Best time to visit Bhutan
As a rule of thumb, southern Bhutan is tropical, the east is warmer than the west, and in the high Himalayan regions, expect perpetual snow.
October to December is the best time to visit Bhutan, with the weather at its driest and brightest. Autumn months (September-November) also see less rainfall and clear skies. Winter (December-February) is a photographer’s dream; prayer flags flutter against snowy backdrops. However, road closures are common and temperatures can drop below zero at night. Spring (March-May) can be wet, but the birds are in song and the wildflowers – including rhododendrons – are out, which can make it the best season to visit Bhutan for hiking. The soaking monsoon season (June-August) is best avoided, although some people still travel in the hottest month of July. Also note that Bhutan’s weather varies dramatically depending on the elevation.
When to go to Bhutan, month by month
Bhutan Weather Chart
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Rajat Kumar from our supplier, ExplorIndya shares his advice on when is best to visit Bhutan and why: “My favourite time in Bhutan is the period between September and the first week of December. Three reasons: firstly, the weather then is some of the best during the year - as it gets through November it starts to get cold, but not cold enough, leaving a traveler with bright sunny days, but with a comfortable nip in the air. Secondly, it’s the period where some of the most interesting and unique tsechus take place across parts of Bhutan, such as the understated, but brilliant Prakar tshechu; and thirdly, it’s the season when the black necked cranes start to come in to nest in the valleys of the Black Mountains in Bhutan from Tibet and it’s a wonderful sight to experience close-up.”
Festivals & events in Bhutan
Jomolhari Mountain Festival
New doesn’t equal bad in Bhutan, as demonstrated by the Jomolhari Mountain Festival, a two-day event that started in October 2013, but has since been declared an annual celebration. It’s a community-based initiative for the conservation of snow leopards that takes place over two days, each packed with snow-leopard themed songs and dances, traditional sports, horse and yak trekking and local handicraft stalls, all washed down with local food and drinks.
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