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Bhutan Weather in August 2024

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

Bhutan Weather in August: Overview

Bhutan Weather in August
  • Temperature range: 12–22°C (54–72°F)
  • Rainfall: 150 mm (6 inches)
  • Rainy days: 19
  • Sunny days: 12

In the monsoon season, August is the second wettest month of the year in Bhutan. The weather of Bhutan is mild and moderately rainy in August with an average temperature range from 12°C to 22°C. The high altitudes areas are much cooler than the lower ones. The rains don't last all day, and are usually moderate-to-heavy showers. Even in the monsoon season there are some fine days.

Bhutan's Major Cities' Weather in August

City Min. Temp. (ºC) Max. Temp. (ºC) Rainfall (mm)
Thimphu 16 27 385
Paro 15 24 406
Punakha 6 15 160

Thimphu: The weather is warm during the daytime and cool at night in Thimphu in August. The temperature ranges from 16°C (61°F) to 27°C (81°F). There are up to 20 days of rain in August in Thimphu.

Paro: It is cool to warm in Paro in August. Daily average temperatures in Paro in August range from 15°C (59°F) to 24°C (75°F). It rains mostly only lightly for about 19 days of the month.

Punakha: Punakha is pretty cool at night and warm during the daytime in August. The minimum night temperature drops to 6°C (43°F) on average, and the maximum day temperature reaches around 15°C (59°F). There is a moderate 160 mm (6 inches) of rainfall.

The Best Places to Visit in Bhutan in August

Due to its wet weather conditions, August is not among the low season travel months in Bhutan. However, it is a good time to appreciate the green scenery of Bhutan's countryside, blossoming wildflowers on the mountains, as well as the delicious fruits freshly harvested in August. Here are some top places to visit in August in Bhutan:

1. Thimphu Dzong

Thimphu Dzong

No matter when you visit Bhutan, dzongs (fortified monastery/admin buildings) are a must-visit attraction. As one of the most famous Buddhist monasteries in Thimphu, Thimphu dzong is now used as the offices of central government. Constructed in the year 1216 by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa, the dzong has 900 years of history. You can learn more about the history and Buddhist culture of Bhutan there. Exploring this impressive large structure, as well as visiting the surrounded beautiful gardens and well-kept lawns, is well worth your time.

2. Jigme Dorji National Park

Jigme Dorji National Park

August is a good time to explore the Jigme Dorji National Park, as the frequent showers make everything clean and green. Located about 122 km (76 miles) from Thimphu city, Jigme Dorji National Park is a must-visit place for nature during a trip to Bhutan. The second largest national park in Bhutan offers a wide range of animals and plants. Covering an area of about 4,316 sq. km (1,666 sq. miles), you can see wild species like the clouded leopard, Bengal tiger, Himalayan blue sheep, Himalayan and black bear.

3. Haa Valley

If you are a nature and wildlife lover, then the Haa Valley should also be on your bucket list for a trip to Bhutan. Located in western Bhutan on the border with Sikkim, India, the Haa Valley offers a great chance to view Bhutan's rich diversity of plants and animals. The best way to explore the Haa Valley is by biking or hiking. You can enjoy breathtaking views while riding a bike on the beautiful biking trails spread across the whole valley. The hiking paths through the valley give you amazing views of the beautiful nature of Bhutan.

4. Punakha Suspension Bridge

Punakha Suspension Bridge

If you are visiting Punakha in August, then its Suspension Bridge is a good destination. Punakha Suspension Bridge is known for its breathtaking views of the river flowing below and lush green hills all around it. The often-occurring downpours of August makes the river more spectacular. The 160-meter-long (525-foot-long) bridge is one of the key elements that makes Punakha a popular travel destination in Bhutan. The longest suspension bridge in Bhutan, Punakha Suspension Bridge, was constructed to connect Punakha Town with Punakha Dzong.

5. Paro National Museum

Paro National Museum

If you don't want to go out during the wet days in August, then Paro National Museum is a good place to spend your free time and learn more about the history and culture of Bhutan. Located above Paro Dzong in the Paro District, the National Museum is not only famous for its large numbers of collections, but also for its stunning views and its unique structure of its building. Collections in the National Museum are including arms, ritual objects, clothes, jewelry, religious articles, scroll paintings, and much more. A half-day there can help you get closer to the culture of Bhutan.

Crowding and Costs in August

August is in Bhutan's monsoon season. Some places see rain on more than 20 days. Few travelers choose this time to visit Bhutan, so you could enjoy your time in the scenic spots and tourist sights quietly and relaxed. With what are standard costs in the high season, you can enjoy a high level of hotels and flight class. Many branded luxury hotels and gorgeous boutique hotels offer discounts for the whole month. One disadvantage of August is that flights are often delayed or canceled due to bad weather.

What to Bring/Wear in August

August is among the summer months of the year. It can be warm during the daytime and is cool/mild at night. So, pack some summer clothes — shorts, light trousers, skirts, t-shirts, light shirts, hat, sun protection... — with some long-sleeve shirts, pullovers, hoodies, thicker trousers, and a light jacket or coat to put on according to the temperature. With more than 20 days of rain in August, it is recommended to take umbrellas or waterproof jackets for your stay in Bhutan.

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