Bhutan Trip in December
Bhutan Trip in December. The Country is marked by raw natural beauty where the dense foliage changes dramatically as the subtropical jungles at sea level merge into a fertile temperate zone and rises up to the great northern glaciers. The pristine environment is home to exotic wildlife and is the last refuge for endangered species like the Black Necked Crane, the Blue Sheep, the Golden langur, the Takin, and even the royal Bengal Tiger. The Kingdom remains as one of the last unventured destinations.
Weather of Bhutan in December
Bhutan weather in December marks the beginning of winters and, hence, the temperature of Bhutan in December is moderately cold, skies are clear, and the place is not much crowded which creates an ideal environment for a trouble-free, and cost-effective Bhutan tour in December. Punakha experience the highest temperature in December.
Find weather, Temperature of different places in Bhutan in December.
Bhutan Trekking in December
Trekking in Bhutan in December can be challenging as most of the trekking routes are closed due to snowfall on the mountains. We don’t recommend any high altitude trekking in December but we do have routes that is low altitude and cultural trek is best for December. Trekking like Gangtey Trek and Bumthang Cultural trek is beautiful low altitude trekking which can be done during winter.
10 Best Places to visit in Bhutan in December
Find the 10 best places to visit while in Bhutan. Visit Tiger Nest Temple at Paro, the Longest suspension bridge in Punakha, Mighty Punakha Dzong, Kili Goenpa Hike at Chelela, 13th Arts and Craft School in Thimphu, Trashichhodzong in Thimphu, Zuri Dzong Hike at Paro. This are some of the popular touristic places in western Bhutan.
Visit Longest Suspension Bridge in Punakha
Punakha Suspension Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan, spanning 160 -180m and perched high above the very swift river of Po Chhu. It connects villages with Punakha Dzong.
Punakha Dzong is 180m long and 72m wide and the utse (central tower) is six stories high. The gold dome on the utse was built in 1676 by local ruler Gyaltsen. The Dzong is the main central administrative of Punakha. The crowning of the first King of Bhutan took place in this Dzong.
Hike the beautiful Kiligoenpa Monastery
This two-hour drive provides spectacular scenery along this rugged mountain road to the start of the hiking trail to the Kila Goemba, a cliffside nunnery. The hike starts from Chelela Pass (3800m) and takes about 2 hours.
Visit 13th Arts and Craft School in Thimphu
The National Institute of Zorig Chusum, established in 1971, is located north of the city of Thimphu, and this is where the young learn every aspect of the arts and Crafts. The course takes about 4 to 5 years to complete.
Visit Trashichhodzong in Thimphu the Office of The King
Visit Trashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room. It is also the summer residence of religious leader Je Khenspo.
Zuri Dzong Hike above Paro Valley
It’s a leisure hike through cypress and pine trees with beautiful views of Paro valley. If you are looking for a moderate hike, Zuri Hike is the best option. This hike can be done by any amateur.
What to wear in December?
December is a very cold time in Bhutan. I would highly recommend you to carry thick warm clothes, woolen clothes, 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 clothes, and jackets. Please do not underestimate the cold in Bhutan and take into consideration all the precautions beforehand.
Festival in December
- Druk Wangyel Tsechu– Celebrated on 13th December 2022. 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 every year. Venue – Thimphu, Changlimithang. During this time we commemorate the coronation of the first King of Bhutan in 1907.
7 Best Things to do in December
Here are some of the picks our guests loved doing in Bhutan.
- Shopping the souvenirs.
- Dining out in Authentic Restaurant
- Dance the night away in Viva City in Thimphu.
- Enjoy the western music in Mojo Park in Thimphu.
- Taste the best coffee at Paro.
- Breathe Easy in Bhutan
Most Popular Tour Packages in December
December is cold in Bhutan and outdoor activities like trekking and Hiking can be difficult due to extreme weather. Keeping this in mind the most popular packages you can do is Cultural tour packages which include a visit to Central and western Bhutan.
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Recommended Hotel in Bhutan
Hotel in Paro
Hotel Metta Resort at Paro is a fine 3-star hotel located just 15 minutes drive from Paro town. The hotel is situated among the Bhutanese local communities together with the farmhouse and villages. Walking distance to the oldest Kichu Monastery. The hotel offers the best Indian, Chinese, and International cuisine. Read the Hotel Reviews
Hotel in Thimphu
Kisa Hotel in Thimphu is ideally located in the heart of Thimphu city, the hotel offers a scenic view of the Wangchu river, the national stadium, and archery ground. It is within walking distance of all the interesting shopping centers and milestones of the city. Read the Hotel Reviews.
Hotel in Bumthang
Jakar Village Lodge is perfectly perched on a plateau near Jakar Dzong, the lodge offers panoramic view of the valley with Kurkey Lhakhang and Kharchu dratsang on the forefront. Situated next to village one can take cultural walk through fields and traditional houses.
Hotel in Punakha
Dragon Nest Resort in Punakha is 3 star Hotel located near the banks of Punatsangchu river. The hotel offers a scenic view of Wangdue Dzong, the Bajo Twon, the School and beautiful valley of Punakha