Bhutan in August | What to Pack, Weather and Things to Do!

Bhutan In August: A Complete Guide For A Trip

Bhutan in August offers you natural beauty at its best. You get to witness vivid landscapes adorned with lush greenery and colourful wildflowers. Although it receives an average rainfall of 284 mm daily, you will still have plenty of time and opportunity to explore Bhutan. You can visit popular places like Paro, Thimphu, Bumthang, Punakha, Gasa and Gangtey with Bhutan packages. Additionally, the month of August receives less crowd due to rain, allowing you to explore the country peacefully at your own pace. It is also an ideal month to explore Bhutan if you wish to have a budget-friendly trip.

If you are in Bhutan in August, you can also be a part of the annual Mushroom Festival. It is one of the most popular and colourful festivals in the country that takes place in Thimphu and Ura Valley. This festival offers you the perfect opportunity to explore the vibrant Bhutanese culture, try local delicacies and interact with the locals. You can also enjoy shopping at the local Weekend Market in Thimpu and purchase souvenirs like handicraft items, jewellery and textiles.
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Essential Information About Bhutan In August

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Weather Conditions in August

Bhutan in August is the end of the monsoon season. There is lesser rainfall as compared to July, however, it still receives an average rainfall of 284 mm regularly. This makes the climate and the temperature of the country quite warm and humid. The southern regions of the country like Paro, Punakha and Thimphu experience the highest temperatures, ranging between 14-25 degrees Celsius.

Whereas, the northern regions of Bhutan like Bumthang experience lesser rainfall and average temperatures of 13-23 degrees Celsius. The rainy season makes the road muddy and difficult, making it a fun challenge for adventure seekers.

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What To Pack

If you are planning to visit Bhutan during August then there is a list of essentials that you cannot miss. Since it is the monsoon season, packing umbrellas or raincoats is a must for your trip. For clothing, pack light and breathable clothes for a comfortable experience as it is going to be humid. Make sure to carry closed and sturdy shoes as the road will be slippery and muddy.

Remember to also carry light jackets as it can get cold at night. Additionally, carry other trip essentials such as a first aid kit, mosquito or insect repellent and ID proofs. Lastly, pack items like sunscreen and hats to protect yourself from the sun.

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Things To Do In Bhutan In August

03

Go To Taktsang Palphug Monastery

One of the best things to do in Bhutan in August is to trek to Taktsang Palphug Monastery, situated at an altitude of 900 metres.  Also known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery, it is located at the end of a cliff which requires a challenging three-hour trek to reach the temple.

As per the folklore, Guru Rinpoche came to meditate in a cave here, around which the monastery has been built. The monastery consists of several small temples and caves where you will get to see the statues, sacred texts, relics and murals related to Buddhism.

Location: Paro
Timings: 8 Am - 1 PM and 2 PM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free

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04

Matsutake Festival

Matsutake Festival is a popular annual festival that takes place in Bhutan during August. It is one of the most vibrant and happening festivals in Bhutan which celebrates the harvesting of Matsutake (a type of mushroom) and its natural flavours. During this three-day festival, you can join the locals in mushroom hunting in the forests and hills.

There are several cultural programmes organised by the local communities where all the locals and tourists gather together to rejoice and celebrate. This festival is one of the best times to experience the vibrant culture of Bhutan and relish in its delicious traditional dishes.

Location: Ura Valley in Bumthang and Genekha in Thimphu

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05

Climb up to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten (holy shrine) was built in 2004 by the queen of Bhutan, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck. As per the native mythology, the stupa was built to protect Bhutan from evil spirits as well as spread peace and harmony. To climb up to this shrine, you will have to pass through the lush green paddy fields and rice terraces which is a fascinating experience.

Inside the stupa, you will get to see various spellbinding paintings and sacred texts from the holy scriptures. There is a 15-foot-tall statue of God Vajrakilaya and the final rooftop floor has a golden statue of Sakyamuni Buddha.

Location : Punakha Valley
Timings: 9 AM - 12 PM and 1:30 PM - 5 PM
Entry Fee: Free

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Take A Bicycle Tour

Another one of the popular things to do in Bhutan in August is to participate in the ‘Tour of the Dragon’, an annual bicycle race. It includes two types of races; one with a longer route, covering a distance of 268 km and one with a shorter route, covering a distance of 60 km.

The race requires you to pass over four mountain passes with altitudes ranging from 2,800-3,500 metres. Whether you win the race or not, you get to experience the beauty of Bhutan as well as its vibrant culture. Locals as well as tourists from all over the world come to Bhutan to participate in this race.

Location: From Bumthang to Thimphu
Entry Fee: 268 km; 7,000 INR - 20,000 INR
                   60 km ; 2,000 INR - 8,400 INR

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07

Visit Rinpung Dzong

Also known as Paro Dzong, Rinpung Dzong was built in 1644 and it is a prominent landmark in Bhutan. It is a beautiful fortress-like monastery which is the classic masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture.

The monastery displays stunning illustrations of Buddha’s life as well as offers mesmerising views of Paro Valley and Paro Chhu River. If you are visiting Bhutan in August, you can also attend the popular Paro Tshechu festival which is hosted at Rinpung Dzong. 

