Bhutan in April

Bhutan Tour in April. Nestled in the Eastern region of the Himalayas Bhutan is a small country, roughly the size of Switzerland and fondly referred to as Druk Yul. Bhutan has remained a country where age-old customs and traditions are still part of the everyday lives of the people, even while modernization development and the strains of global influence are felt more and more. April is a perfect month to take a Bhutan holiday, with favourable weather conditions throughout the country. Minimal rainfall, lush vegetation, and excellent visibility make April the perfect month for mountain trekking.

Best Things to Do in Bhutan in April

Attend the popular Paro Festival in April, Visit the farmhouse in Paro for an authentic experience. Here is the list of things you can do in April.

  • Adventure and Trekking
  • Attend the Spring Festival
  • Explore the Culture and Nature of Bhutan
  • Experience the Wellness offered by the best luxury Hotels.

Hike the 1 Hour Thimphu Trail from Kuenselphodrang to Changangkha Lhakhang

The Kuenselphodrang hike to Changangkha Monastery is a popular hiking trail in Bhutan. The trail starts from the base of the giant Buddha statue at Kuenselphodrang, overlooking Thimphu Valley, and winds through forests and small villages before reaching the historic Changangkha Monastery.

The hike takes around 1-2 hours round trip and is considered moderately challenging, with some steep uphill sections. Along the way, hikers can enjoy panoramic views of Thimphu Valley and the surrounding mountains.

The Changangkha Monastery is one of the oldest and most revered temples in Bhutan and is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Visitors can explore the temple’s ornate architecture, colourful murals, and ancient artefacts while taking in the peaceful atmosphere and stunning views.

Overall, the Kuenselphodrang hike to Changangkha Monastery is a great way to experience Bhutan’s natural beauty and rich cultural heritage in Thimphu.

Visit Rhododendron Festival

Rhododendron festival. The Rhododendron Festival in Bhutan is an annual celebration held in April, which marks the blooming of thousands of rhododendron flowers across the country. The festival offers a unique opportunity to witness the vibrant colours of these beautiful flowers and experience Bhutanese culture through various cultural performances, local cuisine, and traditional arts and crafts. The festival is usually held in several locations throughout the country, including the Royal Botanical Garden in the capital city of Thimphu, making it a must-see event for nature and culture enthusiasts visiting Bhutan in April.

Bhutan Rhododendron Festival takes place in Lamperi nature Park during autumn season

Hike the Most Popular Tiger Nest Temple

Visit the most popular Tiger Nest temple.

The Tiger’s Nest Temple, also known as Paro Taktsang, is one of Bhutan’s most iconic and popular hiking destinations. The temple, located near Paro in the western part of Bhutan, is perched on a cliff at an altitude of 3,120 meters above sea level and offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding valley and mountains.

The hike to the Tiger’s Nest Temple takes around 4-5 hours round trip and is considered moderately challenging. The trail passes through lush forests, streams, and waterfalls before reaching a steep uphill climb to the temple.

Visitors are advised to wear comfortable hiking shoes and clothing, bring plenty of water, and take breaks as needed. The hike is worth it for the breathtaking views and the opportunity to experience one of Bhutan’s most sacred sites.

The Best Bhutan Trekking in April 2024

All the best trek of Bhutan begins in April. Almost all treks offer a combination of natural discovery and an insight into the country’s delicate and unique daily life. Many of the trails take hikers to remote and ancient monasteries through deep forests and close to villages. The trail passes the grassland and pastures for livestock, meadows of wildflowers, butterflies, and grazing animals. During the Spring season, trekkers often get the opportunity to spot blue sheep, Takin, and a variety of Birdlife including the wild pheasant. All trekking in Bhutan can be done in April including the hardest and Longest Snowman trek which takes about 29 days to complete. April is the best month to travel Bhutan visitors usually choose this month to spend their holidays and Trekking.

Dur Hot Spring Trek in Bhutan
Snowman Trek starting April

Places to visit in Bhutan in April

Places like Paro, Thimphu, Punakha Phobjikha, Trongsa, Bumthang, Mongar, and Trashigang are best to visit in April. April is the best season you can plan to visit the extreme eastern part of Bhutan for a lovely and authentic Bhutan experience.

