Bhutan Hotels and Resorts

Travel Information

Travel Distance

With the exception of the Gasa district, all major towns in the 20 districts of Bhutan are accessible by road. Despite high mountains, steep slopes, and the deepest of valleys Bhutan has a relatively well developed network of roads. That said, rarely will one find a length of either straight or flat road. In some stretches one can encounter 6 to 7 bends per kilometre! Steep ascents and descents are characteristic of road travel in Bhutan and this can make travel much slower than one may be used to. Average speeds for road travel rarely exceed 30 km/h, with tourist buses making even slower progress. One is however handsomely rewarded for the long and sometimes tiring car journey, by the spectacular views of towering mountains, lush green jungle, ancient villages and majestic monasteries.

The majority of roads are sealed but can still be bumpy and are almost always single lane. Bhutan’s drivers know their land well and are cautious and careful drivers. The density of traffic is normally very low.

Distances and Travel Durations

From / To Distance Travel Time
Thimphu – Paro 55 km 1 hr 30 min
Thimphu – Phuntsholing 176 km 6 hrs
Phuntsholing – Bagdogra (India) 170 km 4 hrs
Thimphu – Haa 115 km 3 hrs 30 min
Haa – Paro 60 km 2 hrs 30 min
Thimphu – Wangdue Phodrang 70 km 2 hrs
Thimphu – Punakha 77 km 2 hrs 15 min
Punakha – Wangdue Phodrang 21 km 30 min
Wangdue Phodrang – Trongsa 129 km 4 hrs
Trongsa – Bumthang 68 km 2 hrs 30 min
Bumthang – Mongar 192 km 7 hrs
Mongar – Trashigang 90 km 3 hrs
Trashigang – Trashi Yangtse 55 km 2 hrs

Weather and Climate

Bhutan has four distinct seasons. Each has its advantage and disadvantages for the visitor. Notice should be taken of the predictable weather patterns before making decisions when to visit. Remember even predictable weather can vary dramatically in different areas and in 24-hour periods. The southern plains close to the Indian border are warmer and more tropical then higher central valleys.

Spring is arguably the most beautiful time of the Year in the Kingdom. The fierce cold that characterizes the winter months tend to subside towards the end of February (around Bhutanese New Year). Rhododendrons begin to blossom, first in the warmer east. At the height of spring, the end of March, the whole Kingdom comes to life with the spectacular flaming red, pink and white of the Rhododendrons and white and yellowish Magnolia.

The annual monsoon from the Bay of Bengal affects the south and central regions. The north is inhabited in the summer months when nomads return to the higher plains to tend to their yak herds.

The end of the monsoon, also a popular time to visit, marks the closing of the summer months. The days are filled with glorious cobalt skies and warm weather.

The autumn months of September to November bring shorter days and cooler evenings. The days remain lovely with crisp clear skies. Views over the high Himalayas are usually possible from October to March.

Come to the end of November and the weather takes on its winter coat. The days remain crisp and the nights turn cold. The southern areas, being much lower, have a more temperate climate and considerably warmer winters.

Clear skies in the winter months bring with them cold weather but it’s also the best time of the year to view the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan mountains.

Weather Chart

Figures in Centigrade JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
PLACES Max Min Max Min Max Min Max Min Max Min Max Min Max Min Max Min Max Min Max Min Max Min Max Min
Paro 9.4 -5.8 13.4 1.5 14.5 0.6 17.6 4.6 23.5 10.6 25.4 14.1 26.8 14.9 25.3 14.7 23.4 11.7 18.7 7.4 13.9 1.4 11.2 -1.7
Thimphu 12.3 -2.6 14.4 0.6 16.4 3.9 20.0 7.1 22.5 13.1 24.4 15.2 18.9 13.4 25.0 15.8 23.1 15.0 21.9 10.4 17.9 5.0 14.5 -1.1
Punakha 16.1 4.2 19.6 5.3 21.12 9.2 24.4 11.2 27.2 14.8 31.2 19.5 32.0 21.6 31.4 19.8 29.9 20.4 27.8 18.9 22.3 13.0 15.0 7.9
Wangdue 17.0 4.3 19.0 7.8 22.8 10.4 26.2 12.9 29.1 17.7 29.2 20.1 18.4 16.2 29.1 20.0 27.5 19.1 26.1 14.7 22.6 9.6 19.1 6.3
Trongsa 13.0 -0.2 13.9 0.4 16.7 4.4 20.1 6.6 21.0 11.6 22.2 13.6 25.3 15.3 23.8 15.0 22.6 14.2 21.8 11.7 19.8 6.4 18.2 2.5
Bumthang 10.8 -5.1 10.0 -1.4 16.2 3.5 18.7 3.9 21.3 9.5 22.5 3.5 14.1 10.9 23.0 13.7 21.6 12.1 19.5 5.9 16.1 -0.5 12.3 -2.3
Mongar 15.5 8.2 15.9 8.3 20.0 11.6 2.8 14.0 25.1 17.4 26.1 19.5 16.1 15.8 25.4 19.6 24.7 19.4 22.7 15.8 19.9 11.2 15.7 9.5
Trashigang 20.4 10.5 21.7 11.5 24.8 14.4 28.3 17.0 30.0 20.6 30.7 22.6 31.5 23.1 30.2 22.7 30.0 23.9 29.1 17.7 26.1 13.6 23.0 11.6