Weather & Climate

Bhutan has four distinct seasons. Each has its advantage and disadvantages for the visitor. Notice should be taken of the predictable weather patterns before making decisions when to visit. Remember even predictable weather can vary dramatically in different areas and in 24-hour periods. The southern plains close to the Indian border are warmer and more tropical then higher central valleys. Spring is arguably the most beautiful time of the Year in the Kingdom. The fierce cold that characterizes the winter months tend to subside towards the end of February (around Bhutanese New Year). Rhododendrons begin to blossom, first in the warmer east. At the height of spring, the end of March, the whole Kingdom comes to life with the spectacular flaming red, pink and white of the Rhododendrons and white and yellowish Magnolia. The annual monsoon from the Bay of Bengal affects the south and central regions. The north is inhabited in the summer months when nomads return to the higher plains to tend to their yak herds. The end of the monsoon, also a popular time to visit, marks the closing of the summer months. The days are filled with glorious cobalt skies and warm weather. The autumn months of September to November bring shorter days and cooler evenings. The days remain lovely with crisp clear skies. Views over the high Himalayas are usually possible from October to March. Come to the end of November and the weather takes on its winter coat. The days remain crisp and the nights turn cold. The southern areas, being much lower, have a more temperate climate and considerably warmer winters. Clear skies in the winter months bring with them cold weather but it’s also the best time of the year to view the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan mountains.