Best Time to Visit Thimphu
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Weather in Thimphu
Fri, Jan 17 2020
6.33ºC | -3.75ºC
Snow from morning to night
Sat, Jan 18 2020
3.92ºC | -5.73ºC
Clouds in morning , afternoon and evening and snow in night
Sun, Jan 19 2020
1.29ºC | -8.75ºC
Snow in morning , afternoon and evening and clouds in night
Mon, Jan 20 2020
1.78ºC | -9.31ºC
Clouds from morning to night
Tue, Jan 21 2020
3.03ºC | -8.13ºC
Snow in morning , afternoon and evening and clear in night
Wed, Jan 22 2020
-8.39ºC | -8.39ºC
Clear from morning to night
Best Time To Visit Thimphu
Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
The best time to visit Thimphu is during the spring season and earlier parts of the summer season, i.e. between March to early May. Situated in the valley of the Raidak River, Thimphu is known for the varied temperature that it undergoes throughout the year. The weather in Thimphu keeps varying between the wet and dry season. Surrounded by hills, the temperature of the city changes as per the weather on the hills. While the heights of the city vary between 2248 meters and 2648 meters, Thimphu is surrounded by a thin layer of forest in the beautiful valley, and the entire city has a subtropical highland climate during the months of summer.
Here are the details of weather conditions experienced by Thimphu to help you decide on the best time to visit Thimphu.
March-May (18°C to 7°C):
Being one of the best time to visit Thimphu, the period of March to May falls in the spring season, which is perfect to enjoy nature as flowers are in full bloom during this time. As often the temperature drops as low to 7 degrees Celsius, visitors are advised to carry woolen clothes. One can spot the abundant bird life and enjoy an unobstructed view of the peaks, and can also attend the famous Paro Tsechu festival which occurs at this time of the year.
June - August (22°C to 10°C):
Though the period of June to August is the beginning of the summer season, the region also experiences mild showers in this afternoon. The average temperature of the region is 28 degrees Celsius.
September - November (20°C to 4°C):
With the beginning of the autumn season from September extending up to November, here comes the best time to visit the city of Thimphu. Replete with clear skies and pleasant weather, the temperature of the region remains cool and calm during this time. This is also one of the best times to indulge in adventure activities such as trekking.
December - February (9°C to -10°C):
As the winter season arrives in December and lasts up to February, the region of Thimphu experiences extreme cold weather. Due to the chilly cold weather, it is often advised to avoid making a visit to Thimphu during this time of the year.
Famous Festivals Celebrated in Thimphu
Thimphu Tshechu Festival: Thimphu Tshechu Festival is the most popular festival that is celebrated in Thimphu every year from 7th Oct to 9th Oct. During this festival al the local people dressed in colorful attires take part in the festivities. A lot of cultural events are held during this time along with masked dance performance.
Paro Tshechu Festival: This is another Thimphu festival which is celebrated with great enthusiasm by the local people. It is celebrated during the month of March during the springtime where people dressed in colorful attires enact the mythological stories of Buddhism and they also showcase the religious stories about 350 years old.
Jambay Lhakhang Drup: This is another iconic festival celebrated in Thimphu where cultural dances are performed along with famous fire dance for celebrating the foundation of Jambay Lhakhang Monastery. Dance of Treasure is the highlight of this festival which is said to bless a woman who is not able to give birth to a child.
Climate in Thimphu
Summer Season in Thimphu
In summer, the Thimphu temperature varies between 15°C to 30°C throughout. Although the latter parts of summer are drenched in the early south-western monsoons, the beginning of it is as pleasant as it gets. Bhutan in April is pretty as a picture, with the warmth of the sun just setting in and the rhododendrons covering the valleys with their bright red colours. Thimphu, located on a lower altitude than the northern parts, experiences quite a warm and sunny temperature as the spring advances well into summer. Bhutan weather in April still has a slight chill in the air and the temperature is around 10°C. This is actually the best time to visit the city. Thimphu weather in May is probably the hottest, till the monsoon clouds blow into the Bhutanese sky.
Monsoon Season in Thimphu
Typically during the summer months, Thimphu experiences the monsoon season. Running from May to September, showers from the Southwest Monsoon winds, ensure warm and relatively humid climate. During this time, it is not quite the best place to travel, as continuous days of rainfall ensure that the hilly region suffers from landslides. Thimphu weather experiences moderately high temperatures in the morning and the comparatively lower temperatures at night. Following the wet season, the rest of the year in Thimphu is considerably dryer, as autumn enters the region. For anyone with a Thimphu travel guide, they are aware that Thimphu weather in September and October is favourable for tourists. Visitors have clear skies and can enjoy the beautiful scenery in the region, with the temperature hardly ever crossing more than 20 degrees. The bitter cold of winter does not set in yet, making it pleasant climate for trekking.
