July is the middle of the monsoon season in Bhutan, and while temperatures are generally warm, the rain can be more than a minor inconvenience. But, travelers who choose to come during this month will pay low-season prices, and enjoy the vibrant and well-watered rural landscapes. Here are some important things to know about traveling to Bhutan in July.

Weather

Bhutan is the wettest country in the Himalayan region during the monsoon season, and July is the wettest month. Temperatures in Bhutan in July are also generally quite warm—southern areas and the Royal Manas National Park are very hot and humid—as along with August, it's the hottest month.

Most visitors avoid Bhutan between June and August, but if you do choose to come in July, you'll be treated to vivid rural landscapes, wildflowers in the mountains (although not much in the way of views), and delicious food like mangoes and avocados. It also doesn’t tend to rain all day every day, so general touring holidays can still be done at this time. 

A serious point to consider when planning a trip to Bhutan in July is the fact that many flights into Paro (whether from Delhi, Kathmandu, or Bangkok) are canceled or delayed by rain. You may be delayed or have to rearrange your travel, so don't book any tight connections at this time.

Crowds & Costs 

Few travelers come to Bhutan in July, so prices for tours and flights are lower, as well as at the country’s gorgeous boutique and luxury hotels.  

Where to Go

Travel around Bhutan can be difficult in July, as slips and muddy conditions on mountain roads make overland travel east from Paro/Thimphu practically impossible, and the weather also makes domestic flights problematic. Instead of trying to be too ambitious in July, stick to western areas such as Paro, Thimphu, and the Punakha Valley/Wangdue. These are more accessible and easy to travel between, and there's plenty to see and do on this classic route.

If you'd like to see a traditional festival, you could also venture to the Haa Valley, in the high valleys of Western Bhutan, for the Haa Summer Festival (see more below). Travel there may not be possible, depending on conditions, so be prepared to alter your travel plans if need be.

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What to Do

General sightseeing is your best bet for travel to Bhutan in July. There are fabulous temples, monasteries, and museums in the main towns of Paro and Thimphu, and visiting these shouldn't be seriously inconvenienced by the weather. The hike to the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery is also possible in wet weather—just bring some waterproofs.

Events in July

Haa Summer Festival, Haa Valley. This early-mid July festival is a celebration of nomadic culture in the high alpine valleys of Haa.

Traveling to Bhutan in July? Check out these great itineraries

Highlights of Bhutan: 5 Days. Visit the must-see sights of Bhutan on a short five-day journey, stopping at spectacular monasteries and fortresses, including the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery.

Western Bhutan and Phobjikha - 7 Days. This week-long tour combines the riches of Western Bhutan with a foray to Phobjikha, a naturally beautiful glacial valley.

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