The best season for one to travel to Bhutan actually depends on what one is looking for. Here’s an overview of what’s the best in Bhutan in each season
In the months of March, April and May, the country is a paradise for nature lovers, because that’s when the flowers are in full bloom. The Jacaranda blossoms around mid‐May in Punakha Dzong. The Rhododendron forests are filled with color in this season and if you’re lucky, you might get to spot the rare blue poppy (Meconopsis ), which is the national flower of Bhutan. It is rare because it is very difficult to grow and therefore is also considered a myth.
This season also sees many travellers due to the festivals of Gomkora, Punakha and Paro which take place around this time. This is also the best time to meet the King of Bhutan, when he visits the Paro Tshechu festival.
If you’re looking to avoid the peak season crowd and costs, this is the season for you. There aren’t a lot of travellers due to the misconception that Bhutan will experience heavy rainfall during this time. Although it is called the monsoon, there is relatively light rain as compared to other South‐East Asian countries, and it usually rains during late afternoon. The Gangtey festival takes place and the country is at its greenest during this time.
This is another season which boasts grand festivals like the Jakar, Jambay Lhakhang Drup, which was known for its bonfire dances of masked and naked dancers and Prakar Tshechu. The Black‐Necked Crane Festival also takes place during this time. The Thimpu Tshechu is another grand affair in central Bhutan.
With the pleasant temperature and the clear skies, this is another peak season for Bhutan tourism.
This season sees less crowd as compared to the others. The Punakha Dromche and Tshechu take place during this season, and is a week‐long celebration of the founding of Bhutan in the central capital of the country. The Trongsa Tshechu, which takes place in the Trongsa Dzongo, is known for its dancing Llama costumes.
Extreme weather is expected in some parts of the country, and so are road blocks due to heavy snow. However, in the valleys, the temperature is mild and pleasant.