When is the best time to travel to Bhutan? That’s a question people planning a Bhutan travel generally ask.
Bhutan is an all year destination. Any time is a good time to experience its ancient Buddhist heritage, pristine natural beauty and get to know its people. Straddling the southern slopes of the eastern Himalayas the kingdom of Bhutan experiences all four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter.
Spring, from March to May, is characterized by clear blue skies, plenty of sunshine, pleasant day time temperatures in the temperate valleys and the greening of the landscape. It also marks the start of the agriculture season, the livelihood for a majority of the Bhutanese people.
Some well-known religious festivals, known as Tshechus, and a major draw for culture tourists, happen in spring.
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Summer, from June to August, is also the rainy season brought by the Indian monsoon. The rains are crucial for agriculture yield and sometimes, too much of it leads to flooding and triggers landslides blocking mountain roads, the key mode of movement in Bhutan.
Yet, the summer is also the time when Bhutan is at its greenest and the forests and landscape gleam in the drops of rain and wild flowers bloom in gay abandon.
Daytime temperatures can get stuffy in the temperate valleys and stiflingly hot and humid in the lower valleys and foothills, bordering the Indian plains.
Once the rainy season recedes it is again a spell of clear weather, blues skies and plenty of sunshine from mid September to November, the autumn season. This is also the time when religious festivals are held with the farming season drawing to its end and a time to harvest the golden stalks of paddy by the handful.
By early November, temperatures begin to drop and night sets in by six in the evenings. The weather becomes dry, windy and dusty and seasonal trees are bereft of leaves. It’s time for thick jackets and sitting by the warmth of wood fed heaters in the evenings. Treks to the northern regions are off because the passes get snowed in.
Bhutan travel packages are usually marketed by Bhutan travel tour company or agency as cultural tours so spring and autumn are the preferred seasons to experience the Tshechu festivals in different parts of the country.
The weather is also ideal for hikes and treks into the mountains, exploring the countryside and for rafting, biking and rock climbing. Travel packages to Bhutan in these seasons generally have a mix of culture and trekking tours and Bhutan bokar can be customized to suit individual preferences.
Spring and autumn are therefore the peak seasons, and securing a seat on Druk Air, the national airline, and hotel accommodations can become a challenge. But Bhutan Bokar is specialized into making tour available anytime of the year.
Summer and winter are lean seasons so daily tariff is lower. In both seasons it is possible to visit historic and cultural sites in the capital and nearby districts and experience its pristine natural environment.
Travel packages to Bhutan during these two seasons can also be book you just have to visit bokar website for more info, for example low altitude treks in winter and wild mushroom picking in the summers, which can be prepared and eaten with the next meal.