Our peaceful neighbouring kingdom, Bhutan, is well known for its dramatic landscapes, serene monasteries, thrilling trekking trails, and picturesque dzongs. The small country packs a surprising amount of tourist spots and is abundantly gifted in terms of culture and heritage.
Finally, thanks to the proximity, visiting Bhutan is both cheap and convenient. If you have chosen to visit Bhutan in April, you will be delighted by the favorable weather conditions that are perfect for exploring the magical country.
With that said, it is always better to learn a bit about the destination you plan on visiting. In the spirit of the same, this article will tell you everything you need to know about visiting the last kingdom of Himalayas in the month of April.
Bhutan Weather In April
May marks the beginning of the monsoon season in Bhutan. Before that, in April, the weather is mostly dry and the temperatures are mostly very pleasant and comfortable.
The temperature bounces between 7-degree celsius and 16-degree celsius, and can vary dramatically in some regions that are located at higher altitudes. If you plan on trekking, you may not get to trek up to a snow capped peak, but you will be rewarded with plentiful views of snow capped peaks.
The best part is, the pleasant weather isn’t the only reason to visit Bhutan in April. Here are a few more:
Reasons To Visit Bhutan In April
April is the peak tourist season in Bhutan. The pleasant weather attracts tourists from all over the World, looking to witness the beauty of this country in its full bloom. As far as experience is concerned, there is no better time to visit Bhutan in April.
If all that isn’t convincing, you might find it interesting that Bhutan hosts a couple of festivals during the month of April. These festivals are a great way to get acquainted with the local heritage and customs. Here’s a bit more detail about these festivals:
1. Chorten Kora
Chorten Kora is actually the name of a Buddhist Stupa that is situated next to a village that goes by the same name. For several decades now, the village has held the Chorten Kora festival which attracts devotees from across Bhutan and India to circumambulate the holy Chroten Kore Stupa.
The festival is one of the oldest festivals celebrated in the region, and is held on two different days of April. This means, you can plan your trip in the latter part of April and still expect to attend the lively festivities of Chorten Kora.
When: 8th April and 22nd April
2. Gomphu Kora
The Gomphu Kora festival is dedicated to celebrating the triumph of good over evil. The festival celebrates the 8th century legend of the Gomphu Kora cave and devotees flock here every year to circumambulate the holy cave.
The festival is celebrated with great vigour and attracts devotees from all over Bhutan and the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.
When: 1st to 3rd April
Where: Gomphu Kora
3. Talo Tshechu
The Talo Tshechu is celebrated by the Talo Monastery in Punakha. The term ‘Tshechu’ translates to ‘the tenth’. Before the tenth day of April a number of monasteries, including Talo, Gasa, and Zhemgang monasteries, celebrate the birth of Guru Rimpoche, a renowned Buddhist leader.
The celebrations are often very colourful and are accompanied by games, fairs, and public performances. The locals celebrate these festivals with great enthusiasm and turn up in large numbers.
When: 1st to 3rd April
Where: Talo Monastery
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Places To Visit In Bhutan In April
Bhutan is an amazing place to visit to witness the culture, and explore the natural beauty of this amazing place. Here are some of the best places to visit in Bhutan in April. Let’s have a look!
1. Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Tiger’s Nest or the Taktsang Monastery is perhaps one of the most recognizable structures in Bhutan. Also believed to be one of the holiest places among Buddhist devotees, the monastery is surrounded by interesting lore and mythology.
Suspended 900 meters above the Paro Valley, the monastery is an architectural marvel worth reckoning. Thanks to all these reasons, the monastery is one of the most visited places in all of Bhutan. By visiting here in April, you will be able to enjoy the views and the history associated with the monastery without having to struggle with the swarms of crowds that flock to this place during peak-season.
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2. Buddha Dordenma
One of the biggest statues of Buddha on the planet, the Buddha Dordenma sits at an imposing height of 51 meters. The statue is highly revered among Buddhist devotees and attracts thousands of visitors every year. The statue in itself is a sight to behold but is surrounded by equally mesmerising views of natural beauty of Kuensel Phodrang.
Constructed with Bronze and trace amounts of Gold, the statue is a definite must have on your April itinerary to Bhutan
3. Thimphu Dzong
Perhaps one of the most important buildings in Thimpu, the Thimpu Dzong houses the offices of the King of Bhutan and his ministers. Apart from its political significance, the building is also a popular tourist spot, thanks to the beautiful gardens and architecture of the building.
The breathtaking lawns and manicured gardens of the Thimpu Dzong are a great way to spend a day lazing amidst the natural beauty of Bhutan.
4. Dochula Pass
Located about 2 hours outside Thimpu, Dochula Pass is one of the biggest monasteries in Bhutan. The monastery is surrounded by magical natural beauty. However, the real attraction here is the staggering 108 stupas that are housed within the monastery.
5. Jigme Dorji National Park
The second largest national park in Bhutan, Jigme Dorji is home to a number of rare endangered species including a species of snow leopards. Apart from these, the national park houses 35 different species of mammals and is the perfect place to explore for nature and wildlife enthusiasts.
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Things To Do In Bhutan In April
There are plenty of things to do in Bhutan, from experimenting with local cuisines to indulging in adventurous activities, Bhutan is full of possibilities. Some of the best things to do in Bhutan in April are listed below for you to check them out.
1. Try The Local Delicacies
The Bhutanese food is truly unique and has some amazing options for you to try. Some of our top recommendations include momos, that you can find at any roadside stand, Ara, a locally fermented alcoholic beverage derived from wheat, and the Kewa Datshi, a serving of scalloped potatoes.
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2. Go For A Trek
As mentioned earlier, there are numerous trekking trails dotting the surreal landscape of Bhutan. From two day long treks to those that last 45 days, this country boasts a collection of trekking trails that have something for all types of travelers and trekking enthusiasts.
3. Whitewater Rafting
The Punakha White Water rafting is one of the most popular adventure activities in the area. The moderately difficult rafting route passes through the Punakha Valley and is perfect for beginners. The warm temperatures of May also make this activity more doable. The water flow is also perfect for rafting during this month.
Visit Bhutan in April to experience the best of everything this small but culturally rich country has on offer. From adventure to spiritual experiences, your trip to Bhutan will give you a range of experiences that you can enjoy without having to worry about the weather in April.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Bhutan In April
A. The best time to visit Bhutan is during the spring months between March and May. At this time, the weather is pleasant and nature is in full bloom. This combination of great weather and thriving flora and fauna will ensure your trip to Bhutan is memorable.
A. The best way to get around in Bhutan is in a private car. However, the drivers in Bhutan have a reputation of charging unfair tariffs from foreigners. For this reason, it is advisable to do some preliminary research into taxi rates before your visit to Bhutan.
A. No. Bhutan is one of the handful of countries that allow visa-free entry for Indians. In fact, if you have a valid voter ID card, you will not even need to carry your passport to Bhutan.
A. Bhutan has a lot of spots that enjoy attention from tourists. In order to cover all these spots, one may have to spend a few months in the tiny country. However, if you are going to Bhutan with the intention of a vacation, four to five days will be enough to explore the most important tourist destinations in Bhutan.
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