be slippery due to the formation of Ice but there are plenty of places you can visit during winter too. We shall discuss months’ weather charts, festivals, and tours program which will guide you to plan your Bhutan Tour.

Bhutan in Spring (March,April and May)

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View of Paro Town

Spring is considered the best time to travel Bhutan. The temperature is very favorable. Spring is perhaps the best season to visit Bhutan, where the weather is dry and less humid with perfect conditions to explore Bhutan on foot, indulge in some trekking activities, and attend the popular festivals.

Spring Climates in Bhutan

Bhutan has three climatic regions. The climate varies widely depending on elevation. The most touristic places like Paro, Thimphu, Haa Bumthang, and Gangtey experience colder climatic conditions with some of these places covered with light snow. 

Autumn in Bhutan

Autumn in Bhutan starts from September to November. This time of the year has the highest number of festival celebrations in Bhutan. Autumn cast a bright golden glow on the vast landscape and is one of the most crowded times for tourists to visit Bhutan. In fall rice fields ripen to a golden brown under crisp blue skies. The merry pink and white of cosmos flowers dot the countryside.

Climates in Bhutan

The climates vary widely depending on elevation. Southern Bhutan is warmer compared to other parts of Bhutan. The central valley, Punakha, Wangdiphodrang, Mongar Trashigang, Trongsa, and Lhuntse have semi-tropical climates with cool winters. Whereas places like Haa, Paro Thimphu, Tashi Yangtse, and Bumthang have colder climatic conditions with some of these places covered with light snow. Only in the High Himalayan region (Northern part of the Country) does the snow remain year-round. During the monsoon season heavy rainfalls al, almost every night, and rain coast or an umbrella are highly recommended.

Thimphu's Average Rainfall and Temperature in a Year

Below Information on Bhutan Rainfall and Temperature is based on the Source provided by the National Center for Hydrology and Meteorology, the Royal Government of Bhutan.

Is January a good time to travel Bhutan?

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Visit Tamchog Lhakhang in January
The best time to Visit in Bhutan
Visit Phobjikha in January

January is still winter in Bhutan with temperatures below zero degrees.

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 visits, 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 in January. 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.

What to wear in Bhutan in 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.

List of Low altitude Trekking in Bhutan in January

Punakha Dzong,Dzongs in Bhutan
Punakha Dzong
Ideal time to visit bhutan in January
Punakha Bridge

Bhutan Festival 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.

Bhutan Temperature in January

The temperature really drops in Northern and Southern Bhutan as January month is peak winter in Bhutan. Please find the temperature in January.

  • Phuntsholing High Temperature 23.9 Degree and Low at 16.2 Degree.
  • Thimphu High Temperature at 14.6 and Low at -3.3.
  • Paro High Temperature at 12.8 Degree and Low at 1.4 Degree.
  • Wangdiphodrang is high at 17.8 Degree and Low at 5.5 degrees.
  • Punakha is high at 17.5 Degree and Low at 5.8 degrees.
  • Bumthang is High at 11.0 degrees and low at -4.0 degrees.

 

Is Bhutan Ideal time to Visit in 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 a cultural tour in February 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 of 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.

Best time for Birding in Bhutan
Horbill in Central Bhutan of Zhemgang
Best season for high altitude trek in Bhutan
Low Altitude Trekking

What to wear in 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 than 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 in the month of February

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 26th March – 28th February 2023. Venue – Punakha Dzong.  During this festival brief history of Punakha Dzong and the conflicts and problems faced by Zhabdrung during the construction of the Dzong are showcased to the visitors. Traditional mask dances are also performed by the central monastic body.

Punakha Tshechu– Celebrated from 1st – 3rd March 2023. 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 7th March 2023.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 (the 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.

Is March month good time to travel in Bhutan?

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 in March 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. At 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 in the southern region of Bhutan, the weather is hot during this time, with temperatures ranging from twelve to thirty degrees during the day. So except for the southern region, the rest of the regions in Bhutan has the perfect weather and climate condition for touring and trekking. The best thing to do in march is attend the popular Paro Spring Festival in Bhutan. 

