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Bhutan Weather in October 2024 & First-Timers' Travel Guide

By Mike HoUpdated Jan. 6, 2023

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

Bhutan Weather in October: Overview

  • Temperature range: 7–18°C (44–65°F)
  • Rainfall: 40 mm (2 inches)
  • Rainy days: 4
  • Sunny days: 27

The weather in Bhutan is mild/warm during the daytime and cool at night in October, with an average temperature range from 7 to 18°C. With mostly dry weather and blue skies in most of Bhutan, October is a great time to explore Bhutan's natural scenery and cultural sites.

Bhutan Weather in October

Bhutan's Major Cities' Weather in October

City Min. Temp. (ºC) Max. Temp. (ºC)  Rainfall (mm)
Thimphu 9 24 40
Paro 9 21 50
Punakha 2 10 40

Thimphu: The weather is mild and less-and-less humid in Thimphu in October, with minimum temperatures dropping to around 9°C (48°F) and maximum daily temperatures reaching in the region of 24°C (75°F). It is often warm and very suitable for outdoor sightseeing in Thimphu during the daytime in October. Average precipitation in Thimphu in October is only around 40 mm (2 in), with about 5 days having a little rain.

Paro: It is quite cool in October in Paro. The average daytime peak temperature in Paro in October is around 21°C (70°F), with the minimum temperature dropping to 9°C (48°F) at night on average. With an average precipitation of around 50 mm (2 in), there are only about 2 days with light/moderate showers in Paro in October.

Punakha: Punakha is cold at night and cool during the daytime in October. The minimum night temperature drops to 2°C (36°F) on average, and the maximum daily temperature reaches only around 10°C (50°F). As with other popular places in Bhutan in October, there are about 4 days of rain with precipitation amounting to about 40 mm (2 in).

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The Best Places to Visit in Bhutan in October

October is one of the best months of the year to visit Bhutan. With its cool weather and blue skies, October is a good time to visit its numerous historical sites and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery. Here are some of the best places to visit in Bhutan in October.

1. Simtokha Dzong, Thimphu

Built in the year of 1629, Simtokha Dzong is now an important museum for learning the language and culture of Bhutan. The beautiful setting of the large complex is always a popular photography spot for travelers from all over the world. It is said that Simtokha Dzong was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who first unified Bhutan as a whole country.

2. Dochula Pass, Thimphu

October is a good month to explore Bhutan's gorgeous mountain-scapes as the sky is blue and weather is cool. Located on the east-west Road from Thimphu to Punakha, Dochula Pass is one of the most scenic mountains passes in the Himalayas. Dochula Pas is famous for its 108 memorial stupas, which were built by the eldest Queen Mother of Bhutan. It is a good place to explore Bhutan's amazing natural scenery. There you can view many snow-covered Himalayan peaks. It is also one of the most popular photography spots, attracting lots of photographers from all over the world.

3. Paro National Museum

Paro National Museum

As an important place to learn more about Bhutan's history and culture, the National Museum should be on your list if you are visiting Paro for the first time. Located above Paro Dzong in Paro District, the National Museum is not only famous for its large numbers of exhibits, but also for its stunning views and its unique building structure. Collections in the National Museum include arms, ritual objects, clothes, jewelry, religious articles, and scroll paintings, but there is much more.

4. Mo Chu River, Punakha

October is a good month to try Bhutan's numerous outdoor adventure activities, such as biking, hiking, and trekking. Mo Chu River is a good place to fulfill your outdoor holiday desires. The most popular activity at Mo Chu River is rafting. It offers a more-than-10-km (over-6-mile) stretch suitable for rafting. While you are rafting on the river, you can view Punakha Dzong, and the scenery of the forests and wild vegetation along both sides of the river.

5. The National Library, Thimphu

If Thimphu is your last destination in Bhutan, then spending some time in the National Library could be good way to wind down. Located in the beautiful Kawajangsa area of Thimphu, the National Library is a good place to learn more about the rich culture and religious heritage of Bhutan. Established in 1967, The National Library has a rich collection displaying the heritage of the country, including arts, paintings, and religious books. 2–3 hours there could make your knowledge about Bhutan deeper and wider.

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Crowding and Costs in October

October is just into the peak travel season in Bhutan. Tourists' attractions are more crowded than in the low season (rainy) months. But due to the restricted numbers of travelers set by the government, crowds are not as bad as in other Asian countries. The cost of hotels is higher in this month. Many branded hotels book up quickly in October, so research early to choose the best times to come and places to stay, and book early to secure deals. You are welcome to contact us — we can do all the research and booking for your ideal trip.

What to Bring/Wear in October

October is a bit cold in the evening in Bhutan and quite warm during the daytime in lower-lying areas. So, remember to pack warm clothes — including long trousers, sweaters, long-shirts, jackets, warm coats... — with some light trousers and even shorts and t-shirts to change into according to the temperature and activities. Rainfall is occasional in October in Bhutan. A light umbrella or waterproof jacket is enough to cope with any showery days.

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