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Best Time to Visit Bhutan

The best seasons to visit Bhutan are during Spring (March, April & May) and Autumn (September, October & November). The major Bhutanese religious festivals are held during these seasons and fine Spring and Autumn weather makes it an ideal time for trekking in Bhutan and for traveling throughout the country enjoying great views of Himalayan mountains peaks.

Nevertheless, it is possible to visit Bhutan throughout the year as Bhutan has 4 seasons in a year and each season has its own charm as given below:

Spring Season-March, April and May

In Spring the trekking season commences in moderate altitudes. Above 3000 metres spectacular rhododendron blooms. It is also the perfect time for a rafting tour. In Paro, one of the largest monastic festivals - Paro tshechu takes place.The temperature is pleasantly mild even up to the Alp regions. Rain comes only in May as the harbinger of the approaching monsoon.

Festivals in Spring:

  • Punakha Drubchen: 21st Feb-24th Feb 2018
  • Punakha Tshechu: 25th Feb-27th Feb 2018
  • Tharpaling Thongdrol: 2nd March 2018
  • Chorten Kora: 31st March-& 16thApril 2018
  • Gomphu kora (Festival) : 24 – 26 March 2018
  • Talo Tshechu: 24 – 26 March 2018
  • Gasa Tshechu: 24 – 26 March 2018
  • Zhemgang Tshechu: 24 – 27 March 2018
  • Paro Tshechu: 27 – 31 March 2018
  • Rhododendron Tshechu: 20 – 22 April 2018
  • Domkhar Tshechu: 25 – 27 April 2018
  • Ura Yokchoe: 26 – 29 April 2018

Summer Season- June, July and August

The Summer brings with it the monsoon, but this weather should not deter Bhutan travelers. In the settled areas of the medium ranges of Central and Western Bhutan, pleasant summer temperatures without heat or humidity can be found. Rain falls for short periods daily but is manageable with adequate planning and equipment provided by Bhutan tour Operators / Bhutan travel agents like World Tour Plan. Treks in high mountain areas, e.g. the Snowman Trek, are characterised by mild temperatures, verdant green meadows, and pastures of Blue Poppies and Edelweiss. Nomads tending their yaks in the high Alps are a common sight.

Festivals in Summer:

  • Nimalung Tshechu:21 – 23 June 2018
  • Kurjey Tshechu: 23 June 2018
  • Haa Summer Festival: 14 – 15 July 2018
  • Mushroom Festival: 15 – 16 Aug 2018
  • Masutaki Mushroom Festival: 23 – 24 Aug 2018

Autumn Season- September, October and November

Autumn is the traditional high season in Bhutan. September and October have the highest number of tshechus (monastic festivals). Trekkers particularly enjoy the clear view of the mountains in October and the low rainfall. Rice harvest means a picturesque landscape remarkable terraces and changing color.

Festivals in Autumn:

  •  Tour Of The Dragon (Bicycle Race): 1 Sept 2018
  • Thimphu Drubchen: 15 Sept 2018
  • Wangdue Tshechu: 17 – 19 Sept 2018
  • Gangtey Tshechu: 23 – 24 Sept 2018
  • Tamshing Phala Chhoepa: 19 – 21 Sept 2018
  • Thimphu Tshechu: 19 – 21 Sept 2018
  • Bumthang Thangbi Mani Festival :23 – 25 Sept 2018
  • Jumolhari Mountain Festival: 4 – 5 Oct 2018
  • Jakar Tshechu: 17 – 20 Oct 2018
  • Dechenphu Tshechu:30 Oct 2018
  • Bumthang Jambhay Lhakhang Drup: 24 – 27 Oct 2018
  • Bumthang Prakhar Tshechu:25 – 27 Oct 2018
  • Black Necked Crane Festival: 11 Nov 2018
  • Mongar Tshechu: 15 – 18 Nov 2018
  • Pema gatshel Tshechu: 23 – 25 Nov 2018
  • Trashigang Tshechu: 17 – 19 Nov 2018

Winter Season-December, January and February

In Winter the South beckons. Dry and pleasant conditions make this the best time of year for bird watching in the jungles, village to village trekking in the lower altitudes or a bicycle trip along quiet mountain roads. The trekking routes in the high mountains are covered in deep snow and are impassable at this time of year. The impressive and endangered Black Necked Crane spends the winter in the high valley of Bumdeling (in eastern Bhutan) and Phobjikha (in central Bhutan).

Festivals in Winter:

  • Jambay Lakhang Singye Cham : 23 Nov 2018
  • Nalakhar Tshechu : 23 – 25 Nov 2018
  • Druk Wangyel Tshechu : 13 Dec 2018
  • Trongsa Tshechu :15 – 17 Dec 2018
  • Lhuentse Tshechu: 15 – 17 Dec 2018
  • Nabji Lhakhang Drup: 22 – 24 Dec 2018

 

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