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Bhutan Weather in November

Bhutan Weather in November

By Mike HoUpdated Jan. 30, 2023

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

Bhutan Weather in November: Overview

Bhutan Weather in November
  • Average temperature range: 3–20°C (37–68°F)
  • Average rainfall: 2–8 mm (0.0–0.3 in), depending on location
  • Average rainy days: 0–3
  • Average sunny days: 10–25

November is the end of autumn in Bhutan. The weather is generally mild during the daytime and cold at night with an average temperature ranging from 3°C to 20°C. November is the driest month of the year. Rainfall is extremely rare and light in November. It is also the last month of the autumn peak travel season, when it is still not too cold to do many outdoor activities in Bhutan.

Bhutan's Major Cities' Weather in November

City Min. Temp. (ºC) Max. Temp. (ºC)  Rainfall (mm)
Thimphu 3 20 13
Paro 5 18 0.4
Punakha -2 11 7

Thimphu: The lowest temperatures begin to approach freezing during November. With the minimum temperature dropping to 3°C (37°F), and the maximum temperature getting up to around 20°C (68°F), it is comfortable to do outdoor activities during the daytime.

Paro: The daily average temperature in Paro is around 14°C (57°F), with the minimum temperature dropping to 5°C (41°F) on average, and the maximum temperature reaching 18°C (64°F).

Punakha: Punakha is colder than other lower-altitude cities in Bhutan. The minimum temperature typically drops to -2°C (29°F), and the maximum daily temperature reaches 11°C (51°F) on average.

The Best Places to Visit in Bhutan in November

November is the last month of the peak season for visiting Bhutan. With its cool weather and clear skies, November is a good time to explore Bhutan's numerous national parks and historical relics. November is also a good time to experience the local culture (particularly to see traditional dancing) as there are some traditional festivals held in November. Here are some of the recommended places to visit if you are going to Bhutan in November.

1. Thimphu Dzong

Thimphu Dzong

As the major entry city for Bhutan, Thimphu conveniently offers rich travel resources in terms of culture and nature. Thimphu Dzong is a monastery that attracts tourists for its culture and great natural views. Also called Tashichho Dzong, it is located near Thimphu City on the west bank of Wangchhu River. As one of the most visited Buddhist monasteries in Thimphu District, Tashichho Dzong is now used as the offices of central government. Constructed in the year 1216 by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa, the Dzong is a place where you can learn more about Bhutan's more than three thousand years of history. It is worth your time to explore this impressive large structure as well as visiting the surrounding beautiful gardens and well-kept lawns.

2. Paro National Museum

Paro National Museum

If you are visiting Paro and interested in history and culture, the National Museum should be on your list. Located above Paro Dzong in Paro District, the National Museum is not only famous for its large numbers of collections, but also for its stunning views and its unique architecture. Collections in the National Museum include arms, ritual objects, clothes, jewelry, religious articles, and scroll paintings.

3. Jigme Dorji National Park

Jigme Dorji National Park

With the cool weather and clear skies in November is a good time to explore Bhutan's well-known national park: Jigme Dorji. Located 122 km (76 miles) from Thimphu city, Jigme Dorji National Park is a must-visit place on a trip to Bhutan. The second largest national park in Bhutan has a wide range of animals and plants in its 4,316 square km (1,666 sq. miles). You can watch wild species like the clouded leopard, Bengal tiger, Himalayan blue sheep, and Himalayan black bear.

4. Dagala Thousand Lakes

Dagala Thousand Lakes

If you are tired of visiting the temples and monasteries of Bhutan, it's time to amaze your eyes with the natural beauty of Bhutan. Dagala Thousand Lakes is the right place to have a rest, and trekking is the best way to explore the serene beauty of their valleys. The beautiful high-altitude lakes will give you awesome photo opportunities and breathtaking experiences.

5. Punakha Suspension Bridge

Punakha Suspension Bridge

Because of its close proximity to Punakha Dzong, Punakha Suspension Bridge is typically the destination following the Dzong. Punakha Suspension Bridge was constructed to connect Punakha Town with Punakha Dzong. The Suspension Bridge is known to many travelers for its breathtaking views of the river flowing below and undulating hillscape all around it. The 160-meter-long (525-foot-long) bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in Bhutan.

Crowding and Costs in November

November sees the last month of the peak season in Bhutan. It is not quite as busy as October or September. Many tourists' attractions are crowded, but not to the same extent as in other South Asian countries. With numbers of travelers restricted by the government, Bhutan's mediocre crowds are acceptable for most travelers. The cost of hotels depends on where you are going to stay and the hotel type you require. Many branded hotels book up quickly in November. So, research early to find the places to stay and best days to stay there, and book early to secure deals. Contact us — we can do all the research and booking for your ideal trip.

What to Bring/Wear in November

November is cool in Bhutan in the day, but quite cold in the evening. Pack warm clothes — long warm trousers, sweaters, jackets, coats... — with some lighter trousers and lighter top layers to change into according to the temperature. It is quite dry in November. So, bring anything that keep you and your skin from drying out. Rainfall is so rare in this month that there is no need to bring umbrellas or raincoats.

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