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Things to Do in Bhutan in November

Bhutan in November greets you with clear blue skies and crisp weather. It marks the mesmerising transition from the monsoon season to the onset of the winter season. This month is a wonderful time to soak in the peaceful and serene ambience and explore the pristine beauty that Bhutan offers.

Some of the best places to visit in Bhutan during this month include the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro and the Bumthang Valley. The Phobjika Valley is a hub for bird watchers as it hosts the Black-Necked Crane Festival on 11th November. If you are a nature lover, you can visit the Jigme Dorji National Park to witness the diverse flora and fauna of Bhutan in their natural habitat. Even adventure seekers can find solace while trekking on the Jhomolhari trail or walking over the Punakha Suspension Bridge.

So, get ready to explore the fabulous landscapes and vibrant culture of Bhutan in November with Thrillophilia today!
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Essential Information About Bhutan in November

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Weather Conditions Of Bhutan In November

Bhutan in November marks the end of the autumn season and the beginning of the winter season. The average daytime temperature at this time is between 12 and 16 degrees Celsius, but it drops to 3 to 6 degrees Celsius at night. Towards the end of November, it gets even colder, especially in places like Bumthang and Gangtey, where you may see frost or light snow.

This month has clear blue skies and fresh air, and plenty of migratory birds arrive in Bhutan. It makes the month the best time to indulge in bird-watching activities. Some of the other wonderful things to do in Bhutan in November are trekking to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery and witnessing the sacred Jomolhari peaks.
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What To Pack For Bhutan Trip In November

For a trip to Bhutan during November, you should pack warm clothes like jackets and sweaters as the evenings and nights can be cold. You can also bring along lip balm and moisturisers to protect yourself from the strong winds and keep your skin hydrated.

If you plan to trek, you should pack several layers of clothing to stay warm. Moreover, a strong pair of trekking boots is essential since some areas may experience snow from mid-November. You can even bring a hat or cap to shield yourself from intense sunlight during the day.

Things to Do in Bhutan in November

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Enjoy the Black-Necked Crane Festival

You can visit Bhutan in November to witness the majestic Black-Necked Crane Festival when these birds migrate to Phobjika Valley. It is a beautiful sight to watch these graceful birds against the stunning backdrop of the Himalayas.

You can attend this festival on 11th November and learn about the spiritual and cultural significance of the cranes in Bhutan. During the festival, you can also see traditional performances, dances, and rituals that show the deep connection between the people of Bhutan and these magnificent birds.

Location: Gangtey Gonpa, Gangteng-Phobji Valley, Wangdurphodrang District, Bhutan.

Timings: 9.30 a.m. to late afternoon

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Attend Mongar Tshechu Festival

Attending the Mongar Tshechu Festival is another one of the amazing things to do in Bhutan in November. This festival takes place in the third week of the month and lasts for three days. It is celebrated to honour the Guru Rinpoche, who introduced Tantric Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century.

You can visit the courtyard of Mongar Dzong in eastern Bhutan and see traditional Bhutanese dances, art forms, and songs, which show the unique culture of the country. The festival also allows you to explore the authentic customs and traditions of the Bhutanese people.

Location: Mongar Dzong, Mongar, Eastern Bhutan

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05

Witness The Buddha Dordenma

Another spectacular activity to do in Bhutan in November is witnessing the Buddha Dordenma in the capital city of Thimphu. Standing at a height of 51 metres, this statue was built by Guru Padmasambhava in 2015 for the peace and prosperity of Bhutan with the rest of the world.

This massive bronze statue is painted in gold and surrounded by 1,25,000 smaller Buddha statues. You can capture stunning photographs against the backdrop of one of the largest Buddha statues in the world.

Location: Kuenselphodrang, Thimphu, Bhutan.

Timings: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Enjoy White Water Rafting

If you are an adventure lover, you can enjoy white water rafting in Bhutan in November. You can visit popular spots like the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu Rivers to navigate the stream that stretches up to 15 kilometres. Since the rivers are calmer during this month, you can enjoy the thrill of the white water rafting experience with your friends and family.

This activity allows you to relish scenic views of the luscious green valleys and snow-capped mountains while rafting. You can visit Punakha Dzong to raft in the Pho Chhu River for added excitement.

Location: Po Chhu, Mo Chhu, Mangde Chhu, Puna Tsang Chhu

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Hiking

Hiking is yet another exciting activity to participate in Bhutan during November. The country has some thrilling hiking trails like Gangtey Nature Hike, Taktsang Goemba Hike, and Khamsum Chorten Hike. Hiring a sherpa allows you to enjoy a wonderful expedition through the peaceful Bhutanese ranges. You can hike to the iconic Dochula to Lungchutse Lhakhang to see the majestic views of the surrounding mountain peaks.

Moreover, you can visit Chelela Pass for hiking and watching birds like Himalayan monals, blood pheasants, and Kalij pheasants. Hiking through Haa Valley to Katsho Goemba and Jana Dingkha with relaxing riverside walks is also a mesmerising experience.

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08

Visit Bumthang Valley

You can explore the Bumthang Valley in Bhutan in November, a haven of natural beauty. It allows you to discover historic monasteries like Jambay Lhakhang and Kurjey Lhakhang. You can enjoy picturesque landscapes and the spiritual heartland of Bhutan at an altitude of 2,600 metres.

Admire the breathtaking mountainside that is adorned with apple trees and ancient monasteries. The famous Trongsa Dzong in Bumthang Valley is a favourite spot for trekkers with its scenic trails passing through streams and pastures. You can experience the cultural significance of black-necked cranes associated with Gangtey Monastery.

