The best time to visit Bhutan really depends on what any visitor is looking to experience while in Bhutan. Bhutan can mean different holiday destination for different travelers. Whether a visitor is determined to go on a snow man trek high up in the Himalayan mountains or looking to immerse and experience the unique Bhutanese culture or simply wanting to break away from the busy schedule of life and relax, Bhutan delivers. However for travelers planning a specific activity based trip to Bhutan must plan their trip at specific time of the year.
Seasons in Bhutan:
Bhutan experiences four distinct seasons annually. December to February are considered winter, March through May are considered spring, June, July and August are the summer season in Bhutan. Spring and autumn seasons are the best time to visit Bhutan in terms of the climatic conditions. The temperature is mild and favorable and the transformation of the valley with the plantation and harvesting season is remarkable. Summer days are can get hot with occasional light showers which are perfect as it cools the day. Winter days are warm in the southern region but the central and the northern region of Bhutan can get very cold during the morning and night time. Winter days are usually warm with clear blue sky which makes it ideal for sightseeing and hiking. The unobstructed view of the mountains and the valley is worth it.
Mask Dance Festivals:
Mask dance festivals also known as Tshechu are a religious event celebrated annually across the country. It is celebrated within and around the Dzongs (medieval fortresses). The sacred event is revered greatly and thus the monks spend great deal of time mastering the art of mask dance. During the festival, monks put on an extravagant silk robe and exquisitely crafted mask while performing the sacred dances. The dances glorify the deeds of great Buddhist saint Guru Rinpoche and the theatrical performances are a reenactment of the legends written the religious scripts. It is believed that the dances invoke deities that bless the congregation. While all mask dances celebrated across the country are the same, certain Tsechus are more popular in terms of the attendance of people from within the region. Some of the popular ones are the Paro Tsechu, Thimphu Tsechu and the Punakha Tsechu. Paro and Punakha Tsechu are usually celebrated in the spring season while the Thimphu Tsechu is held in autumn season. Get in touch with us for more information.
Ancient trails and trading routes were an important aspect of people’s life in Bhutan. It connected people and made governance and administration possible. Today it is used for a very different purpose. Following the trails take trekkers across mountain passes, vast expansive plateau with scenic mountain lakes and majestic snow-capped mountains in the backdrop. Himalayas is the mecca of trekkers and Bhutan is perfectly enclosed by high rising Himalayas in the northern region. Bhutan has many trekking routes ranging from shorter to long duration and intermediary to advanced level treks. Some of the most popular treks are the Jomolhari Trek, the Druk Path Trek and the most dreaded, the snowman trek. Trekking tours are closed in winter and summer due to heavy snowfall closing most routes and the consistent rainfall in the higher altitude during the summer months make the trekking experience bad and high risk with poor visibility. Thus all trekking tours must be planned either in spring or autumn season.
The high daily tariff discourages many curious explorers from planning a trip to Bhutan. However there are ways to travel to Bhutan on a budget. Simply choosing to visit Bhutan either during the summer or the winter season lowers your tour cost. The all-inclusive daily tariff is cheaper by US$ 50 per person per night and the airlines and the hotels also offer lean season rates with substantial discount. If you are interested in a standard cultural tour package but also concerned about the high trip cost, you should plan your trip during the lean season.