When is the best time to visit Bhutan?
In general, the best times to visit Bhutan are considered to be the spring and autumn, particularly for trekking in the kingdom. The days are warm and sunny with generarlly clear skies - though you should be prepared for the odd shower at any time of year.
The climate is dominated by the monsoon which brings rain from June to the end of September but it is usually only for a couple of hours in the afternoon. The cost of flights and hotel rates is reduced making it a highly affordable time to visit the kingdom for a cultural trip and you are likely to have most places to yourself.
After the monsoon the air is clear and fresh with autumn temperatures sometimes reaching up to 30’C in the middle of the day, though you'll need to pull the layers on when at higher altitudes, in exposed places or as soon as a cloud covers the sun.
Winters in the inhabited valleys are generally dry with daytime temperature ranging between 15 – 20’C but if you're thinking of visiting in January and February you should be prepared for cold nights when the temperature falls below freezing.
Black-necked cranes migrate to the Phobjika Valley in late October and usually leave by mid-Feburary. By the end of April the heat and humidity begins to build until the rains fall again in June.
A couple of big festivals in Bhutan take place in spring and autumn. The spectacular Paro Tsechu in March or April and the Thimphu Tsechu in September when costumed and mask-wearing monks perform ritual dances attract large numbers of foreign visitors and beds are highly sought after. If you can’t make it to one of these festivals there are smaller celebrations somewhere in Bhutan almost every month.
The best time to visit Bhutan ultimately depends on where in the kingdom you want to go and what you want to do. For more help and to plan and book your tailor-made trip please contact us and we'll be happy to help.
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