Visiting Bhutan in November

Visiting Bhutan in November is the best time to explore the Kingdoms Festival and Architecture Tour. Bhutan is the land of people who are never in a hurry but are full of life. It is also the land of local festivals that go on throughout the years in different towns and villages. They are not only colourful and interesting but retain their authentic form that has not so far been affected by visitors. The virgin landscape of Bhutan, the unique architecture of its buildings in the form evolved centuries ago, and miles and miles of uninhabited terrain stood in sharp contrast to the crowded trekking trails in the neighbouring countries. The impressive and colourful Dzongs, the beauty of its people, and their dresses which blended in perfect harmony with each other, left an everlasting impression on the visitors to Bhutan.

Weather in Bhutan in November

Autumn is the best time of the year in Bhutan.
November is the end of the autumn season in Bhutan and the beginning of winter. The temperatures start to drop and are much cooler compared to October. Especially at night and early morning. Despite of the drop in temperature, one can experience sunny and clear days with dry vegetation and no rainfall. The temperature varies in different parts of the country due to the difference in altitude. Learn more about November weather

What to wear in Bhutan in November?

Wear the best clothes, a set of warm cotton clothes and a sun cap for a bright day is the best to prepare for the November season.
As November can be cold and hot at the same time, recommend you to carry extra layers of clothes. Thick jackets and mufflers can come in handy. But again extra layers are recommended as you can remove them every time you feel hot. If you are trekking during this month do not forget your trekking boots, hats, gloves, and sleeping bags if you want to carry your own. The chances of rainfall are very low and can experience warm sunny days as well. Also, Read the Best Time to Travel to Bhutan.

What to Pack for Bhutan in November?

Here is a list of things to Carry during the Bhutan visit in November.

  • Sunscreen with SPF 50 and UV protection sunglasses.
  • Comfortable hiking Boots.
  • Long pants and shirts to visit temples and Dzongs.
  • Camera with enough space for photography.
  • Enough cash to purchase goods as many don’t accept Visa cards.
  • Good sunglasses to protect from bright sunlight.
  • Hand sanitiser and facemask to keep yourself safe.
  • Personal medication.

5 Best Places to Visit Bhutan in November

November is the best time to visit western and Central Bhutan as the weather and climatic conditions at this time of the year remain favourable and many festivals happening around these places. Western Bhutan includes places like Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, and Wangdi. Central Bhutan includes places like Bumthang and Trongsa where the temperature is lower than in western Bhutan. Find 5 best places to visit in Bhutan

Simply Bhutan Live Museam

Visiting Bhutan in November

The Simply Bhutan Museum is a cultural museum located in the capital city of Thimphu, Bhutan. It is a living museum that showcases Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage and traditional way of life.

The museum is housed in a traditional Bhutanese building that has been restored and furnished with traditional household items, tools, and equipment. Visitors can explore the museum’s various rooms, each dedicated to a different aspect of Bhutanese culture, such as weaving, archery, and cooking.

One of the highlights of the museum is the opportunity to try on traditional Bhutanese clothing and take photos in a recreated Bhutanese village setting. Visitors can also watch cultural performances, such as traditional dances and music.

Longest Suspension Bridge in Punakha

The Punakha Suspension Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in Bhutan, located in the town of Punakha. The bridge spans the Po Chhu River and connects the Punakha Dzong with the nearby villages.

The Punakha Suspension Bridge is approximately 160 meters long and hangs about 60 meters above the river. The bridge is made of steel cables and wooden planks and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the river below.

Crossing the bridge can be a thrilling experience, as it sways and bounces with the movement of people walking across it. Visitors can take their time walking across the bridge, enjoying the beautiful scenery and taking photos.

The Punakha Suspension Bridge is a popular tourist attraction in Bhutan and is often included in tours of the Punakha area. It is open to the public year-round, but visitors should be aware that the bridge can be closed during inclement weather. Read More

Majestic Punakha Dzong

Dzong in Bhutan is a complex of fortified buildings that served as a Buddhist school’s principal seat. Most of the Dzongs were built to be strategic footholds for gaining influence of particular Buddhist schools and controlling the region under the power of the schools.