 

Best time of the year to travel Thimphu Bhutan
Thimphu Valley in Spring
Best places to visit in Thimphu
Simtokha Dzong, Places to visit in Thimphu

Bhutan Festival in March

Other festivals you can combine with your Bhutan Tour in march are, Paro Festival, Domkhar Tshechu, Chorten Kora, Buli Mani Festival in eastern Bhutan, Gasa Festival, Zhemgang Tshechu, Talo Tshechu, and Gomkora Festival.

Bhutan Festival Dance
Spring Paro Festival
Best time to trek Dagala Trek
Dagala Thousand Lake Trek

Find the best Spring Trek you can Book in Bhutan

Trekking in Bhutan is guaranteed with clean and unspoiled trails. Spring is beautiful in Bhutan and trekking routes like Druk Path Trek, Dagala Thousand Lake Trek, and Dur Hot Spring trek are the most popular Spring Trek of Bhutan. Spring season in Bhutan starts from March to June.

4 Best Places to Visit in Bhutan in March

March is the beginning of the Spring season in Bhutan. Spring is beautiful in Bhutan and is a botanist delight as rhododendrons, wild azalea, and masses of wildflowers including the edelweiss cover the meadows like carpet. The places like Paro, Thimphu, Bumthang, and Haa are best in March to visit in Bhutan.

Paro Valley: (altitude 1800-5400m): The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples. The valley is also home to Mount Jumolhari(7314m) situated at the northern end of the valley.

Thimphu( Altitude 1800m to 5400M): Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan and is a bustling town on the banks of the Thimphu river. It is home to the Bhutanese Royal Family, The Royal Government, and to several foreign mission and development projects. 

Bumthang (altitude 2000m to 5500M): The fascinating valley is the spiritual heartland of the nation and home to some of the oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. The valley is popular for honey production, Cheese, Apples, and Bumthang Mathra.

Haa Valley(1000M to 5600M): The valley of Haais blessed by the presence of Meri Puensum, three small mountains symbolizing Rigsum Gonpo. The valley is popular for Apple and Yak meat.

Things to do in Bhutan in March

Other than Trekking, march month in Bhutan is also best for Biking, Cycling, Birding, and River Rafting. Indoor activities like wellness programs, Spirituality, and Yoga are some of the programs we recommend for those clients who love spirituality.

Bhutan Weather and Temperature in March

March is the best time to visit Bhutan. March also is the beginning of the spring season in Bhutan and it brings lots of blossoms that add a dainty touch to the valleys as their pink and white blooms add a sense of new wonder to the land.
  • Phuntsholing High temperature at 29.5 degrees and 18.2 at Lowest.
  • Paro High temperature at 17.6 and low at 5.6 Degrees.
  • Thimphu High temperature at 18.2 degrees and as low as 3.0 degrees.
  • Wangdue High temperature at 22.7 degrees and 10.8 degrees.
  • Trongsa High temperature at 22.3 degrees and as low at 10.4 degrees.
  • Punakha High temperature at 22.2 degrees and 11.2 degrees low.
  • Bumthang High temperature at 14.8 degrees and 1.9 degrees low.
  • Zhemgang High temperature at 16.6 degrees and 10.1 degrees low.

Is April a Good time to travel Bhutan?

April is a good time for trekking in Bhutan. Some of the popular treks like the Jomolhari trek, Laya Gasa Trek, and cultural tours are best done in the months of April. April month being the start of the spring season, the tourist visit is more concentrated during this month. Check Bhutan Tours Packages in April.

Ideal time to visit Bhutan for Cultural tour
Cultural Tour Packages
Bhutan Festival Dance
Festival Tours

Popular Bhutan Festival in April 2022

Rhododendron Festival– Celebrated from 16th to 18th April 2023. 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 22ndto 24th April 2023. 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 24thto 28th April 2023. 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.

Climates and Weather of Bhutan in April

Weather is very favorable in the month of April. Most popular places like Thimphu,Punakha, Paro and Wangdiphodrang experience the warm weather during day time and cool in the evening.

Paro highest temperature 25 degree and low at 17 degree.

Thimphu Highest temperature at 24 degree and low at 16 degree.

Punakha Highest at 32 degree and low at 23 degree.

