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Things to Do in Bhutan in May

1. Hike around Haa Valley
2. Visit the 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang
3. Explore the Authentic Handicrafts Market
4. Have fun at Rhododendron Festival
5. Visit the Valleys of Bhutan
6. See artefacts at the National Museum
7. See wildlife at Jigme Dorji National Park
8.  Walk over the Punakha Suspension Bridge
9. Visit Gangtey Monastery
10. River rafting at Mo Chhu River

Bhutan in May greets you with gorgeous blooming rhododendron flowers and lush greenery. It displays colourful landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and pleasant weather conditions during this time. The warm and sunny atmosphere offers an excellent chance to explore the stunning monasteries, vibrant markets, and breathtaking mountain views that Bhutan is famous for. 

Some of the best places to visit on Bhutan trip  are Tiger's Nest Monastery in Paro and the Punakha Dzong. The Phobjikha Valley also allows you to spot black-necked cranes. If you want to spend some time in nature, you should explore the Jigme Dorji National Park. People who are looking for some adventure can walk over the Punakha Suspension Bridge and see the fluttering flags around. Besides this, the month of May also allows you to indulge in river rafting, trekking, birdwatching and wildlife spotting in Bhutan.
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Essential Information About Bhutan In May

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Weather Conditions Of Bhutan In May

The weather conditions of Bhutan in May are warm and pleasant. Some areas in the country get occasional rainfall. In the south, near India, Bhutan is hot and humid, with temperatures up to 25 degrees Celsius. On the other hand, the higher regions like Thimphu and Paro are cooler, which makes them great for hiking. The countryside is lush green with blooming rhododendron flowers.

 These flowers add to the gorgeous scenic landscape of the country. Since May does not enjoy peak tourist season, there is less crowd. Hence, you can avail yourself of the hotels and tours at an affordable price.
02

What to Pack for Bhutan Trip

For a trip to Bhutan during May, you can pack lightweight hiking boots for trekking and visits to places like Tiger’s Nest Monastery. You should also bring ginger chews for motion sickness. It is important to dress in layers in Bhutan as the weather changes throughout the day. Hand warmers are also useful for chilly mornings and evenings.

You should carry toilet paper and hand sanitiser as public bathrooms are limited in Bhutan. It is also advisable to keep sunscreen and sunglasses for sun protection at high altitudes. For capturing the scenic beauty of the country, bring a camera with extra storage.

Things To Do In Bhutan In May

03

River Rafting

May is an excellent time for river rafting in Bhutan. During this time, the rivers are full to give an exciting experience to adventure lovers.  It allows you to flow gently down the river and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Some of the popular spots for river rafting in Bhutan in May are the Mo and Pho Rivers in Punakha. 

 The Mo Chhu River offers thrilling rapids and stunning views of Punakha Dzong. It also lets you see its luscious forests and deep valleys closely. On the other hand, the Pho Chhu River provides the best views of tall cliffs around the river.

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04

Hike Around Haa Valley

One of the exciting things to do in Bhutan in May is hiking around Haa Valley. It is a beautiful town in Bhutan with untouched nature. You can take the hike through these villages and dense forests on the Paro side.  It allows you to follow the traditional path used by Haa farmers to plant rice in the Paro Valley. 

You can also enjoy the gorgeous views of Gangkhar Puensum, Mount Jomolhari and Jichu Drakey along the way.  Even the rhododendron forests provide a visual retreat during your journey at this time.  It is a great hiking experience for 3 to 6 hours with your friends and family. 

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05

Visit The 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang of Paro

Visiting the 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro is a must-do activity in Bhutan during May.  Constructed by the Tibetan Emperor Songstan Gampo, it is one of the oldest and most revered temples in the country.  Many tourists are drawn to its beauty and history. Inside the temple, you will find many precious items hidden by ancient rulers.

 The courtyard has two orange trees that are believed to bear fruit all year round.  You can pray to deities like Vajrasattva, Palchen Heruka, and Vajrakilaya in this temple.  It also lets you witness 11 Buddha statues and other amazing architectural details. 
06

Explore the Authentic Handicrafts Market

Exploring the authentic handicrafts market in Thimpu is another exciting adventure in Bhutan in May.  This bustling market shows the rich craftsmanship of the country.  The Bhutan Art Gallery and the National Institute of Zorig Chusum are great places to find traditional Thangka paintings. 

If you are interested in Buddhist culture, the Bhutanese Crafts and Norzin Lam Street are the places to go for Buddha statues and sculptures.  You can also visit the Thimphu Post Office to explore the unique postal stamps of the country.  People who want to support local artisans can buy handicraft items from the Authentic Bhutanese Craft bazaar along Norzin Lam in Thimphu.
07

Have Fun at Rhododendron Festival

Attending the Rhododendron Festival is among the fun things to do in Bhutan in May.  This festival celebrates the blooming of the rich rhododendron flowers during springtime in Bhutan. During this festival, you can admire different species of these stunning flowers in their natural surroundings.  You can also enjoy local cultural programs, which feature masked dances, folk music and traditional games. 

