October is one of the most popular months of the year to visit Bhutan. Visibility is sparkling clear, allowing for sublime views of the mountains. The weather is warm and sunny, and there is lush scenery all around. Visitor numbers surge, as a packed calendar of cultural and religious events gets underway.
October heralds the start of autumn, which we think is probably the nicest part of the year for a trip to Bhutan. It’s a month characterised by pleasantly mild temperatures, ranging from around 19°C in the historic region of Bumthang to 22°C in the capital, Thimphu, and dreamily clear visibility of the majestic Himalayas. If you’re travelling through the mountains, you can expect to find crowds at the high passes, simply transfixed by the views. It can get significantly cooler in the evenings, and at the highest elevations, there may be a hint of early snowfall. Bhutan’s autumnal colours are beautiful, whether you’re in the mountains, the valleys or exploring the forested regions in the centre and south of the country. Popular attractions such as Taktsang Goemba, the Punakha Dzong and the Tashichho Dzong will be at their busiest, and everywhere there is an atmosphere of joviality - this is the Himalayan kingdom at its finest.
Taking place in Bumthang, at one of the kingdom’s oldest temples, the first evening of the Jambay Lhakhang Drup ends with a ‘naked fire ritual’ which is as memorable as it sounds.
Jomolhari is a sacred mountain in the Thimphu district, and the source of the Paro Chu. This two-day cultural event, which trekkers will sometimes catch, is organised by local communities to celebrate the natural world, in particular the elusive snow leopard.
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.