Thimphu and Paro
From December to February, Paro and Thimphu experience sunny days with clear views of incredible mountain ranges. March to May bring warmer weather and beautiful, blooming flowers. During this time, there are many varities of birds to watch. June to August bring light rains and lush, green landscapes. Several yoga and meditation retreats are held during this season. September marks the beginning of autumn displaying clear skies and pleasant weather. In March or April, the Paro Tshechu (festival) is among the biggest in the Kingdom. A highlight of the Paro Tshechu is the unfurling of the silk Thangka on the face of an entire building. It is considered one of the most sacred blessings in Bhutan. In October, the Thimphu Tshechu takes place over the course of three days. The religious event is considered an opportunity be cleansed. The sacred Chham (mask dance) is believed to invoke blessings to all who witness it.
From December to February, Punakha is the favorite winter destination due to its mild weather and lower altitude. Spring is also a popular time to visit with the trees and flowers blossoming across the valley. From June to August, summer brings warmer temperatures, light rain showers and vibrant green hues. September to November brings mild, pleasant temperatures. In February, the Punakha Drubchen is a unique festival displaying a dramatic recreation of a 17th century battle with the Tibetan army, which was also the beginning of the consolidation process of Bhutan as a country and has great historical significance. Following the Punakha Drubchen, the Punakha Tshechu is one of the most popular Tshechus in the country. A major highlight is the unfurling of the thongdrol (a large tapestry) of Guru Rinpoche.
From November to March, the black-necked cranes migrate to the Phobjikha Valley. In November, the festival celebrating their arrival takes place in the courtyard of Gangtey Gonpa to promote their conservation. March to May brings warmer temperatures and abundant flora and fauna. June to August brings showers, lush landscapes and clouds rolling in across the valley. September to November offers clear days and cooler temperatures.
From December to February, Bumthang sees bright, sunny days. March to May offers warmer weather and beautiful flowers in full bloom. June to August brings rains and lush, green landscapes. September marks the beginning of autumn displaying clear skies and pleasant weather. The Pangkhar Choedpa festival takes place for three days during the first week of December. Legend has it that when the monastery was under construction, langurs helped at night while humans used to work during the day. The Nimalung Festival is a three-day festival that takes place at the beginning of July. It starts with dances and culminates with a blessing by Guru Tshengye Thongdrol.