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Best time to visit Bhutan

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The best time to visit Bhutan is March-May

Bhutan can be visited year-round, but based on the ideal climate conditions, cost of travel, and avoiding peak holiday periods, March-May is the best time to go.

In the summer months, temperatures can reach as high as 22℃ (72℉) in Thimphu, Bhutan. In the colder months such as January, temperatures usually get down to an average minimum of -3℃ (27℉). Temperatures often differ in other areas of Bhutan though so you can find out more information about this below.

If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Bhutan, or you’re just afraid of the dark, the days in May are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset. You don’t want to get wet on your holiday, do you? Well if you’re trying to avoid the rain, then steer clear of Bhutan in July. Head there in December instead if you want to increase your chances of not being rained on.

Keep reading to learn more about the best times to go to Bhutan, including the most popular destinations, detailed weather information, and tools to help you find and book great deals on your travel.

Warmest month

August

Least rainfall

December

Most daylight

May

Bhutan seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. Bhutan is in the Northern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Best time to visit the top destinations in Bhutan

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
ThimphuMarch-May
6℃
-3℃
8℃
-1℃
10℃
1℃
12℃
5℃
14℃
8℃
17℃
11℃
17℃
12℃
18℃
12℃
16℃
10℃
13℃
6℃
10℃
2℃
8℃
-1℃
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Top FAQs

Check out these guides for the top must-see destinations in Bhutan:

The warmest month of the year in Thimphu, one of the most popular places to visit in Bhutan, is August.
The driest month of the year in Thimphu, Bhutan, is usually around December each year.

Bhutan map