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When is the Best Time for Visiting Bhutan?

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Bhutan holds a special place in my heart. I haven’t been to any places in the world which is as peaceful as Bhutan. You will feel like you are in another world as soon as you will lay your foot there, especially if you come from a country of the Indian subcontinent. 

I have had the fortune of visiting Bhutan twice – once in December and once in May. I must say, I saw two contrasting kinds of landscapes and it is fascinating.

It felt like I was in two different countries!

During my first visit to Bhutan during December, I was expecting snow. But it was not the case in Paro, Thimphu, or Punakha. The daytime was sunny; the sky was clear and brimming with sunshine. The night was chilly.

The landscape was arid and brownish and yellowish.

A valley in Bhutan during my visit in December, it’s more barren.
The mountains were brownish while I was in Bhutan in December

But when I went all the way to Phobjikha Valley, I saw snow on the road. Needless to say, the night was very cold there.  I was able to see black-necked cranes which are a rare bird in Phobjikha during that time. 

During my second visit to Bhutan in May, the sky was not bright. There were clouds all over the sky.  The clouds were hovering between the mountains. It was mystic and beautiful. 

And it was green! Yes, lush green.

Yes, it’s the same country – it’s in May
The mountains are green and flowers are blooming – during my visit to Bhutan in May

I visited in December and May researching nothing, so I did not know what to expect. It was a pleasant surprise for me both at the time.

Later, I found that there are three distinct times for visiting Bhutan.

March to May and September to November is considered being the high season. This is their spring and autumn respectfully.

December to February is the shoulder season.

June to August is the low season when it rains a lot.

From my personal experience, I loved Bhutan in May more.

What’s yours’ favourite time for visiting Bhutan?

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