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Best Time to Visit Thimphu

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Tourism in Thimphu

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Mar - May, Sep - Oct
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Weather in Thimphu

Sat, May 30 2020

19.12ºC | 12.45ºC

Rain from morning to night

69.86% Humidity

Sun, May 31 2020

18.49ºC | 11.84ºC

Rain in morning , afternoon and evening and clouds in night

71.88% Humidity

Mon, Jun 01 2020

20.37ºC | 11.97ºC

Rain from morning to night

70.63% Humidity

Tue, Jun 02 2020

20.68ºC | 11.37ºC

Rain in morning , afternoon and evening and clouds in night

66.5% Humidity

Wed, Jun 03 2020

21.78ºC | 11.41ºC

Rain in morning , afternoon and evening and clouds in night

64.88% Humidity

Thu, Jun 04 2020

12.6ºC | 12.6ºC

Clouds from morning to night

70.0% Humidity

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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