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Best Times to Visit Bhutan for the Perfect Vacation

By: Author Amanda OBrien

Posted on Last updated: 16/02/2024

Planning a trip to beautiful Bhutan? I highly recommend visiting this magical Asian country. It offers a fascinating history, beautiful landscapes for trekking, friendly people, charming customs, fantastic boutique hotels and much more.

But what are the best times to visit Bhutan? There is no straightforward answer to this question, as it will depend on your itinerary. This article should provide all the information you need to choose the best time for your perfect visit to Bhutan.

dhumra farm resort view best times to visit bhutan

Best times to visit Bhutan

The best time of year to visit Bhutan will depend on the primary purpose of your trip. If you are traveling to Bhutan because you want to go trekking, then between March and May is the best time to visit. If you don’t want to trek and are interested in exploring Bhutan’s many tourist attractions and want good photos, then plan a trip between November and February.

Let’s break down the year in more detail:


January is the coldest month of the year in Bhutan and February isn’t too far behind. There may well be snowfall. However, maximum temperatures in Paro are still over 9 degrees in January and 13 degrees in February. Thimpu can reach 12 degrees in January and 14 degrees in February. But it does get cold at night when the temperatures regularly drop below freezing. This is why it is not a good idea to go trekking in Bhutan in the winter.

tigers nest prayer flags

If you’re planning on heading to Eastern Bhutan and visiting cities like Trashigong and Mongar temperatures can reach as high as 20 degrees and won’t drop much below 8 degrees at night.

There are two major advantages to visiting Bhutan in the first two months of the year. The first is the clarity of the air and the light. If you are a passionate photographer, definitely plan on visiting Bhutan in the first or last couple of months of the year.

The second major advantage is the lack of crowds. This is a much quieter time of year to visit and allows visitors to get a better feel for Bhutan’s spiritual side in its temples and fortresses. It is difficult to meditate or take in the aura in some of these sites with large crowds.

One disadvantage of visiting this time of year is that there are none of Bhutan’s famous festivals apart from the birth anniversary of the King at the end of February. However, there are some major national holidays:

January 2 is Nyilo or “the return of the sun”. This marks the winter solstice and this is one of the most auspicious days of the year in Bhutan.

At some point in Jan/Feb (the date changes according to the Gregorian calendar), Bhutan celebrates the Traditional Day of Offering. On the Traditional Day of Offering, special offerings are made to the memory of Ngawang Namgyal, who united Bhutan under one government in the 1600s and who also united Bhutan religiously.

Dancer with Yak

February 21-23 is the Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King. This is a three-day celebration and all three days are national public holidays. The current king was born on February 12, 1980. Major festivals and parades are held during this time.


The flowers in Bhutan begin to bloom in March, bringing the beautiful countryside to colorful life. In April, Bhutan’s famous 46 rhododendron species begin to come out. However, this time of year is quite foggy and it can be difficult to see the country’s famous mountains.

This is the best time of year for trekking in Bhutan as the days are long and it isn’t so cold at night. By May, temperatures in Paro and Thimpu will be in the mid-20s.

This is the busiest and most expensive time of year to visit Bhutan.

tigers nest

This is a peak time of year for festivals. Festival Dates change each year, but generally, there can be up to 12 festivals over this time. April is one of the busiest months of the year for festivals in Bhutan. The major festivals of Talo Tshechu, Paro Tsechu and the Rhododendron are usually held in April. Ura Yakchoed is held in May.

The Losar, or Bhutanese New Year, is celebrated between February and March each year. Celebrations and festivals can last up to two weeks; however, the first three days tend to have the biggest events.

May 2 is the birth anniversary of the 3rd Druk Gyalpo, the third King of Bhutan. He is considered the architect of modern Bhutan and is very popular with the people. It is a national holiday. May 2 is also Teacher’s Day in Bhutan, as Gyalpo established the modern education system.

comfort camp dancing

May 11 is Zhabdrung Kuchoe. This event takes place on the 10th day of the third month of the Bhutanese calendar each year and marks the day that Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal passed away at the Punakha Dzong in 1651.

June is hot and foggy and not an ideal time of year to visit Bhutan. There are no major festivals in June. June 14 is Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana. This is the day that the Buddha was conceived, born, subdued evil and gained enlightenment and attained Nirvana. The day is normally marked by visits to temples and monasteries as well as meditation.

The end of June brings the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. This public holiday celebrates the birth anniversary of Padmasambhava, credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan.

July to Mid September

This is monsoon season and it is not advisable to visit Bhutan during this time. Over three months, half a metre of rain will fall in Thimpu. There are some festivals held during this time.

Mid-September to Mid October

This is the best time to go to Bhutan if you are planning on doing one of Bhutan’s longer treks. However, the views are often not great due to fog and it can still rain in September day and night. The rain in Bhutan tends to stop at the end of September.

October is perhaps the most popular month of the year for festivals in Bhutan. One of the biggest festivals of the year, Thimpu Tshechu, is held in the first half of October. This is also known as the National Festival of Bhutan and was created in 1670 to commemorate the birth of Guru Rinpoche.

Mid-October to Mid November

There will be minimal rain, but there is usually fog. Minimum temperatures are starting to drop, which can make trekking not as pleasant. However, this is a great time of year for festivals. Three of Bhutan’s major festivals may run over this period based on the lunar calendar.

The Royal Highland Festival is one of Bhutan’s newest festivals. It was introduced in 2016 in the Gasa district to celebrate the culture and legacy of the highland communities in Bhutan. It also provides an opportunity for visitors and the people of Bhutan, to visit the region.

comfort camp dancing

Jambay Lhakang Drup is a five-day festival held at one of Bhutan’s oldest temples in Bumthang. The Black Necked Crane Festival celebrates this bird which is native to the Tibetan plateau. It is a one-day festival and has a special costumed crane dance.

Mid-November to the end of December

This is an ideal time to visit Bhutan if you are planning a cultural trip. It will be too cold for trekking, but there will be clear skies. This is a great time of year for photographers. I visited Bhutan at the end of December. I wore a t-shirt during the day, but it was cold at night. This is also when I visited Tiger’s Nest Monastery and had some terrific views.

How to Travel around Bhutan

There is quite a bit of conflicting information online regarding the “rules” around visiting Bhutan. The key reason is that major changes have happened to Bhutan’s tourism policy since Covid. I will try to break down the key points visitors need to know.

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In the past, most visitors to Bhutan paid a $USD65 “tourism tax” for each day of their stay in Bhutan. This also covered basic services such as a 3-star hotel. To stay in, say a 5-star hotel, visitors would have to pay to upgrade. Neighboring countries tended to pay a lower tax or none at all. Independent travel was not allowed.

Since covid 19, the Bhutanese Government has introduced a new SDF or sustainable development fee of USD$200 a day. This must be paid by all visitors to Bhutan and does not cover any services eg visitors pay the SDF in addition to all of their other costs, such as accommodation, guides, food etc. The purpose of the new SDF is to fund local programs and prevent over-tourism.

tigers nest prayer wheel first leg

Independent travel to Bhutan is now allowed. However, if you want to visit tourist attractions, go trekking, or explore outside Paro and Thimpu, a guide will be required. Also, the roads in Bhutan are of varying quality and can be very tricky due to the country’s mountainous terrain. I would absolutely recommend having a driver rather than doing your own driving.

A visa and travel insurance are required to visit Bhutan.

I traveled to Bhutan with the wonderful MyBhutan . MyBhutan is run by an American, Matt, who spends a good deal of time in Bhutan and locals staff the company. We had a guide and a driver for our entire stay. As I have already mentioned, I would not want to drive in Bhutan.

MyBhutan put together our itinerary and booked everything. We were able to review the itinerary ahead of the trip and provide feedback for changes, as well as ask questions on everything from the quality of the accommodation to the difficulty of the hikes. I have an allergy to spicy food. MyBhutan ensured that everywhere we ate was aware of my allergy and nothing spicy appeared on my plate.

MyBhutan did cover part of the cost of my trip to Bhutan. However, I only recommend organizations with whom I have worked that offer excellent services at fair prices and I highly recommend using MyBhutan for your trip to Bhutan.

When you book your trip with MyBhutan use the code BOUTIQUE and you’ll receive a free hot stone bath with your booking.

How to Travel to Bhutan

Fewer than ten pilots worldwide are licensed to fly in and out of Paro Airport. There are only two airlines that fly to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines . These airlines operate from Bangkok, Kathmandu and five cities in India (New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Gaya, and Bagdogra). However, if you fly in and out of India, you will need a visa, even if you are only in transit.

MyBhutan can book flights to and from Bhutan for you as part of their service.

Where to Stay in Bhutan

Bhutan spirit sanctuary hotel – paro.

Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary Hotel is the first and only 5-star traditional spa resort in Bhutan. The hotel is laid out in a traditional Bhutanese style. Entering the hotel feels as much like arriving at a high-end monastery as it does a boutique hotel.

spirit sanctuary entrance

Get ready to drop your jaw when you enter the main building and see the two-story floor-to-ceiling windows of the Neyphu Valley. We were also invited to light butter lamps and choose our own locally-made soap for our stay.

spirit sanctuary windows

My room was huge at 54 square meters plus an 8 square meter terrace. The rooms are simply designed with wooden floors, white walls, and wooden beams on the white ceilings. My massive bed was homed in a traditional Bhutanese structure, and I had a living area with a coach, coffee table, armchair, and table with two chairs. A small wardrobe to the side of the room took care of my case.

spirit sanctuary bedroom

The bathroom had two sinks, a deep tub, a walk-in shower and a walk-in toilet. The floors were heated, and bathrobes were provided. In addition to the usual toiletries, Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary provides a toothbrush and toothpaste pills (just add water) for guests.

spirit sanctuary bedroom

All rooms have coffee and tea facilities, including a large range of herbal teas. We also received some wonderful chocolates and a copy of the book, which was part of the inspiration for Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary, The Restful Mind by Gyalwa Dokhampa.

spirit sanctuary bathroom

Dinner was a six-course farm-to-table in the lovely restaurant. We began with a quirky nachos amuse bouche followed by pumpkin soup. Grilled vegetables were next, and then a single ravioli. The dessert was a creamy custard tart. We washed all of this down with some Bhutanese wine, a cabernet sauvignon from Raven.

spirit sanctuary dessert

Breakfast the next morning was just as good. We received homemade pastries, bread, local cheeses and and fruit. A selection of “main” breakfast dishes are then available, from yogurt and granola to pancakes to porridge and more. I enjoyed a cheese and vegetable omelet.

spirit sanctuary terrace

All hotel guests can make use of the spa. The heated indoor swimming pool is huge and has floor-to-ceiling windows. There are two saunas, one steam room, and two jacuzzis. Free yoga and meditation classes are available and there is a fitness center.

spirit sanctuary pool

The spa has six treatment rooms. A consultation with an in-house traditional medicine doctor is included in the room rate for all guests. The doctor can then advise you on the best treatments to suit whatever is ailing you. I had two fantastic massages at Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary that worked miracles on my tight neck and shoulders.

spirit sanctuary treatment room

After trekking to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, I tried out a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath at Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary. These baths are regularly taken by Bhutanese people throughout the year but particularly in the winter. The stones are heated and then placed in a bath to heat them. It is believed that the stones contain valuable minerals that are transferred into the water and then into the guest!

spirit sanctuary hot stone bath

I needed to add some cold water to my hot stone bath before I was brave enough to immerse myself. But wow once I did, it felt amazing!!! I managed to stay in the hot stone bath for only 10 minutes (one hour is recommended). However, the combination of my post-trek hot stone bath and massage meant that my muscles were virtually pain-free the day after the trek to Tiger’s Nest.

Zhiwaling Ascent – Thimpu

Zhiwaling Ascent is located just outside Thimpu near the Royal Takin Preserve. Its design is very simple but beautiful. The hotel makes the most of its beautiful green location with floor-to-ceiling windows on the ground floor, large windows in the rooms and a stunning open-air attic with 360-degree views.

zhiwaling ascent roof top

The rooms are big, open and airy, with polished wooden floorboards and lots of windows. The interior design is very simple, with lots of white with rich embroidered rugs. The room has been designed to focus your eye on the beautiful cypress trees outside with a small table and chairs and a lovely window seat.

zhiwaling ascent bedroom

The rooms also have coffee and tea-making facilities and a big-screen tv. The bathroom is big and lined with small pale grey tiles. There is a large bathtub with a shower.

zhiwaling ascent bathroom

Dinner consisted of four courses which included a choice of mains. We began with lentil soup, followed by a melon salad with watercress, pomegranate, bacon and sherry vinegar. I had the grilled strip loin as my main course with beet puree, potatoes, steamed broccoli, carrots and beef jus.

zhiwaling ascent salad

The dessert was a banana cake with vanilla ice cream. Zhiwaling Ascent also has a nice wine list with some reasonably priced good quality international wines.

zhiwaling ascent

I enjoyed dinner at Zhiwaling Ascent, but I loved breakfast! We could sit outside and feel like we were eating in a forest. Breakfast began with banana bread, muffin and a croissant with a selection of preserves. We had a choice of four juices as well as coffee or tea. Multiple hot breakfast options were available. I chose the eggs florentine, which I very much enjoyed.

zhiwaling ascent breakfast

There is a second Zhiwaling Ascent hotel in Paro, which is supposed to be fantastic.

Dhumra Farm Resort – Punakha

Get ready for a very windy, very basic road that will make you extra glad you have a driver in Bhutan when you head to the lovely Dhumra Farm Resort. When you arrive, you will see that the road was worth it as the views over Punakha, particularly Punakha Dzong, are breathtaking.

dhumra farm resort

This small resort is run by local people who also own Dhumra farm. Although the website says it is a 3-star hotel, it felt more like a 4-star. My room was very simply decorated but had a wonderful wooden floor and ceiling. There is a lot of wood at Dhumra resort which gives it a slight ski lodge feel. This is softened through colorful rugs.

dhumra farm resort bedroom

My room and its bathroom were both huge. I could have fitted two standard-sized rooms in. The room has many windows, and a window seat, as well as a chair and table, lined up next to one of the windows. Of everywhere I stayed in Bhutan this felt most like staying at someone’s home.

dhumra farm resort dinner

The property itself is beautiful, with small paths and lovely fauna. We had a tasty dinner at Dhumra, all sourced from the farm, and they had wine! A fire pit had been lit for us outside, and we were able to enjoy stunning night views of Punakha Dzong.

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The highlight of my stay at Dhumra Farm Resort was breakfast. We couldn’t resist checking out the view first thing and oh my it was spectacular. Just the right amount of fog/cloud to create some ambiance against the beautiful Punakha Dzong. And Dhumra served us a delicious breakfast outside so we could enjoy the view. This was one of the highlights of my visit to Bhutan.

dhumra farm resort breakfast

MyBhutan Comfort Camp

MyBhutan offers a unique glamping experience with its Comfort Camp. The location regularly changes depending on the weather and the itinerary. We experienced our comfort camp not far from Thimpu. Each sleeping tent had its own proper bed and bedside table with electricity and a bedside table and lamp. I could stand in my tent, which is always a key glamping test for me.

comfort camp tents

The comfort camp gave us a chance to experience some different elements of Bhutan. We were able to try out archery and I am delighted to say that I was much better than I expected. This was followed by traditional dancing while we sat by the fire, followed by a Bhutanese whiskey tasting. Dinner was a tasty dish of vegetables and rice.

comfort camp tent

The camp has toilet tents for your convenience but of course no further bathroom facilities. In the morning, we were taken from the comfort camp to Zhiwaling Ascent, where an early check-in had been organized so we could use the shower facilities.

comfort camp archery

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to visit bhutan in the rainy season.

tigers nest leg 2 where we came from

Yes, it is possible to visit Bhutan during the rainy season, which runs from June to September. However, the rain can make some outdoor activities, such as trekking, more difficult. The rain also makes some roads in Bhutan more difficult to access, so it’s important to plan your trip carefully if you are visiting during this time.

What is the weather like in Bhutan during the dry season?

dhumra farm resort view

During the dry season, the weather in Bhutan is generally dry and sunny. The temperature can range from cool to warm, depending on the time of year and the elevation of the area you visit. In lower elevations, the temperature can be quite warm, while in higher elevations, it can be quite cool.

What is the weather like in Bhutan during the rainy season?

comfort camp dancing

During the rainy season, Bhutan experiences monsoon rains, which can sometimes be heavy. The weather can be cloudy and overcast, and there is a higher risk of landslides on the roads. However, the rain can also bring beautiful, lush green landscapes and make for dramatic views.

Can I visit Bhutan during the winter months?

dhumra farm resort fire

Yes, it is possible to visit Bhutan during the winter months, which run from December to February. However, the weather can be quite cold, especially in higher elevations, and some roads and mountain passes may be closed due to snow. If you do visit Bhutan during the winter, it is important to be prepared for cold temperatures and to dress warmly.

You might also enjoy the articles written by my travel buddy Laura on this trip. She has written about how to travel to Bhutan and the 21 top things to do in Bhutan.

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Amanda O’Brien is the creator and editor of The Boutique Adventurer. She has visited 80 countries and is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers as well as the IFTWTA. She is passionate about wine had has just completed Level 3 of the WSET. Born in Australia, she lives in London.

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The Best Time to Visit Bhutan

Climate, Weather, and Festivals

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Bhutan is a fascinating, scenic Asian country that's on many traveler's bucket lists. Given the diverse climate and variations in seasonal rates, the best time to visit Bhutan is fall's post-monsoon season, from late September through November. During this time, travelers will find pleasant temperatures and clear days. Of course, those wishing to avoid crowds may want to visit at another time of year.

Read on for more about Bhutan 's climate, significant events and festivals, plus details on each season's weather and can't-miss festivals. This information about what you need to know when visiting Bhutan will help you plan your trip as well.

The Weather in Bhutan

Bhutan has an extremely diverse climate. This is due to the vast variations in altitude, as well as the influence of the southwest and northeast monsoons from India. From late June through September, the southwest monsoon brings heavy rain and high humidity to the southern border region of Bhutan.   However, post-monsoon from late September through November, there are bright sunny days and sometimes early snowfall at higher elevations.

Winter (November through March) is the northeast monsoon season, which brings gale force winds through high altitude mountain passes, giving Bhutan its name "Drukyul," meaning Land of the Thunder Dragon.   Winter sets in with frost throughout much of the country and snowfall often above 3,000 meters. December and January are the coldest months in Bhutan, with overnight temperatures dropping below zero in Paro, Thimphu, and Bumthang.

Spring is generally dry and pleasant, while summer produces occasional showers and maximum temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).

Peak Season in Bhutan

Passport holders of countries other than India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives must visit Bhutan on a guided tour. The government has set "Minimum Daily Package" rates for all tours. These rates differ according to high and low seasons as follows. High season encompasses March through May, as well as September through November, whereas low season consists of December through February and June through August.

Popular Events and Festivals in Bhutan

Many tourists visit Bhutan to experience the country's fascinating festivals. The Tshechu festivals , held in temples, monasteries, and dzongs (fortresses) all over Bhutan, are a highlight. Communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings, and socialize at these grand events. Each mask dance has a special meaning behind it, and it's believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and see the dances at least once in their lifetime to dissolve their sins.

The Tourism Council of Bhutan has a handy extensive event calendar on their website.

Like Autumn, spring in Bhutan is also high tourist season. While the season may be busy, the weather is beautiful and the season hosts many of the country's best celebrations. The ideal season for rafting and kayaking in Bhutan is spring, too.

Events to check out:

  • Punakha Drubehen and Tshechu (February or March) -- At picturesque Punakha Dzong, the Punakha Drubchen hosts a dramatic recreation of the scene from Bhutan's 17th century battle with the Tibetan army, who came to seize a precious relic. It's one of the country's most popular Tshechus.
  • Paro Tshechu (April) -- Held every spring at Rinpung Dzong, this is the most popular religious dance festival in Bhutan. Early in the morning on the last day of the celebration, the monks display a huge  thangka (painting) inside the  dzong.
  • Gomphu Kora (April) -- Unlike other Tshechu festivals, pilgrims circumambulate the path around the meditation cave at this scenic temple.
  • Ura Yakchoe (April or May) -- The Ura Valley in Bumthang is renowned for its Ura Yakchoe dance, performed at this festival. During the festival, a sacred and important relic, passed on from generation to generation, is put on display so that people can receive blessings from it.

Bhutan's monsoon season usually arrives in mid-June, bringing lots of rain. Despite that, the country's lush greenery and lack of crowds can make it an appealing time to visit.

  • Kurjey Tshechu (July) -- The festival takes place at Kurjey Lhakhang, in Bumthang's Chokhor Valley. Apparently, Guru Rinpoche (who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan) meditated there and left an imprint of his body on a rock inside the temple.
  • Haa Summer Festival (July) -- The perfect way to be immersed in the culture of the nomadic herders of the Haa Valley, this festival showcase's their traditional lifestyle, food, and sports. You can even stay in a village home and experience local hospitality.

Fall has mild weather, and like spring, many crowds. The scenery is beautiful, with rice fields turning gold before harvest. Many festivals, including Thimphu Tshechu—one of the country's biggest, take place during fall.

  • Thimphu Tshechu (September or October) -- This is one of the biggest festivals in Bhutan and people travel from all over the country to see it. It takes place at Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu. Days and nights of prayer and rituals are undertaken to invoke the gods before the festival.
  • Wangdue Tshechu (September or October) -- This Tshechu is known for the Raksha Mangcham , the Dance of the Ox. It concludes with the unfurling of the great Guru Tshengye Thongdrel (large tapestry)
  • Tamshing Phala Choepa (September) -- Celebrated at Tamzhing Lhakhang in Bumthang, this festival has some rare mask dances unique to the monastery.
  • Jambay Lhakhang Tshechu (November) -- Jambay Lhakhang, in Bumthang, is one of the oldest temples in the kingdom. The feature of this festival is an unusual fire ritual with naked dance at midnight.

Winter in Bhutan can be quite cold. Visiting during December, before peak winter has set in, can make for a pleasant trip with minimal crowds and lower prices. You can also see the country's beautiful black-necked cranes in the Phobjikha Valley.

  • Druk Wangyel Tshechu (December) -- This unique Tshechu is performed by the Royal Bhutan Army (rather than Buddhist monks) as a tribute to the wise leadership of the fourth king of Bhutan, and as a celebration of the army's protection of the country. It takes place agains the Jigme Singye Wangchuck mountain range, named after the king.
  • Trongsa Tshechu (January) -- One of the oldest festivals of Bhutan, at 17th century Trongsa Dzong. It's believed that the country's festivals were spread from here.
  • Nomad Festival in Bumthang (February) -- This special festival brings together the herders of the northeastern and northwestern Himalayan frontiers in an unforgettable celebration of their culture and traditions.

Late September to November is one of the best times to visit Bhutan, since it's right after the rainy season. However, it's also one of the busiest times for visiting the country.

Summer brings lots of rain and high humidity to Bhutan, beginning in June and lasting until September. In the winter, expect snow at high elevations.

The most popular times of year for visiting Bhutan are spring and fall. Hotel rates are at their highest and there are lots of tourists, but the mild weather and beautiful scenery help to make up for it.

Bhutan Travel. "Climate & Weather." Retrieved February 25, 2021.

British Library. "A Temple of Bode." Retrieved February 25, 2021.

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Everything you need to know to plan your trip to Bhutan

Bradley Mayhew

Sep 26, 2022 • 10 min read

A female tourist has taken a photo of an elderly Bhutanese woman and is now showing the woman that photo on the screen on the back of the camera near Dranjo Goemba - buddhist monastery and school in the uper Paro Valley

Visiting Bhutan's spectacular temples and villages is worth the price tag © Andrew Peacock / Getty Images / iStockphoto

Bhutan has long had a reputation as an exclusive, remote destination that only opens its doors to a lucky, well-heeled few. Its golden-roofed temples, magnificent fortress-like monasteries and timeless rural villages are as close to a Shangri-La as you can find in the modern world. Unfortunately, visiting paradise comes at a hefty price.

Bhutan’s tourism mantra has long been “high value, low impact,” and its aim is simple: to maximize the financial benefits of tourism while minimizing its environmental and cultural impact. It’s a perfect example of the country’s guiding policy of “Gross National Happiness.”

The country kept its doors locked tight during the Covid-19 pandemic and only reopened to tourism in September 2022, but with this reopening has come a major overhaul of the country's strict tourism regulations . If you are tempted to take the plunge on a once-in-a-lifetime visit to Bhutan , here’s the lowdown on Bhutan's new travel rules and exactly how to arrange a trip to this unique and magical Himalayan country.

Row of Smiling Monks in Bhutan

What are the new tourism rules?

Until 2020, foreign tourists were charged a flat minimum fee of US$250 per person per day for a fully organized tour, of which US$65 went to the government to help fund free education and healthcare for Bhutan’s citizens.

Beginning September 2022, foreign tourists are now charged a US$200 per person per day Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) that the government says will further contribute to sustainable tourism development, tourism training and carbon offsetting. 

The other major change is that tour prices are no longer fixed, leaving tour companies free to charge what they want depending on the levels of service or activities, thus giving visitors some choice over things like hotel costs. The bad news is that travel costs are now in addition to the US$200 per day fee, not included. Comb through the small print, and you'll find that families get a small break, paying 50% of the SDF (i.e., US$100 per day) for kids aged six to twelve, and children under five being exempt from the fee entirely.

Another change is that foreign tourists now must pay entry fees to the main sights, ranging in price from Nu 2000 (US$25) for the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery to Nu 1000 (US$12.50) for most other popular temples and dzongs (fortress-like monasteries). This will add US$100-200 to most tours. Most of these religious sites will now close to tourists on popular Buddhist holidays, which is a shame as these are often the most colorful times to visit.

How Will This Change Tourism in Bhutan?

For starters, trips to already-exclusive Bhutan just became even more expensive. Given this, it’s likely that fewer foreign tourists will visit the country, and those that do will choose shorter trips close to the popular sights around Paro (Bhutan's international airport) and the capital Thimphu. Longer trips to the fascinating but more remote central and eastern regions now come with a much higher price tag, as does trekking, which is generally more expensive to arrange than a cultural tour.

