Best Time to Visit Bhutan
hutan is undoubtedly a beautiful place to visit, from the mesmerizing scenery to the fresh mountain air and of course friendly happy locals! Widely considered the last Shangri-La in the world, this exotic charm is nestled in the Himalayas with an altitude ranging from 180m to 7800m. Due to the different altitudes across Bhutan, it experiences a variety of weather around the year.
Seasons in Bhutan
Spring begins around March till May when the valleys come to live with the flower blossoms. The monsoon period follows after in June till around September with heavy rains and high humidity, which may limit some of the trekking activities.
Autumn brings a welcoming change from October to November where it's generally sunny with clear skies, making trekking comfortable with a good view of the Himalayan peaks. You can also spot some snow at higher elevations. Late November till early March is typically a drier climate with pre-monsoon showers starting in May.
One of the best and most popular times to visit Bhutan is in Spring especially if you plan on avoiding the wet rainy season and enjoy a panoramic clear view of the scenery. Here are some reasons why it's best to visit Bhutan in Spring!
There's something mesmerizing about flower blossoms, especially when there are over 369 species of orchids in Bhutan. As the snow begins to melt and the flowers begin to blossom, the Jacaranda blossoms at Punakha Dzong, also known as The Palace of Happiness and Bliss, are a beautiful sight to enjoy.
With lilac Jacaranda trees in full blossom against this magnificent architecture in the backdrop, this view will be memorable to say the least!
Festivals in Spring
Seemingly shrouded in a layer of mystical charm, Bhutan has only just opened its doors to travellers recently. What better ways to learn about its rich cultural heritage and traditions than through the variety of local festivals.
Tshechus are annual religious Bhutanese festivals held in each district on the tenth day of a month in a lunar calendar where it beautifully showcases Bhutan's well-preserved religious culture. It is also believed that attending a tshechu and witnessing the masked dances can wash away the sins and receive blessings.
Paro Tshechu, held in Paro, is one of the biggest tshechus in Bhutan, attracting large crowds of locals and tourists. Watch as the performers (trained monks) dressed in colourful traditional clothings perform dances and retell the stories of Guru Padmasambhava.
Punakha Dromche is an annual festival that is held in the first month of the lunar year. The festival celebrates two important events, the worship of two Bhutanese guardian deities and the re-enactment of the war against the Tibetan in the 17th century. The dancers would put on spectacular costumes and some with masks and perform traditional dances.
There's so much to see & experience when you visit Bhutan in the Spring. Looking for a slower-paced and relaxing holiday? Check out our Bhutan packages here: