Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.
Best Time to Visit Bhutan
The summer months
June, July and August – are monsoon season in Bhutan; a time of very heavy rain when, over three months, half a metre of rain falls in Thimpu, up to a metre falls in the eastern hills, and the mountains become obscured by thick cloud.
A consideration that may help you brave the weather or not is Bhutan’s calendar of tshechus and events: there are none, or very few tshechus held during January, February, June, July and August.
If you are planning a last-minute holiday, be aware that the peak months of September, October and November are the busiest, and flights may be booked up far in advance – to see Bhutan in glorious autumnal colours, it’s best to book early.
March and April are a wonderful time to see Bhutan in bloom – temperatures are pleasant and the valleys are abundant in nature.
Although May brings higher humidity, this attracts fewer visitors, so prices as well as crowds. The rhododendrons are still in bloom too, making this a picture-perfect time for photographers and nature lovers.
December is a cold month in Bhutan, but the skies are blissfully crisp and clear and the valleys are sunny with far-r