Seasons & Time in Bhutan
SEASONS IN BHUTAN
Bhutan experiences all the four seasons.
Spring falls from early March to May and is the time when the landscape transforms into a fresh riot of colours with the bloom of rhododendrons, wild azaleas, edelweiss and other wild flowers that carpet the meadows.
Pear and apple blossoms add a dainty touch to the valleys with their pink and white blooms. The skies are clear and temperatures just right to go on hikes and treks.
In the summer months, daytime temperatures can go upto 30 degrees centigrade particularly in the lower valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang. In the southern foothills it gets very hot and humid like the Indian plains.
It is also the season when the country experiences heavy rains from the Indian monsoons leading to landslides and road blocks. It’s a beautiful time to be in the country with the landscape lush and green and mountains streams gurgling with life.
Weeping willows sweep the banks of many of the rivers and the pine cones glisten in sun, so full with resin they are ready to plummet to the ground.
Autumn in Bhutan casts a bright golden glow on the vast landscape and is one of the more crowded times of the year for Bhutan tourism. In fall, rice fields ripen to a golden brown under crisp blue skies. The merry pink and white of cosmos flowers dot the countryside.
Winter in Bhutan has its moments. The days are full of sunshine while evenings can turn chilly. The winter landscape lays bare the majesty of the mountain and the sweeping valleys.
Bhutan Standard Time is six hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) and one time zone is followed for the whole country. Bhutan is 30 minutes ahead of India, 1 hour behind Thailand, and 15 minutes ahead of Nepal.