"Happiness is a place"
- Low Volume, High Value Tourism
- Surprising Bhutan
- The Last Shangri-La?
- An Environmental Model
Important cities: Thimphu, Jakar (Bumthang), Mongar, Paro, Punakha, Phuentsholing, Samdrup Jongkhar, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Trongsa
Currency: Bhutanese ngultrum (BTN)
Visa policy: Link
Area: 38,394 km2
Mobile Phone: B-Mobile and Tashi Cell are the main operators. SIM cards are available at these operators.
Country code: +975
Internet TLD: .bt
Time Zone: UTC+6:00
Sources: Lonely Planet, Wikipedia, Wikitravel
Description: Although geographically quite small, Bhutan’s weather varies from north to south and valley to valley, mainly depending upon the elevation. In the North of Bhutan on the borders with Tibet, the country is perennially covered with snow. In the western, central and eastern Bhutan (Ha, Paro, Thimphu, Wandue, Trongsa, Bumthang, Trashi Yangtse, Lhuntse) you will mostly experience European-like weather. Winter lasts here from November to March. Punakha is an exception as it is in a lower valley and summer is hot and winter is pleasant. Southern Bhutan bordering with India is hot and humid with a sub-tropical climate. While the monsoon affects northern Indian it does not command the same influence in Bhutan. Summer months tend to be wetter with isolated showers predominately in the evenings only. Winter is by far the driest period while spring and autumn tend to be pleasant.
There are four distinct seasons similar in their divisions to those of Western Europe. Temperatures in the far south range from 15°C in winter (December to February) to 30°C in summer (June to August). In Thimphu the range is from -2.5°C in January to 25°C in August and with a rainfall of 100mm. In the high mountain regions, the average temperature is 0°C in winter and may reach 10°C in summer, with an average of 350mm of rain. Precipitation varies significantly with the elevation. The average rainfall varies from region to region.
When should you go: The Dry season (from October to April) is ideal for any travel. Travelers should also go in April and May for the Rhododendron blosoming. There're festivals in February, March and Fall.