Winter Season in Thimphu
For those with a sporty attitude, winter is a good time to visit Thimphu as well. If a person enjoys solitude, then Thimphu weather in December, though cold, is not something cannot be tolerated. The temperature varies between -5 to 10 degrees throughout the day, and although it may go below that, on particularly cold nights, it remains a good time to visit. The only problem of Thimphu in winter is that with the onset of winter, in late November, December, January and February, the roads face the problem of fog, making it a dangerous time to travel at night. Although snowfall in Thimphu is not that common, there are some during the Yuletide season.
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Potdukhe's 8 days trip to ThimphuOverall it was a very nice trip.Driver cum owner Mr Ramesh was extremely courteous ,punctual and sincere.He gave us all the information prior to our arrival at Bhutan.Hotels were good.An excellent service. Dochula Pass and Simply Bhutan
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Anuja's 7 days trip to ThimphuMy overall experience was pleasant. Car and driver provided exceeded expectations
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Harshad's 6 days trip to ThimphuTrip was nice.. Kinga (Our Driver Cum Guide) was very good...Hotel in Paro was not good...Find it difficult to arrange good food..
Nepra's 6 days trip to ThimphuThe Trip arrange by KNG was good The Driver David was happy going person. Hotels were away from market area. Something which we disliked was we were asked to take a guide which created interference in our honeymoon trip and also the car from Bagdogra to Bhutan gate is an Indian car which was not informed earlier
Priyanka's 7 days trip to ThimphuAll the hotel bookings were good, as per the expectations. Though there were hiccups in the beginning the travel agent managed everything well so that rest of the trip was not affected. We had awesome time in Bhutan. Thank you.
Tanvi's 6 days trip to ThimphuThimpu and Paro hotel were great. Cab reached airport before we arrived. Our driver Dena was very polite and helpful. He showed us all the sites and markets. Just one downside, Punakha hotel, River side hotel was not good. It's a new hotel and not upto the mark. Longest suspension bridge in Punakha and snowfall on last day at Tiger nest base.
Abhishek's 8 days trip to ThimphuFirst of all, kudos to Flying Fox and Mr. Yogi. Thanks to them that we had a wonderful and amazing experience on the whole trip. Mr. Yogi was very warm and has been very informative about the whole process. He made sure to give us the best deal possible and was providing all the information and help whenever we asked for it. The best part of the trip was our guide Ms. Zang and our driver Mr. Sangay. I am so thankful to Mr. Yogi for choosing them for our trip. They are the most wonderful people we have ever met, and they were so helpful throughout our trip. Made sure we were well taken care of, made sure our accommodations are in place, took us to all the prominent places and Ms. Zang guided us to all the places with ample information. The best thing is how she managed to make our trek to Tigers Nest. Our driver for our trip Mr. Sangay was so warm and made sure we were safe throughout the trip. All the homestays which Flying fox has provided were excellent. We had a great experience and memories staying in those homestays. Looking forward to referring Flying Fox and Mr. Yogi to all my near and dear and hope they give the same experience and help to all of them. Thanks, Abhishek
Nayan's 6 days trip to ThimphuOverall experience was good. But from Travel team side it was only hotels and cab were booked. Even guide was not provided. SIM card was said to be provided but it wasn't. Driver was as outsider of Himavat or travel triangle as I was, so there was no way to communicate with your team until we are back in hotel to have Wi-Fi. Hotel sinchula was good, shantideva was average and Hotel Pari had not provided room heater even. But on personal front all were humble. Driver was excellent. Hotel staffs were very good. Even Himavat team was responsive when we could connect them. Overall its was nice tour. Tiger nest experience is something what we would keep with us for life long. A memorable trip. Looking for further trip next time.
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FAQ's of Thimphu
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Every country, including Indian citizens, need permission to travel to Thimphu. However, people from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives can visit the country without any visa or passport. However, identity proof is a mandatory document.
The main currency of Thimphu is Ngultrum. But Indian money, except the new 500 and 2000 INR notes, are also accepted.
Ema Datshi (chilies and cheese), red rice and the drink Ara are the classic food items of Thimphu.
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