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Bhutan Weather in July 2024: Climate & Places to Visit

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

Bhutan Weather in July: Overview

Bhutan Weather in July
  • Temperature range: 13–22°C (55–72°F)
  • Rainfall: 150 mm (6 inches)
  • Rainy days: 19
  • Sunny days: 12

At the peak of the monsoon season in Bhutan, July is humid and cool to warm in Bhutan with an average temperature range from 13°C to 22°C. July is a good time to see the vivid rural landscapes, green villages, and colorful wildflowers on the mountains as the moderate rainfall waters the countryside.

Bhutan's Major Cities' Weather in July

City Min. Temp. (ºC) Max. Temp. (ºC)  Rainfall (mm)
Thimphu 17 27 150
Paro 16 23 120
Punakha 7 16 190

Thimphu: The weather of Thimphu in July is mild to warm and humid, with average daily temperatures ranging from 17°C (63°F) to 27°C (81°F). Meanwhile, the wet season peaks, and there are about 22 days of rainfall totaling 150 mm (6 inches).

Paro: It is warm during the daytime and cool at night in July in Paro, the average temperature is around 20°C (68°F). The highest temperature per day reaches around 23°C (61°F) and the lowest temperature around 16°C (73°F). Rainfall averages 120 mm (5 inches) on 20 days, which is light to moderate.

Punakha: July is the warmest and wettest month in Punakha, with an average temperature ranging from 7°C (45°F) to 16°C (61°F), so it's cold to mild in this more-elevated destination. Punakha's rainiest month delivers about 190 mm (8 inches) of moderate rain on around 20 days.

The Best Places to Visit in Bhutan in July

As the wettest month of the year, July is in the low season for travel in Bhutan. But it is a good month to explore national parks, and the countryside of Bhutan, where you can see green paddy fields and beautiful blossom on the wildflowers on the mountains. Here are some recommended places to visit in July in Bhutan:

1. Thimphu Dzong

Thimphu Dzong

One of the most popular tour activities in Bhutan is visiting its numerous dzongs (fort-like places of monastic life or government work). As the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu has many dzongs to visit. One of the popular ones is Thimphu Dzong, which has been used as the seat of the government since 1952. Now it is home to the throne room and many other official offices of the king. Walking around the dzong, you will probably be amazed by its scenic surroundings and great architecture.

2. Chele La High Mountain pass

If you are tired of visiting monasteries in Bhutan, then take some time to explore the natural beauty of Paro. Chele La high mountain pass is one of the places to relax your eyes and have an adventure amongst nature. Some travelers have a once-in-a-lifetime experience riding a motorcycle up to the pass, which is at a height of almost 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) above sea level. It is a great road trip for viewing picturesque vistas on both sides. From the mountain pass, you can have a panoramic view of snow-capped mountain peaks, which could be a highlight of your trip to Paro.

3. Royal Manas National Park, Thimphu

Royal Manas National Park

As another alternative to the many monasteries of Bhutan, its national parks could be a good option for your trip to Bhutan. The oldest national park in Bhutan, Royal Manas National Park, is also its top visited wildlife park, popular with 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 covers numerous endangered wildlife species including the one-horned rhino, Bengal tiger, clouded leopard, Gangetic dolphin, Himalayan black bear, and many more. If you are lucky enough, you can see the rare golden langur in the park. It is, of course, a popular destination for travelers with kids.

4. Chimi Lhakhang Temple, Punakha

As one of the popular attractions in Punakha, Chimi Lhakhang Temple attracts lots of travelers all around the year. It is said that the temple is known for its ability to fulfill the dreams of those couples who were unable to get pregnant with a child. Many people from all over the world come to the temple to ask for blessings and good wishes. It is worthwhile to climb up to the top of the temple to get a panoramic view of the Punakha Valley. If you have more time, take a walking tour across the green paddy fields and villages around the temple can be very enjoyable.

5. Thimphu Weekend Markets

Thimphu Weekend Market

If you are looking for a place to experience the local life and meet local people, Thimphu Weekend Market is a good place. Located on the west bank of the river Wang Chhu, the weekend market is busy each weekend. You can visit the weekend markets from a Thursday night to the end of Sunday. You can buy local ingredients, souvenirs, and various local crafts.

Crowding and Costs in July

July is not a busy-travel season month in Bhutan due to its wet weather conditions. There are few travelers in its top scenic spots and attractions. You won't have to stand in line anywhere you visit. July is a good time to save money on Bhutan, as hotels and flights operate low-season pricing. Many branded luxury hotels and gorgeous boutique hotels offer discounts for the whole month. One disadvantage of this month is that flights are often delayed or canceled due to bad weather.

What to Bring/Wear in July

July is mild/warm during the daytime and cool at night. So, pack some warm-weather clothes — light trousers, skirts, T-shirts, light shirts, sun protection ... — with some long-sleeve shirts, trousers, and a light jacket or coat to change into according to morning/evening temperatures. With around 20 days of rain in July, it is recommended to take an umbrella or waterproof jacket for your stay in Bhutan.

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