March is among the most popular times of year to visit Bhutan, as spring makes a welcome return and the countryside is draped in beautiful wildflowers. With the winter season coming to an end, and the snows gradually melting away, it’s altogether a magnificent experience to be in the Himalayan kingdom during March.
Winter is drawing to a close by mid-March, and Bhutan’s renowned natural scenery is at its finest, illustrated by the rhododendrons that blanket the hillsides. Thimphu usually sees its first rainfall of the year in March, but you shouldn’t be overly troubled, as spring can be counted on to stay reasonably dry. The skies are still remarkably clear throughout the country, and temperatures very pleasant, although they do drop at night and so bringing a jacket for the evenings is recommended. The average daytime temperature in Paro during March is around 14°C, and it can get close to 23°C in the Punakha Valley. Central Bhutan is especially lovely in March, and you can expect to run into the occasional crowd around the most well-known attractions such as the Rinpung Dzong in Paro.
A popular festival with religious dances and a procession that commemorates the 17th century war with Tibet. Performers dress in extravagant costumes and ornaments of carved bone, while monks throw oranges into the river, re-enacting the salvation of a precious relic.
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.