For example, Bhutan's famous 27-day Snowman trek (often called the “world's hardest trek”) now costs at least US$3500 more per person than it did under the old rules. The hike’s fees could well make Nepal's equally unspoiled Himalayan regions, such as upper Dolpo and Mustang (which have their own fees of US$500 for ten days), more financially appealing.

What about regional Indian tourists?

The main exception to the new fee rule is Indian tourists, who pay a much smaller SDF fee of just Nu 1200 (US$15) per person per day. Indian visitors must pre-arrange a guide, hotel accommodation and permits to travel east of Thimphu. This can be arranged through a Bhutanese agent or independently.

Many Bhutanese travel agents point out that with Indian tourists making up 77% of annual visitors to Bhutan (243,000 out of a total 315,600) and many arriving in their own vehicles and cooking their own food on budget trips, it’s hard to see how Bhutan can justify its fee system in the name of either sustainable tourism or avoiding cultural impact. 

How much does a trip to Bhutan cost now?

Including the US$200 SDF per person per day, most Bhutanese agencies will now charge between US$350 and US$450 per person per day for a fully inclusive tour, up from the previous US$250 per day. Trekking will likely be a bit pricier, and small groups of two or three will be more expensive than larger groups.

What the new rules do allow for is overnights in guest houses, heritage farmhouses or rural homestays, which are a bit cheaper than tourist hotels. Under the old rules, you paid the same daily rate regardless of whether you stayed in a comfortable four-star hotel or on the floor of a local homestay, which limited the appeal of community tourism. Now you pay for what you get. The downside is that even if you stay in a simple rural homestay, you will still pay around US$300 per day for your trip, leaving you with budget travel at a top-end price.

This daylight photo shows passengers arriving at Paro International Airport, Bhutan on a Royal Bhutan Airlines (Drukair) flight. The aircraft is an Airbus A319 with registration A5-JSW. A blur has been applied to all people in the photo.

How to plan your trip

Until 2022, tourists had to arrange their travels through a registered Bhutanese travel agent. Now tourists are allowed to book trips directly with hotels, so if you are just planning a visit to Thimphu and Paro towns, you can theoretically just book a hotel, a guide and a couple of airport transfers directly with a hotel, cutting down on transportation costs.

For a more complicated itinerary involving multiple overnight stops, cultural programs, day hikes, trekking and other activities, you are still better off booking with an experienced agency. Bhutanese tourism infrastructure isn't yet developed enough to offer easily bookable separate transportation and guide services.

Start planning early. You will need at least a month to pin down your itinerary, pay the tour operator and get your visa approval. If you are visiting in the high season months of October, November, March and April, you will want to book your flights to Bhutan further in advance.

Planning your itinerary

Because Bhutan is expensive, many travelers are tempted to limit their visit to just a few days around the Paro Valley. There are definitely some fabulous medieval temples, monasteries and museums here, as well as some intriguing sights in nearby Thimphu, where the 16th and 21st centuries manage to coexist seamlessly.

Stick to these easily accessible sights, however, and you'll only see the most touristed parts of Bhutan. With a few more days, you can visit the delightful valley of Punakha or stay overnight in the little-visited valley of Haa, accessible from Paro over the country's highest motorable pass. Anyone wanting to really get off the beaten track should head out to the center or east of the country.

Perhaps the best way to plan your trip is to use an agency’s itinerary as a starting point and modify it to your interests. If you have a specific interest in embroidery, hiking or Buddhism, a good agency will adapt the tour to your preferences. This is also the time to mention any extras, such as a traditional hot-stone bath, an overnight in a rural homestay or a day of rafting or mountain biking. Be sure to time your visit with one of Bhutan’s fabulous festivals. 

We always recommend throwing in a few lesser-visited temples and day hikes to get you off the tourist circuit. Even with a limited amount of time, you can detour to a lesser-known temple, nunnery or hermitage to experience Bhutan at its most authentic.

A shop at the main market street in Thimphu, Bhutan

Not to miss places in Bhutan

Taktshang goemba.

Hike up to Bhutan's most iconic temple, the Tiger's Nest Monastery , whose medieval shrines are said to be attached to the cliff face by the hairs of angels.

Punakha Dzong

Bhutan's most beautiful fortress is lined with purple jacaranda flowers in spring and hosts several of Bhutan’s most spectacular festivals.

Bhutan's capital is home to historically important monasteries, protector deities, a takin reserve, archery tournaments, a fabulous weekend market and the magnificent former seat of government at Tashi Choe Dzong .

ancers at the Gangtey Monastery in the Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan, performing in the Black-Necked Crane festival, held annually to celebrate the return of the Black-Necked Cranes from their breeding grounds in Tibet

Top Bhutanese experiences

Attend a tsechu (religious dance festival).

Almost every dzong or temple in Bhutan has an annual festival featuring sacred monk dances, colorful costumes and local fairs. The main ones in Thimphu and Paro are a highlight of the Bhutanese year, but it's also worth seeking out a lesser-visited event.

Explore Bhutan on foot

Even a short walk in Bhutan leads up to a sacred meditation center, a Buddhist pilgrimage site or through ancient forests of blooming rhododendrons. It's easily the best way to experience the country's pristine rural charm. For an overnight trip, try the Bumdrak trek, which takes you on a back-door hiking route to the famous Taktshang Monastery.

Relax in a traditional hot stone bath

Soaking in a traditional Bhutanese wooden bathtub in water heated by medicinal hot stones and fragranced with mountain herbs is simply the perfect way to end a long day of sightseeing.

Best time to visit

The best months to visit Bhutan are March/April – for warm temperatures and stunning rhododendron blooms – and October/November – for clear Himalayan views and the most popular festivals. 

Now that there are no longer discounts for off-season travel, there's little incentive to visit in the cold winter (December to February) or wet monsoon months (June to September).

People traveling to Taktshang Goemba by horse

How long should I spend in Bhutan?

As long as you can afford it without raiding your kids’ college fund! With a four-day trip, you could see the highlights of the Paro Valley and the quirky capital Thimphu. If you have a week, you can continue over the Dochu-la mountain pass into the charming Punakha Valley.

To get to the central Bumthang Valley or the fascinating but remote far east, you will need a couple of weeks, though a domestic flight from Thimphu can speed things up here.

The bottom line is that you will likely only make one trip to Bhutan in your lifetime, so be sure to make the most of it.

How to get a Bhutan visa

Once you’ve agreed on your itinerary and tour price, the next step is to pay your agency (most likely via a bank transfer) to the agency's account at the Bhutan National Bank. If you are lucky, this will only involve one visit to your bank. Be prepared to explain where Bhutan is.

Once the wire has gone through, you will fill out a visa form and send your agency a digital photograph and scan of your passport photo page. Getting a visa is just a formality, and the agency will email you a copy of your visa authorization after a few days. The visa costs US$40 and will likely have been included in your tour price.

If arranging things yourself, you will have to pay the SDF fee directly to the government and apply for your visa through the Department of Immigration , though the exact process for this hasn't yet been revealed.

On arrival at Paro airport or at the land border with India, you will simply present your visa authorization, and immigration will stamp the visa into your passport.

How to get to Bhutan

Most visitors fly into Bhutan's Paro airport from Delhi , Bangkok or Kathmandu on the national airline Druk Air. It’s essential to print out a copy of your visa authorization before check-in.

With the reopening of tourism in September 2022, foreign tourists can once again enter Bhutan overland through one of three border crossings with India. In reality, the crossing to Phuentsholing is the only one that sees much tourist traffic, mainly with adventurous travelers combining Bhutan with the sights of nearby Darjeeling or Assam .

This article was first published Jun 24, 2019 and updated Sep 26, 2022.

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Best Times to Visit Bhutan: Weather & Travel Tips

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The best time to visit Bhutan is in spring (March to May) when the weather is pleasant, and the valleys are in full bloom. In spring, the average temperature in Bhutan is around 11–20°C (35–68°F), and the country receives an average rainfall of 100 mm (4 in).

On the other hand, autumn/fall (September to November) is also an excellent time to visit Bhutan. The average temperature in fall is 10–22°C (50–71°F). For those looking to hike, this is the best time to visit, as it seldom rains during this season. The average rainfall during this season is around 45 mm (2 in).

If you are not traveling for a special event, such as a festival or trek, you can visit Bhutan at any time of the year.

If you're looking to combine some hiking and local experiences, then the spring and fall are ideal times to visit, as numerous festivals are held in Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha then. The Tshechu Festival celebrated in Punakha and Paro offers an excellent opportunity to experience Bhutan's rich history and culture.

In this article, we will provide all the information you need to decide on the best time to visit Bhutan.

Best Times to Visit Bhutan: Overview

  • March and April are excellent months to visit Bhutan, as the valleys will be in full bloom. The weather will be pleasant, and the valleys will be lush and green with paddy fields and verdant forests.
  • May is hot and humid, so fewer tourists visit around this time. However, the rhododendrons will be in full bloom, and this is an excellent time to visit for photographers and nature lovers.
  • The months from June to August are the peak of the monsoon season in Bhutan. The country experiences heavy rains during these months, and the mountains are enveloped by thick fog and mist.
  • December is the coldest month in Bhutan, but skies will be clear with few to no showers. The valleys will be sunny, and you can catch fantastic views of the Himalayas from there. For those who enjoy the cold, hiking in winter is an excellent option.
  • If you plan to take a vacation around September, October, or November, please note that these are the busiest months. Make sure that you book your tour and accommodation in advance.

Bhutan has a varied climate due to the vast differences in altitude across the country and the effects of the monsoon.

In the southern foothills near the India border, the elevation is as low as 200 m. In the north, near the eastern Himalayas, the altitude is more than 7,000 m (23,000 ft). You will find that for every 1,000 m (3,280 ft) increase in altitude, the temperature drops by about 7°C (45°F).

For about six months, from June to late September, Bhutan experiences heavy rainfall. After the monsoon, from late September to November, the higher altitudes experience clear skies, and sometimes, even early snow.

Northern Bhutan, the Himalayan region, can ger very cold and experience frost. Winters are chilly, and the temperature at night often reaches below freezing point (0°C or 32°F). The average temperature ranges from 5°C (41°F) to 20°C (68°F) throughout the year.

In the southern region, such as in Gelephu, temperatures vary between 15–30°C (59–86°F). The climate is subtropical, with hot and humid conditions that remain unchanged throughout the year.

There are many valleys in Central Bua, and the climate varies between dry summers and cold winters. The average temperature ranges between 11–24°C (52–75°F). There are temperate and deciduous forests there, a stable climate throughout the year, and soil that is ideal for paddy cultivation. So, most of the population lives in Central Bhutan.

Bhutan has an incredibly diverse climate due to its geographical location and vast variations in altitude. The country has distinct seasons — spring, summer, monsoon, fall, and winter. Spring in Bhutan is relatively short and dry, starting in early March and continuing up to mid-April, when the summer rains commence.

The long summer season begins in mid-April and lasts until late June. You can expect occasional showers during this time. The Indian sme monsoon, which starts in late June and continues till late September, mainly affects only the southern part of Bhutan, close to the Indian border.

The fall season begins in late September and lasts till late November. It is characterized by clear weather and some early snowfall at higher elevations. Wne sets in late in November and continues till March. During the winter, there is frost in most parts of the country, and it snows at altitudes above 3,000 m (9,800 ft).

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The March to May quarter is the spring season, and it is the best time to visit Bhutan. The landscape is beautiful, with lush green fields, verdant mountain slopes, and blooming valleys. It is also considered the peak season because the weather is pleasant and the climate is reasonably dry.

Spring Weather

  • Average temperature: 2–26°C (36–79°F)
  • Average rainfall: 50–150 mm (2–6 in)
  • Average daily sunshine hours: 10 hours

Spring is the driest season in Bhutan. The southern region experiences a subtropical climate, with hot days and pleasant, cool nights, especially in places like Thimphu, Bumthang, and the Paro Valley. Expect some summer showers at the end of the season, especially around May .

What to See

Bhutan is exceptionally beautiful in spring, so you can explore the different regions to your heart's content. It is the best time to visit Thimphu,Paro,Bumthang Vle,Punakha,and Wangdue Phodrang for their bright blue skies during the day and brisk, fresh air during the chilly nights.

Spring is also the best time for high-altitude hiking enthusiasts to visit. Plan a trek in Jhomolhari o r Druk Path . Rhododendrons and wildflowers bloom along trekking trails, and you are likely to see wildlife emerging from hibernation after a long, cold, and relentless winter.

  • Punakha Drubchen (Punakha Dzong): This is one of the oldest festivals in Bhutan and is usually held at the beginning of March. It is a glorious celebration of the country's victory over the invading Tibetan army. You can listen to Buddhist sermons by monks and enjoy traditional dance performances and rituals.
  • Paro Tshechu (Paro): This is a religious dance festival. The celebrations take place in early April. The world's biggest thangka (Tibetan–Buddhist painting) is unfurled, and mask dances are performed in the courtyard of Rinpung Dzong. Marvel at the spectacular display of ancient traditions, colors, and Tantric Buddhist rituals.
  • Gomphu Kora (Trashigang): This is a religious festival celebrated in early April. The word gomphu means "meditation cave," and kora means "circumambulation." During the festival, devotees visit the Gomphu Kora cave temple to worship and connect with their past. The highlight of the festival is the unfurling of the sacred 350-year-old scroll for public viewing.