Location: Paro
Timing: 9 AM - 5 PM
Entry Fee: Free

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08

See Buddha Dordenma

Make sure to visit the iconic Buddha Dordenma on your trip to Bhutan in August. This architectural wonder is one of the largest Buddha statues in the world, with a height of 50 metres.

The giant statue is made of bronze and gold as well as encompasses 12,500 miniature Buddhas. Built on top of a hill, this attraction also offers awe-inspiring views, overlooking the entire town of Thimphu.

Location: Thimphu
Timing: 9 AM - 5 PM
Entry Fee: Free

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09

See Artefacts At The National Museum

Located above Rinpung Dzong, the fortress was initially a watchtower, built in 1649. Later, in 1968, the watchtower was converted into a National Museum under the reign of Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, the third king of Bhutan. This national museum is one of the best places to visit in Bhutan in August as it displays over 3000 artefacts, most of which are donated by the royal family.

There are several floors in the museum, displaying Stone Age tools, bronze statues, collections of relics and Bhutanese dresses. A fascinating display in the museum is a stone egg of a horse and a dagger which belonged to Dorje Lekpa, a protector of the country.

Location: Paro
Timing: 9 AM - 5 PM
Entry Fee: 200 INR - 500 INR approx

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10

See Wildlife At Jigme Dorji National Park

Jigme Dorji National Park is the second largest national park in Bhutan, spread over a massive area of 4,316 sq km. The national park was established in 1974 to commemorate the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It has rich wildlife where you can spot animals including the royal Bengal tiger, panther, snow leopard, musk deer and Asiatic wild dogs.

You will also get to see the four national symbols of Bhutan such as the Cypress tree, Blue Poppy flower, raven bird and Takin animal. Jigme Dorji National Park also includes the largest number of hot springs in Bhutan where you can enjoy a refreshing bath. Additionally, the park offers enchanting trekking trails through snow-peaked mountains and alpine meadows.

Location: Gasa
Timings: 9 AM - 5 PM
Entry Fee: 150 INR

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11

Walk Over The Punakha Suspension Bridge

Punakha Suspension Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the entire world which was built by Thangtong Gyalpo, a Buddhist monk. This bridge was built to connect the villages of Bhutan such as Wangkha, Shengana and Samdingkha. The bridge is adorned with colourful prayer flags and offers stunning views of giant mountains and pristine rivers.

Walking over this 160-metre-long suspension bridge is one of the most popular things to do in Bhutan in August. Since there is no solid wooden or metal support under the bridge, it sways a bit while walking on it during strong winds, turning it into a truly thrilling experience.

Location : Punakha Valley
Timings: 9 AM - 12 PM and 1:30 PM - 5 PM
Entry Fee: Free

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12

Trekking In Bhutan

There are several exciting trekking trails in Bhutan, however, it becomes difficult to access some of them due to the occasional rains in August. One of the trekking trails that you can enjoy in Bhutan in August is the Paro Dzong trek, at a height of 900 metres.

Additionally, the popular Jigme Dorji National Park also offers a stunning trekking trail through the alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains. If you are an adventurous traveller then these are some of the trekking trails that you can explore on your trip to Bhutan, however, it is important to be extra cautious as the roads can be slippery and muddy.

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People Also Ask About Bhutan

  1. What are the best things to do in Bhutan in August?

    1. Matsutake Festival: To attend and be a part of the popular Matsutake Festival is an experience that you will never forget. It is a vibrant festival during which locals and tourists gather for mushroom hunting and cultural performances. 
    2. Tour of the Dragon: One of the best things to do in Bhutan in August is to participate in the Tour of the Dragon. It is an annual bicycle race during which you get to explore Bhutan, pass four mountain passes and witness the stunning views.
    3. Sightseeing: Sightseeing is the safest and the most popular option for tourists in Bhutan in August considering the monsoon. You can explore places like Paro Dzong, Ta Dzong National Museum, Buddha Dordenma and Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten.
  2. Is August a good time to visit Bhutan?

    Yes, August is a good time to visit Bhutan. You will get to witness the beauty of this country at its peak. The landscape becomes more vivid with lush greenery and colourful flowers. Moreover, due to less demand, you will be able to book hotels and flights at a budget-friendly price.
  3. What is special about Bhutan?

    The country of Bhutan is known for its mesmerising natural beauty, rich culture and spirituality. You can witness the stunning landscapes of Bhutan in places like Paro, Bumthang, Haa Valley and Gangtey Valley. For a spiritual and cultural tour, visit places like Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Rinpung Dong and Kyichu Lhakhang.
  4. How many days are enough to explore Bhutan?

    You should at least take out a minimum of 7-8 days for exploring the major attractions of Bhutan. During these 7-8 days, you can cover popular places such as Paro, Punakha, Thimphu, Gangtey Valley and Gasa. Additionally, you can also enjoy some of the adventure activities such as trekking, river rafting and mountain biking.
  5. How to reach Bhutan?

    The fastest and most convenient way to reach Bhutan is by air. You can book a direct flight to Paro International Airport which is around 3 km from the city centre of Paro. You can book direct flights from Indian cities like Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati. You can also opt for a scenic road journey from Jaigaon to Phuentsholing. You can either hire a taxi or drive yourself and reach your destination in approximately 5-6 hours. The other two border crossings in Bhutan are Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar.
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