November is a great time of year to visit Bhutan, especially during the first half of the month. There are dramatic views wherever you cast your gaze in the mountains, and the autumn air is refreshingly crisp. The dry weather is ideal either for wandering around ancient monasteries, or trekking in the Phobjikha Valley to see the Black Necked Crane. Later in the month, however, temperatures drop significantly as winter moves in.
By early November, the endangered Black Necked Crane arrives in the Phobjikha Valley from the Tibetan Plateau, and will stay until February. The nearby Gangtey Goemba hosts a festival on the 12th of November every year to welcome the birds, which are a popular natural attraction. Weather conditions are pristine, allowing for idyllic views of the Himalayas, but at higher altitudes you will already see a dusting of snow, and there is the chance of an early frost in November wherever you’re based. Days are typically sunny and warm, with slightly cooler evenings. Temperatures tumble later in November though, down to 14°C in Paro, and around 7°C in the Phobjikha Valley.
Every November, around 500 endangered Black necked crane arrive in the Phobjikha Valley from the Tibetan Plateau. This annual cultural and conservation fiesta, during which local children dance in their cute crane costumes, is held in the courtyard of the Gangtey Gonpa.
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.