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  • Bhutan welcomes large groups of tourists in spring, and travel tickets are generally sold out quite early. Do plan in advance if you intend to visit during this spring.
  • The "minimum daily package" rate set by the Bhutan Government is higher during the peak season — USD 250 per person per day.

Early July marks the onset of the southeast monsoon, which lasts until early September. This is an excellent season to visit Bhutan if you don't want to avoid crowds of tourists. Summer is the off-peak season in Bhutan due to the hot and rainy weather.

Summer Weather

You can expect high humidity and heavy rain. The mountains are engulfed by thick fog, and there are showers every two or three days, usually in the afternoons and evenings.

  • Average temperature: 13–25°C (55–77°F)
  • Average rainfall: 280–340 mm (11–13 in)

The wet weather is not suitable for hiking, but you can go sightseeing. The valleys in Central Bhutan are still worth visiting, as this region is less rainy than the southern belt. Haa Valley and Trongsa are some attractive locations to visit during the monsoon.

With summer the land grows more fertile, and this is a great time to go mushroom picking with the locals. If you happen to visit Bhutan in the summer, make sure your itinerary includes visits to the Ura and Genekha regions.

  • Haa Summer Festival (Haa Valley): This festival takes place in mid-July. It is a celebration of the nomadic and traditional lifestyle of the Bhutanese people. In the stunning Haa Valley, you can witness the exotic culture of the nomadic Bhutanese tribes. You are welcome to participate in social games like yak riding or in traditional dances.
  • Expect frequent showers during this season. However, the rainfall varies from low to moderate and will not pose any serious threat to your trip to Bhutan.
  • Prepare for the rainy season and bring a windbreaker or raincoat.
  • Bring warm clothes, as it can get quite cold in the north.

Fall in Bhutan starts in September and lasts until November . It is the best time of the year for trekkers, avid travelers, and photographers to visit. The weather is good, and the skies are clear and blue. Fall is the peak season for tourism in Bhutan; a large number of travelers flock to the country to enjoy the cool and mild climate.

Fall Weather

  • Average temperature: 6–24°C (43–75°F)
  • Average rainfall: 14–210 mm (1–8 in)

It is dry and quite warm around this time. In October, the temperature in the northern mountainous areas drops sharply, making way for snowy weather in November .

If you enjoy high-altitude hiking, fall is an excellent season to visit Bhutan. With clearer skies and lower temperatures, there is better visibility. You can plan treks to Jhomolhari, Dagala, Druk Path , and a lot more places. Trekking through varied terrains and trails is the best way to witness the natural wonders of the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

The Phobjikha Valley , regarded as the happiest place in Bhutan, is a must-visit tourist destination. The valley has gained an unparalleled reputation for a variety of reasons; the migration of the endangered black-necked crane is one of them. If you happen to visit this beautiful valley in mid-November, you can take part in the Black-Ncek Crane Festival .

Fall also marks the beginning of the harvest season. Bumthang in Bhutan has four valleys (Chokhor, Chhume, Ura, and Tang). The valleys will leave you intoxicated with their fruit gardens, paddy fields, and buckwheat fields.

  • Thimphu Tshechu (Thimphu): This iconic festival takes place in September or October. Locals seek the blessing of god and celebrate the prosperity of the past year. During the ceremony, you can see various dance rituals, such as mask dances performed by monks, the Black Hat Dance, and the Dance of the Terrifying Deities.
  • Wangdue Phodrang Tshechu (Wangdue Phodrang): This festival is celebrated annually in mid-September. The festival is known for the Raksha Mangcham (Dance of the Ox). You can enjoy traditional dance performances, music, and the local cuisine during this festival. It concludes with the unfurling of the Guru Tshengye tapestry.
  • Jambay Lhakhang Drup (Bumthang): This is a religious and cultural festival that is held in Bumthang at the end of October. The festival pays tribute to Guru Rinpoche, a saint who is believed to have introduced the Tantric form of Buddhism in Bhutan. The celebrations also commemorate the establishment of Jambay Lhakhang, which was built in the 7th century. Among the various dance performances, the highlight is the fire ceremony, Mewang, and the religious dance, Tercham.
  • 1. Hotels are usually overcrowded during this season and prices will be high. Early booking is highly suggested.
  • 2. Bring light clothes and hiking equipment if you plan to trek.

December to February is the winter season in Bhutan. It can be challenging to navigate the eastern part of the country during this season due to heavy snowfall, but it is the best time to visit the western region. As it is the off-peak season in West Bhutan, hotel prices are low, and there are fewer crowds.

Winter Weather

  • Average temperature: -1–11°C (30–52°F)
  • Average rainfall: 4–21 mm (0.1–1 in)
  • Average daily sunshine hours: 9 hours

You can expect snow and frost, especially in January and December . The temperature in Paro and Thimphu drops below the freezing point at night. There are strong winds and there is very little rainfall in winter. However, the southern part of the country is warm and offers excellent hiking opportunities.

Paro Valley should be the first place that you visit in Bhutan in winter. The valley will be covered in a blanket of snow, making it a winter wonderland. While in Paro, don't forget to visit the famous Tksn hkag or the Tiger's Nest Monastery .

Royal Manas National Park is another must-see attraction for winter visitors. It is home to some rare and endangered wild animals and other exotic species that are unique to Bhutan. A wildlife safari is an excellent option for early risers.

Winter is also an ideal time for avlaevst in Thimphu or Paro. Local markets and public spaces will be crowded, and you will see locals engrossed in shopping. You should visit th e Gasa Hot Springs , which will not only keep you warm but also cure you of ailments because of their medicinal properties.

  • Nomad Festival (Bumthang): This is a one-day festival usually held in the last week of February. It is an annual celebration during which nomadic people gather from all over Bhutan. During the festival, you will have a chance to meet highlanders from other parts of the country.
  • 1. In East and Central Bhutan, the climate may be unfavorable due to heavy snowfall, bad roads, and daily traffic disruptions.
  • 2. Wear heavy winter clothes to stay warm in the chilly weather. Make sure you pack some essential medicines for cold, cough, and fever.

There are two peak seasons in Bhutan: March–May and September–November. The off-peak seasons are between June–August and December–February.

Peak Season

Bhutan experiences the greatest tourist inflow in March, April , October, and November. More tourists tend to travel during these months as these are the ideal months for festivals and hiking.

If you are planning a last-minute tour, air tickets will be hard to find, and hotels and resorts will probably be fully booked. We suggest that you book your travel package and air tickets as early as possible.

The Government of Bhutan has set a "minimum daily package" price for tourists. For the peak season, the rate is set at US$250 per person per day. The package includes 3-star accommodation, all meals, a licensed Bhutanese guide, all domestic flights, a local vehicle, and camping equipment.

Off-Peak Season

Not many tourists travel to Bhutan during the winter and monsoon. There is plenty of snowfall and some thunderstorms as well. Especially in July and August, the monsoon hampers sightseeing opportunities.

If you are planning a tour during this period, air tickets may be available. However, we suggest that you book your tickets at least three months in advance, as most good hotels and guides get booked up quickly. The "minimum daily package" for the off-peak season is US$200 per person per day.

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October to December is the ideal time to visit Bhutan as the air is clear and fresh with sunny skies.

January and February are colder, but from then until April the climate remains dry and pleasant and in late spring the famous rhododendrons bloom spectacularly, flooding the valleys with colour.

Heat and humidity increase from May, and from June to September the monsoon rains cover the mountains. If you're interested in seeing the rare black-necked cranes, we recommend visiting the Phobjikha Valley between late October and mid-February.

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Visiting Bhutan in December - February

From December to February Bhutan is at its coldest; especially in the mountains, but clear skies reward those who brave the low temperatures. The valleys are warmer and sunny with clear views of the incredible Himalaya. Due to colder temperatures, visitor numbers will be lower.

Rhododendrons in Bhutan

Visiting Bhutan in March - April

March and April are among the most popular times to travel as temperatures are pleasant and the valleys are abundant in nature; especially as all the flowers start to bloom. Early April witnesses the Paro Tshechu, so book ahead to get the best accommodation and flights.

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  • Rhododendron season (March to May): Similar to Nepal, Bhutan's landscapes are at their best at this time of year before the monsoon arrives, with colourful rhododendrons carpeting the hillsides.
  • Trekking in Bhutan (October to November and March to April): Trekking is a wonderful way to see the beautiful scenery of this wonderful, little-visited country. These months offer the best weather for mountain walks and overnight stays in characterful teahouses.

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Visiting Bhutan in May

Temperatures increase in May, bringing humidity as well as cloud over the mountains. However, fewer visitors and lower prices can make it a perfectly viable time to visit. The rhododendrons should also still be in bloom — ideal for photographers and nature lovers.

King's Memorial Chorten, Thimphu, Bhutan

Visiting Bhutan in June - August

June to August (and sometimes into September) is monsoon season in Bhutan. Although showers can occur at night without spoiling daytime explorations, conditions aren't ideal for trekking. Sightseeing is still possible — just be prepared with a raincoat! It’s also ideal for retreating to a spa. Views are best in the mornings following night-time downpours.


Visiting Bhutan in September

September, October and November are ideal for hiking, seeing festivals (particularly the popular Thimphu Tshechu ) and enjoying stunning views and pleasant temperatures. Expect it to be around 25°C in the sun, but there will be cooler temperatures in the evenings and at higher altitudes.

Drukgyel Dzong, near Paro, Bhutan

Visiting Bhutan in October

The majority of travellers (around 80% of all international visitors) want to visit Bhutan in October, so plan well in advance to ensure you get your preferred accommodation and good value flights.

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Visiting Bhutan in November

Black-necked cranes migrate from the Tibetan Plateau to the protected Phobjikha Valley each year. They remain in the region from late October to early February. In Gangtey, a special festival is held every November to celebrate the arrival of the birds. Plan ahead if you want to be a part of it.

  • Black-necked crane festival (November): These endangered birds migrate to spend each winter in the Phobjikha Valley. The festival celebrating their arrival takes place in the courtyard of Gangtey Gonpa to promote their conservation.

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Craving fresh mountain air and deep rambling forests? Fancy scenic hikes to ancient monasteries, wandering through pristine wildlife sanctuaries, heritage-driven restaurants , or restorative wellness retreats ? Bhutan is your best bet. Here’s a nifty guide on the best time to visit Bhutan, so you can maximise your time and your happiness.

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What is the best time to visit Bhutan?

Like most Himalayan destinations, the best time to visit Bhutan is either during spring or autumn . Both seasons bring about crisp, cool weather and sunny skies, perfect for hikers keen on tackling the famous Tiger's Nest monastery hike. Springtime, during late March and April, stands out for the famous rhododendrons blooming across central Bhutan’s valleys, while the autumn months of October to November (sometimes December) distinguish themselves as the ideal window to see the rare black-necked cranes migrating through Phobjikha Valley. Note that evenings during both seasons can still get rather chilly, with nightly lows generally dipping to four degrees Celsius. January and February are generally not ideal for hiking due to slushy, icy footing, however, the window from autumn up until mid-February is the only time travellers can get a glimpse of Bhutan’s rare, migratory black cranes.

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Royal palace Trashi Chhoe Dzong, Thimphu, Bhutan

When is the off-season in Bhutan?

The weather starts to get toasty and humid starting in May, which turns into rather muggy weather from June to September as the monsoon season hits the mountainous nation. July is typically the wettest month and Punakha the wettest region, with rainfall reaching up to 700mm—expect frequent cloud cover. Nevertheless, it’s important to point out that Bhutan’s elusive national flower, the mountain-blooming blue poppy, only flowers during the monsoon season.

Is Bhutan visa-free for Indians?

Indian nationals do not require a visa to visit Bhutan, however, they do require an ‘Entry Permit’—which can be obtained via the Department of Immigration at Phuentsholing for land crossings or online via the Department of Immigration , if your travel documents are in order and valid for up to at least six full months. It is generally issued for seven days, but can be extended once travellers have entered Bhutan.

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Paro, Bhutan

How much does Bhutan charge Indian tourists to visit?

Indian tourists must pay a Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of Rs1,200 per person, per night.

When is the best time to go to Bhutan for wildlife?

As a rule of thumb, for travellers interested in seeing Bhutan’s phenomenal wildlife, from red pandas and snow leopards to pygmy hogs and Bengal tigers, the spring and autumn windows are generally considered the best. However, if you want to see Bhutan’s rare, migratory black cranes, that window runs from autumn up until mid-February.

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Tampoe Tsho, Wangdue Phodrang district, Bhutan

How many days are enough for a Bhutan trip?

If you simply want to explore the iconic cultural sites of central Bhutan, four to five days is sufficient time to cover a lot of the highlights. However, if you want to embark on longer hikes or explore more remote regions or provinces of Bhutan—which may require route passes—10 to 15 days are recommended.

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When is the best time to visit Bhutan?

