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When to Visit Bhutan

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 fine Spring and Autumn weather makes 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 metres 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: 4th to 6th March 2017

Punakha Tshechu: 7th to 9thMarch 2017

Tharpaling Thongdrol: 12th March 2017

Chorten Kora: 11th April and 26th April 2017

Gomphu kora (Festival): 4th to 6th April 2017

Talo Tshechu: 4th to 6th April 2017

Gasa Tshechu: 3rd to 6th April 2017

Zhemgang Tshechu: 4th to 7th April 2017

Paro Tshechu: 7th to 11th April 2017

Chukha Tshechu: 9th to 11th April 2017

Rhododendron Tshechu: 14th to 16th April 2017

Domkhar Tshechu: 5th to 7th May 2017

Ura Yokchoe: 7th to 10th May 2017



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 characterised 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: 1st to 3rd July 2017

Kurjey Tshechu: 3rd July 2017

Haa Summer Festival: 5th July 2017

Mushroom Festival: 15th to 16th August 2017

Masutaki Mushroom Festival: 23rd to 24th August 2017





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 colour.

Festivals in Autumn:

Tour Of The Dragon (Bicycle Race): 2nd Sept 2017

Thimphu Drubchen: 26th to 29th Sept 2017

Wangdue Tshechu: 29th September to 2nd October 2017

Gangtey Tshechu: 3rd to 5th October 2017

Tamshing Phala Chhoepa: 29th September to 1st October 2017

Thimphu Tshechu: 30th September to 2nd October 2017

Bumthang Thangbi Mani Festival: 4th to 6th October 2017

Jumolhari Mountain Festival: 14th to 15th October 2017

Jakar Tshechu: 29th to 31st October 2017

Dechenphu Tshechu: 30th October 2017

Bumthang Jambhay Lhakhang Drup: 3rd to 7th November 2017

Bumthang Prakhar Tshechu: 4th to 6th November 2017

Black Necked Crane Festival: 11th November 2017

Mongar Tshechu: 26th to 28th November 2017

Pema gatshel Tshechu: 26th to 28th November 2017

Trashigang Tshechu: 27th to 29th November 2017





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 Phobjika (in central Bhutan).





Festivals in Winter:

Jambay Lakhang Singye Cham: 3rd December 2017

Nalakhar Tshechu: 3rd to 5th December 2017

Druk Wangyel Tshechu: 13th Dec 2017

Trongsa Tshechu: 26th to 28th December 2017

Lhuentse Tshechu: 26th to 28th December 2017

Nabji Lhakhang Drup: 2nd to 4th January 2018

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