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 find Spring and Autumn weather make 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 meters 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 : 2nd – 4th March 2020.
- Punakha Tshechu : 5th -7th March 2020.
- Tharpaling Thongdrol : 9th March 2020.
- Gomphukora : 1st -3rd April 2020.
- Talo Tshechu : 1st -3rd April 2020.
- Gasa Tshechu : 1st -3rd April 2020.
- Zhemgang Tshechu : 1st -3rd April 2020.
- Paro Tshechu : 4th -8th April 2020. (Thongdrel on last day)
- Chhorten Kora : 8th April & 22nd April 2020.
- Domkhar Tshechu : 3rd -5th May 2020.
- Ura Yakchoe : 4th – 8th May 2020.
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 characterized 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 : 30th June– 1st July 2020.
- Kurjey Tshechu : 30th June 2020.
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 : 5th Sept 2020.
- Thimphu Drubchen : 22nd Sept 2020.
- Wangdue Tshechu : 24th – 26th Sep 2020.
- Tamshing Phala Chhoepa : 26th – 28th Sept 2020.
- Thimphu Tshechu : 26th – 28th Sept 2020.
- Gangtey Tshechu : 28th Sep – 1st Oct 2020. (Thongdrel on last day)
- Thangbi Mani : 29th Sep – 2nd Oct 2020.
- Jakar Tshechu : 23rd -27th Oct 2020.
- Chhukha Tshechu : 24th – 26th Oct 2020.
- Jambay Lhakhang Drup : 31st -3rd Nov 2020.
- Prakhar Duchhoed : 1st – 3rd Nov 2020.
- Dechenphu Tshechu : 26th Oct 2020.
- Black Necked Crane Festival : 11th Nov 2020.
- Mongar Tshechu : 21st – 24th Nov 2020.
- Trashigang Tshechu : 22nd -25th Nov 2020.
- Jambay Lhakhang SingyeCham : 30th Nov 2020.
- Pemagatshel Tshechu : 21st – 24th Nov 2020. (Thongdrel on last day)
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:
- Nalakhar Tshechu : 30th – 2nd Dec 2020.
- Druk Wangyel Tshechu : 13th Dec 2020.
- Trongsa Tshechu : 10th – 13th Dec 2020. (Thongdrel on last day)
- Lhuentse Tshechu : 21st – 24th Dec 2020.(Thongdrel on last day)
- Nabji Lhakhang Drup : 29th –31st Dec 2020.