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Bhutan Weather in September 2024

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

Bhutan Weather in September: Overview

Bhutan Weather in September
  • Temperature range: 11–21°C (52–70°F)
  • Rainfall: 90 mm (4 inches)
  • Rainy days: 12
  • Sunny days: 18

The weather of Bhutan is mild during daytime and cool in the mornings and evenings in September with an average temperature range from 11°C to 21°C. With the monsoon rain becoming less and less, September is the start of the busy travel season in Bhutan.

Bhutan's Major Cities' Weather in September

City Min. Temp. (ºC) Max. Temp. (ºC)  Rainfall (mm)
Thimphu 15 26 70
Paro 14 23 80
Punakha 4 14 110

Thimphu: The weather is pretty cool and pleasant in Thimphu in September. The temperature ranges from 15°C (59°F) to 26°C (79°F). It is warm and pleasant to tour Thimphu during the daytime in September. Rainfall decreases to low levels as the month goes on with about 70 mm (3 inches) in total.

Paro: Daily average temperatures in Paro in September range from 14°C (57°F) to 23°C (73°F). Rainfall becomes low-level at around 80 mm (3 inches) on about 12 days.

Punakha: Punakha is cold at night and mild at best during the daytime in September. The minimum nighttime temperature drops to 4°C (39°F) on average, and the maximum daytime temperature reaches only around 14°C (57°F). Rainfall is still at moderate levels in September, totaling an average of about 110 mm (4 inches).

The Best Places to Visit in Bhutan in September

With the less rain and clearer skies later in the month, September is the start of the second peak season of the year in Bhutan. It is a good time to explore the countryside by walking or trekking. Here are some of the best places to visit in Bhutan in September.

1. Thimphu Dzong

Thimphu Dzong

If you are visiting Thimphu for the first time, then Thimphu Dzong is a must-visit attraction. As one of the most famous Buddhist monasteries in Thimphu, Thimphu Dzong is now used as the offices of Bhutan's central government. Also named Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu Dzong was constructed in the year 1216 AD by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa. The Dzong has become an important tourism spot, which is famous for its impressive large structure as well as the surrounding beautiful gardens and well-kept lawns. It is a good place to learn more about the history and culture of Bhutan.

2. Dagala Thousand Lakes, Thimphu

Dagala Thousand Lakes

With its clear skies and clean air, September is a good time to explore the natural beauty of Bhutan. The Thousand Lakes area is one of the must-visit natural attractions in Bhutan. Located in Thimphu Valley, Dagala Thousand Lakes is a popular spot for trekking and camping. It offers relaxing and breathtakingly beautiful treks from one lake to another as a way to view this awesome valley. Its high-altitude lakes with blue and peaceful waters attract lots of photographers and meditation seekers.

3. Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro

Tiger's Nest Monastery

Also named Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Tiger's Nest Monastery is a popular attraction that you should visit in Paro. Located 3,120 meters (10,200 feet) above sea level on the side of Paro Valley, its unique location and beautiful architecture structure make Tiger's Nest Monastery a popular photography spot, which attractions lots of travelers from all over the world. It has become the travel icon of Bhutan in recent years. You may be amazed by the buildings seemingly clinging to a cliff at your first sight of the monastery. The lush green forested hills surrounding it are relaxing for the eyes and make a visit more enjoyable. Remember to wear a good pair of shoes as it is a moderately difficult climb up to its entrance.

4. Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong

As the second oldest and second largest dzong (fortified monastery/admin building in Bhutan), Punakha Dzong is one of the top attractions in Punakha, which is the third most popular travel destination in Bhutan. The extensive Bhutanese architecture used to be where all of Bhutan's kings were crowned. Now, it is used as the government center of Punakha city. It is a good place to learn more about the history and culture of Punakha and Bhutan. The complex and its majestic location is a beautiful spot for photographers.

5. The Folk Heritage Museum, Thimphu

If you have no idea what to do on a rainy weekend or afternoon, then the Folk Heritage Museum is a good place to spend your time and learn some folk culture of Bhutan. This 150-year-old mud-and-wood structure of three stories has lots of folk products and arts in its collections. The building itself is a complicated wooden structure, where, with a knowledgeable guide, you could learn about local workmanship. It is becoming a popular spot in Bhutan, which attracts many local visitors and foreign travelers.

Crowding and Costs in September

With less rain and mostly mild/warm weather, September is the start of Bhutan's peak travel season. More and more travelers fly to Bhutan in September, especially in late September. But traveler numbers are never very large as the government of Bhutan restricts tourist numbers. So, it won't be as busy as other nearby Asian countries. Hotel and flight prices increase during late September. If you decide to visit Bhutan in September, then book your flights, hotels, and tours in advance to save money, especially in the popular travel areas and dates when traditional festivals are held.

What to Bring/Wear in September

September is warm in lowland Bhutan in the day, but cool in the evenings and early mornings. Pack some warm-weather clothes — shorts, light trousers, skirts, T-shirts, light shirts, sun protection... — with some warmer trousers, pullovers/hoodies, and a light jacket to keep warm early/late in the day. There are still some rainy days in September. To avoid getting uncomfortably wet on the rainy days, which are only really an issue in the early weeks of September, it is recommended to take an umbrella or a light waterproof jacket.

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