  • Punakha: Inextricably linked to some of the most momentous events in Bhutanese history, Punakha deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful and significant regions at the heart of Bhutanese culture. It was in Punakha that Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal first established the dual system of the government. In 1651 Punakha was chosen to be the capital from where the newly unified Kingdom would be administered. Two and half-century later in 1907, Punakha was again the place where the Bhutanese people elected the first King of Bhutan Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck. The best places to visit in Punakha are Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang, the Longest suspension bridge, and Wangdi Dzong.

Visit the Bhutan Capital City Thimphu

Thimphu: The Jewel in the nation’s crown, the Thimphu district includes some of the most advanced and remotest parts of the Kingdom. The capital city moves in step with the 21st century with a sophisticated urban lifestyle, while the highland regions of the district such as Lingshi, Soe, Naro, and Dagala are accessible only by foot over cold, rugged, and mountainous terrain. Thimphu has a total area of about 1809 sq.Km with elevation from 1300 meters to over 7300m above sea level. The district has one Dingkhag and 8 blocks. The best places to visit in Thimphu are the National Library, Textile Museum, temples, monasteries, and many hiking routes. Read More

Visit Paro where the only International Airport is located

Paro: The wide and fertile valley has both an ancient and modern face. It is home to some of the oldest and most revered temples in the Kingdom. It also boasts only one International airport in the Kingdom. with its annual bounties of paddy, Paro is justly considered to be the rice bowl of the Country. Spread over 1285.5Sq Km the region’s farm produces some of the finest yields of Bhutan staple red rice. Places to visit in Paro are Impressive Paro Dzong, Tiger Nest Temple,  Taa Dzong, Traditional Farm House for food tasting, and Chelela Pass. 

Festival in April 2024

Festivals in Bhutan are rich and happy expressions of its ancient Buddhist culture. These festivals are held in all districts in honour of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in 8th century. Tsechus are held on auspicious days and months in the Bhutanese calendar and last up to four days in which a series of highly stylized masked dances are performed.

There are many Spring festivals taking place throughout Bhutan and among all festivals, the Paro festival is the most popular in April. Read more about the Festival Tour in Bhutan

Bhutan Weather, Climate and Temperature in April.

In April, Bhutan experiences warm and pleasant weather, with temperatures ranging from 15 degrees to 25 degrees in most parts of Bhutan. The skies are generally clear, making it an ideal time for trekking and outdoor activities. However, some parts of Bhutan may still experience occasional showers, so it’s recommended to pack appropriate clothing for changing weather conditions.

Source of temperature based by Tourism Council of Bhutan

What to wear in Bhutan in April?

April is a very pleasant month for a holiday in Bhutan with sunny clear skies and very little rainfall. Temperatures are warm during the day but it becomes cool at night. So recommend you to carry warm clothes along with summer clothes. Thick jackets and sweaters can be your option for the cold but you don’t have to carry a lot. As the days are sunny and bright, sunglasses and hats can be of great help. And if you would like to trek in Bhutan during April, pack your trekking boots, warm jackets, and layers of warm clothes. So that you can remove it whenever the temperature rises and gets hot.

Bhutan Tourist Arrival in April

April is peak season in Bhutan and this is because of two reasons. Firstly because of amazing weather conditions. April is the beginning of the spring season and the season for flowers. The weather remains clear and temperature ranges from 10 degrees to 15 degrees in places alike Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Bumthang where you spend most of the time in Bhutan.

Bhutan Travel Guide for April

Frequently Asked Question

Is Bhutan Cold in April?

April is not cold in Bhutan and the temperature remains moderate throughout the months. Maximum temperature reaches 23 degrees to a minimum of 15 degrees Celsius.

Is Bhutan Trip Expensive in April?

April month being the peak season for tourists travelling to Bhutan the cost is high and based on daily tariff fixed by the Government.

Is it Good to visit Bhutan in April?

If you plan to visit Bhutan for festivals and trekking, April is the best season to start trekking the Country.

Is there Snow in Bhutan in April?

There is a high chance of snowfall in Bhutan starting from December to February. Expecting snowfall in April in the cities of Bhutan is not at all possible though you might see snowcapped mountains. April is also the beginning of the spring season in Bhutan and those who love flowers is best for to visit the mountains for varieties of wild Himalayan flowers.

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