Best time to visit Bhutan.
Best time to visit Bhutan is during the spring months (March, April and May) and autumn months (September, October and November). Considered peak seasons, spring and autumn in Bhutan means colorful flower blossoms, crisp air and bright sun, blue skies and cultural festivals. Bhutan is a four season country. And weather greatly determines how and where you visit in Bhutan and what you get too see as you visit Bhutan.
Visit to Bhutan in March, April or May – Spring:
March, April & May months are best for visit to Bhutan. There is a riot of colors, of resilient greenery and vast blue skies. These months also feature colorful cultural festivals. You could go on short day hikes or just wander around soaking in the many beauties of the land. These spring months lift your spirits and if you’re seeking some insights into the Buddhist way of life, you will possibly want a reflective moment or two.
Visiting Bhutan in June, July and August – Summer:
It brings monsoon showers and is less predictable for long travel in Bhutan. Days remain bright but could suddenly give way to light showers. Sometimes, a late monsoon may spare the month of June from showers which would mean a great time to visit Bhutan. Moreover, these months fall inside the non peak season, which means your daily tariff is USD 200 only. You could take a chance for day hikes in the warm weather.
Bhutan visit in September, October and November – Autumn:
Autumn (September, October and November) is the best season for Bhutan visit. It is the much sought after peak season spell for visitors wanting to explore Bhutan’s hinterlands. To trek further up into the Himalayas or hike across its easy but undulated trails. The season has many magical cultural festivals in each calendar year. From religious mask dance festivals to traditional folk culture, the country becomes a great cultural bazaar. If you are a photographer, then visit to Bhutan is a must.
Visit to Bhutan in December, January and February – Winter:
The weather is not harsh in Bhutan. The cold is beatable, the days sunny and the countryside a little quiet. The high mountain passes receive a good amount of snowfall, but the lower altitudes remain fairly navigable. This means no trekking in the highlands, but you could go for short day hikes. You could visit most cultural sites and interact with the locals for a deeper understanding of their lives and culture. You could also travel to the beautiful 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. Again, the daily tariff is USD 200.
We recommend careful planning on visiting Bhutan which depends on what aspect of the country you are interested to see or experience. We will curate your Bhutan travel itinerary in close consultation with you as we value your time and money.
Best places to visit in Bhutan:
The most recommended places to visit in Bhutan are Haa valley, Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdiphodrang (Gangtey & Phobjikha), Trongsa and Bumthang.
This valley is 70 kilometers from the Paro International Airport and one of the smallest districts in Bhutan. One has to cross the beautiful Chele La pass at 3988 m above the sea level and boasts of the highest motorable road in Bhutan. The views of the surrounding mountains including Mt. Jumolhari are spectacular.
One of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan. The prominent landmarks are Paro International airport, the National Museum, Rinpung Dzong and the Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang Monastery).
The capital of Bhutan is Thimphu. This small and beautiful city is beside Wangchu River and is the only capital city in the world with no traffic lights. Most of the embassies, NGOs and Government ministries are located here. The city boasts of the tallest statue of Sitting Buddha in the world (51.5 m), Buddha Dordenma.
The former capital of Bhutan is Punakha. The most magnificent Dzong of Bhutan is Punakha Dzong; also called Druk Pungthang Dewa Chhenbi Phodrang built in 1637 between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). The Devine Madman of Bhutan, Lama Drukpa Kuenley’s temple is located at Lobesa. The Temple is called Chimi Lhakhang built in 1499 and is also called the “Temple of Fertility”.
This town borders Western Bhutan with Central Bhutan. The Massive Wangdiphodrang Dzong sits on a hillock overlooking the valley. Gangtey and Phobjikha valleys are a part of this district and share border with Black Mountain National park. Phobjikha valley is Cup shaped and is one of the most beautiful glacial valleys of the Himalayas. The Rare Black necked Cranes migrate from Tibet to this valley during winter. The 17th century Gangtey Monastery is located in Gangtey valley.
Trongsa is the ancient capital of Bhutan. The first two Kings of Bhutan ruled Bhutan from this ancient seat. The trade route between Eastern and Western Bhutan passed through Trongsa and hence it was easy to control and regulate the trade from here. Trongsa Dong is the biggest Dzong in Bhutan built by Chogyal Minjur Tempa in 1644.
The four small valleys namely Tang, Choekor, Ura and Gyetsa constitute Bumthang. The revered saint of Bhutan, Pema Lingpa was born here in 1450.
Guru Padma Sambhava, also called Guru Rimpoche traveled in Bhutan from Sindh, Punjab in 810 AD on the invitation of Sindhu Raja. He introduced Tantric form of Buddhism in Bhutan and the Mask Dance festivals. He traveled throughout Bhutan with various manifestations. Bumthang is a Cultural hub and spiritual heartland of Bhutan. Your visit to Bhutan will be incomplete if you do not visit Bumthang.
How to visit Bhutan:
So many visitors find it complicated as to how to visit Bhutan. You have to book prepaid Bhutan trip with one of the registered Bhutanese Tour operators. All the travel logistic arrangements will be done by the same agency. Your Visa to Bhutan and other necessary permits will be processed by your agency in Bhutan after receiving full payment of your Bhutan visit.
Bhutan visit cost:
Bhutan visit cost is fixed by the Royal Government of Bhutan which is as follows for a group of 3 or more people:
High Season Months (March, April, May, September, October and November) @ US $ 250 per person per night.
Low Season Months (December, January, February, June, July and August) @ US $ 200 per person per night.
F IT Surcharge (Supplement charges) for smaller groups is as follows:
Single traveler @ US $ 40 per night.
2 persons in a group @ US $ 30 per person per night.
Bhutan visit visa:
Bhutan visit visa is issued by the Department of Immigration in Thimphu. It will be processed by local Bhutanese tour Operator after receiving full payment of your trip. You have to send scanned copy of your passport to process the visa. It normally takes 3 working days to process the visa. Bhutan visit visa fee is US $ 40 per person.
Best time of the year to visit Bhutan:
The Best time of the year to visit Bhutan is in October. The Grand Thimphu festival takes places during the 1st week of October. There are other festivals too during this time in central Bhutan. Please check with us the festival dates. It is also an ideal time to go trekking high up in the mountains of Bhutan. The weather will be pleasant and the air is clean and crisp.