April is a perfect month to take a Bhutan holiday, with favourable weather conditions throughout the country. Minimal rainfall, lush vegetation and excellent visibility make April the perfect month for mountain trekking. If that’s not enough enticement, early April sees the incredible Paro Tsechu festival take place - one of the Himalayan kingdom’s most exciting religious festivals.
Bhutan in April is something of a natural paradise. Flowers are blooming, the humidity and torrid rains of summer are still some distance off, and the temperatures correspond with the Goldilocks principle: not too hot, not too cold, but just about right. In the capital, Thimphu, daytime temperatures of around 20°C can be expected. The historic region of Bumthang in central Bhutan is slightly cooler, while in the far-southern city of Gelephu, right on the border with India, it can climb as high as 32°C. Plenty of snow remains up in the mountains of course, but by April it will be more of a scenic backdrop to your photographs than a hindrance. Many visitors will be heading to Paro for the Paro Tsechu Festival which spans nine days in early April: early booking is recommended.
One of Bhutan’s most popular festivals, the Paro Tshechu is a lively event that attracts many visitors as well as locals from surrounding areas. The tshechu culminates in the unveiling of a beautiful silk painting before dawn on the fourth day - it is said to be a blessing just to lay eyes upon it.
Find peaceful moments in monasteries and temples, and experience Paro’s distinctive, small-town feel. Wander through Bumthang’s green fields and Phobjikha valleys where the Black Necked Cranes land.