Temperatures in Bhutan in June are generally quite warm—southern areas and the Royal Manas National Park are very hot and humid—but also very wet. June sees the start of the monsoon across the Himalaya, and Bhutan gets more rain than neighboring areas, although they don't peak until July.
Most people stay away between June and August, but if you do choose to come in June, you can expect to find 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 June 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.
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Where to Go
Travel around Bhutan is difficult in June, 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 June, tick 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're able to make it to Central Bhutan, Bumthang is home to a couple of lively traditional festivals in June (see more below). Central Bhutan is considered the religious and cultural heartland of Bhutan, so visiting is well worth the challenge, although be prepared to change your plans if access is difficult in June.
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What to Do
General sightseeing is your best bet for travel to Bhutan in June. 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.
Events in June
Nimalung Tsechu, Bumthang. This three-day festival features monks wearing black hats that are stored at the Nimalung Monastery the rest of the year. It's held on the eighth day of the fifth lunar month, and can sometimes fall in July.
Kurjey Tsechu, Bumthang. This single-day festival overlaps with the last day of the Nimalung Tsechu, and commemorates the birthday of Guru Rinpoche.
Traveling to Bhutan in June? 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.