Bhutan is a year-round destination but the best time to visit is either in the Spring from March to June or Autumn from September to November. During these months, it can get crowded as there are a lot of American and Japanese tourists who visit Bhutan to experience the famous tsechus or festivals.
Trekkers should travel between March and May to catch the mountains blooming with flowers or between September and November for the best mountain views. If you’ve heard about the rare and endangered black-necked cranes and would like to catch a glimpse of them, then visit Phobjikha or Gangtey between mid-November and mid-December when more than 3000 cranes migrate from Tibet.
My personal recommendation after travelling to Bhutan almost every month in the past 10 months would be to travel between July and August. Even though this is considered to be monsoon time and therefore off season, it is perfect for people interested in nature and photography tours as the rains are not heavy and don’t affect your itinerary. While you sit back in your SUV and drive around scenic locations, you will cross points where you will feel like you’re actually driving through the clouds. The clear blue sky between the clouds is so incredible that it looks like a painting.
Generally, Bhutan is not an overly crowded destination but getting accommodation between mid-March and mid-May, September and October, can be very difficult if you plan your trip at the last moment. So, it’s always a good idea to plan and book in advance to make sure you get the best deal for Bhutan.
By Nishant Jain