Finally an end is in sight to the monsoon season. The rains that have troubled the country in previous months become more infrequent and the hot sticky temperatures are becoming more comfortable. While September is generally thought of as a good time of year to visit Bhutan, it’s worth remembering that you may still encounter the odd heavy shower, especially in the afternoon and early evenings. By the end of September, Bhutan is a lot cooler, the skies much clearer, and visitors are flocking back.
If you’re there for trekking, or to experience a lively Buddhist festival, then a trip to Bhutan in September is a good idea. While you can expect it to be pretty cool in the evenings and at higher altitudes, for the most part the weather across the country is very pleasant. In Thimphu daytime temperatures average around 23°C, while in the Punakha Valley, further east, it can be closer to 30°C. Of course the monsoon season is not over quite yet. Western and southern Bhutan will still see a fair amount of rain during September, but generally speaking most areas are a lot drier than they were in August. The impressive dzongs that are scattered across Bhutan are coming to life, in preparation for some of the year’s most exciting tshechus.
The highpoint of the religious calendar in the capital, the Thimphu Tshechu is a four-day festival celebrating the Guru Rinpoche, with monks putting their dance skills to the test. The tshechu is preceded by a one-day event which sees fewer foreign attendees, the Thimphu Drubchen.
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.