The best time to visit Bhutan is generally considered to be either in the spring, between March and May, or in the autumn from September to November. During these months the weather tends to be pleasantly dry and mild, and the scenery - never less than beautiful, of course - is at its most glorious. It’s no surprise that the most popular visitor sites in Bhutan, such as Taktsang Goemba, the Punakha Dzong and the Tashichho Dzong, can be crowded during spring and autumn, although even then, since there are firm restrictions on visa numbers, we’re not talking lengthy queues.

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With a terrain that ranges from towering mountains and deep glacial river valleys to thick tropical forest, it’s no surprise that the climate in Bhutan is astonishingly diverse. In the southern foothills, which continue into northern India, the elevation is as low as 200 metres above sea level, while in the northern reaches, bordering the Tibetan Autonomous Region and the eastern Himalayas, it can reach over 7,000 metres. A good rule of thumb when planning a trip to Bhutan is to assume that temperatures drop by around 7°C for every 1,000 metres you go up.

Most of the population chooses to live in Central Bhutan, which is characterised by dense, tropical forest and a relatively stable climate all year round, with cool summers and mild winters.

As with temperature and humidity, precipitation in Bhutan depends greatly on the altitude. The north sees an average of just 40mm annually, most of which is snow. The temperate centre and highlands receive around 1,000mm of rainfall every year, ideal for rice-growing in the Punakha Valley , while in the south it is a lot wetter, averaging around 7,800mm.

Bhutan seasons and monsoons

Bhutan has four distinct seasons, with annual monsoons sweeping up from India and typically running concurrent with summer and early autumn.

Bhutan in Winter

Winter begins in late November and continues to early March. Anywhere above 3,000 metres will likely be affected by heavy snow, and traces of frost can be found across the whole country. Gale force winds rocket through the highest mountain passes in winter, making a fearsome clamour - it is from these intimidating gusts that Bhutan derives its nickname, ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’. More remote villages, temples and monasteries may be cut off, and the roads, particularly in the east of the country, will be difficult to navigate. But while high mountain passes endure almost polar conditions, the central highlands and further south will be far warmer and still ideal for hiking. Although the weather is usually sunny, winter temperatures in Bhutan frequently drop below zero. Paro , in the west, can be almost -6°C in January, but again in the south and east conditions are usually significantly milder.

Bhutan in Spring

Bhutan’s spring is fairly short, usually lasting from early March to mid-April, when the summer rains get underway. Temperatures are mild, and melting snows give way to gorgeous wildflowers covering the hillsides, while both humidity and rainfall are low. But what really recommends a spring holiday in Bhutan is the clarity of the views. You can expect some absolutely stunning Himalayan panoramas at high elevations.

Bhutan in Summer

The long summer begins in mid-April and continues through to mid-September. Rainfall is at its heaviest from late-June onwards, as frequent monsoons drench parts of the country, especially in the south. There is a risk of flash floods during summer, which can affect rural communities, road travel and domestic flights. Humidity is high, but there can still be substantial drops in temperature after nightfall, especially in northern areas. In July (the warmest month of the year in Bhutan) temperatures can reach 31.5°C in the east of the country, with highs of around 26°C in the capital, Thimphu .

Bhutan in Autumn

The rains lead into autumn , which starts in late September or early October, and is predominantly crisp, bright and sunny. Again, the views are often sensational at this time of year, hence this being another peak season. Higher elevations in the north could well be experiencing some early snowfall as the autumn months progress.

Accommodation in Bhutan varies greatly, but they are always geared up to look after winter travellers well. Your room may have either an electric heater or an open fire, and thick cosy blankets on the bed. Between late-spring and autumn you can often get away with just light clothing, but it’s advisable to always pack a few warm items and some waterproofs too.

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When is the best time to visit Bhutan?   Bhutan is a small country famous for its natural beauty. People who are having a flair for travelling around the world can find true pleasure in Bhutan. Bhutan is one of the blessed countries to have seasonal variations that offer superb experience. You can find distinct months of summer, winter, spring, and autumn, making the climate in Bhutan magical and a perfect year-round destination. Perfect for travel in any season, Bhutan offers something unique to visitors depending on the time of their arrival.

Spring in Bhutan (March, April, and May): Temperatures are pleasant and the valleys are bursting with nature and beautiful rhododendrons flower everywhere. The places covered with snow start to warm up and naturally, the atmosphere starts to turn more beautiful and green. Additionally, traveling to Bhutan in spring provides you a chance to enjoy the crowded Paro festival. Spring is good for hiking, trekking, walking, family holidays, planning a longer stay and covering many places across Bhutan.

Summer in Bhutan (June, July, and August): The peak summer can be considered July only with light showers most of the time unless bay of bangles affects the weather in the region, no flash flood but lush green valley turning into green gold paradise offers excellent week holiday. Traveling to Bhutan from June to August must be planned by flight from Paro International Airport in Bhutan covering Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, and Haa only. However, from a different perspective, Bhutan turns more adventurous and romantic during these months. Even one can admire the stunning rainbow which appears after the rain, time to enjoy the summer in Bhutan.

Autumn in Bhutan (September, October, and November): Like spring, autumn is another perfect time to visit Bhutan when the weather is most enjoyable and mild. Early after the monsoon rain stops, the landscapes start to turn beautiful enough to freeze any viewer’s eye. Many beautiful festivals take place across the country between September to November. Autumn offers excellent months for trekking in Bhutan, hiking all over Bhutan, birding in Bhutan, best photography tours, and Manas wildlife safari if you plan for a longer stay.

Winter in Bhutan (December, January, and February): Winter in Bhutan is the best time to travel to the ancient Himalayan kingdom for snowy landscapes. Morning and evening is little chill but offers excellent clear views of the great Himalayan range from most of the passes, time to enjoy the beautiful snow-capped mountains of Bhutan and unique Dochula festival which falls every year on 13-Dec.

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March to May (Spring) and September to November (Autumn) is the best time to visit Bhutan.   In spring, which falls from March-May, the weather is beautiful and pleasant. The flowers are in full bloom, and the scenery of the land is brilliant. The country also hosts various festivals during the spring such as the Paro and Punakha Tshechu. Autumn, on the other hand, is from September - November which also boasts of pleasant weather. Due to its location, Bhutan is prone to varying climatic and altitude differences. It has distinct seasons namely, spring, summer, rainfall, autumn and winter. Peak Season : Spring and autumn are the peak seasons for visiting Bhutan. During spring (March to May), the weather is mild, and the valleys burst into bloom with rhododendrons, magnolias, and other wildflowers. Autumn (September to November) brings clear skies, pleasant temperatures, and vibrant landscapes, making it ideal for trekking and outdoor activities.  Tickets are hard to find if one plans a last minute holiday to Bhutan during its peak season. Hotels and resorts are booked to the hilt, and the nation is buzzing with numerous festivals. Shoulder Season: The shoulder seasons of late autumn and early winter(late November to December) and early spring (late February to early March) provide fewer crowds and favorable weather, making it an excellent time to visit for those seeking quieter experiences.  Off Season: The long summer begins in mid-April and continues through to mid-September. The summer/monsoon season from June to August is the off-season in Bhutan, characterized by heavy rainfall and occasional roadblocks due to landslides. Similarly the winter months of December - February witness the spell of the northeast monsoons. Snowfall is expected in late January and early February when the temperatures drop to the lowest. However, this period also offers lush green landscapes and fewer tourists, making it ideal for budget travelers and those seeking a more intimate experience with nature. 

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  • The Paro Festival is the most significant festival of spring. Celebrated at Rinpung Dzong the festival usually takes place in April.
  • The Gomkora Festival in Trashigang is a three-day festival celebrated in March or April. 
  • Ura Yakchoe is held in May in Bumthang's Ura Valley . It is best known for its Ura Yakchoe dance performed during the festival.

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  • The Kurjey Tshechu takes place in the Kurjey Lhakhang in the Bumthang's Chokhor valley.
  • The Nimalung Tshechu is celebrated in Nimalung Monastery located in Bhumthang which falls in June or July.
  • The Haa festival is another vibrant summer festival that celebrates the traditions and nomadic lifestyle of the Bhutanese people.

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  • The Thimphu Tshechu is one of the biggest in Bhutan. Held in the Tashichho Dzong in the capital city of the country this three-day festival is the highlight of the fall season and falls from September to October.
  • The Wangdue Tshechu is famous for the Dance of the Ox or Raksha Mangcham which is held for 2 days in September or October.
  • Tamzhing Phala Choetpa is a three-day festival celebrated at the Tamzhing Lhakhang in Bhumtang, held in October.
  • Jomolhari Mountain Festival started in 2013 but since then is held every year. It is an effort in the direction of conservation of snow leopards and takes place for two days in October.
  • Jambay Lhakhang Tshechcu is held in November in the Jambay Lhakhang in Bhumtang.
  • Black Necked crane festival takes place in Gangtey Gompa in November to welcome the arrival of these splendid creatures.

Bhutan in Winter (December to February)

  • The Punakha Dromche and Tshechu is a more than a week-long celebration that takes place in Punakha in February. The weather in Punakha is not too harsh making it a great escape from the chilly winters of other places in the country. The festival incorporates re-acting the war against the Tibetans in the 17th century.
  • The Trongsa Tshechu is a three-day festival, celebrated in Trongsa Dzong . The Trongsa Dzong is built on a ridge and has more than 30 temples. The Trongsa Tshechu is one of the oldest tshechus in Bhutan. A tshechu is celebrated on the 10th day of the Bhutanese month, and it is believed that this tradition began with the Trongsa Tshechu.
  • The Nomad Festival in Bhumthang falls in February. The festival is where herders from the Himalayas come together to celebrate their unique traditions and cultures.

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Bhutan is a small landlocked mountain kingdom is known for its beautiful nature, well-preserved Tibetan Buddhist cultural monuments, high-quality accommodation choices, and breathtaking tours. And the best time to visit Bhutan is any time of the year, but depending on what you plan to do, some months are better than others.

While it is most known for its lofty peaks, Bhutan has a diverse range of landscapes and terrains, and the climate varies accordingly.

In the southern part, there are lush subtropical plains at altitudes as low as 200 feet, with a steamy jungle climate similar to what you would discover across the border in India.

However, much of Bhutan is at a high altitude. Thimphu and Paro’s main towns are 7,657 feet and 7,201 feet above sea level, respectively.

Most travelers visiting Bhutan aim to tour the higher-altitude hills, valleys, and mountains. This type of trekking is best done in the spring and autumn.

In fact, some trekking chances are only available during those seasons: in winter, snow makes crossing certain high passes difficult.

During winter and summer, some areas are difficult to access due to rain and snow, but prices are cheap.

No season is off-limits to visitors, and the famous friendliness of the Bhutanese people — as well as genuine peace and quiet — are available all year round.

Spring Season in Bhutan

Spring : From March through May is also the best time to visit Bhutan. It’s the ideal season for hiking. The air is generally clear, the sun is shining brightly, and temperatures are pleasant but not too hot.

Some important festivals fall at this time of year. Tsechu (also written Tshechu) are religious festivals held throughout the year in honor of Guru Rinpoche, an important figure in Tibetan Buddhism. Colorful masked dancers (typically monks or local males) perform folk dances around the country at temples, monasteries, and dzongs (fortresses).

Visitors can observe and have fun with Bhutanese people who dress up in their best traditional dress to celebrate, in addition to enjoying the performers and dances. Paro and Thimphu host two of the most main Tsechu celebrations.

This is also the time of year when nature is at its best. A memorable experience is hiking through blossoming rhododendron forests full of red, pink, purple, and white blooms. In fact, there is a walking trail across the country’s center that was designed specifically for hikers to experience the rhododendron forests.

It’s known as the Gazamchu Rhododendron Trek. In addition, a rhododendron festival is held in May in the Royal Botanical Park in Lamperi, a short drive from Thimphu.

Monsoon Season in Bhutan

Bhutan’s countryside is green and full of life during the monsoon season. Don’t expect rain all day, every day: rain falls in bursts, giving you plenty of time to get out and about.

Not too many travelers choose to visit to Bhutan during this time, so prices are lower and you’ll practically have the Bhutan to yourself. There are a number of beautiful boutique and luxury hotels, and they’re much more affordable during the off-season.

Check out our recommended Shangri-La Tour during monsoon season.

Perhaps generally speaking, it’s not really the best time to visit Bhutan especially for trekking. Some routes are difficult to access, the trails are muddy, and the views aren’t the best. To have the best time in Bhutan during the monsoon season, stick to city tours, cultural attractions and sightseeing.

Autumn Season in Bhutan

Autumn is Bhutan’s high season and its busiest time. There’s a good reason for this: it’s the best season for tours , trekking and festivals.

Thimphu Tsechu (dance festival), is one of Bhutan’s most important Tsechus held in September. The Jambay Lhakhang Drup Festival, which also held at this time of year. During this spectacular event, a fire ceremony, showcasing locals running under a large flaming gate.

Masked dancers later perform naked in the middle of the night. There’s an objective to this ritual: the idea is that infertile women will be blessed with children as a result.

There are various trekking options for travelers this time of year. There are also more routes to choose from, depending on your experience, fitness level, and preferences.

The Snowman Trek is a classic that is categorized as one of the most tough treks in the world, requiring the crossing of nine passes above 15,850 feet and taking approximately 25 days to complete. The Jomolhari Trek is a shorter (but still adventurous) trek that takes about two weeks.

