Visiting Bhutan in August

River Rafting Tour in Bhutan
Rafting in MOChu River in Punakha

Visiting Bhutan in August. Bhutan formally opened its doors to tourist in 1974. More than three decades later, the Kingdom is still a luxuries attraction, hailed as one of the world’s best and last remaining authentic travel destinations. The Government policy to regulate the flow of visitors through the “High value, Low volume” principle has had a massive impact even in the light of obvious temptation that neighbouring countries have fallen into.

Is August a Good time to Visit Bhutan?

Visiting Bhutan in August. August is best month to visit Bhutan if you are a lover of flowers. Bhutan’s altitude variation from 100M to 7000m above sea level gives an immense opportunity for flowers treks. Flowers bloom throughout the year and itineraries can be designed in regards to what flowers you want to see. There are many varieties of Rhododendrons blooming even in August but you need to explore different altitudes. Likewise, the orchids bloom during various months. The blue poppy family normally blooms from May to June. For those who want to see more varieties of alpine flowers then be prepared to brave the rain and trek above 3500M till 5000M in the months of July and August. Many of the alpine flowers are medical herbs and a tour with experts from the indigenous hospitals would definitely be worth a try. 

Bhutan Weather,Rainfall and Temperature in August

Bhutan weather remains cloudy during the month of August as it is monsoon season throughout Bhutan. August in Bhutan is the monsoon season, and while the southern parts of the kingdom get heavily drenched with torrential rains, the northern receives average rainfall making the travel comfortable.

Bhutans Average Rainfall in August

Bhutans Average temperature in August

Festival in August

Festival are most important part of Bhutanese people. Tshechu are celebrated to commemorate different events in the life of Guru Rinpoche. Attending festival dance, being a religious festival, is said to bestow merit. Deities are invoked during the dance. Their powers are such that misfortunes can be eleiminated, luck increased and wishes realised. This is why we witness huge mass of locals attending the festival in their best attire.

Some of the festival heppening in August 2022 are Mushroom Festival from 15th to 16th August 2022 in genekha Thimphu.

Best Places to Visit Bhutan in August

The best places to visit in the month of August is Western Bhutan which includes Haa, Paro, Punakha, Thimphu, and Phobjikha. Places like Phobjikha are beautiful during August. Some of the most touristic places in Bhutan you shouldn’t miss:

  • Tiger Nest Temple: A visit to the Kingdom of Bhutan is never complete without a trip to Paro Tiger Nest temple. Guru Brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 746AD and flew to this monastery on the back of a winged tigress. A beautiful hike up to the monastery delivers you to a jaw-dropping view of this magnificent structure clinging onto a craggy cliff, 2500feet above the valley base.
  • Dochula Pass: Dochula Pass is located on the way to Punakha from Thimphu. The pass is a popular location among tourists as it offers a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of the Himalayan Range. The view is especially scenic on a clear, winter days with snow capped mountains forming a majectic backdrop to the tranquility of 108 chortens gracing the mountain tops.

 

Visiting Bhutan in August
Tiger Nest Temple, 900m above Paro Valley
Tour Bhutan in August
Dochula Pass at 3200m

Things to do in Bhutan in August

Kayaking and Rafting: The glacier-fed rivers of Bhutan originating in the eastern Himalayas and gushing down to the southern foothills provide an ideal challenge for water sports, like kayaking and rafting. The pristine natural settings and the sheer variety of the courses of the rivers provide a unique opportunity to explore Bhutan’s beautiful wilderness.

Shopping: A rich display of traditional handicrafts are on show at the craft bazaar in Thimphu and also the institute of thirteen arts and crafts School at Kawajangsa where a student of the institute creates intricate pieces of traditional Bhutanese handicrafts. From bamboo baskets to traditional wooden bowls, you will find your perfect goods.

Get on the Trekking Trail: Hop off your tourist bus and take a hike through some of Bhutan’s most beautiful hiking trails. Though trekking is not possible during august due to monsoon rain but many day hikes like trails to wangditse and to Phajoding are equally exhilarating

Dining out in Bhutan: While there are numerous places to eat in Bhutan, here’s a list of the 10 best restaurants where you would want to dine time and again.

  • Bukhari at Uma by COMO. 
  • Sonam Trophel Restaurant.
  • Folk Heritage Museum Restaurant in Thimphu
  • Babesa Village Restaurant in Thimphu.
  • San Maru Restaurant in Thimphu.
  • Champaca Cafe.
  • Zombala.
  • Taktsang Cafeteria

Bhutan Tour Packages in August

August is still monsoon season in Bhutan and rainfall in places like Paro, Thimphu, Punakha cannot be predicted. Therefore the best tours you can do in August are culture expedition. Here are some of the picks you can explore.

6 Days Bhutan Visit

6 Days Bhutan Tours

6 Days Bhutan tour with Gangtye is best for the month of August. August is still rainy season in Bhutan. The tour is best because it is the best places to take lush green valleys of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Gangtey. Read More.

12 Days Bhutan Himalaya Tour

12 Days Bhutan Itinerary

12 Days Bhutan tour takes you from Paro airport to Bumthang the Cultural capital of Bhutan. We take domestic flights to go Bumthang. Read More.

5 Days Best of Bhutan

5 Days best of Bhutan Tour

5 Days best of Bhutan Tour is short tour that covers the best places to visit in Bhutan. Places like Paro, Thimphu and Punakha will be covered in this itinerary. Read More.

9 Days Classic Tour in Bhutan

9 Days Classic Bhutan Tour

8 Nights and 9 days tour of Bhutan is funtastic itinerary that covers the best of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtye and Haa valley. The itinerary also includes beautifull Kili Goenpa Hike. Read more.