Winter in Thimphu can be chilly, with temperatures dropping down to as low as zero during mornings and evenings, but the afternoon is milder and pleasant and it is the only best time of the year to catch a spectacular view of the Himalayas.
With the sky as clear as it can get, and the climate remaining dry and sunny for most part of the day, one can enjoy and admire the view of some of the tallest mountain peaks in the world.
Drive up to Dochula, a 17-kilometer ride from Thimphu from where you can get a bird’s eye view of the majestic, lofty snow capped Himalayan range. Many photographers prefer winter to take pictures of the Himalayas, as it is clearer and brighter.
While at Dochula, you should also make it a point to visit the Royal Botanical Park, which is just a few kilometers away from Dochula. While at the park, one can enjoy bird watching or just relaxing close to nature and you don’t have to worry about the rain.
By visiting Thimphu during the winter, one can avoid the crowd and just travel about anywhere without much hassle and at a much more cheaper rate.
The lowest temperature during winter in Thimphu will be experienced sometime towards the end of January. Thimphu also usually experiences a one-day snowfall during mid January. This is also the time of excitement for the local Bhutanese as they are provided government holidays.
During the snowfall, you should climb up to Kuenselphodrang, which is a few kilometers ride from the city center. There, you will get to see the biggest statue of Lord Buddha seated on the face of a hill staring down at the Thimphu valley.
Once you are in Kuenselphodrang, you would also be able to catch a rare glimpse of the snow laden beautiful Thimphu city.
It is advisable to carry warm clothes, shoes and hats while visiting Bhutan at this time of the year as the temperature suddenly drops and the weather becomes colder as soon as the sun sets.
The temperature rises to an average 15c during the day and falls below zero at night.
If you are travelling by air to Bhutan during winter, you will also get to experience one of the most beautiful air travels before landing in Paro airport. Tourists rush towards the window of the plane to watch the majestic mountains and in winter, it provides you clear and unobstructed panoramic view of the entire Himalayan range, as you get closer to Bhutan.
Winter in Bhutan usually starts from mid November and ends in mid March. By the time its march, the temperature will slowly start warming up heralding the beginning of spring.
It is cheaper to travel to Bhutan during winter, as the tourists are required to pay only USD 200 a day as royalty and tariff. During spring and fall, tourists are required to pay USD 250 a day.