The route, which is sometimes classified to as Bhutan’s most scenic, takes hikers alpine meadows, across high mountainous terrain, and through lush jungles.

Winter Season in Bhutan

The winter season sees fewer travelers. During these seasons, you’ll pay off-season prices — and Bhutan’s wonderful hotels can be especially warm in the winter, with fireplaces and traditional hot stone baths to enjoy.

Trekking at high altitude is difficult in some cases, and unpleasantly cold in others. However, some shorter treks are still doable. The skies are a beautiful, clear blue in the winter, so if mountain views are your priority, winter is a great season to visit. The Druk Path Trek , for example, passes across villages, forests, and farmland while without ascending too far in altitude.

Winter is the greatest time to visit the southern Manas National Park if you want to do a nature tour. The park is located near the border of India, where tigers, rhinos, elephants, and leopards roam, and its altitude is quite low compared to the rest of Bhutan, at only 200 to 360 feet above sea level.

General RAQs About  Bhutan Travel 

When should i travel bhutan.

First of all, if you are an adventurer other than doing trekking, the best time to visit Bhutan is September to December (autumn) and March to May (spring). However, nature lovers and historical tourists can plan a trip to Bhutan in the spring. The weather and scenery are at their best during peak seasons, but prices are higher.

Why should I visit Bhutan?

The unique culture of Bhutan is one of the key reasons why people visit Bhutan. In  2018, the country was voted number one out of over 100 sustainable destinations in the ITB awards in Berlin, Germany. While traveling this wonderful country, we highly recommend the following activities from a lengthy list of things to do in Bhutan:

The best time to visit Bhutan, it depends on what you hold most important. Winter is a good season to visit if you enjoy peace and quiet. If you love festivities and vibrancy, Spring or Autumn may be the seasons for you.

If you want to see lush greenery, you should go in the summer. The weather may also play a role, so pick a season that suits your preferences. We assure to operate and guide your trip with the best of our expertise.

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In the first place, Bhutan has four major seasons. Secondly, there are two best seasons to visit Bhutan. And yes, because of its location, the Dragon Kingdom has its own climate features. So, the best time to go to Bhutan will depend on your personal choice. Nevertheless, the weather of the mountain nation has its distinctive regional features. For this purpose, we will explain about each climate briefly to add it to your knowledge.

The western part of the country indeed receives heavier rainfall. Likewise, the southern parts have sultry, humid summer and cool winter. Since Bhutan lies next to Bangladesh, it is sometimes affected by the remains of the tropical cyclones. As a result, this will affect the weather conditions of the whole country. Hence, you will have a deep feeling about this magical weather and climate change in the Druk-Yul.

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Weather & Climate of Bhutan

1. spring season (march – may), 2. summer/monsoon (june – august), 3. fall or autumn season (september – november), 4. winter (december – february), 1. southern regions, 2. hilly regions, 3. high-altitude regions, 1. trekking & hiking, 2. cultural & historical tours, 3. festivals and celebrations, 4. bhutanese cuisine, 5. other adventure activities, 6. bhutanese arts & crafts, 7. less crowds, when should i visit bhutan.

Of course, the weather conditions in Bhutan are majorly influenced by the altitude. And more surprisingly, they are similar to that of arctic, frozen and frosty. The mountain peaks are constantly covered with snow and the lower parts are still cool even during summers.

While in the southern parts, the weather is hot and humid in summer and cool during winter. Similarly, the central parts of the country have temperate and deciduous forests where the climate is more seasonal with warm summers and cool, dry winters.

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Major Seasons in Bhutan

Basically, Bhutan has 4 major seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. The monsoon season comes after the onset of summer and ends before the falls (also called autumn). March to May, indeed, is springtime. Likewise, summer is between the months of June and August. The fall or autumn are months from September to November, while winter is from December through February.

The following tabular representation will give you a clear idea about the weather conditions of Bhutan throughout the year:

Spring can get cloudier than other months comparatively. Moreover, the wildlife and flowers are at their most vivid. In addition, the magnificent rhododendrons, magnolias and other wildflowers can be seen blooming. The birdlife is surprisingly abundant. And, most festivals occur during this season, so you might get a chance to witness one of the Bhutan’s popular festivals . Therefore, spring is perhaps the best time to visit Bhutan!

It is good to consider visiting Bhutan during summer if you wish to steer clear of the higher tariff and the winter cold. Because, evidently the season sees a lower number of tourists in Bhutan. One festival to participate during June would be Nimalung Tsechu. But, we do not recommend traveling to Bhutan in summer! Roads could get blocked due to landslides.

In fact, these months are less wet and skies are clear, the air is fresh and perfect for hiking in the secluded trails. So, that makes it an ideal time to visit Bhutan. The beginning of fall may see showers in some parts of the country while the northern part could already experience some snowfall at higher elevations.  Fall is also a good time to visit Bhutan! After all, if you are lucky, you may get to witness Thimphu Tsechu , one of Bhutan’s popular festivals this season.

As a matter of fact, winter would be the time to visit Bhutan if you wish to avoid travelers’ crowd and catch up on the black-necked cranes. However, winters in Bhutan are quite cold, but the skies are usually clear, providing stunning views and great opportunity to photographers. During winter, the Trongsa Tshechu festival takes place in Trongsa Dzong. Thus, we recommend winter season for traveling to those travelers who can endure the chilly weather conditions.

Region-wise weather of Bhutan

Since Bhutan has a diverse range of altitude, let us quickly look at how the weather is at various regions.

Weather & Climate of Bhutan

Chiefly, the southern regions of the country comprise the plains with subtropical weather conditions. As a result, these regions experience mild winters with cold nights. Spring time is hot and thunderstorms are frequent during this time. It is a fact that during monsoon, it rains heavily and sometimes it becomes torrential. For instance, the average temperatures of the southern region of Bhutan can be clearly understood below:

Comparatively, the climate is gradually milder, with moderately cold, dry winters and warm, rainy summers in the hilly regions, up to the elevation of 1,524m (5,000ft.). But, in some interior valleys, summer rains are moderately lesser with monsoon rains on the southern side. Summer months, however, are quite hot irrespective of the altitude. For instance, the average temperatures of the hilly areas of Bhutan can be clearly understood below:

The average temperatures during summer, especially at higher altitudes above 1,981(6,500ft.), range from 5-20ºC / (41- 68 ºF). Obviously, winters will be cold, and nighttime will experience below-freezing weather in these areas. Winters are mostly sunny, while snowfall can be an amusing revelation. For example, the average temperatures of the high-altitude areas in Bhutan can be clearly understood below:

Bhutan is extensively far away from sea, so there are direct impacts of the tropical cyclones. However, since it borders with Bangladesh, the after-effects of cyclones hitting Bangladesh can be at certain parts of Bhutan as well. As a result, these impacts may cause heavy rainfalls or sometimes snowfall in the higher altitudes.

Subsequently, taking in account all the weather factors, we can deduce that Bhutan is a year-round destination. However, the activities you wish to do in the country strictly defines your best time to visit Bhutan.

Why should I visit Bhutan?

One of the significantly major reasons why tourists visit Bhutan is its unique culture. Earlier in 2018, the nation was voted number one from over 100 sustainable destinations in the ITB awards held in Berlin, Germany. From amongst a long list of things to do in Bhutan, we highly recommend the following activities while actually touring this magnificent country:

 Thimphu Tshechu Festival of Bhutan during best time to visit

Some of the major things you could do when you plan to visit Bhutan are Trekking, hiking or any adventurous activities . In fact, there are several trekking trails and local hiking opportunities, including a hike to the Tiger’s Nest. Nonetheless, hiking is one of the best ways to experience the culture of a country.

In the first place, with countless touristic spots to tour around, there are ample opportunities for cultural and historical tours in Bhutan . In fact, you may even experience a religious tour in the country.  These tours, in fact, are ways to interact directly with the ethnic communities of your tour destination.

HUGE indeed! Bhutan indeed has huge festivals. Regardless the festival, each one of them is celebrated with great fervor. To witness some of the vibrant festivals and celebrations, you can also plan your Bhutan tour coinciding with one of those festivals.

So, do you expect that Bhutanese food will leave you dumbfound? Surprisingly, most food items are non-vegetarian and comprises a lot of dairy products. However, the popular butter tea with salt is something you should not miss to try. Basically, most food items incorporate meat, chilly, spice, and cheese. Not to worry, there are vegetarian foods such as Eue Chum (Bhutanese Red Rice), and Hoentoe buckwheat dumplings including Ara, the fermented alcoholic drink made from rice.

Undoubtedly, there is abundant adventure for thrill-seekers. Because you get to enjoy outdoor activities like mountain biking, river rafting, kayaking, snow-mountain trekking, and wildlife safaris. But the best part is that you get to do it in the mountainous region with an amusing wintry climate, hills, and mountainous landscape.

Each piece of art and craft in Bhutan indeed, denotes a spiritual experience for the locals. In fact, they take great pride in their culture, heritage, rituals, traditions, and festivals. Especially, skilled people who created the arts and crafts have been preserving such great traditional arts for several centuries. So, this is one of the reasons why you must visit Bhutan.

Besides peak tourist seasons, there will be less crowds in the major tourist hubs. Likewise, it is the same even in the hiking trails. So, if you are seeking for a discreet place to meditate and evade the huge crowds, you can visit this time during anytime of the year.

“The weather of Bhutan especially fluctuates radically – it all depends on the elevation”

In the first place, if you’re an adventurer besides doing trekking, the best time to visit Bhutan would be October to December. However, for nature lovers and historical tourists, you can plan your holiday to Bhutan in springtime.

If you only wish to do trekking or hiking in Bhutan , then perhaps you should plan your trip between March to May. And, if you are seeking for lesser crowds during off-seasons, summer or monsoon will be the perfect time. Ultimately, if you wish to participate in one of those vibrant festivals of Bhutan, you need to plan accordingly as there is no fixed season for your participation. The country indeed, has festivals almost throughout the year!

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Bhutan is one of the blessed countries to have seasonal variations. You can find distinct months of summer, winter, spring and fall, making the climate in Bhutan magical and a perfect year-round destination. Perfect for travel in any season, Bhutan offers something unique to visitors depending on the time of their arrival. The best time to visit Bhutan is during the spring months of March to May when the valleys come alive with flowers in bloom. Be it in its festivals or festivities, clear skies and glimpses to the Himalayan peaks, flourishing Himalayan flora and fauna, or simply beautiful snowfall. Bhutan ensures you have a great time amidst nature and all its beautiful offsprings and take back home a memory you will preserve for your lifetime. June to August is considered the low season due to the rains, which makes trekking less of an option. 

The three regions of Bhutan experience significantly distinct climatic conditions, where in the northern regions of Bhutan remains perpetually cold and frosty with snow-capped peaks and mountains, the central region fluctuates between dry summers and cool winters and the southern Bhutan that witnesses a sub-tropical climate with hot and humid climatic conditions that remains constant throughout the year.

Bhutan also witnesses travelers from around the world at different times of the year for diverse purposes. From those who intend to know more about Buddhism and monasteries and those who simply want to unwind on the lap of the Himalayas to the ones escaping the European summers and winters, Bhutan becomes a temporary home to visitors and travelers, accommodating them with great zeal of compassion. So regardless of when you arrive, you are always at the right time at home you can call Bhutan.

Summer starts inthe month of June and extends up to August. This is the best season to vist Bhutan if you want to catch a closer and clear look of the Himalayan Mountains and be amazed by the lush green paddy fields and landscapes.


The temperature in Bhutan around this time goes back and forth between 24 and 25 degrees Celsius approximately.

The weather is often clear and crisp with mild humidity filling the air. A major misconception during the summer is that Bhutan is surrounded by rainy clouds of the monsoons. However, that’s not the case. Monsoon in Bhutan is restricted to mild afternoon showers that happen once every two or three days and the country remains comparatively dry during these months.


Summer marks the onset of the Haa festival , which is celebrated amidst high altitude alpine forests, meadows and lakes and is usually the celebration of the Bhutanese way of life, local cuisines and delicacies and cultures.

Why you should visit now

Thanks to the misconception around the monsoon, this season witnesses low influx of tourists, making it perfect for a more one-to-one conversational style approach to Bhutan tourism. You can see the places more relaxed and speak to the locals and get to know more about the culture and traditions of their communities. It is also the time is clear for perfect views of the Himalayan Mountains and influx of birds and animals.

Know before your visit

As mentioned, it can rain at this time of the season. However, the rainfall ranges from low to moderate not posing any threat to your tourism in Bhutan itinerary.

Carry a blend of light clothes to heavy winter garments. If you are visiting the southern regions, it can get really cold. Also, be prepared for the monsoon and carry windcheaters or raincoats for safety. 

The winter season in Bhutan begins in December and lasts till February.

The temperature in Bhutan can vary from one region to another but remains in the range of approximately 10 degrees to minus 5 degrees Celsius.

Though winter, most of Bhutan remains comparatively dry in most regions. Towards the northern regions, where high-altitude mountains peaks exist, the temperatures can get sub-zero. In the later weeks of January and early February, you can experience mild snowfall in cities like Thimphu and Paro.

