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Bhutan Weather in April 2024

Are you planning a trip to Bhutan in April? Read on to learn more about April weather in Bhutan, clothes to wear for the weather, and best places to visit in Bhutan in April.

Bhutan Weather in April: Overview

Bhutan Weather in April
  • Average temperature range: 4–18°C (39–65°F)
  • Average rainfall: 55 mm (2 inches), depending on location
  • Average rainy days: 5
  • Average sunny days: 25

The weather of Bhutan in April is mild during the day and cold at night, with an average temperature range from 4°C to 18°C. April is the middle month of spring in Bhutan. The temperature stays above freezing, making a good time to visit most parts of Bhutan.

Bhutan's Major Cities' Weather in April

City Min. Temp. (ºC) Max. Temp. (ºC)  Rainfall (mm)
Thimphu 7 20 58
Paro 4 15 60
Punakha 0 13 50

Thimphu: he weather of Thimphu is cool to warm in April, with average daily temperatures ranging from 7°C (45°F) to 20°C (68°F). The rainfall in April is about 58mm (about 5 days with rain). Outdoor sightseeing and activities are comfortable enough in April.

Paro: It is cooler in Paro in April, as it's higher up. The daily low temperature at night typically drops to 4°C (39°F) and the highest temperature during the daytime is around 15°C (59°F). Rainfall in this month is around 60mm, with 5 days or thereabouts of rain.

Punakha: The weather of high-up Punakha is still cold in April. The lowest temperature at night is around 0°C (31°F) and the highest temperature during the daytime is around 13°C (55°F). There are around 6 days of rain in April, with about 50 mm (2 inches) of rain.

The Best Places to Visit in Bhutan in April

Fresh weather, clear skies, and lush vegetation on the mountains makes April a good time to visit Bhutan. As the middle of spring, April is also the middle of Bhutan's peak travel season. All parts of the country are accessible. Here are some of the best places to visit in April:

1. Thimphu Dzong

Thimphu Dzong

Located near Thimphu city on the west bank of the Wang Chhu river. Thimphu Dzong is one of the most visited Buddhist monasteries in Thimphu. It's name in the local language is Tashichho Dzong. It is now used as the offices of the central government. Constructed in the year 1216 AD by Lama Gyalwa Lhanapa, the dzong (fortified monastic/administrative building) is a good place to learn more about the history of Bhutan. It is worth your time to explore this impressive, large structure as well as to visit the surrounding beautiful gardens and well-kept lawns.

2. Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro

Tiger's Nest Monastery

As one of the top destinations in Bhutan, Paro has many natural attractions and cultural sites. Tiger's Nest Monastery is a mixture of cultural and natural attractions. Located 3,120 meters (10,200 feet) above sea level in Paro Valley, the unique location and beautiful architecture makes it a popular photography spot which attracts lots of travelers from all over the world. Tiger's Nest Monastery has become the travel icon of Bhutan in recent years. You will be amazed by buildings seemingly clinging to a cliff at your first sight of the monastery. The lush green forested hills surrounding it with spring's new leaves would be a feast for your eyes.

3. Royal Manas Nature Park, Thimphu

Jigme Dorji National Park

April is a good time to explore Royal Manas Park, as the weather gets warmer and the animals wake from winter hibernation. It is Bhutan's top wildlife park, delighting animal specialists and nature lovers. Covering an area of 1,057 sq. km (408 sq. miles), the park is well-known for its great biodiversity, which includes numerous endangered wildlife species: one-horned rhino, Bengal tigers, clouded leopards, Gangetic dolphins, Himalayan black bears, and many more. If you are lucky enough, you can see the rare golden langur in the park. It is a popular destination for travelers with kids.

4. Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong

As one of the best-known destinations in Bhutan, Punakha has rich travel appeal. Punakha Dzong is the most recommended sight, one of the most visited attractions in Bhutan. Located on the banks of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in Punakha District, Punakha Dzong is the second oldest and largest dzong in Bhutan. The impressive feat of architecture used to be where all of Bhutan's kings were crowned. Now it is used as the government center of Punakha District. It is a good place to learn about the history and culture of Punakha and Bhutan. The complex and its majestic structures make a beautiful spot for photographers.

5. Thimphu Weekend Market

Thimphu Weekend Markets

If you want to experience local life in Bhutan, the weekend market in Thimphu is a good place. Located on the West bank of the river Wang Chhu, the weekend market is the busiest place in the capital each weekend. You can visit the weekend market from a Thursday night to the end of Sunday, where you can try local food, buy souvenirs, ingredients, all kinds of folk items, and various other Bhutanese products.

Crowding and Costs in April

April is the middle month of the peak tourism season in Bhutan — the busy time of spring, when many tourists come to Bhutan to experience its unique culture and amazing natural sites. Because of the restriction on tourist numbers imposed by the government, crowding is not the same as in other Asian countries. You won't have to wait a long time to enter the attractions. You would pay a higher price for your tour and hotels in April, but the ideal weather conditions and spring scenery may still entice you. You'd better book your flights as early as possible though, as April flights to Thimphu from nearby Asian countries are sold out quickly.

What to Bring/Wear in April

The temperature of April is very changeable — from place to place, day to day, and from night to daytime, so you'd better pack both warm clothes and some lighter clothes to cope with the temperature changes — everything from shorts, light walking trousers, and t-shirts to warm coats and windproof shell layers. There will be about 5–6 rainy days in April. It is recommended to take a waterproof mountain coat in case you meet a wet day or two.

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