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Bhutan In October: A Complete Guide For A Trip

Bhutan in October marks the onset of the Autumn season, turning the landscape more vibrant and alluring. Explore the country under clear blue skies, cool breezes, sunny weather and comfortable temperatures. October offers you a wholesome trip during which you can admire the serene landscapes as well as enjoy adventure activities.

Some of the most popular attractions that you can visit in October include Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Punakha Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Chele La, Buddha Dordenma and Lhuentse. You can also enjoy fun outdoor activities like trekking, paragliding, mountain biking, rafting and rock climbing. Bhutan offers several enticing trekking trails that you can explore such as Jomolhari, Dagala Thousand Lakes, Snowman, Druk Path and Bumthang Owl.

Moreover, the month of October is ideal for experiencing the rich culture of Bhutan. During your Bhutan trip, you can attend various popular festivals such as the Royal Highlander Festival, Jomolhari Mountain Festival, Gangtey Tsechu, Wangdue Tsechu and Thangbi Mani Festival. Due to the series of festivals, the entire month of October becomes vibrant and lively with cultural programmes and religious rituals.
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Essential Information About Bhutan In October

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Weather Conditions Of Bhutan In October

After months of rain, the month of October welcomes clear blue skies and bright sunny days. You will get to experience comfortable weather with the average temperature ranging from 10-23 degrees Celsius. The higher altitude regions like Bumthang and Jakar are comparatively colder with average temperatures of 6-18 degrees Celsius.

Bhutan in October is truly a treat for sore eyes, offering clear views of the stunning Himalayan ranges, surrounding valleys and golden paddy fields. This month generally remains flooded with tourists as it is one of the peak times to visit Bhutan.

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What to Pack For Bhutan Trip

If you are planning a trip to Bhutan during October then here is what you need to pack. For clothing, pack lightweight and breathable clothes like shirts, shorts, dresses and t-shirts. Remember to also carry a pair of light jackets as it gets chilly at night. If you are planning on trying out adventure activities then make sure to pack well-fitted yet comfortable clothes.

Carry footwear like flip-flops for exploring attractions and sturdy shoes for outdoor activities. 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 your skin from the sun.

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Places To Visit In Bhutan In October

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Rinpung Dzong

Built in 1644, Rinpung Dzong is commonly known as Paro Dzong and serves as a prominent landmark of the country. The structure of the monastery is similar to a fortress, displaying traditional Bhutanese architecture. Inside the monastery, you will get to see stunning illustrations of Buddha’s life, ancient relics, statues and murals.

This monastery hosts a popular Paro Tshechu festival which is a must to attend if you are visiting Bhutan in October. It is a vibrant festival celebrated to commemorate Guru Rinpoche with mask dances, colourful costumes and folk songs. 

Location: CCGF+Q54, Paro, Bhutan
Timing: 9 AM - 5 PM
Entry Fee: Free

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Chele La

Situated at an altitude of 4000 metres, Chele La is one of the best places to visit in October for all adventurers and trekkers. Chele La offers clear views of Mount Jomolhari as well as several various crystal-clear lakes. The road to Chele La is the highest motorable road in the country, offering awe-inspiring views throughout the journey.

The route also offers several trails ideal for hiking where you can also spot a wide range of flora and fauna. While hiking up the mountain, you will also get to witness white poppies which can only be found on this specific mountain range in the entire world.

Location: Paro
Entry Fee: Free

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Buddha Dordenma

Make sure to visit the iconic Buddha Dordenma on your trip to Bhutan in October. 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 offers awe-inspiring views, overlooking the entire town of Thimphu. This statue was built to promote Buddhism as well as spread peace and prosperity worldwide. 

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

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Wangdue Phodrang Dzong

Wangdue Phodrang Dzong was built in the 17th century by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the founder of Bhutan. The temple is situated on a ridge between the pristine Puna Tsang Chhu River and the Dang Chhu River, offering mesmerising views of the surrounding valley. Unfortunately, the beautiful structure was destroyed by fire in 2012 after which the locals and the government helped reconstruct it.

There are three huge courtyards; the first is for administrative purposes, the second is for religious activities and the third is for religious functions. The structure also includes a huge congregation hall, a tall tower and a separate shrine for deities.

Location: FVFW+QP9, Bhutan
Entry Fee: Free

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Lhuentse Dzong

Situated on a rocky outcrop, Lhuentse Dzong was built in 1654 by Mingyur Tenpa, a governor of Trongsa. The structure was reconstructed several times in 1962, 1972 and 1974 after significant damage by earthquake.  Apart from being a religious site, the dzong is also the administrative capital of the entire Lhuentse district.

As per the native beliefs, it was the ancestral home of the Wangchuck dynasty and currently, it is home to 100 Buddhist monks. The Dzong is built amidst a scenic location in the KuriChhu Valley, surrounded by tall mountains and right next to the Kuri Chhu River. 