Winter is the season of Punakha Dromche and Tshechu  - a festival that marks the founding of Bhutan during the16th century. With festivities unfolding around the regions of Bhutan’s old capital – Punakha – this is usually the time the locals escape the winters in their regions and come to the festival to actively participate in the festivities.

The weather is amazing, the place is perfect,and you also have the chance to experience snowfall in Bhutan. What else is required to simply pack your bags and visit Bhutan at this time?

In the eastern and central regions of Bhutan, the climate can get adverse due to heavy snowfall, disrupting roads and everyday transportation. Such conditions usually make the routes unfavorable for thecommute.

Carry heavy winter garments to survive the sub-zero temperatures. Keep in hand SPF creams, sunglasses, thermals, adequate water, woolen socks and gloves to tackle the frost. Also carry necessary medication to fight common cold, cough and fever. 

Spring in Bhutan starts in March and extends up to May.

The temperature in spring varies across regions but usually remains 3 degrees and 25 degrees Celsius approximately.

Spring is perhaps the best season to visit Bhutan, where the weather is dry and less humid with perfect conditions to explore Bhutan on foot and indulge in some trekking activities.

This is the time the Jacaranda flower blooms in Bhutan in the month of May. Also, treks to Jomolhari and Drukpath commence and the Paro Tshechu festival unfolds in full swing.

Apart from the flowers and Himalayan peaks, this is also the best time to visit Bhutan to meet Bhutan’s king during the Paro Tshechu , where you can see him taking part in the festivities.

Being the ideal time to visit Bhutan, the place is filled with tourists during this time andflight tickets generally get sold out. This is also a kind of a peak season, where hotel prices shoot up and guides and taxis are pre-booked. Do plan in advance if you intend to visit during spring.

Simply carry a camera, a hat, sunglasses and light clothes and enjoy the beauty of Bhutan on foot. Trek wherever possible. 

Another popular time to visit Bhutan is the fall season, which starts in September and lasts up to November.

The average temperature varies between 10 degrees to 23 degrees Celsius approximately across the diverse terrains and altitudes of the country.

Weather is mildly sunny and chilly during this time, making it the second best season after spring to visit Bhutan. There is no rainfall and nature is equally majestic and rewarding at this time.

During this time, festivals like the Black-Necked Crane Festival that happens around the gorgeous Phobjikha Valley and the ThimphuTshechu around Thimphu, the modern-day capital unfold in full swing. Hotels are booked during this season and a lot of indigenous festivals happen across the country. The deeper you explore, the more festivals and gathering you will find.

The landscape that you are used to seeing in beautiful hues of green turn gold, with farmers harvesting rice crops during this season! This is the time of a lot of festivals, where each place has something unique to offer to its visitors. The festivals are marked by indigenous faiths, customs and traditions.

Being the festive season, hotels are again crowded and pre-booked. Prices go high and Bhutan flights get sold out too. Plan in advance if you want to book accommodations and flights at good deals.

Carry light clothes, adequate water and all essential trekking amenities and get started seeing the place on foot. This is the season. Also get insured with an Asia Travel Insurance by Thomas Cook .

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The best time to visit Bhutan in 2024 / 2025 is March, April and May – Spring & September, October and November – Autumn. Visiting Bhutan is primarily decided by the four distinct seasons and weather conditions. Bhutan is situated in the midst of mountains blessed with rich culture and living traditions with abundant natural resources. It is one of the top ten bio – diversity hotspots in the world. One can visit Bhutan at any time of the year and still enjoy all the marvelous beauty of Bhutan. Bhutan in spring is filled with colorful flower blossoms, crisp air and blue skies and cultural festivals. Autumn in Bhutan is the harvest time and for colorful festivals.

Spring season (March, April, May) is the best time to visit Bhutan:

Bhutan truly comes alive in spring and is an outdoor lover’s paradise. There is a resilient greenery, valleys adorned with blooming flowers, snow covered mountain and vast blue skies. These months also feature colorful cultural festivals.  One can go for short day hikes where the forests are blooming with beautiful  rhododendrons  and seasonal flowers. Besides, some of the most spectacular Bhutanese festivals in Paro, Punakha and Bumthang fall at this time of the year. To witness the  festival in Punakha or Paro, one can book a fairly short trip of 6 – 7 days. The colorful masked dances and folk dances are performed in the courtyard of ancient monasteries and majestic dzongs . The clocks spring forward, the sun warms up and the days are longer which is a perfect for photography.

Visiting Bhutan in summer (June, July and August):

The monsoon showers in  Bhutan are light unlike in other parts of south – east Asia. Furthermore, the monsoon is late sometimes which would mean a great time to visit Bhutan. The road blocks are not very severe and do not hinder long travel in Bhutan. Days are longer and sometimes give way to light rain.

One can  also witness colorful festivals in Bumthang like Nimalung and Kurjey . The  Haa summer festival gives unparalleled insight into the lives and traditions of Bhutan’s nomadic herders. Please check our Bhutan festival dates. One can also experience a night at one of the many homestays and enjoy the hospitality of the locals.

Visit to Bhutan in autumn (September, October and November):

Autumn is another best time to visit Bhutan. Crisp, clear days and there may be a bite in the air some days. All in all, it’s a beautiful season and a great time to be here. It is much sought after peak season and the start of the trekking season. Please check our highly recommended 12 days Laya Gasa trek itinerary. This season also has many cultural festivals in each calendar year. The grand Thimphu tshechu festival  is one the biggest  festivals in Bhutan . There are other major festivals in Bumthang and other places. It is the harvest time where lush green valleys and hills have turned mellow yellow fields.  One can have a great time of experiencing life at a slower pace.

Bhutan in winter (December, January & February).

The mountain passes receive a good amount of snowfall but the lower altitude remains fairly navigable. The days are warm but bit chilly in the morning and evening which allows you for a short day hikes. One can travel to Gangtey and  Phobjikha valley  to see the elegant black necked cranes in their roosting grounds. These migratory endangered birds fly into Bhutan from the great  Tibetan  plateau for three months in winter. The visit to Phobjikha valley is one of the highlights of our  Bhutan itinerary 11 days .

The are also festivals like  Nalakhar festival in Bumthang and Druk Wangyel festival in Thimphu. It is a unique festival performed by the Royal Bhutan Army rather than monks or lay the people. There is less crowd during this time of the year. For some Bhutan visitors, it is still the best time to visit Bhutan.

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1. temperature wise, which is the best time / months to visit bhutan, march / april / may .

Temperature wise, the best time / months to visit Bhutan are March, April & May.

  • Day time temperature in March / April is around 28 degree Celsius and night temperature is around 10 degree Celsius.
  • Day time temperature in May is around 30 degree Celsius and night temperature is around 12 degree Celsius.

Visiting Bhutan in March / April / May is an ideal time as the weather will be perfect. There will be some of the best festivals in Bhutan like the grand Punakha tshechu , Rhododendron festival and Ura Yakchoe festival in central Bhutan. Please visit our festival page for more details.

2. Visiting Bhutan in June / July / August?

Visiting Bhutan in June / July / August (summer) is good for those whose prefer warm temperatures. The day temperature will be around 33 degree Celsius and night temperature will be around 14 degree Celsius. Unlike in other parts of Himalayas, you may experience light rainfall on some days. The best part of visiting Bhutan at this time of the year is, you get to witness popular festivals like Nimalung & Kurjey tshechus , Haa summer festival and others.

3. Visiting Bhutan in September, October & November?

Visiting Bhutan in September / October / November is perfect for trekking in Bhutan and to witness the festivals in western Bhutan like Thimphu tshechu, Jakar festival and others. The days will be warm and sunny and it is the harvest time in Bhutan.

4. Travel to Bhutan in December / January / February?

Travel to Bhutan in December / January / February is best if you are interested in photography. It is a time for snowfall. The sky will be clear and blue with snow on the mountain tops. Also the tourists arrival will be less during these times. It may be bit chilly in the morning and evening but winter in Bhutan is beatable. You can expect day time temperature around 14 – 16 degree Celsius and night time temperature around – 2 degree Celsius. 

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Bhutan places to visit, packages and more: planning a trip to bhutan from india this article reveals the best time to visit bhutan from india, popular tour packages, currency exchange information, flight distances, and time zone differences. get ready to discover the wonders of the land of the thunder dragon.

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Mumbai: Bhutan, also referred to as ‘The Land of the Thunder Dragon,’ is a small landlocked country nestled in the eastern Himalayas. It is bordered by China to the North and India on the other three sides.

The country is known for its stunning mountain landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and commitment to environmental conservation and Gross National Happiness (GNH) over Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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Bhutanese culture is deeply influenced by Buddhism, and the country is dotted with numerous monasteries, temples, and dzongs (fortresses).

Bhutan famously prioritises GNH over GDP, emphasising the holistic well-being and happiness of its citizens over purely economic measures. This approach has garnered international attention and admiration.

It is renowned for its commitment to environmental conservation. The country is carbon-negative, meaning it absorbs more carbon dioxide than it produces. It boasts lush forests, diverse wildlife, and pristine natural landscapes.

Bhutan has a regulated tourism policy aimed at preserving its culture and environment. It celebrates numerous vibrant festivals throughout the year, known as tshechus. These festivals feature colourful masked dances, religious rituals, and traditional music.

Bhutan’s landscape is characterised by rugged mountains, deep valleys, and cascading rivers. The country is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering opportunities for trekking, mountain biking, white-water rafting, and wildlife viewing.

Thimphu is the capital and largest city of Bhutan. It is situated in the western part of the country and serves as the political, economic, and cultural centre of Bhutan. Explore Bhutan’s handicrafts, including textiles, masks, baskets, Thangkha paintings and souvenirs.

Bhutan to India distance

West Bengal’s Siliguri city is the nearest Indian city to Bhutan. Distance from Siliguri to Thimphu is 292.5 km and takes 7 hr 37 min via NH 27.

Road trip to Bhutan from India

Bhutan permit for indians.

Indians planning to journey to Bhutan by road must secure an ‘entry permit’ from the Immigration Office of the Royal Government of Bhutan in Phuensholing, situated on the Indo-Bhutan border opposite Jaigaon, West Bengal. This permit allows tourists to visit Paro and Thimphu initially. However, if one desires to explore areas beyond Thimphu and Paro, one must obtain a ‘special area permit’ from the Royal Government of Bhutan Immigration Office in Thimphu. Alternatively, visa arrangements can also be made from the Royal Bhutan Consulate Office in Kolkata. It’s advisable to apply for these permits at least 10-12 days before the intended visit.

How to travel from India to Bhutan by flight, train and bus

Flight to bhutan from india.

You can take flights from Delhi International Airport in New Delhi to Paro Airport in Thimphu or Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, from Guwahati, Kolkata or Bagdogra International Airport, Thimphu emerges as the favoured destination among Indians for flights to Bhutan.

India to Bhutan border: There are three points from where you can cross the Indian border into Bhutan: Gelephu, Samdrup Jongkhar, and Phuentsholing. Among these, the entry through the Jaigaon-Phuentsholing point, which West Bengal shares with Bhutan, is the most straightforward and convenient route.

Here’s how you can reach Phuentsholing and then proceed to Thimphu by road:

  • Kolkata to Bhutan: Kolkata offers various transportation options to reach Bhutan. You can take a bus from Kolkata to Phuentsholing, which is economical but involves a long journey of around 16 hours with not-so-comfortable roads. Alternatively, you can take a train from Kolkata to Siliguri/New Jalpaiguri (NJP), Falakata, or Hasimara and then proceed to Phuentsholing by car, auto-rickshaw, shared jeep, or taxi. Another option is to rent a vehicle from Kolkata, ensuring you obtain the necessary permit for your vehicle before entering Bhutan.
  • From Bagdogra or Siliguri to Bhutan: Reach Bagdogra or Siliguri, then you can take a bus, private taxi, or shared jeep to Phuentsholing. The journey takes about 4 hours, offering scenic views but sometimes bumpy roads. There are daily buses operated by the Bhutan Government, as well as taxis charging varying rates. From Siliguri, you can take the NH31C or Siliguri-Guwahati National Highway to Phuentsholing, or opt for a train to Falakata or Hasimara before proceeding to the border.
  • From Phuentsholing to Thimphu: After obtaining permits in Phuentsholing, you can travel to Thimphu by bus or private taxi. The road journey covers approximately 146 km and takes around 4 hours.

The Bhutanese town of Phuentsholing serves as the entry point for travelling to Thimphu, located approximately 146 km away. Private taxis and buses are also available from Bagdogra, New Jalpaiguri, and Siliguri, connecting to National Highway NH31 at Sevoke Road, which leads to Thimphu.

As you travel from Phuentsholing to Thimphu, enjoy the scenic landscapes and stop at attractions like Kharbandi Gompa along the way.

Bhutan visa for Indians

Indian nationals do not require a visa to enter Bhutan and can obtain a permit at the entry point, provided they carry a valid passport or Voter ID card.

Bhutan places to visit

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1. Phuentsholing

Phuentsholing serves as the gateway to Bhutan for Indian travellers, offering a seamless entry point into the Happy Kingdom. As the main business centre bordering India, Phuentsholing boasts a vibrant atmosphere and numerous tourist attractions like Amo Chuu, Bhutan Gate, and Karbandi Monastery, providing a charming introduction to Bhutanese culture and hospitality.

