Monsoon in Bhutan - Weather, Essentials to Carry & Things to Do

Bhutan, a mountainous country is one of the unique travel destinations of the world. The Himalayan kingdom is worth visiting during its monsoon season as it’s so refreshing and a hassle-free place one can go to.

Weather in Bhutan during Monsoon

The region experiences a varied climate because of the altitude in the country as it is situated at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. The Monsoon season in Bhutan kick starts from July to September where one can enjoy not only the showers but also the quaint valleys of the land of the thunder dragon. The temperatures range from 13 to 26 degree Celsius and also tend to be very hot because of the humidity. One can visit the northern parts as they receive little rainfall compared to southern parts of the country. The monsoon season adds its beauty to the place compared to the other seasons.

View of Mountains in Bhutan
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Things to do in Bhutan in Monsoon

1. Go around Punakha City

Punakha Dzong, Punakha City
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Punakha, one of the most beautiful towns in the country, is a place that one cannot afford to miss. Situated in the northern part of Bhutan, it receives less rainfall which makes it easy for tourists to explore the town. The paddy fields look immaculate after the small showers. The famous Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang Temple are the sites that leave you amazed with their architecture and imagery.

2.   Attend  Haa Summer Festival

This Haa Summer festival is a newly found festival in Bhutan which is celebrated every year in July since 2012.  It is dedicated to the nomads of Haa Valley where people come together to celebrate their rich culture, heritage and sports. Yak Riding, food tasting and folk dancing are some of the activities conducted during this festival. Tourists can also experience and enjoy the hospitality of the local people of Haa Valley.

3.  Trashiayangtse - Shopper's Stop 

Grab an umbrella and go shopping in Trashiyangtse, Adang Village of Eastern Bhutan and don’t let the showers ruin your vacation. The place is famous for its textiles, woven bags, handmade Kira & Gho, bamboo items, Thangkas, and souvenirs. It also consists of sacred sites and filled with rich culture and heritage.

4.  Try Ema Datshi

A trip is never completed without trying the best dishes of a place, and Ema Datshi is a cuisine that you must try in monsoon. It is a stew with cheese and chillies and also considered as the national dish of Bhutan.

5. Bumthang Valley - Explore the country

Bumthang Valley, Bhutan
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Touring Bumthang valley is another best spot in monsoon season. Valleys are the best places to explore in this season as one cannot get a clear view of the mountains. 

6.Touring Religious landmarks 

Kichu Lhakhang, Paro
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The Memorial Chorten, also called as National Memorial Chorten is the iconic religious landmark situated in  Thimpu. The Memorial has caught the attention of the tourists with its ambience and white walls.

Located in Paro, Kichu Lhakang is one of the ancient temples of Bhutan. This beautiful temple is also called as the sacred jewel of Bhutan. It is a perfect example of an exemplary architecture of Bhutan with various statues and structures. Admittedly, it is a place of art and architecture. All the art enthusiasts watch out!!! 

7. Get the taste of Bhutan Beer at Namgyal Brewery

It's a place that brews many types of beer satisfies all beer connoisseurs. One can go on a brewery tour and taste different styles like wheat beer, dark ale, red rice lager etc.., It provides an enjoyable experience to all the beer lovers of the globe. 

Things to carry in Monsoon

There are a few things one needs to keep in mind during the season of monsoon-like what to wear, carry, any essentials etc.. We have made it easy for you and listed the things below.
  1.  Umbrellas are must if not, carry raincoats.
  2.  Medicines and mosquito repellents
  3.  Bottled water for drinking purpose
  4.  Carry synthetic clothes as they dry faster.
  5.  Use boots/shoes
Monsoon is the best season for travellers to explore the scenery of the valleys of Bhutan and its picturesque landscape. Though there is no possibility for hiking or trekking during this season, the country has a lot in store for the explorers as it offers an incredible scenic beauty which relaxes the tourists and cheers them up. Honestly, travelling to Bhutan during the monsoon season not only saves your money but also leaves you with an enthralling experience.

This post was published by Harshitha Pudota

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