Best Time To Visit Bhutan
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Best Time To Visit Bhutan
Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
Bhutan climate depends a lot on the altitude of the plane. The southern part of the country, bordering with India, has the typical Terai climates with warm summers and cool winters, and heavy rainfalls in the monsoon. But these places hardly see any snowfall. But as one goes north, the mountains start, and thus the altitude goes up. In the northernmost parts of Bhutan, mountains raise their heads as high as up to 7,000 meters. Most of the peaks stay covered in the heavy mountain foggy clouds. So while Bhutan weather conditions are temperate in the southern lands, up north, it is almost arctic and frozen. Needless to say, the conditions worsen in winter. The best seasons to visit Bhutan is autumn and spring when the temperature is balanced, and the skies are clear.
Here are the details of the different weather seasons and the best time to visit in Bhutan.
Climate in Bhutan
Summer Season in Bhutan
The summer months are June, July, and August and usually these months are covered in precipitation. However, if you consider the spring-early summer season, it is the best time to visit Bhutan. These months are the warmest and sunniest in Bhutan, and all the outdoor activities and sightseeing can be done without any trouble. Bhutan temperature in the summer months in the capital Thimphu is 25°C. It is the regular summer in any temperate zone climate. Bhutan weather in May in the southern part of Bhutan ranges is quite warm and pleasant. The temperature stays around 30°-32°C at the most, but the higher you go more are the chances of you enjoying cloud-covered peaks. The flight tickets and hotel prices are cheaper during the early monsoon season, so if anyone wants to take advantage of the off-season but still enjoy a pleasant climate, May is the month. The best month to visit Bhutan is in April. It is the time of the rhododendrons, the best trekking trails, and the Paro Tsechu festival, along with just the perfectly fresh and sunny weather to enjoy traveling.
Monsoon Season in Bhutan
The summer months are followed by monsoon during the months of June, July and August. But sightseeing and relaxation is still an option. Although, the trek routes and other adventures are not safe, visiting the dzongs or enjoying the mountain-view after a downpour or retreating yourself to a spa is incentive enough to make the trip.
The months of autumn follow monsoon right after, ushering in dazzling blue skies which stay till at least mid-November. This too is a perfect time to visit Bhutan, during September and October.
Winter Season in Bhutan
The winter months are impossible to survive properly up in the north if you are coming from a warm climate zone. Only locals and veteran mountaineers are able to cope with the kind of snow and cold of Bhutan weather in December. It keeps getting colder in January and February till spring finally arrives. The capital Thimphu, which is located on a considerably warmer altitude, gets an average winter temperature of -2.5°C. So one can only imagine the condition of the mountains.
However, since Bhutan travel is incomplete without paying a visit to the mountains, it is important to know that higher the altitude, lower the temperature and humidity. It is bone dry in the highest-most parts of Bhutan. For every 1,000 meters climb, the temperature drops by 7°C. Thus the maximum temperature in the north during summer is around 10°C. Snowfall in Bhutan is a common occurrence in the northern parts during the winter season. There are 2-3 times of heavy snowfall all-over north Bhutan and lesser precipitation in the middle.
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Spring and autumn seasons are best for visiting Bhutan. Try to make the trip between March-May or September-November.
Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Bagdogra airports have direct flights to Paro in Bhutan.
Indians do not need a visa to enter Bhutan. Traveling in Phuentsholing area is open for any Indian upon producing authentic ID card. However, to travel the rest of the country, permission is needed which can be retrieved by any agency for the same.
The main currency of Bhutan is Ngultrum. But Indian currency is accepted all over Bhutan except the new 500 and 2000 notes.
There are buses from Kolkata to Thimphu and from Siliguri bus station, NJP station or Bagdogra station to Phuentsholing border.
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