Location: Bumthang District, Bhutan

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09

See artifacts at the National Museum

Visiting the National Museum in Paro lets you learn about the conservation of historical objects, artefacts, and inscriptions for future generations of the nation. It is situated above Paro Dzong which provides a historical journey through the heritage of the country.

This museum lets you explore artefacts, artworks, and exhibits that showcase the rich cultural tapestry of Bhutan. On your visit to this museum in Bhutan in November, you can learn about the evolution of the country from the Stone Age to a modern Mahayanist Buddhist kingdom. The star attraction displayed in the museum is the occurrence of the natural event when the mule lays an egg.

Location: P.O. Box No. 1227, Paro, Bhutan.

Timings:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Entry Fees:
BTN 100 to BTN 500 (INR 100.22 to INR 501.08)

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See wildlife at Jigme Dorji National Park

Seeing wildlife at Jigme Dorji National Park is among the thrilling things to do in Bhutan in November. It is the second-largest national park in Bhutan and covers regions of Gasa, Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, and Wangdue Phodrang. Here, you spot resident animals like Takins, Snow Leopards, Bengal Tigers, Himalayan black bears, and Red Pandas.

You can discover over 300 species of birds here that add melody to the ambience of the park. Some of the flora that you can find in their natural habitat in this park are orchids, rhododendrons, and the iconic Blue Poppy.

Location: RP9H+M2P, Gasa, Bhutan.

Timings: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Entry Fees: BTN 150 (INR 150.32)

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11

Walk over the Punakha Suspension Bridge

The pleasant weather conditions in Bhutan in November offer an attractive opportunity to walk over the Punakha Suspension Bridge. It is one of the longest suspension bridges that spans 160 metres above the Po Chhu River.
This bridge is made of steel cables and wooden planks that connect Punakha Dzong with nearby villages.

You can experience the thrilling sway and bounce as you walk across the bridge surrounded by beautiful Himalayan mountains. You can click pictures here with your friends and family and cherish the memory for a long time.

Location:
HVQ9+HXR, Punakha, Bhutan

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Trekking In Bhutan

If you want to satisfy the thrill seeker in you, trekking is one of the adventurous things to do in Bhutan in November. Through this activity, you can discover the less-explored countryside that offers views of pristine mountain lakes, endangered species, and majestic glaciers. Jhomolhari Trek is one of the popular routes that takes you through the diverse landscapes of the remote village of Lingzhi and rhododendron forests.

You can also opt for Druk Path Trek, which provides beautiful sights of Mount Gangkar Puensum and the Himalayan ranges. People who are looking for relaxation can undertake the Duer Hot Springs Trek to reward themselves with a soothing soak in the Duer Hot Springs.

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People Also Ask About Bhutan

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

    Some of the best things to do in Bhutan in November are:

    1. Enter the Tiger’s Nest Monastery:
    You can hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery built on a cliff and see the amazing views of the Himalayas.

    2. Explore Thimphu:
     On your visit to Thimphu, you can see numerous cultural sights like Tashichho Dzong and the National Memorial Chorten.

    3. Taste Bhutanese Cuisines:
    If you are a food lover, you can try popular dishes of Bhutan, like Ema Datshi, momos, and red rice.

    4. Visit Local Markets:
     A visit to the local markets in Bhutan allows you to buy souvenirs, like crafts, fabrics, and fresh food.
  2. Is November a good time to visit Bhutan?

    Yes, November is a good time to visit Bhutan, especially in the first half of the month. During this time, the weather is cool and dry to indulge in plenty of sightseeing activities. You can also trek in places like Phobjikha Valley to see the Black Necked Crane. However, it gets colder later in Bhutan in November with the arrival of the winter season.
  3. What is special about Bhutan?

    Bhutan is a small yet beautiful country that is special for its stunning natural beauty, ancient Buddhist culture, and happy people. The country is rich in tradition, with locals wearing traditional costumes and practising arts like textiles and wood carving. Buddhism is central to Bhutanese life, which attracts a myriad of tourists to achieve peace and spiritual well-being. With over 70% forest cover, the country is popular for preserving nature. You can explore the Tiger’s Nest Monastery and celebrate the festival of Punakha Tscechu with the locals in Bhutan.
  4. How many days are enough to explore Bhutan?

    A minimum of 7 to 10 days is enough to explore Bhutan in November. Within this time frame, you can visit the famous sights of Thimphu like the giant Buddha statue and Punakha for river rafting and monastery visits. If you are a bird lover, you can indulge in bird-watching activities in valleys like Punakha, Thimphu, Paro, and Phobjikha.
  5. How to reach Bhutan?

    1. By Air: The easiest way to go to Bhutan is by plane. Bhutan has one main airport called Paro International Airport. It receives flights from Indian destinations like Mumbai, Guwahati, Kolkata, and Delhi. It will take around 2 hours to reach Bhutan from these destinations in India, covering a distance of about 1,395 kilometres.

    2. By Road: There are three main border points from India to Bhutan: Jaigaon - Phuentsholing, Gelephu, and Samdrup Jongkhar. The Jaigaon - Phuentsholing border is about 170 km from Bagdogra in West Bengal. You can hire a taxi from places like Bagdogra Airport or Siliguri to reach any of these border points in Bhutan. Alternatively, you can take a direct bus from Kolkata to Bhutan, which will take around four hours to reach your final destination.
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