Bhutan

Bhutan is an enchanting Buddhist kingdom situated in the Himalayas, nestled between India and China. In the 1800s, various European maps conflated it with Tibet, and it has remained remote and relatively untouched down to the present day; TV and Internet, for example, were only introduced in 1999. It’s no surprise, then, that Bhutan retains an aura of mysterious allure, and visiting can still feel like stepping back in time. The land is rugged and largely virgin; the people, who always wear the national gho and kira dress, are regal yet friendly. It is a beguiling place where tobacco is illegal but marijuana grows wildly; where archery remains the national sport, and where progress is measured not in GDP but “Gross National Happiness.”

Remote Lands’ deep knowledge of Bhutan and its culture goes beyond the five valleys (Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang) to far-flung eastern locales like Mongar, Lhuntse, Trashigang and more. 

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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.

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Weather in Bhutan

The best time to visit Bhutan is in spring, between April and May and also fall, in October and November, which is ideal for outdoor pursuits.

  • The weather in Bhutan varies depending upon elevation levels.
  • Northern Bhutan is perennially covered with snow.
  • In western, central, and eastern Bhutan, winter lasts from November to March, with the exception of Punakha, which sits in a lower valley where the summer is hot and the winter is pleasant.
  • Southern Bhutan is hot and humid with a subtropical climate. The monsoon season, which lasts from June through August, brings intermittent heavy rain.
  • Temperatures drop dramatically with increases in altitude. Days are generally temperate and average about 50°F (10°C) with clear skies and sunshine. Nights are cold and require heavy woolen clothing, particularly in winter.

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