Best Time to Visit Bhutan

Spring | Summer | Fall | Winter

 

Spring and Autumn are the best time to visit Bhutan. Having said so, summer and winter have their own draws and attractions.

Spring

 

Spring is the favourite time to visit Bhutan. Nature lovers who are keen on local flora should consider visiting Bhutan end of April or in May. Flowers would be in full bloom then.

 

Months

March, April, May

Druk Asia Recommends

Gomkora (Festival in Trashigang)

The Jacaranda blossoms at Punakha Dzong in mid-May

Jomolhari Trek & Drukpath Trek from mid-april til end-May

Note

The Paro Tshechu usually takes place in early April. This is the best chance to meet the King of Bhutan as he often makes his way to the festivities between the 3rd and last day.

 

The ever-popular 5-day Paro Tshechu also means that Paro will be teeming with travellers. Hotels & services may be overwhelmed as the better hotels and guides would have been pre-booked. Drukair tickets would be fully sold out by January.

Testimonials from Druk Asia travellers

An unforgettable 10 days trip to Bhutan! From answering my queries via email to trip confirmation to the actual execution of the trip, Sangay Dorji has really been helpful. Also, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Senior Tshering (Driver) and Junior Tshering (Guide) for a wonderful trip. Read More


Jacqueline How - Singapore, March 2018


Testimonials of Bhutan Travel in March
One of the best travels I ever had in my life! Special Thank you to Sonam Younten, our travel specialist for the flawless communications and arrangements, to our Bhutan guide, Chencho Bull and driver, Paso. Read More


Mabel Academia - Singapore, April 2018


Testimonials of Bhutan Travel in April

My family have just returned from 7days 6nights trip from Bhutan (26 April – 2 May 2018). It was really an unforgettable, extraordinary, and exciting trip for us. From the beginning of planning this trip, the staff (Mr Sangay Dorji) was really helpful and responsive. Read More


Mellissa Kurniawan - Singapore, May 2018


Testimonials of Bhutan Travel in May

 

 

Fall

 

Fall is another high and crowded season for Bhutan. Though Bhutan does not offer browning forest nor Maples, the mild weather in autumn makes it a perfect time to visit Bhutan. Thimphu Festival usually takes places at the end of September or early October.

 

Months

September, October, November

Druk Asia Recommends

Black-Necked Crane Festival - Stay with a local villager in the beautiful valley of Phobjikha and witness the one day Black-Necked Crane Festival and do your part to help nature conservation!

October - see the valleys turn into a shade of gold as rice farmers prepare to harvest their rice crops.

Note

In late-september, the Thimphu Tshechu is a grand affair in the modern capital of Bhutan. Just like Paro Tshechu, good hotels would be fully booked, and service level do suffers. Thimphu tshechu also occurs about the same time as Wangdi tshechu and the chance to attend two festival on one trip is always very tempting but WATCH out for the crowd

Another crowded festival calendar, this time in central Bhutan is the Jakar, Jambay Lhakhang Drup & Prakar Tshechu. Trongsa of travellers pays homage to the Switzerland of Asia at this time to attend the mysterious Jambay festivities that was fabled for its bonfire dance of 20 masked and naked dancers.

If you would like to attend this festival, do be prepared to stay in some less comfortable hotels too.

Testimonials from Druk Asia travellers

We had a fantastic time alright. Our driver Sangez was fantastic, and really deserves a special mention. Read More


Aishling - Singapore, September 2018


Testimonials of Bhutan Travel in September

Just came back from a magical 8 day trip that exceeded all our expectations. The highlight for us was the drive up to Chele La Pass and the hike down to the nunnery. Read More


Andy Ong - Singapore, October 2018


Testimonials of Bhutan Travel in October

Our trip to Bhutan was one of the best journey we ever had. The country is so peaceful. You can really relax and just enjoy the landscapes, the tranquillity and the food. Read More


Ilaria Vittoria - Switzerland, November 2018


Testimonials of Bhutan Travel in November

 

 

 

Summer

 

If you like to avoid the higher tariff and the cold of winter, consider visiting Bhutan early June. If the monsoon is late, the whole of June will be great for traveling. Monsoon will be in its earnest in July. Having said so, our personal experience with monsoon in Bhutan has been limited to afternoon light shower once every 2 to 3 days. Some outlying district such as Gangtey can be given a miss as the country road can be swollen with mud. Summer often offers vibrant green foresting and flourishing paddy fields against a backdrop of the clear blue sky after the rain.

