The Dragon Kingdom—rich in flora and fauna, in traditional arts and living Himalayan culture, in mountain views and hiking trails, among much else—is a destination that draws more than one type of traveler. Bhutan only opened its doors to tourists in 1974 and ever since then we have been sharing the natural beauty and cultural treasures of our kingdom with intrepid travelers from around the world, granting them unparalleled access to the most interesting temples, treks, and sanctuaries. The Land of the Thunder Dragon is a spectacular destination year-round, although the weather varies dramatically depending on the elevation and season. The best time to visit Bhutan depends on what you’re looking for.


spring

From March to May, Bhutan’s abundant flora is on full display and the weather is fantastic, mild with beautiful mountain views on most days. Though there is some rainfall, particularly as you get into May, the day-time temperatures are very pleasant. Rhododendron forests fill with color and if you’re lucky you may even spot the rare blue poppy, a three-foot tall species once thought only to be a myth. The famous Paro Tsechu also draw many travelers at this time of year.

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summer

summer

The long days of summer in Bhutan tend to be uncrowded, verdant, and less rainy than most visitors expect. Afternoon showers generally occur each day during the green season, from late June through September receiving as much as 14 inches per month. However, the heavy rains often fall during late afternoon and night, so while low clouds may hang on the hills and sometimes obscure views by day, it is also common to experience long periods without rain. If you want to escape the crowds, capture some great deals, and see the country at its most lush green this is the time to travel to Bhutan. It’s also a nice season to spend time at a spa or in a meditation room if you opt to stay at Bhutan’s more luxurious hotels

fall

Fall in Bhutan boast the largest festivals, pleasant temperatures, and world-class mountain vistas. From September to November, some of the largest Bhutanese festivals, including the Thimphu Tshechu, take place. This time of year the weather tends to be idyllic, with very little rain. Later in the season, the sky becomes clearer, revealing vivid mountain views. On a clear day at the top of the Dochu La (10,000-foot pass), 200 miles of Himalayan summits are stacked before you.

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winter

winter

From December to February, you’ll find a pristine, private wonderland with the clearest skies of the year. Winter in the Himalaya can certainly be cold, especially at higher elevations. However, Bhutan is at about the same latitude as Florida and not as cold as many travelers expect. In the lower valleys, such as Punakha, the day-time temperatures are still very pleasant. A winter visit to Bhutan means small crowds, spectacularly clear views of the Himalayan range, and a chance to see the endangered black-necked cranes. Snowfall is common above elevations of 3,000 meters.


AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN BHUTAN

It should be noted that average temperatures are recorded from valley floors. There can be considerable divergences from the recorded figures depending upon elevation.


TOURIST ARRIVALS BY MONTH

We see the highest number of tourist arrivals in the months of October, April and May. We would highly recommend travelers to book at least six months in advance if you are considering travel during these months. Travelers who would like to avoid the crowds but still enjoy the pleasant weather may want to consider the months of March, September, and November. If you would like to take the opportunity to opt for the low season discount as well as avoid the tourist crowds please consider traveling in the months of January, February, June, July, August and December.


CHOOSE YOUR BHUTAN TOUR

Once you've decided when you’d like to visit Bhutan, it's time to start thinking about how you’d like to make the most of your time here. Here are some considerations:

  • Are you most interested in getting to know the essence of Bhutan? Seeing the highlights? Understanding its culture and history? Meeting the people who make Bhutan such a heartwarming place?
  • Does your perfect vacation involve day hikes through sublime alpine scenery, then coming home to a comfy hotel each night?
  • Would you like to experience one of Bhutan’s festivals, joyous expressions of its Buddhist culture?
  • Do you prefer premium luxurious accommodations, standard hotels or sleeping in tents amid stunning mountain views?
  • Are you fascinated by Buddhism and interested in learning more about its influence in Bhutan?
  • Do you like the idea of trekking to revered mountain peaks and seriously remote, completely enchanting corners of Bhutan?
  • Are you traveling solo or with traveling companions?

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