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 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: 12th Feb-14th Feb 2019
  • Punakha Tshechu: 15th Feb-17th Feb 2019
  • Tharpaling Thongdrol: 19th Feb 2019
  • Chorten Kora: 21st March-& 5th April 2019
  • Talo Tshechu: 14 – 16 March 2019
  • Gasa Tshechu: 14 – 16 March 2019
  • Zhemgang Tshechu: 14 – 17 March 2019
  • Gomphu kora (Festival): 14 – 16 March 2019
  • Paro Tshechu: 17th  – 21st March 2019
  • Rhododendron Tshechu: 19th  – 21st April 2019
  • Domkhar Tshechu: 14th  – 16th April 2019
  • Ura Yokchoe: 16 – 20 April 2019

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:10 – 11 July 2019
  • Kurjey Tshechu: 11 July 2019
  • Haa Summer Festival: 13 – 14 July 2019
  • Mushroom Festival: 15 – 16 Aug 2019
  • Masutaki Mushroom Festival: 23 – 24 Aug 2019

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): 7th  Sept 2019
  • Thimphu Drubchen: 3rd Oct 2019
  • Wangdue Tshechu: 5th  – 7th Oct 2019
  • Gangtey Tshechu: 10th – 13th Oct 2019
  • Tamshing Phala Chhoepa: 7th  – 9th Oct 2019
  • Thimphu Tshechu: 7th – 9th Oct 2019
  • Bumthang Thangbi Mani Festival: 10th – 13th Oct 2019
  • Jumolhari Mountain Festival: 14 – 15 Oct 2019
  • Jakar Tshechu: 5th – 9th Nov2019
  • Dechenphu Tshechu:8th Nov 2019
  • Bumthang Jambhay Lhakhang Drup: 13th- 16th Nov 2019
  • Bumthang Prakhar Duchhoed:14th – 16th Nov 2019
  • Black Necked Crane Festival: 11 Nov 2019
  • Mongar Tshechu: 4th – 5th Dec 2019
  • Pema gatshel Tshechu: 11th – 13th Nov 2019
  • Trashigang Tshechu: 5th – 7th Dec 2019

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 : 12th Dec 2019
  • Nalakhar Tshechu : 12th – 14th Dec 2019
  • Druk Wangyel Tshechu : 13th Dec 2019
  • Trongsa Tshechu :4th – 7th January 2020
  • Lhuentse Tshechu: 4th – 7th January 2020
  • Nabji Lhakhang Drup: 10th – 12th January 2020