Bhutan Climate- When to visit Bhutan

Though Bhutan is a year round destination with so many attractions, climate plays a very crucial role in planning the tour. The climate of Bhutan varies with altitude and can be quite unpredictable, even within a day or from one day to another. The wide geographical variation gives Bhutan its varied climatic character with four distinct seasons (spring, summer, autumn and winter).

Spring (March, April and May) 

Is considered the best time to visit Bhutan for touring and trekking when magnificent wildflowers are in bloom and birdlife is abundant. It is also a perfect time for kayaking, rafting and trekking in moderate altitudes. The most popular religious dance festival Paro tshechu takes place in spring.

Summer monsoon season (June, July and August)

You may experience occasional heavy falls of rain during the afternoons however to see Bhutan so green and full of clear streams and waterfalls is worth it. While you may not experience grand Himalayan vistas at this time, you will enjoy the warmer weather and a noticeable reduction in tourist numbers. It is a beautiful time to visit

Autumn (September, October and November)

Are the most popular times to visit with generally clear, mild weather, excellent scenery, lower rainfall and a range of festivals called Tshechus and Dromchoe. It is also a time to harvest rice which would give a superb picturesque landscape of rice terraces and its golden color.

Winter (December, January and February)

Brings snow to the higher regions however the southern regions and main valleys where visitors generally travel are considerably warmer. Paro and Thimphu normally experience only light dustings of snow so still well worth a visit with mid-December to mid-January normally offering cool, pleasant days and clear skies although temperatures fall below zero at night. It is also one of the best time for bird lovers especially the black –necked crane at Phobjikha.

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