Best Time to Visit Bhutan

  • Last Updated on Jan 30, 2024

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Bhutan is a beautiful south Asian country. What is the best time to visit Bhutan? It can be the ideal question that can put everyone in a dilemma for choosing the valid time to explore the famous Buddhist Kingdom. Bhutan is the Himalayan kingdom with the high mountains with a height more than 7,000 meters. Some of them are Gangkhar Puensum (7,570 meters), Kula Kangri (7,538 meters), Jomolhari (7,326 meters), Tongshanjiabu (7,207 meters), Kangphu Kang (7,204 meters), and Jitchu Drake (6,714 meters). Many mountains of lesser heights are also obtained. The presence of mountains also determines the flow of clouds, wind, and overall climate of the area. Other than mountains, Bhutan riches in the Buddhist culture and exhilarating norms and values. Festive nature of Bhutan also makes it a better place to stopover. Some of the festivals existing in Bhutan with world-wide recognition and awesome remarks are Paro Tshechu, Ura Yakchoe, Nimalung festival, black-necked crane festival, Jomolhari Mountain festival, and so on.

Looking forward to these attractions of Bhutan, the best time to explore Bhutan can be marked according to the seasons and weather, or festivals and events occurring in the country.

Best Seasons and Weather to Visit Bhutan

With its area all around in the Himalayas, Bhutan circles the variety of elevations. These variations bring the general and sometimes complex changes in the environment. Bhutan's atmosphere is additionally impacted by the Indian rainstorm (monsoon) that brings precipitation at specific pieces of the year. The monsoon in Bhutan starts from June to September with overwhelming downpours and high moistness, being most sweltering in the south. Autumn is from October to November when it's commonly bright with some snow at higher rises. Late November to early March is dry with pre-monsoon rinses, beginning in May.

The best time to visit Bhutan according to seasonal and climatic perspective is throughout the spring a long time from March to May when the valleys wake up with blossoms in sprout. The Himalayan pinnacles are at their most obvious state with the reasonable skies of October and this is the best time for trekking however temperatures will be on the virus side. June to August is viewed as the low season because of the downpours, which makes trekking less of a choice. Nonetheless, going in low and shoulder seasons will warrant lower hotel rates and higher scenario visibility.

Climate in Bhutan

The climatic condition with approximate temperature in Bhutan is mentioned as follows:

Autumn: around 7 to 15-degree centigrade [Climate is moderate]

Winter: around -2.5 to 10-degree centigrade [Climate is colder]

Spring: around 2 to 20-degree centigrade [Climate is moderate]

Summer (Monsoon): around 25 to 30-degree centigrade [Climate is rainy but hotter]

Best Time to Visit Bhutan for Festivals and Events

Bhutan is rich in festivals and events, which it shares within its locals, and with the outsiders including a lot more of fascinating history and traditions. People around the world visit Bhutan for obtaining the breath of these festivals, in a certain time span. These celebrated festivals and events fill the streets of Bhutan with music and colors. During the festive time, Bhutan showers the country and the urban tastes with complete Bhutanese way with dragons and colorful chortens and cultural clothes. Some of the festivals and events highly celebrated in Bhutan are Paro Tshechu Festival, Thimpu Tshechu Festival, Ura Yakchoe, Nimalung Festival, Jomolhari Mountain Festival, Black Necked Crane Festival, and so on.

Paro Tshechu Festival

  • Celebrated for 5 days, starting on the 10th day of 2nd Bhutanese lunar month and ending on the 15th day
  • Especially held in the city, Paro
  • Mask dances and other entertainment forms are held in temple or monastery
  • Different communities come together to see the dances
  • Stories of Bhutanese rich oral traditions are shown off
  • Belief: People who watch the mask dance, get rid of their sins and receive blessings

Thimpu Tshechu Festival

  • Especially held in the capital city, Thimpu at Tendral Thang (Festival Ground in front of Tashichhoe Dzong)
  • 3 days’ festival, which begins on 10th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar
  • Get an insight into Bhutanese lives, and beliefs with mask dances and folk dances
  • People attain this festival with their finest clothes and jewelry to pray for long life, happiness, healthy mind and body, and main and upgrade their living
  • This festival is celebrated days and nights in order to appeal the god
  • Belief: People who watch this festival gains merits by wiping out the misfortune. Also, invoking the deities increase good luck and grant personal wishes

Ura Yakchoe

  • Celebrated in the month of April or May
  • Background: it is believed that once a lama visited the place where an old woman was sitting alone and asked her to drink water. She entered the house to get some water, but when she returns, Lama had already disappeared parting behind the sack holding a statue
  • Amid this festival, showing off of this statue takes place
  • Blessings are received by the locals from the statue
  • Ura Yakoche is a dance performed to respect this festival
  • Offerings are done to the god of yaks

Nimalung Festival

  • Celebrated in the month of July
  • Held in the magnificent two-storied temple that consists of a statue of the Guru Rimpoche
  • Temple is ornamented in murals of Nyingmapa and Drukpa traditions
  • Amid the festival, mesmerizing Thongdrol (gigantic hand-painted scroll) of Guru Rimpoche is displayed so that everyone can view it and pray to take blessings
  • Belief: People who take blessings from this 12 meters massive painting, theirs’ sins are wiped out and they can live a prosperous life onwards

Jomolhari Mountain Festival

  • Celebrated in the month of October
  • Background: This festival was started to celebrate in a small community and with time, it grew up as a huge festival in Bhutan. The main objective of this festival is to create and spread awareness about the elusive and endangered snow leopard, to prevent them from possible extinction
  • Festival includes snow leopard themed folk song and dance, showcasing handicrafts, and different sorts of sports

Black Necked Crane Festival

  • Celebrated in the month of November
  • Promotes awareness and understanding of the importance of the endangered and majestic birds, Black Necked Crane
  • Dramas, songs and dances are performed by local children and also the grown-ups in black-necked crane theme and environment conservation theme
  • Celebrates the arrival of birds in their life in the wintertime
  • Mask dance is also executed

These are the popular time at which Bhutan visit is most admiring and remarkable. The accomplishments of treks and tours can be done in Bhutan looking over the seasonal changes, the climatic condition and the festivals occurring in the nation. Nepal Trek Adventure and Expedition deliver Bhutan visit too. You can contact the NTA authority to get a glimpse and get in touch with the splendid mountains and festiveness of Bhutan. We organize trips with fewer hurdles and more feasibility. Prepared itineraries as well as to be prepared (according to travelers’ demand) can be managed with ease and supreme amenities. So feel free to contact us to explore around with the best time to visit Bhutan. You can chat, leave an offline message via e-mail or give a personal call regarding the best time to visit Bhutan. We favor face-to-face meetings too.

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