Best time to visit Bhutan

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Best time of year to visit Bhutan

For clear skies and photo opportunities, the best time to visit Bhutan is October through December. This season is notable for a chance to witness rare black-necked cranes in Phobjikha Valley. Book in advance as autumn sees the influx of International travellers. A period between January and February is the coldest time of the year with occasional road closures, but Losar celebrations will warm you up. March and April are relatively dry and warm with an abundance of mesmerizing flowers in the valleys. From May on, temperatures start to rise, leading to the monsoon season from June to September. If you don’t mind the rain, summer is a good time to be in Bhutan with fewer tourists around.

11 THINGS TO DO IN BHUTAN (NOVEMBER 05 - NOVEMBER 14)

Rice Harvest

Rice Harvest

November • nature

Learn the story of rice—where it grows and how it is manually harvested in Bhutan

Hiking and Trekking

Hiking and Trekking

mid-March–mid-May | mid-September–mid-November • activity

Himalaya means "abode of snow," but after you arrive there you will see that it is an abode of stillness, might, and beauty

Khuru (Darts)

Khuru (Darts)

all year round • activity

This is a traditional kind of sport in Bhutan, and it is played only outdoors

Biking

Biking

March–November • activity

Pedal hard and be rewarded with hidden places and amazing views of Bhutan

Kayaking and Rafting

Kayaking and Rafting

November–December | March–April • activity

New to Bhutan, these extreme activities have become very popular for tourists

Fertility Blessing in Chimi Lhakhang Monastery

Fertility Blessing in Chimi Lhakhang Monastery

All year • activity

If while visiting a monastery you are stroked with a wooden phallus on the head, it means you have been blessed

Tiger's Nest (Paro Taktsang)

Tiger's Nest (Paro Taktsang)

March–April | October–December • activity

A small monastery on a cliff overlooks a picturesque valley

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

November–May • nature

Rare and endangered, bright and colourful, and amazing at dancing and singing—birds in Bhutan posses all imaginable characteristics and varieties

Black-Necked Cranes

Black-Necked Cranes

late October–mid-February • nature

These beautiful and endangered birds are a symbol of Bhutan

Edelweiss and Gentian Blooming Season

Edelweiss and Gentian Blooming Season

October–November • nature

Observe the gentle beauty of the mountains

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

May | November • activity

May your soul, brain, and body rest in the hot healing springs of Himalayas

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Paro Tshechu

Paro Tshechu

March 17–21, 2019 • event

This festival reveals the secrets of compassion and peace through sacred dances and ritualistic music

Thimphu Tshechu

Thimphu Tshechu

October 08–10, 2019 • event

Each dance, performed at this festival, is an old story that combines costumes, masks, and sacred knowledge

Losar (Bhutanese New Year)

Losar (Bhutanese New Year)

February 05–06, 2019 • event

This festival is a great opportunity for tourists to learn the many traditions of Bhutan, its cuisine, outdoor activities, and religion

Himalayan Blue Poppy

Himalayan Blue Poppy

late May–July • nature

The national flower of Bhutan is tiny, gentle, and beautiful

Blooming Rhododendrons

Blooming Rhododendrons

April–July • nature

Walking along the trail under blooming rhododendron trees can be compared with the famous cherry blossom paths in Japan

Red Chilli Peppers Season

Red Chilli Peppers Season

September–October • food

Even toddlers in Bhutan can eat chilli peppers, and what about you?

Tour of the Dragon and Dragon's Fury Race

Tour of the Dragon and Dragon's Fury Race

September 07, 2019 • event

Be prepared to participate in or watch a 268-km and 60-km long MTB races both finishing in the capital city of Thimphu

Takin Babies

Takin Babies

February–March • nature

The national animal of Bhutan is a combination of strange and mysterious, but their babies sure are cute!

Punakha Suspension Bridge

Punakha Suspension Bridge

December–February | June–August • activity

If you stop in the very middle of this bridge, you will get a great view of the river, valley, temple, and a good boost of adrenaline as well!

Golden Langur Mating Season

Golden Langur Mating Season

January–February • nature

They become especially attractive when mature and their fur is reminiscent of many shades of creamy gold