Chelela Pass

Chelela Pass is a mountain pass in Bhutan that connects the valleys of Paro and Haa. At an elevation of 3,988 meters (13,083 feet), it is one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan and offers stunning views of the Himalayan range.

The pass is located about 35 kilometres from Paro and can be reached by car or by trekking. The road to Chelela Pass is winding and steep, but the views from the top are well worth the effort. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, forests, and valleys.

Chelela Pass is also a popular spot for hiking and birdwatching. The area is home to a variety of bird species, including the Himalayan monal, blood pheasant, and Kalij pheasant. Visitors can also go on short hikes to explore the surrounding forests and enjoy the fresh mountain air.

Chelela Pass is open to visitors year-round, but it can be closed during the winter months due to heavy snowfall. Visitors should also be prepared for the high altitude and changing weather conditions by dressing appropriately and carrying enough water and snacks.

Phobjikha Valley

Phobjikha Valley is a picturesque valley located in central Bhutan. It is known for its scenic beauty, natural habitats, and the endangered black-necked cranes that migrate to the area during the winter months.

The valley is situated at an elevation of about 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) and is surrounded by mountains and forests. Visitors can take in the breathtaking views while exploring the valley’s many walking trails and hiking routes.

One of the highlights of Phobjikha Valley is the annual arrival of the black-necked cranes, which migrate to the area from Tibet in late October or early November. The birds stay in the valley until February, and their arrival is celebrated with a festival that includes traditional dances, music, and food.

The valley is also home to the Gangtey Monastery, an important religious site for the followers of the Nyingma tradition of Buddhism. The monastery was built in the 17th century and is known for its beautiful architecture and religious artefacts.

Phobjikha Valley is a peaceful and scenic destination that offers visitors a glimpse into Bhutan’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. It is accessible by road from Thimphu and other major cities in Bhutan, and visitors can choose to stay in one of the many guesthouses or lodges in the area.

Things to do in Bhutan

Here are the popular picks you can do in Bhutan in November.

Festival in November 2024

There are numerous festivals in November 2024. All festival in Bhutan has a very unique feature that represents the places, oral history, and tradition where the Bhutanese pass on values, mythology, and spiritual beliefs through dance dramas. People’s deep faith and devotion make these festivals a special occasion. Some of the most popular festivals you can combine with the Bhutan Tour are

  • Mongar Festival: 9th  to 11th November 2024 in Mongar Dzong.
  • Trashigang Tshechu: 9th  to 11 November 2024 in Trashigang Dzong.
  • Pemagatshel Tshechu: From 9th to 11th November 2024 in Pemagatshel Dzong.
  • Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham: From 15th November 2024
  • Nalakar Tshechu: From 15th to 17th November 2024 in Bumthang.
  • Black-Necked Crane Festival: 11th November in Phobjikha. Click here for Details
  • Bhutan Festival Dates for 2024

Frequently Asked Question

Is Bhutan Good to visit in November?

November can be a good time to visit Bhutan, as the weather is usually dry and cool with clear skies. However, it can also be quite cold, particularly at higher altitudes, so it is important to pack warm clothing. Additionally, some high-altitude treks and routes may be closed due to snow and ice. Check on how to plan the Bhutan Tour.

Another consideration is that November falls during the low season in Bhutan, so there may be fewer tourists and lower hotel rates. However, some tourist sites and businesses may have reduced hours or be closed during this time.

Overall, if you are prepared for the colder weather and are interested in experiencing Bhutan with fewer crowds and lower costs, November can be a good time to visit.

What is the climate in Bhutan in November?

The climate of Bhutan in November is quite soothing and well-balanced. The average temperature ranges anywhere between 12° C to 16° C during the day and at night it can fall to a minimum of 3° C to 6° C. If you are looking to travel this month then it’s best for a cultural tour.

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