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Bhutan in April

The trip to Bhutan in April gives you the opportunity to explore the mountains and hills that are dressed with fully bloomed wildflowers. While most of the Bhutan valley are clusters of red and pink lush rhododendrons brocade. Majestic distant views can be sighted and remain clear as far as your eyes can reach on most of high-altitude places and valleys along the trekking route.

Spring is also considered the most beautiful time of the year, with a spectacular array of bright colors. This is the time when locals are naturally mirthful and cheery. The valleys during this time are green with fresh vegetation and fruit trees are blossoming. During this time the visitors are most welcome and you can also witness the famous Paro Tsechu festival.

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Weather and Climate Condition in Bhutan in April

In April, the weather turns out to be its finest and enjoys an overall increase. During this month you can perceive temperature rising continuously from the previous month. Bhutan’s most beautiful Bumthang valley reaches about 5°C which is the average temperature of Bhutan. Clear skies dominate the entire month and give a golden chance to all kinds of Bhutan trekking with only a few days’ rainfalls.

Most of the outdoor activities like trekking, hiking, city tour, etc are also appropriate for nights during this season. The temperature at night also makes staying overnight outside along the trekking route much warmer than the previous months. The air remains to be dry with strong ultraviolet rays in the daytime so sunscreen and skincare products are much needed.

We have collected the detailed and latest weather and climate information about the towns and regions listed below which can help you get more information about the weather and climate in Bhutan’s most attractive towns and regions.

bhutan in april

Paro Weather in April

Average Maximum Temperature: 17 °C

Average Minimum Temperature: 7 °C

Average Temperature: 12 °C

Clear Days: 25

Precipitation: 4 mm

Wind Speed: 5 km/h

The weather in April is at its finest so it is considered as the busiest month for tourism, and the Paro Airport remains busy receiving visitors from all over the world during the peak season.

Beautiful rhododendrons continue to prosper and can be surprisingly found in some high-altitude places in Paro with the maximum temperature rising to 17 °C. These amazing flowers color the valley pink and cover the entire mountain hills red, growing in clusters and making Paro a wonderful place difficult to leave.

The early morning showers or the afternoon rainfalls followed by the clear up makes the rainfall in April becomes very little. The wind during this time tends to soothe a little bit with the wind speed at approximately 5 km/h. Someone who gets off the plane and is ready to see this Himalaya kingdom is impressed by the weather during April in Paro.

Thimphu weather in April

Average Maximum Temperature: 16 °C

Average Minimum Temperature: 7 °C

Average Temperature: 12 °C

Clear Days: 25

Precipitation: 5 mm

Wind Speed: 4 km/h

Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan is only 55 km away from Paro and just a 2-hour drive from it. So the climate of both significant towns exposed a ton of similarities in April. You can expect a pleasant temperature arriving at 16 °C in the daytime, while around evening time, the temperature drops marginally a piece to 7°C with the apparent temperature entirely agreeable.

Contrasting with other western towns, Thimphu has similarly wet air, for the spring precipitation initially decreasing in Thimphu. But it doesn’t mean Thimphu is a stormy city in April. Rains in April are as yet the brief span shower toward the evening and just a couple of days have the precipitation.

Jakar Weather in April

Average Maximum Temperature: 18.5 °C

Average Minimum Temperature: 6 °C

Average Temperature: 12 °C

Clear Days: 29

Precipitation: 2 mm

Wind Speed: 10 km/h

Another popular town located in Bumthang valley in central Bhutan is Jakar located at 2,587 m. Jakar attracts a large number of visitors to come in April every year mainly by its natural sceneries and short-day treks around as it is the capital of Bumthang District.

With plenty of sunshine and great visibilities, the daytime weather becomes perfect for trekking and broad valley sightseeing. These short treks take you to some lush forests with towering pristine trees and fully bloomed wildflowers. For visitors who plan a short term trek in the Bumthang area, April Jakar serves as the best place.

The air remains to be dry with moderate wind speed and rainfall is rarely seen in this month. As the temperature in other western towns, the daytime temperature may not be as high but the perceived temperature is warmer and comfortable.

Bumthang Weather in April

Average Maximum Temperature: 7 °C

Average Minimum Temperature: -1 °C

Average Temperature: 4 °C

Clear Days: 28

Precipitation: 4 mm

Wind Speed: 9km/h

The average temperature starts from 4 °C to 5°C and it starts to become warm during April in Bumthang. However, most of the days are sunny so the daytime temperature is much higher than you can expect. It is difficult to see rains during this month, and if it rains then it is during the morning or at night. The wind is moderate in the valley but the air remains to be dry, so don’t forget to keep your skin moisturized with sunscreens if you stay outside.

Accommodation in Bhutan during April

Accommodation in Bhutan is of a wide variety but to get the stay of your desire during the peak season you need to do your booking in advance.

There are four kinds of accommodation travelers can choose from homestay, resorts, hotels, and farm stay. The majority of budget 3-star and 4-star hotels are also very popular among travelers except for huge luxury hotels. The guest rooms are comfortable, big enough and very clean with basic facilities but the hotels are not very large. Homestay and farm stays are good choices if you want to experience the local culture and life, traditional Bhutanese style hotels.

The top destinations where there are more and better hotels than other cities in Bhutan are Paro, Thimphu and Punakha.

Festival to Attend in Bhutan in April?

festivals in bhutan

Here are some festivals you can attend during your trip to Bhutan in April.