Besides the natural beauty of the rhododendrons, you can also explore authentic Bhutanese arts and crafts at the festival.  It even provides you with the opportunity to walk through the Lamperi Botanical Park. and you can see 29 out of the 46 recorded rhododendron species in Bhutan here.
08

Visit The Paro Valley

Exploring the valleys of Bhutan in May offers an attractive experience of natural beauty and cultural richness.  From the beautiful landscapes of Phobjikha Valley to the rough mountains of Lheunste Valley, each destination has its own unique charm. 
Punakha Valley treats you to peaceful rivers and majestic Punakha Dzong. 

On the other hand, Paro Valley captivates you with its historic monasteries and lush rice fields.  You can also go on a peaceful drive to the Haa Valley or explore the mix of modern and traditional styles at Thimphu Valley.  Bumthang Valley is another worth-visiting place to soak in its calm surroundings.
09

See Artefacts At The National Museum

Among the top things to do in Bhutan in May, seeing the artefacts at the National Museum is a top choice for history buffs.  From the Stone Age to a modern Mahayanist Buddhist and multicultural kingdom, the museum displays the evolution of the country. It has various art galleries and interesting exhibits, including a unique event where a mule laid an egg. 

You can even witness a rich collection of festival masks, religious statues, and thangkas (scroll paintings).  This museum is a wonderful place if you want to learn about Bhutanese culture, history and traditions.  You will also be amazed to see the conch shell shape of the museum. 
10

See Wildlife At Jigme Dorji National Park

On your visit to Bhutan in May, you can see wildlife at Jigme Dorji National Park.  As the second largest national park in the country, it covers almost the entire region of Gasa.  Here, you can spot beautiful animals like Takins, Snow Leopards, Bengal Tigers, Himalayan Black Bears, Red Pandas, and over 300 species of birds. 

This park is also a paradise for nature lovers.  You can even indulge in trekking, hiking and bird-watching activities.  One of the famous signboards in the park says, ‘Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but memories’.  This way, you can immerse yourself in the stunning flora and fauna of this park
11

Walk Over The Punakha Suspension Bridge

One of the most exciting things to do in Bhutan in May is walking over the Punakha Suspension Bridge. It holds the title of being the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan. This bridge stretches over the Po Chu River with a length of 160 metres.  Despite its length and being a suspension bridge, it offers you a safe and enjoyable experience. 

While walking over this bridge, you will see beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the gushing river below.  The fluttering prayer flags also add to the spectacular sight on the bridge.  
12

Visit Gangtey Monastery

A must-do activity in Bhutan in May is visiting the Gangtey Monastery. It is the largest Nyingmapa monastery in the country.  This historical site offers a deep insight into the religious traditions of Pema Lingpa and shows attractive Tibetan architecture. You will be surprised to see the intricate woodwork in the massive hall of the monastery

The attraction also provides stunning views of the Phobjikha Valley.  You will surely feel calmer in this sacred place.  If you are lucky, you might even spot yaks or the famous black-necked cranes around the monastery.

People Also Ask About Bhutan

  1. What is the best things to do in Bhutan In May?

    River rafting- River rafting is one of the best things to do in Bhutan in May as it provides a blend of serene stretches and exciting rapids.

    Shopping in local markets- You can shop for a variety of traditional textiles, handicrafts and souvenirs from the locals in Bhutan during this time.

    Relish in delicious Bhutanese food- If you are a food lover, you can taste seasonal fruits and vegetables in Bhutan in May. You can also enjoy ema datshi, momos, and red rice.

    Hiking and trekking- Trekking is another wonderful activity in May that allows you to see the diverse flora and fauna of Bhutan.
  2. Is May a good time to visit Bhutan?

    Yes, May is a great time to visit Bhutan. It has warm weather with some humidity and cloudy mountains. Since Bhutan in May is less crowded, the prices of the hotels are also lower at this time. You have the chance to see blooming rhododendrons in May. These flowers provide plenty of photography opportunities in the colourful landscapes of Bhutan.
  3. What is special about Bhutan?

    Bhutan is special for its beautiful landscapes and strong Buddhist culture. It is the only Carbon Sink in the world, with over 70% of forest cover absorbing more carbon than it produces. The country is also famous for its handmade textiles, like shawls and scarves woven from cotton and silk. Known as the Land of Happiness, Bhutan offers stunning scenery, ancient monasteries, and unique cultural heritage.
  4. How many days are enough to explore Bhutan?

    A minimum of 7 to 12 days is enough to explore Bhutan. Within this time frame, you can cover major places like Thimphu, Paro, and Tiger's Nest Monastery in Bhutan. This period lets you experience Bhutanese culture deeply. You can also see the natural beauty of the country and learn about its unique culture during this time.
  5. How to reach Bhutan?

    By Air- Paro International Airport is the only airport in Bhutan that receives flights from different parts of the world. You can fly to this airport from major Indian cities like Delhi, Kolkata, and Kathmandu.  

    By Train- Bhutan does not have its own train system. However, you can go to stations like Siliguri, New Jalpaiguri or Hasimara in India. From these stations, it is a short road trip to the Bhutan border town called Phuentsholing.

    By Road- There are three border points in India to reach Bhutan, namely Jaigaon-Phuentsholing, Gelephu, and Samdrup Jongkhar. Most travellers prefer the Jaigaon-Phuentsholing border because it is easy to get an entry permit there. It will take you around 3 to 4 hours to reach Bhutan from Guwahati or Siliguri.
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