Experience the Beauty and Mystique of the Himalayas
Autumn in Bhutan brings crisp, dry air, vibrant fall hues, and smaller crowds, making October and November some of the best months to visit. Revel in Bhutan’s autumnal tranquility as you stroll through its ancient streets and alleyways, dive into seasonal festivals filled with music and dance, and explore ornate temples and towering statues, all set against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayan mountains.
Contact Global Air Charters today to plan your fall getaway to Bhutan and experience its extraordinary natural beauty and timeless history.
It’s All About the Weather
Bhutan’s notoriously hot and humid rainy season begins to subside in September, heralding the onset of cooler, drier air in October and November. Daytime temperatures hover in the mid-70s in autumn, making it an ideal time for hiking and exploring.
Here’s a list of some of our favorite things to do and places to visit on your excursion to Bhutan:
Black Necked Crane Festival
Begin your journey with the enchanting Black Necked Crane Festival in the Phobjikha Valley. As these elegant birds descend upon the valley, signaling the start of winter, locals celebrate their arrival with vibrant song and dance and riveting theatrical performances.
Witness this festival to appreciate Bhutan’s deep respect for nature and its commitment to conservation. The Black Necked Crane Festival takes place every November, with this year’s event scheduled for November 11.
Your next stop is the grand Punakha Dzong, also known as “The Palace of Happiness and Bliss,” an ancient, fortified monastery nestled along a crystal-clear river in the Punakha Valley. In autumn, the dzong’s whitewashed walls contrast brilliantly with the golden-brown hues of the surrounding trees.
Feel transported to an era where monks chanted, kings ruled, and history unfurled. The dzong, with its intricate woodwork and vibrant murals, is a testament to Bhutan’s rich architectural heritage.
No visit to Bhutan in autumn is complete without attending the Thimphu Tshechu. Held in the nation’s capital, Thimphu, this festival celebrates Bhutan’s spiritual heritage. You’ll be captivated by mask dances that narrate tales of yore, where deities and demons played their parts. The vibrant colors, rhythmic beats, and spiritual ambiance offer a glimpse into Bhutan’s heart and soul.
Taktsang Palphug Monastery
Perched precariously on a cliff, the Taktsang Palphug Monastery, commonly known as the Tiger’s Nest, serves as an emblematic representation of Bhutan’s spiritual fervor. Hiking up to this monastery in autumn is particularly rewarding.
The path, strewn with fallen leaves, leads you through a canopy of trees that display a riot of colors. Once atop, the panoramic view of the valley below and the aura of the monastery itself is nothing short of divine.
Buddha Dordenma Statue
The magnificent Buddha Dordenma Statue, a giant shimmering bronze monument, towers over the Thimphu Valley. As the sun casts its golden rays on the face of the Buddha, the statue seems to glow, embodying peace and benevolence. The Dordenma is an architectural marvel that serves as a spiritual and cultural epicenter for the Bhutanese people.
Hike Mount Jomolhari
For those with a penchant for trekking, autumn is the ideal time to hike Mount Jomolhari. Marvel at the clear, cloudless skies of fall, offering unimpeded views of the striking Himalayan mountains. Take an unforgettable journey as you hike through Mount Jomolhari’s verdant meadows, dense forests, and serene hamlets, immersing yourself in Bhutan’s natural beauty and timeless cultural tapestry.
Wrap up your Bhutanese autumn sojourn at the Wangdue Tshechu. Held in the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, this festival, like others, is a blend of dances, songs, and rituals. However, its mask dance is a visual treat that sets it apart. Engulfed in the festive spirit, you’ll witness a culture that, despite modern influences, remains deeply rooted in tradition.
Visit This Extraordinary Himalayan Country for Yourself
While October is just weeks away, there’s still time to arrange your charter flight to Bhutan. Skip the endless delays and inconveniences of commercial air travel and let Global Air Charters arrange your flight plans to suit your schedule.
Contact our flight coordinators today and experience the beauty and wonder of Bhutan this fall.