  • Rhododendron Festival
  • Domkhar Tshechu
  • Ura Yakchoe

Rhododendron Festival

Bhutan’s Rhododendron Festival celebrates the rhododendron flowers that bloom abundantly in Bhutan. It also displays kinds of characteristic species that are the most representative in their natural habitat. The Rhododendron Festival is held during the middle of April to the end of it in Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu.

The gorgeous garden walk and prepared exhibition attract a great number of visitors during the festival. The festival also provides Bhutan cuisines to taste and traditional games to attend with constant words of praise.

Ura Yakchoe

Ura Yakchoe is a three-day festival that commemorates the presence of the future Buddha Maitreya and the unforgettable journey into the center of Bhutan. Ura Yakchoe is one of the most famous dances in Bhutan. The mask and folk dances are performed during the festivals. Also, the sacred object of virtue is put on display from which people could receive the blessings.

Domkhar Tshechu

One of the biggest festivals in the Bumthang area is Domkhar Tshechu. Locals are dressed in colorful traditional gowns with handmade masks on their faces. To mark the birthday of Guru Rinpoche, the Indian saint who visited Bhutan in the 8th century people celebrates this festival.

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How difficult is it to get a Visa to Bhutan in April?

All the tourist except visitors from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives needs Bhutan visa before traveling to Bhutan. The visa is issued in Thimpu or directly through a foreign agent as there are no embassies abroad to grant the Bhutan tourist visa.

Your travel agency will apply for the visa and will give you the visa reference number issued by the Bhutan government before your departure.

Bhutan is open all year round and doesn’t have any restrictions to visit. As April is the month of high season tourism the number of visa applicants may increase gradually.

The visa is processed within five working days during this time as it is a peak season. It is not difficult to get a visa as long as you choose the right agency and meet all the requirements.

What to Pack for Bhutan in April?

You may need to pack both the cool and warm clothes, depending on where you are heading. The south of the country rarely gets cold while you will need to have warmer clothing at some high-altitude places and also for the colder weather at night, in the North.

If you are trekking, then you should include plenty of layers to keep you warm or cool as you trek. You will also require trekking boots to not have any difficulties during the trek. A decent strong pair of boots or shoes is necessary for those not trekking, as the roads in Bhutan can be rough in some places.

You might also need sunglasses and a hat since the sun can get a little stronger than you might expect during April. Moisturizer and lip balm is a good idea for the chaffing winds as the northwest is quite windy.

You can bring normal clothes such as t-shirts and slacks, jeans, trekking pants, and bring a warm jacket or sweaters, that you would wear anywhere as the temperature remains to be low in some places in April.

Places to Visit in Bhutan

It can be difficult to decide what to do and make the most of your money. We have listed out the most amazing places that you can visit in Bhutan in April that shows the most of Bhutan in all ways possible.

There are 4 places that you can visit during your trip to Bhutan in April. All 4 places have their unique ways of expressing beauty.

  • Paro – International airport and Tiger Monastery
  • Thimphu – Capital of Bhutan
  • Punakha – Adventure and Culture
  • Himalaya – Festival, and Treks

tiger nest monastery

Things to do in Paro

The only international airport located in Bhutan is located in Paro. If you have a full day in town you can visit a few places

  • The National Museum
  • The Paro Dzong
  • The Drukgyel Dzong

There is one major attraction that nobody misses when they visit the country and that is Tiger’s Nest Monastery. People who are visiting Bhutan either do it on their first day or last day.

Tiger’s Nest Monastery also known as Taktsang Monastery is located just outside of Paro and is the most popular place to visit in Bhutan. It was blessed as one of Bhutan’s most sacred sites and is worth visiting.

Since people don’t spend so many days in the country, this is popular because it takes just a couple of hours to climb and is also close to the airport.

Getting to see the incredible monastery that clings to the side of a cliff is what makes this trek so spectacular.

Things to do in Thimpu

Thimpu is the capital city of Bhutan which has many things to offer. This is usually the next stop on your Bhutan tour. Spending a day or two in the city and exploring all the sites are worth your time. Places that you can visit during your stay in Thimpu are

  • Buddha Dordenma
  • Dechen Phrodrang Monastery
  • Changlimithang Stadium and Archery Ground
  • National Memorial Chorten

Things to do in Punakha

The district of Punakha is usually the next stop from Thimpu. There are plenty of things that can be done in Punakha. Until 1995, Phunaka the capital of Bhutan later it was moved to Thimphu. It is set within the Punakha Valley where the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu rivers meet.

Places that you can visit in Punakha are:

  • Dochula Pass
  • Punakha Dzong
  • Suspension Bridge
  • Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Fertility Temple

Compared to Paro and Thimpu, Punakha has a lot more to experience. Some places offer nightly shows highlighting Bhutan culture.

Trek to Himalaya

In Bhutan, the treks range from 2 days to 25 days. They can be fairly easy for the relatively fit, to the most difficult trek on earth.

Several day hikes will give you a glimpse of what it is like to hike in the mighty Himalaya mountain range if you have limited time.

Besides, interacting with the local people during the trek and trying out their culture can also be one of the most memorable moments of your tour.

Since Bhutan has kept tourism to a minimum by imposing a $250 per day tariff, people still get excited to see the tourists and enjoy sharing about life in Bhutan. They are eager to know about your home country and also are there to make sure you are having the best time possible.

Conclusion

The weather in Bhutan during April can be quite pleasant and go through a general increase in all parts of Bhutan. The temperature during the day rises and night decreases making the stay outside more comfortable.

With an excellent visibilities and clear skies, the views of mountains and valleys are more blissful.

April becomes one of the most favorable time for outdoor activities and trekking with only short-time rainfall. Despite the package cost, the magnificent views of Bhutan in April is definitely worth the money.

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