Location: M58P+6MJ, Lhuntse, Bhutan
Timing: 9 AM - 5 PM 
Entry Fee: Free

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Taktsang Palphug Monastery

Located at an altitude of 900 metres, Taktsang Temple is also known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. As per the folklore, Guru Rinpoche came to meditate in a cave here, around which the monastery has been built. It requires a challenging three-hour trek to reach this temple which is situated at the end of a cliff.

Once you reach the temple, you will get to witness mesmerising views of snow-peaked mountains, gushing rivers and lush green fields.  The structure consists of several temples and caves where you will get to see the statues, sacred texts, relics and murals. 

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

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09

Punakha Dzong

Built in the 17th century, the Punakha Dzong is the second largest as well as the second oldest temple in Bhutan. Also known as the ‘Palace of Great Bliss’, it is situated at the meeting point of two eminent rivers, Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu. Inside the monastery, you will get to see Buddhist manuscripts, sacred figures, religious paintings and lifelike portraits of saints.

There is a huge central courtyard which consists of the remains of the founder of the country of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This temple holds great religious significance for the locals and is a must-visit place in Bhutan in October. 

Location : HVJ7+V6Q, Bhutan
Timing: 9 AM - 5 PM
Entry Fee: Free

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Haa Valley

Located at a height of 2,670 metres, the mesmerising natural beauty of Haa Valley makes it one of the best places to visit in October. Located close to the Indo-China border, this valley connects popular districts like Paro, Samtse and Chhukha. There are a few popular attractions nestled in the valley such as Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple), Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple) and the Haa Gompa.

The entire valley is surrounded by huge mountains and offers a serene and soothing atmosphere, making it an ideal getaway destination. There are several cosy resorts and hotels at the Haa Valley where you can enjoy a comfortable stay and get insight into the local Bhutanese culture.

Location: Haa Valley
Entry Fee: Free

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Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park

Established in 1995, Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park is a prominent landmark and must be included in your itinerary of Bhutan in October. Spread over an area of 670 square metres, this park is an ideal destination for all nature and wildlife enthusiasts. The national park is famous for an old Chir pine forest which is only found here in the entire country.

It is home to several species such as 39 mammals, 139 butterflies, 16 fishes and 270 birds. You can also spot animals like the Royal Bengal Tiger, golden cat, leopard, red panda, musk deer and gaur. 

Location: 6C97+X2J, Bhutan
Timing: 24 hours
Entry Fee: 150 INR

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People Also Ask About Bhutan

  1. What are some of the best places to visit in Bhutan in October?

    Some of the best places to visit in Bhutan in October are as follows : 
    1. Chele La: Chele La offers mesmerising scenery and the highest point in Bhutan that can be accessed by vehicles. There are several stunning hiking trails on this route where you can also find the white poppies which is a speciality of this region only.
    2. Buddha Dordenma: The 50-metre-tall statue of Buddha Dordenma is one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. A fascinating fact is that this statue consists of 12,500 miniature statues of Buddha which can only be observed from a close distance.  
    3. Haa Valley: Haa Valley is one of the most stunning locations in Bhutan which is known for its natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere. It is located close to the Indo-China border and includes attractions such as Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple), Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple) and the Haa Gompa.
    4. Taktsang Palphug Monastery: Also known as the Tiger’s Nest, Taktsang Palphug Monastery is one of the most popular places to visit in October. You can learn in detail about Buddhist culture by looking at the ancient statues, sacred texts, relics and murals.
  2. Is October a good time to visit Bhutan?

    Yes, Bhutan in October is one of the peak times to plan your trip. You will get to explore the popular attractions of the country in comfortable weather. It is also an ideal time to enjoy adventure activities like trekking, paragliding, mountain biking, rafting and rock climbing. Additionally, you can experience the vibrant culture of Bhutan by attending festivals like the Jomolhari Mountain Festival, Gangtey Tsechu and Thangbi Mani Festival.
  3. What is special about Bhutan?

    Bhutan is the only country in the world that absorbs more carbon dioxide than it produces as 70% of its land is covered with trees. Additionally, ‘the Land of Dragon’ is renowned for its cultural heritage, rich history, spirituality and splendid natural beauty. It offers a number of stunning places to explore such as Phobjikha Valley, Haa Valley, Punakha, Paro and Thimphu.
  4. How many days are enough to explore Bhutan?

    You will need a minimum of 7-8 days to explore the major attractions and activities of Bhutan. Start your tour by visiting the most popular attractions such as Paro Taktsang, Punakha Dzong, Buddha Dordenma, Phobjikha Valley, Punakha Suspension Bridge and Gangtey Monastery. Make your trip more exciting by indulging in outdoor activities such as river rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing and trekking.
  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. Another way to reach Bhutan is to opt for a road journey. You can choose the most popular route from Jaigaon to Phuentsholing which takes around 5-6 hours.
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