 

What cloths to wear in Bhutan in April?

April is a very pleasant month for a holiday in Bhutan with sunny clear skies and very little rainfall. Temperatures are warm during the day but it becomes cool at night. So recommend you to carry warm clothes along with summer clothes. 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 clothes. So that you can remove it whenever the temperature rises and gets hot.

Best Places to visit Bhutan in May

The best place to visit Bhutan in the month of May is central Bhutan where the climate and weather remain cool with a clear blue sky. The places like Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangdi, Bumthang are the best place to explore in the month of May.

Spring season in Bhutan
Spring season in Bhutan
Best Places to visit Bhutan
Punakha Valley in May Month

Things to do in Bhutan in the Month of May

May is the peak season for Indians to visit Bhutan. The weather is very much favorable for Cultural Tours, Birding, River Rafting, Hiking, Low altitude Trekking. If you want to tour Bhutan in May combine with this festivals like Due Mang Ti in Zhemgang, Zobel Festival in Pemagatshel, and Bon Che Festival. Please reconfirm the dates with us before confirming the tour.

Is June Good time to Travel Bhutan?

June is the start of the monsoon season in Bhutan. Though the rainfall is heavy in southern Bhutan places like Thimphu Paro, Punakha (central Bhutan) receive very little rainfall. This makes early June month favorable to visit Bhutan. Trekking in June, July, and August  is not a good idea due to rainfall but cultural tours,day Hike, visiting valleys and hills can be done.

Things to do in Bhutan in the month of June

Best things to do in June is book cultural tours around the country. June is still best for low altitude trekking like Druk Path Trek, Jumolhari Base Camp trek and some featured tours like Bird watching, Cycling and River rafting in the Country. 

Places to visit Bhutan in June

Central and southern Bhutan is the Best Places to visit Bhutan in the month of June. If you are interested in the architecture of Bhutan then places like Thimphu, Paro, Punakha are the best places to visit Bhutan in the month of June. The Dzongs, Monastery, and traditional house display the best Bhutanese architect. Traditional shapes, colors, and patterns are unique. In traditional architect, there is generally no planning and designing done on paper before the structure is built. There are also no nails used and the wood pieces are assembled in the dovetail technique. The best example of a Bhutanese traditional architect can be seen in Dzongs, temples, and Bridges.

Haa Summer Festival
Best time to do Bumthang Owl trek in Bhutan
Traditional Village

Visiting Bhutan in July

July is peak monsoon season in Bhutan and abundant time of the year as flowers are in bloom and valley are covered in green,weeping willows sweep the banks of many rivers of Bhutan and pine cone glisten in the sun, so full with resin they are ready to plummet to the ground. The average temperature in most touristic places like Paro, Thimphu ranges to maximum of 25.4 degree to Minimum at 17.9 degree and Punakha being the hottest at at 29.1 degree max and 20.1 at the lowest. 

Things to do in July

The best things to do in Bhutan in the month of July are Cultural Tours, Short Day hikes, and the popular Haa Summer festival. The Haa summer festival is a lively and uplifting celebration of traditional living culture, nomadic lifestyle, unique Bhutanese cuisine, traditional sports, and religious performance. It provides unparalleled insights into the lives of Bhutanese nomadic herders.

Climates, Weather and Rainfall in July

Monsoon wind brings quite heavy rainfall in the southern belt of Bhutan. Central Bhutan like Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, and Wangdi received lesser rain than Southern Bhutan. Phuntsholing High temperature at 31.9 degrees and 21.2 at Lowest. Rainfall
  • Paro High temperature at 25.6 and low at 17.6 Degrees. Rainfall
  • Thimphu High temperature at 24.8 degrees and as low as 15.9 degrees. Rain Fall 325mm
  • Wangdue High temperature at 27.7 degrees and 20.8 degrees. Rainfall
  • Trongsa High temperature at 26.3 degrees and as low at 18.4 degrees. Rainfall
  • Punakha High temperature at 29.2 degrees and 20.2 degrees low. Rainfall
  • Bumthang High temperature at 22.8 degrees and 14.9 degrees low. Rainfall
  • Zhemgang High temperature at 22.6 degrees and 18.1 degrees low. Rainfall
 

Is August a good time to go to Bhutan?

