WEATHER & CLIMATIC CONDITIONS
Bhutan experiences four distinct seasons (winter, spring, summer and autumn). Spring and summer months are pleasant with mild temperature range across the region. Summers can get hot during the day and occasional light showers are expected. Winter months are generally cold during the morning and night time with warm days. Every season has its charm, for instance, the spring and summer season is plantation season for farmers across the country. The rejuvenation of life with colorful blossoms and the lush green paddy fields make the country side fresh and energizing. During the autumn season, the valley is transformed by the golden glaze color of the crops ready for harvest. The season breathes positivity into the air with the farmers ready to reap the rewards for their hard labor. The highlight of the winter season is the clear blue sky offering unobstructed views of the valley and the Himalayas making it ideal for hikers and excursions to the mountain passes.
For tourists interested in visiting Bhutan during the festival should consider planning their trip in the spring and autumn season. Paro Tsechu is celebrated during the spring season either in March or April and the Thimphu Tsechu falls during the autumn season either in September or October. Paro and Thimphu Tsechu are the most popular mask dance festivals in the country in terms of the attendance. Bhutan receives maximum tourists during these periods and hence interested travelers are advised to book their trip early to secure flights and hotel rooms.
Enthusiast trekkers considering trekking in Bhutan must plan their trip either during the spring or the autumn season. The trekking routes remain inaccessible with heavy snowfall during the winter months and consistent rainfall at higher altitude is not ideal for an enjoyable trek. Spring and autumn season has mild climatic condition and mostly dry weather thus making it ideal for treks.
For wallet conscious travelers keen on visiting Bhutan should consider traveling to Bhutan either during the winter or the summer season. During these periods the daily tariff is reduced by US$ 50 per person per night thus substantially reducing the tour cost for the same experience. The airlines also offer cheaper airfares during these seasons. Travelers can also get away with paying the sustainable development fee of US$ 65 per day if they choose to explore the eastern region of Bhutan.