 

Months

June, July, August

Druk Asia Recommends

Nimalung Tshechu in June

Kurjey Tshechu in late June celebrates a very important holy sites of Guru Rinpoche.

Note

The summer season sees a lower level of tourists as many have the misconception that Bhutan may experience a rainy deluge similar to many parts of South Asia. This is not true. Though it dubbed the monsoon, Bhutan experiences relatively light rain with most rainfall confined to the late afternoon and does not affect most travellers’ itinerary.


For more about summer in Bhutan, please continue to read
- Of Rainbows & Clouds - Summer in Bhutan
- Everything You Need to Know to Plan Your Dream Trip to Bhutan

Testimonials from Druk Asia travellers

Sketch Bhutan is the best tour ever! It was a relaxed but well-organised tour, with everything done to accommodate the preferences of the entire group. There is something very special in actually stopping to take the time to observe and sketch down a scene. It allowed us to view the sights with an entirely different eye, compared to the normal snap and go, tourist. Read More


Xiaoling Akatsuki - Singapore, June 2018


Testimonials of Bhutan Travel in June

Overall was a enjoyable and fun trip. Have a itinary to follow but can always change when preference to do other activity. In my tour we decide to skip a few things and go for water rafting which was really enjoyable as the water level is high and fast. Both guide and driver are friendly and approachable. Read More


Lau Poh Siong - Singapore, July 2018


Testimonials of Bhutan Travel in July

A superb holiday to untainted grounds, where people are simple, contented, happy, sincere and genuine. Beautiful landscape which we feel is like the Asian Alps. The SG rep was prompt and helpful in getting our inquiries answered even before we confirmed our trip with them. Read More


Seow Yian San - Singapore, August 2018


Testimonials of Bhutan Travel in August

 

 

Winter

 

To avoid the crowd and catch the Black-Necked Cranes, winter would be the time to go. To catch Himalayan blue sky without paying the additional tariff, consider visiting Bhutan in December. The temperature will not be too cold yet as lowest temperature usually takes places near the end of January. In January or February, Paro and Thimphu may experience a one-day snow.

 

Months

December, January, February

Druk Asia Recommends

Punakha Dromche & Tshechu in February - The Punakha Dromche & Tshechu is a week-long celebration of the founding of Bhutan in the 1600s. The festivities take place around the ancient capital and most beautiful dzong in Bhutan. The mild weather of lower Punakha also makes this town a great winter escape for the Bhutanese.

Trongsa Tshechu - The Trongsa Tshechu takes place in the Trongsa Dzong, is an intimate affair with only a small handful of attending travellers. This festival has some of the most elaborate festival costume for the dancing lamas.

Note

Expect snowfall in mid-Jan till early Feb.

Extreme weather and heavy snowfall may render the roads to central & eastern Bhutan un-passable.


For more about winter in Bhutan, please continue to read
- Attractions on November
- Bhutan in December Winter

Testimonials from Druk Asia travellers

Never once did I feel rushed or sense any irritation from Penjor or Jimie when we had to make the many pit stops. It was tough not only for me but also for Penjor and Jimie. They took it in their stride. I was comforted and felt safe with them. They were caring, patient and understanding throughout. These acts of kindness and dedication, I will always remember. Read More


Florence Oon - Singapore, December 2018


Testimonials of Bhutan Travel in December

Our 06 days and 05 nights in Bhutan cannot be described as just a holiday on a bucket list, since, in general, my husband and I had an amazing journey in the country during the cold of January. Read More


Geórgenes Marçal - Brazil, January 2019


Testimonials of Bhutan Travel in January

We had a 7d6n trip to Western Bhutan with Druk Asia. The trip itself is amazing, with nice scenery and cultural experience. Our guide, Choki Dorji is "informative", humour and accommodating. Read More


Yee Han - Singapore, February 2019


Testimonials of Bhutan Travel in February

 

 

International Arrival by Month

 

About 20 percent of international tourists arrive in the month of October. We would highly recommend travelers to book at least three months in advance if you are considering of traveling in the month of October. Travelers who would like to avoid the crowd but enjoy the best weather may want to consider the month of May and November. If you would like to save as much as possible with the lowest possible price, consider traveling in June or December. You would enjoy the low season price while still having favourable weather.

 





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