Visiting Bhutan in the month of August can be exciting as the monsoon slowly recedes and the sky becomes clear giving way to beautiful sunshine. August will be best to explore the Flora of Bhutan. More than 60 percent of the common plant species of the eastern Himalayas can be found within Bhutan. The wealth of floral species include 5400 vascular plants, 360 species of orchids, 46 species of Rhododendrons, Junipers, Magnolia, Blue poppy, and over 500 species of medicinal plants.

Things to do in Bhutan

Best things to do in Bhutan in the month of August are Festival Tours, Cultural Tours, Bird watching Tours, Cycling and Helicopter Tour to see the aerial view of the Bhutan Himalayas. List of Festival you can combine your Bhutan Tour with.

Best time to visit as a Group tours in Bhutan
Cultural Tour with Guide
Bhutan Festival Dance
Festival in Ura Valley

List of Bhutan Festival in August.

Is September good time to Travel Bhutan?

September in Bhutan is the start of peak season for tourists to visit Bhutan. September and October have the highest number of festivals. Trekkers particularly enjoy the best view of mountains. Rice harvest means a picturesque landscape with remarkable terraces and changing colors of the vegetation. September and October is also the best month for a Photography tour in Bhutan.

7 Best Things to do in Bhutan in September

Tangsibji Festival Tour
Popular Thimphu Festival
Bhutan Tour from India
Spend in most Luxury Hotel in Thimphu

What is the weather like in Bhutan in September?

Most of the country is at quite a high altitude, but not all. The southern areas around the Royal Manas National Park are low, and remain hot in September, ranging from 75-88° F (24-31° C). The mid-hills are a bit cooler, with Punakha (4250 feet/1300 m) having average temperatures of 68 to 81° F (20 to 27° C). Rest of the places like Paro, Thimphu, Haa, and Wangdi experience temperate weather conditions with 23.8 degrees and as low as 13.6 degrees.

NOTE: Please reconfirm the festival dates before confirming the tour.

6 Popular Bhutan Festival in September

Is October best time to travel Bhutan?

October is the best time to visit Bhutan. The month cast a bright golden glow on the vast landscape. The rice fields ripen to a golden brown under crisp blue skies. The merry pink and white cosmos flowers dot the countryside. The Country ranks among the top ten percent of the highest species density ( species richness per unit area) in the World and it has the largest proportion of land under the protected area with about 26.23% of the Country area designated as national parks. October is also the best time to visit the national park, Do trekking, witness the festivals of Bhutan

Best Things to do in Bhutan in October

October month is best for trekking in Bhutan. Trekking in Bhutan is a unique experience unlike many of the more crowded trek offered in Asia. The variety of treks range from a simple three day trek from the district of Thimphu to Paro and 25 days legendary trek of Snowman that takes veteran trekkers to some of the most exquisite spots in the Country.

List of Bhutan Trekking you can do in October

Dur Hotspring Trek
Dur Hot Spring trek
Druk Path Trek
Je Le Dzong on the first day of Druk Path trek

Bhutan Temperature and Climates in October

The climate varies widely depending upon the altitude. Southern Bhutan is warmer compared to other parts of Bhutan. The central valley of Bhutan like Paro, Thimphu, Haa, Wangdiphorang, Trongsa, Bumthang, Mongar has a semi-tropical climate with cool winters and warm summers. October weather is very favorable in places like Thimphu, Paro Punakha, Wangdi, Haa Trongsa, and Bumthang with maximum temperature ranging from 25.6 degrees to the lowest at 8 degrees.

Festival Tour in October

During festival monks and laymen perform mask dance over a stretch of three to five days in a temple or monastery. The Festival ends with the unfurling of large scroll paintings of Lord Buddha, Guru Rinpoche, Zhabdrung, and another enlightened master. The highlight of the festival is Joker holding the phallus dangling from the head. They signify enlightened wisdom and their acts are intended to cleanse the collective sin of the people gathered to witness the religious dances.

The 5 most famous festival of Bhutan in October

Is it Good time to visit Bhutan in November?

