A fantastic chance to explore one of the world's most remote and fascinating countries. Only open to tourists since 1974, Bhutan's philosophy of Gross National Happiness and entrenched Buddhism makes it a place like no other.
Stunning landscapes, welcoming natives, Dzong architecture, lively festivals and peaceful monasteries have led to Bhutan being labelled as one of the world's happiest countries.
Due to its location, Bhutan has a variation of altitudes which bring about a widely varied climate that is influenced heavily by the Indian monsoons. Given the country's diverse climate and variety of seasons, we've put together a guide detailing the best times to visit this fascinating and beautiful destination according to your own interests and travel goals.
During the Summer months of June through to August are the hottest season of Nepal. The days are usually hot and dry, however Monsoon season starts in mid-June which can bring uncomfortable humidity and heavy rainfall.
Regardless of this, Summer in Nepal is breath-taking due to the lush greenery and lack of crowds which can appeal to travelers who prefer quieter places.
During Summer, there are is also the Haa Summer festival which takes place in Haa Valley, a mountain paradise located 13 miles from the India-China border in Doklam. The Haa Summer Festival is the perfect way to learn about the nomadic culture of the herders in the Haa Valley as well as indulge in their traditional food, lifestyle and sports.
Spring time occurs from March to May and is peak season in Bhutan, with travellers flocking from all corners of the globe to enjoy the scenic beauty that the country has to offer.
Whilst Spring is usually buzzing with visitors, the weather is breath-taking and comfortably warm. Spring time would be the perfect time to visit for travelers who are interested in adventurous activities such as rafting, kayaking and hiking.
This season also sees some of the country's best celebrations, including Punakha Drubchen and Tshechu which includes a dramatic recreation of scenes from Bhutan's epic 17th century battle with the Tibetan army.
Falling in October through to November, Autumn is also regarded as one of the best times to visit Bhutan as the weather is generally sunny with some now at higher points.
Autumn in Bhutan is mild and like Spring, it attracts many visitors as the scenery during this time of year is breath-taking with the rice fields changing to gold before harvest.
There are also many festivals during Autumn, including one of the largest festivals in Bhutan - Thimphu Tshechu. Thimphu Tshechu takes place at Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu and is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods before the festival. By invoking the gods, all misfortunes are annihilated so that peace and happiness can reign throughout the land.
During the festival, travelers can watch the many traditional masked dances which are performed and celebrate like the natives by sharing in the aura of happiness and prosperity that the festival brings to the nation.
Winter in Bhutan begins in late November and runs until March. During the Winter, Bhutan is generally quite cold however, visiting during December before the harsh peak of Winter can make for a pleasant trip.
The crowds are usually very quiet during this time, resulting in lower prices. More so, the country's breath-taking black-necked cranes can be seen during this time, in the Phobjikha Valley.
December is also home to the Druk Wangyel Tshechu which is performed by the Royal Bhutan Army as a tribute to the wise leadership of the fourth king of Bhutan as well as a celebration of the army's protection of Bhutan. This is one of the country's oldest festivals - dating back to the 17th century and it is argued that Bhutan's myriad of festivals stem from Druk Wangyel Tshechu.
As one of the happiest and most welcoming nations in the world, Bhutan is an incredible destination for travelers of all kinds. The best time to visit Bhutan depends entirely on your individual travel goals, therefore we hope that our guide has helped highlight the best parts about each season in Bhutan.
If you're interested in visiting this incredible mountainous treasure chest of prosperity, take a look at our selection of Bhutan tours.