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View overlooking the town of Thimphu, Bhutan and the Tashichho Dzong (Getty Images)

Thimphu, the captivating capital of Bhutan, nestled in the lofty Himalayas, offers mesmerising vistas of emerald forests and the Raidak or Chuu River. This culturally rich city seamlessly blends old-world charm with modernity. Visit this place to explore Bhutanese culture, cuisine, and lifestyle.

Key attractions in Thimphu include the majestic Buddha Dordenma, the serene Memorial Chorten, the historic Dechencholing Palace, the bustling Clock Tower Square, and the enchanting Motithang Takin Preserve. Visitors can also explore ancient fortresses like Tashichho and Simtokha Dzongs, as well as monasteries including Dechen Phodrang, Tango, and Cheri.

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Tiger’s Nest Monastery- Bhutan (Image: Canva)

Paro, known for its serene beauty and pristine air, stands as one of Bhutan’s most popular destinations. Home to the nation’s only international airport, Paro sees a constant influx of tourists year-round. Visitors flock to explore the exquisite Paro and Zuri Dzongs, the iconic Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery), and the historic Pelri Goemba and Ugyen Pelri Palace. Strolling through the peaceful town offers glimpses into everyday life, making Paro a must-visit destination in Bhutan.

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Punakha (Getty Images)

Punakha, a breathtaking destination in Bhutan, entices adventure seekers and cultural enthusiasts alike. Renowned for its 17th-century fortress, Punakha Dzong, set against the backdrop of the Pho and Mo Chhu rivers, the town hosts vibrant masked dances and traditional music during Punakha Tshechu. Punakha Valley also offers captivating attractions like Chimi Lhakhang, Namgyal Chorten, and Limbhukha, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in Bhutanese culture and natural beauty.

Trongsa, nestled in central Bhutan, captivates with its lush surroundings and serene ambience. The imposing Trongsa Dzong, a Buddhist monastery stands as a testament to Bhutan’s rich Buddhist heritage, offering panoramic views of the valley. Visitors can explore the town’s quaint shops and immerse themselves in the tranquil atmosphere.

Jakar, situated near the foothills of the Choekhor Valley, is a bustling trading centre renowned for its expansive Jakar Dzong. This architectural marvel dominates the Chamkhar Valley and is among the largest dzongs (fortresses) in Bhutan. Visitors can also explore attractions like Wangdicholing Palace, Bumthang Brewery, and Jakar Lhakhang, immersing themselves in the region’s rich history and culture.

7. Phobjikha

Phobjikha Valley, bordered by the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, is renowned for its picturesque landscapes and abundant wildlife. Home to the revered black-necked cranes during winter, the valley hosts vibrant festivals like the Tsechu and Crane Festival, celebrating both cultural and natural heritage. Visitors can explore attractions like Gangte Goemba, Nyelung Dechenling, and the scenic Wangmo Hand-Woven Carpet Factory.

8. Wangdue Phodrang

Wangdue Phodrang, a serene town in central Bhutan, is celebrated for its bamboo products and stone carvings. The iconic Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, open to visitors during Wangdue Phodrang Tshechu, offers insights into Bhutanese architecture and culture. Surrounded by lush pastures and scenic vistas, Wangdue Phodrang also boasts attractions like Radak Neykhang and the bustling Archery Ground.

9. Jigme Dorji National Park

Jigme Dorji National Park, one of Asia’s top wildlife destinations, encompasses diverse ecosystems and cultural sites. Home to endangered species like the snow leopard and Bengal tiger, the park also boasts cultural treasures like temples and monasteries. Visitors can explore the park’s rich biodiversity, spotting wildlife like takin, red panda, and various bird species, while also immersing themselves in Bhutan’s cultural heritage.

1o. Mount Chomolhari/Jomolhari

Mount Chomolhari, revered as a sacred site among Tibetan Buddhists, beckons trekkers with its awe-inspiring beauty and spiritual significance. Situated near the border between Bhutan and Tibet, the mountain offers breathtaking views. Trekkers can visit the Jomolhari Temple and Tseringma Lhatso, soaking in the tranquil ambience and natural splendour.

11. Bumthang

Bumthang, known as the ‘beautiful fields,’ captivates visitors with its stunning landscapes and spiritual heritage. Home to ancient monasteries and temples, including Jambay Lhakhang and Kurjey Lhakhang, Bumthang offers a serene retreat amidst picturesque valleys and snow-clad mountains. Visitors can immerse themselves in the tranquil ambience and explore the region’s rich cultural heritage.

Best time to visit Bhutan

The best time for visiting Bhutan is either the spring season, spanning from March to May, or the autumn season, which extends from September to November.

Bhutan currency in India

1 Bhutanese Ngultrum equals 1 Indian Rupee. Tourists have the option to exchange traveller’s cheques or cash at the foreign exchange counters located at Paro Airport and branches of the Bank of Bhutan in key towns like Paro and Thimphu.

Bhutan time to India time

Bhutan is 30 minutes ahead of India. So, if it is 3:50 pm in India today, it will be 4:20 pm in Bhutan today.

Bhutan tour packages from Mumbai

IRCTC tour packages from Mumbai include the ‘Bhutan – The Land of Happiness’ tour package. The package includes a 5 nights/6 days itinerary covering Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha. Traveling mode is by flight to Paro Airport with a comfort class and the meal plan includes breakfast and dinner. Package tariffs based on occupancy from Rs, 80,000 to 1 lakh exclusive of taxes. The connectivity flight to Kolkata takes 3 hours and from Kolkata to Paro, it takes 1 and a half hour time.

Bhutan offers a unique and enriching travel experience, combining breathtaking natural beauty with rich cultural traditions and is a must-visit nation.

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10 Best Places You Can Travel Alone That Are First-Time Friendly

  • Traveling solo is a safe and memorable experience, especially in countries that welcome independent explorers with open arms.
  • Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, Bhutan, Japan, Singapore, the Netherlands, Uruguay, Dubai, and Malta are some of the best places for solo travelers to visit.
  • These destinations offer a combination of rich history, diverse culture, accessible amenities, and safety, making them ideal for solo adventurers.

Whether someone wants to become a digital nomad and travel the world or explore the planet as a backpacker, many people hold back when traveling alone, feeling it's not a safe experience. Traveling solo is safe , but moreover, it's also a memorable experience. There are even many safe countries for solo female travelers to enjoy an adventure.

These places welcome independent explorers with open arms, offering safety, ease of navigation, and a warm local vibe. The blend of rich history, diverse culture, and accessible amenities creates an environment where every traveler feels at home.

From bustling markets to tranquil landscapes, these destinations cater to all tastes. Engaging with locals and fellow travelers becomes effortless, fostering connections that make the trip truly special. Choosing first-time-friendly destinations is like discovering a hidden gem, unlocking the world in a new way. On that note, here are some of the best places to travel alone for the ultimate solo vacation.

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Traveling solo to Germany is a fantastic adventure in a country known for its safety and efficiency. Cities like Berlin, Munich, and Hamburg offer diverse experiences each season, like some of the many famous Christmas markets in Germany . The best way to navigate between cities is using the Deutsche Bahn, Germany's efficient rail system.

Berlin's rich history, vibrant arts scene, and eclectic neighborhoods make it a must-visit. Munich exudes Bavarian charm with its beer gardens, historic sites, and cultural festivals. Hamburg's maritime flair, trendy districts, and bustling port add a unique dimension. Travelers can also explore the fairytale landscapes and castles of Bavaria or the scenic Rhine Valley for a quieter escape.

  • Best time to visit: April and May, September and October.

Portugal is one of Europe's safest countries and is famous for its architecture, history, cuisine, wine, and friendly people. Travelers can easily spend ten days in the country to explore its highlights, and while English is widely spoken, learning basic Portuguese enhances the experience.

Lisbon's historic neighborhoods, Porto's wine cellars, and the scenic Algarve coast are must-sees. Staying in one of the numerous amazing vineyard hotels in Portugal is a magical experience, as the country is famous for its wine. Sintra's fairytale palaces and the Douro Valley's vineyards also offer unforgettable experiences. During summer, travelers can discover some incredible beaches in the Algarve region.

Knowing some Portuguese can make traveling to Portugal easier. Some important words are por favor (please), obrigado/obrigada ( thank you), com licença (excuse me), bom dia (good morning).


Switzerland is considered the safest country to travel in Europe , and travelers should plan at least ten days to appreciate its beauty and culture fully. The vacation can start in Zurich for its vibrant arts scene and historic Old Town. Interlaken offers adventure amidst the Swiss Alps, while Lucerne boasts stunning lakeside views and medieval architecture. The scenic train ride to Zermatt reveals the iconic Matterhorn.

Another unforgettable experience is visiting the charming towns of Montreux and Lausanne along Lake Geneva.

  • Official languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansh
  • Currency: Swiss Franc

Nestled in the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan is one of the most secluded places on earth. The country is considered safe for tourists, and American travelers must request a tourist visa , valid for 30 days, to enter the country.

Another request to visit the country is to book the vacation with a Bhutanese travel operator, as the government follows a "High Value, Low Impact Tourism" policy to preserve the country's unique culture and environment. The tour operator will arrange a licensed guide who will accompany the travelers throughout their stay in Bhutan.

During their stay, travelers will explore Paro's Tiger's Nest Monastery, perched dramatically on a cliffside, and visit the capital, Thimphu, for its serene dzongs and vibrant markets. Discover Punakha's stunning Dzong and the tranquil Phobjikha Valley, home to endangered black-necked cranes.

  • Daily tourist fee: $100
  • Currency: Bhutanese Ngultrum, Indian Rupee

Japan consistently ranks among the safest countries for solo travelers globally, so first-time lone tourists will enjoy visiting the country. Travelers should plan at least ten days in Japan, and the trip often begins in Tokyo, a high-tech metropolis with lots to do and where tradition and modernity intertwine. Then, they should head to Kyoto, a city that offers serene temples and historic districts, while Osaka boasts vibrant street food scenes.

Travelers with more time can add more cities to their itinerary, including Hiroshima's poignant Peace Memorial Park and the scenic beauty of Nara. Tohoku's tranquil landscapes and Hokkaido's natural wonders offer a serene escape.

As most people don't speak English in Japan, a good tip is to print out the main destinations in Japanese, so it makes it easier to take a taxi. When travelers need information, they should head to tourist information offices, as the staff often speaks English.

Singapore is a safe country to travel to; plus, it's even possible for solo tourists to travel to Singapore on a budget . With its efficient public transport and English-speaking locals, Singapore is an ideal destination for solo travelers seeking a blend of urban dynamism and cultural charm in a safe environment.

In one week, tourists can explore Singapore's diverse neighborhoods, from Chinatown's vibrant markets to the lush gardens of the Botanic Gardens. Travelers can also discover the futuristic architecture in Marina Bay and savor street food in Hawker Centres. Sentosa Island offers family-friendly attractions.

  • Currency: Singapore Dollar

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The Netherlands

Visiting the Netherlands is a delightful experience in a country known for its safety and cultural richness. The Netherlands is famous for its many windmills , tulip fields, canals and

world-class museums.

Although Amsterdam is the tourist's favorite destination, staying at least ten days there allows you to discover more cities and quaint towns. Travelers should also explore Utrecht's historic charm, Delft's artistic heritage, Rotterdam's modern architecture and vibrant port, The Hague's regal allure, and Leiden's to discover a town with a college vibe.

  • Best time to visit: Mid-April to mid-October

There are many reasons to visit Uruguay , and one of them is that the country is perfect for first-time travelers. The journey often starts in Montevideo, the capital, and exudes a blend of history and cosmopolitan energy along its waterfront promenade.

Another lovely town to visit is Colonia del Sacramento, enchanting visitors with its cobblestone streets and colonial architecture - Travelers visiting Buenos Aires can also take a day trip to Colonia del Sacramento. Meanwhile, Punta del Este offers pristine beaches and vibrant nightlife, while Punta Ballena and the tranquil charm of Carmelo.

  • Best time to visit: From October to March

Dubai is renowned for its low crime rates and hospitality, making it a strategic destination for first-time travelers. This amazing destination has futuristic skyscrapers, ancient souks that coexist harmoniously, and impressive buildings like the iconic Burj Khalifa.

Jumeirah Beach is Dubai's most famous beach , where visitors can delve into the vibrant culture in Deira. For a change of pace, venture to Abu Dhabi, the UAE's capital, and visit the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

A week in Dubai allows for a comprehensive experience, but even a 3-5 day stay can give a glimpse of its culture.

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When traveling Solo for the first time, travelers don't have to pick classic destinations, as many hidden gems are easy to travel. Malta is a Mediterranean country with plenty to do and see , and it is particularly famous for its welcoming atmosphere.

First-time visitors should begin in Valletta, the capital, a UNESCO World Heritage site steeped in history and charm. Explore the ancient city of Mdina and the vibrant harbor town of Sliema. Of course, most people decide to discover Malta to enjoy its pristine beaches; the most famous are Gozo and the Blue Grotto.

  • Best time to visit: June, July and August

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