Bhutan’s mountainous geography and rugged topography provide exciting opportunities for adventure activities of all kinds. From hiking, trekking, and kayaking to river rafting, Mountain Biking, and fishing the choice is abundant. November is best for mountain Biking and Bird watching tours. Bhutan boasts about 800 to 900 species of Birds, it is the best time to visit Bhutan for Bird watching.

Bhutan is home to many species of Birds that are in danger of extinction, including the imperial heron, which is one of the fifty rarest birds in the world, and the rare Black-necked Crane. The black-necked crane festival takes place in Phobjikha to create awareness for the people. Every year on 11th November the Black Necked Crane Festival is held at Phobjikha.

Best time to trek Bhutan is in Autumn
Mr. John during Samtengang Trek
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Tiger Nest Temple at Paro

Does it Snow in Bhutan in November?

You can expect low temperature at night in places like Paro, Thimphu, Haa and Bumthang. The temperature drops to 1 degree at night and 16 degree during day time. You can expect Snowfall on high passes above 4000m but not in the main city.

Which city is best to Visit Bhutan in November?

The best city to visit Bhutan in November are places like Thimphu, Punakha, Phobjikha, Paro, Trongsa, and Bumthang. There are domestic flights that operate from Paro International Airport. Driving can be dangerous due to ice formation on high passes but flights experience is one of the best in Bhutan from Paro to Bumthang.

List of Bhutan Festival in November

Climate and Weather Condition in November

November in Bhutan is cold and temperature varies from place to place due to the different elevations of the Country. Heavy Snowfall is expected in northern Bhutan in higher altitudes but central Bhutan receives lesser Snow compared to Northern Bhutan. Temperature reading for different places in December.

  • Paro, High Temperature 15.8 Degree and Low at 6.3 Degree.
  • Thimphu, High Temperature reads at 18.3 degrees and Low at 2.2 Degree.
  • Punakha, High temperature reads at 22.1 Degree and Low at 12.1 Degree.
  • Wangdiphodrang, High Temperature reads at 22.4 Degree and Low at 10.5 Degree.
  • Haa High temperature reads at 11.5 Degree and Low at -3.5 Degree.
  • Trongsa High Temperature reads at 19.3 and low at 9.7 Degree.
  • Bumthang High Temperature reads at 15.1 Degree and as low at 1.6 degrees.

Is December good time to travel Bhutan?

December is cold in central and Northern Bhutan but warm in southern parts of Bhutan. The days are full of Sunshine while evening can turn chilly though generally it is not too cold. The winter landscape lays bare the majesty of the Mountains and the sweeping valleys. Soft tufts of clouds drape lazily over mountain tops as if waiting for new life to blow it across the landscape. December being the Christmas season its best places to enjoy your vacation in the month of December.

Climates and Weather in Bhutan in December

The climates and weather differs from each places. Check the temperatire of each place below in the month of December.

Things to do in Bhutan in December

Bhutan also enjoys a reputation as a Bird watcher paradise. The Country boast 675 species of birds which includes the endangered Black necked crane that winters in Bhutan. The best things to do in Bhutan in December is include itinerary to watch Black Necked crane. Find the best Bhutan Trip in December below.

Places to visit Bhutan in December

The best places to visit Bhutan in December are Western Bhutan which includes places like Thimphu, Paro, Haa, Punakha, and Wangdiphodrang. December is also the season for Snowfall and you can spend time in the mountains to enjoy the beauty of Snow Capped Mountains. Visiting Eastern Bhutan can be risky due to ice formation on roads but one can always take Mountain flights from Paro to Bumthang.

Top places to Visit in Thimphu Bhutan

Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan with a population of 100,000 people. It became the capital in 1961 and the town is the largest in the Country. It is one hour drive from Paro International airport. Some of the top places to Visit in Thimphu Include the Textile Museum, the Folk Heritage Museum, the Trashichhodzong, the National Memorial Chorten, and the vegetable market, a colorful market full of local produce and handicrafts.

Best Places to Visit in Paro Bhutan

The broad Paro valley is the entry point for all visitors flying into Bhutan on the national carrier Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines. As a plane takes dramatic sweep into Paro town flight captains usually warn relieved passengers not to worry if the aircraft wings appear to touch the mountain side.

