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Bhutan

Travel Bhutan

The Land of Gross National Happiness

Bhutan is a land of Himalayan peaks, colorful festivals, fascinating monasteries and warm, welcoming people. While the practice of Tibetan Buddhism is severely restricted in neighboring Tibet, in Bhutan no such restraints apply, allowing free expression of this unique and magical religion.

A country with a deeply traditional way of life, Bhutan offers visitors unspoiled villages in deep valleys and journeys over high mountain passes.

Tourism in Bhutan has been carefully managed over the years, with the result that where other destinations have seen their traditional cultures to some degree diluted by the demands of high numbers of tourists, Bhutan has held to a belief in showing their country to only a discerning few. While luxury resorts are starting to make an appearance in the Himalayan kingdom, the emphasis on a visit to Bhutan is still about what to see, rather than where to stay.

QUICK FACTS


CURRENCY

Bhutanese Ngultrum

CAPITAL CITY

Thimpu

POPULATION 

Approx. 754,000

TIME ZONE

GMT +6

LANGUAGE

Dzongkha

RELIGION

Buddhism

MAIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS

Paro (PBH)

Weather & Climate


Coolest time: December to February – Hottest Time: April to September

Wettest time: June to September – Driest Time: November to March

Our favourite time:

Temperature in Bhutan is strongly related to altitude. The south of the country is warm year-round with a sub-tropical climate, while further north in the center (the area that we spend the most time in on our tours) winters are dry and cool with warm summers. In the mountainous areas that border Tibet, the high peaks are perpetually covered with snow and in the valleys winters are cold, as is consistent with higher altitudes. The Indian summer monsoon with its heavy rain showers mainly affects the southern lowlands of the country.

When is the best time to visit Bhutan?

The nicest time of year to visit Bhutan is surely in the spring months of March until May, when flowers are blooming and temperatures are comfortable. For our Bike & Hike Bhutan tour, the views will be clearest in October, although temperatures do get a little low. The rainy season from June until August is certainly the low season with the fewest visitors and the greenest surroundings, so it can be an optimal time to visit.

Paro
Paro - Chilly in Jan and warm in July
Paro is rainy in July
Punakha
Punakha's average temperature by month.
The heaviest rain in Punakha is in July
Jakar (Bumthang Valley)
Average year round temperatures for Jakar
Average monthly rainfall in the Bumthang Valley the
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