The Best places to visit in Paro include Paro Dzong, the National Museum housed in a fortress called Taa dzong, and Popular Tiger Nest Temple. Taktsang Monastery is one of the most popular spiritual heritage sites, perched precariously on the rockface of a sheer cliff 900m above the Paro valley. 

Top 4 Places to visit in Punakha Bhutan

Punakha is the ancient capital of Bhutan about 2 hours drive from Thimphu city across Dochulaa Pass. Once you cross the pass you wind down to the fertile and warm valley of Punakha. 6 Places you can visit in Punakha are Punakha Dzong, Chimmi Lhakhang, Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Monastery, and Longest Suspension Bridge.

  • Punakha Dzong:
  • Chimi Lhakhang:
  • Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Monastery:
  • Longest Suspension Bridge:

List of Bhutan Festival in December

Festival in Bhutan are celebrated all year round and is very important occasion for Bhutanese people. It is beleived that by attending festival one can attain merits. Here are some of the important Festival in December.

  • Pangkhar Choepda Festival in Bumthang.
  • Druk Wangyel Festival in Dochula Pass in Thimphu.
  • Trongsa Festival in Trongsa dzong
  • Lhuentse Festival in Eastern Bhutan.

NOTE: Please check the exact Festival dates for 2022 and 2023 before confirming the tour. 

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Why Travel with Tour Bhutan?

Tailor Made Experience

All of your ideas/needs will be carefully considered to create your ideal trip.

Worry Free Planning:

On every step of your planning we will be availbale 24/7 to guide you to plan your perfect Holiday in Bhutan.

Gauranteed Bhutan Visa:

We make sure that you get your Bhutan Visa without having to go through lots of Harassment.

Risk Free Booking

We make sure that we refund as much as possible and adapt to unexpected changes.

Good Accomodation

We book the best hotel in the city where you can stroll around the place.

Frequently Asked Question

Is there Snowfall in Bhutan?

Not all parts of Bhutan experience snowfall. The Winter season starts in December and lasts till March. Central(Thimphu, Haa, Paro, Bumthang, and Trashi Yangtse) and Northern Bhutan(Gasa) have snowfall during winter.

When is the Ideal time to travel Bhutan Cheap?

To avoid crowd and travel cheap Summer(June, July and August) and Winter(December, January and February) is best time to visit in Bhutan. This two season are also considered low season in Bhutan with low Daily tarriff and cheap Hotels.

When is the Best time to visit Bhutan with Family?

Spring and Autumn are best to travel to Bhutan with family. Summer and Winter are not advisable due to extreme weather conditions for the family to travel. Monsoon rain in summer and extreme cold in winter makes the holidays with family difficult.

What is the average rainfall in Bhutan?

The annual average rainfall for Bhutan (area average) was 1916.29 mm in 2017. Bhutan received slightly above normal rainfall with most regions receiving rainfall above the average. The highest 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Phuntsholing with 285.4mm.

How many Days are enough in Bhutan?

Bhutan is a year-round destination. Bhutan is the last Shangrila and there is so much to see in Bhutan. With so much to see in Bhutan, an ideal tour of the country would be for the whole thirty days of your visa, which might just be enough time to visit around two-thirds of the country’s amazing sights and attractions. However, to make the most of the best sights and experiences in Bhutan, at least five days is needed.

How long can Tourist stay in Bhutan?

Tourists can stay up to 30 days in Bhutan. For Indian nationals, they are issued 7 days permit to visit Paro and Thimphu upon arrival. They can apply for route permit from Thimphu to visit restricted district of Punakha, Haa, Wangdi Bumthang, and Trongsa. Upon completion, of 30 days in Bhutan they need to exit the country and one month cooling period is required before they plan to re enter the Country. As for foreigner as long as they can pay US$ 250 per person per day they can extend their tour up to 6 months and their Visa is issued in advance.

How much will a trip to Bhutan Cost?

Trip to Bhutan will cost approximately INR 40 to 45000 for Indian national for 5 days tour and USD 1040 for foreign national other than India. The cost also depends upon the season. High season cost more than lean season. High Season months are March to May and September to November.