Bhutan in January | What to Pack, Weather & Best Things to Do

Things to Do in Bhutan in January

Bhutan in January becomes a picture-perfect winter paradise when a magical layer of snow covers the entire country. The weather is colder and clearer at this time of year, presenting you with picture-perfect vistas of peaceful valleys and snow-capped mountains. If you are a winter sports enthusiast, you can enjoy sports like skiing, snowboarding, and trekking amid the breathtaking Himalayan landscape.

In addition, Bhutan celebrates several cultural festivals, including Punakha Dromchoe and Punakha Tshechu featuring traditional dances, music, and rituals. Thus, you can be a part of these colorful celebrations that offer a genuine window into Bhutanese culture and spirituality. 

Thrillophilia offers customisable Bhutan travel packages that suit a variety of interests and tastes for those who are considering a trip to Bhutan in January. You can choose a package that fits your needs, whether you want to see old monasteries or enjoy  Bhutanese cuisine. Our all-inclusive packages take care of everything, from housing to transportation to guided excursions, so you can relax. Thus, why wait? Come enjoy the winter panoramas of Bhutan in January alone, with your spouse, or with your family.
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Essential Information About Bhutan in January


Weather Conditions Of Bhutan In January

Bhutan greets you in January with a calm winter atmosphere and a crisp mountain breeze. It's a perfect time to explore "the land of the thunder dragon" because it's manageably cold. The weather is dry and clear in the lower sections, providing beautiful views of the surrounding terrain and mountains.

The temperature ranges from -3 to 12 degrees Celsius, and higher elevations may get snowfall. At higher levels, you can snowboard and ski, while in the valleys, you can enjoy clear blue skies, lush forests, and wildflowers. Attend celebrations like Punakha Tshechu to immerse yourself in Bhutan's diverse culture. In Bhutan, January is a time to celebrate the glories of nature and culture.

What to Pack for Bhutan Trip

When you pack for a trip to Bhutan, you need to think about the changing weather and the country's customs. Temperatures can change throughout the day, so bring layers of clothes that are both warm and light.

To visit Bhutan's rough terrain and old monasteries, you can wear shoes that are easy on your feet. Remember to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a water bottle that you can use more than once to stay hydrated at high elevations. Remember to pack toiletries and any prescriptions you may need, as some supplies might not be easily found in Bhutan.

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Things to Do in Bhutan in January


Hike up to Paro Taktsang

When visiting Bhutan in January, visit the breathtaking Paro Taktsang, situated precariously on a cliff in the upper Paro Valley is one of the best. Witness the spirituality and beauty of this sacred location, which draws pilgrims and tourists and enjoy the stunning overhead view of the monastery's four main temples and eight caves.

Also, See the terrifying entrance to the monastery by narrow bridges and steep stairs carved out of rock and explore the monastery's magical cave where the Guru meditated for a long time.

Located on the cliffside of the upper Paro Valley in Bhutan

Timings: Open daily 8 AM - 1 PM, 2 PM- 6 PM

Entry Fee: Nu 500 (INR 499.5 approx)

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Soak in Bhutan’s beauty from Chele La Pass

Ascend to an altitude of more than 3,988 meters (13,084 feet) above sea level to experience the most breathtaking motorable pass. When visiting Bhutan during January, take a leisurely drive through pine, oak, and rhododendron forests.

Also Spot the Kila Nunnery and prayer flags along the walking path and encounter yaks grazing in the alpine meadows. On clear days, enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. Jomolhari and other Himalayan giants.

Location: Located between the Haa and Paro valleys

Timings: March to June and then again from September to November

Entry Fee: No entry fee

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Explore Gangtey Monastery

Exploring the beautiful Gangtey Monastery, which is a four-storey structure surrounded by five churches, is one of the best things to do in Bhutan in January. Marvel at the tshokhang, or main hall, which is constructed in the manner of traditional Tibetan architecture.

Admire the hall's eight enormous wooden pillars, which are the biggest in the country. When visiting Bhutan in January, witness the holiness of about a hundred gomchen, or lay monks, who look after the monastery. Also, Explore the calm interior, embellished with exquisite statues of esteemed deities such as Guru Rinpoche.

Location: F5M7+WV9 Phobjikha Valley, Nubding, Bhutan

Open daily 8 AM - 5 PM

Entry Fee: 
Free entry

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Check out the Gigantic Statue at Kuenselphodrang

Climb up the hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park in Bhutan in January to be astounded by the sight of a 169-foot-tall golden statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. Observe the huge Buddha statue atop a grand meditation hall to learn about Bhutan's spiritual history.

Uncover the statue’s unique quality that holds 125,000 miniature gold and bronze Buddha figurines and learn how the statue's presence has fulfilled a prophecy from the eighth century A.D. Take in the peaceful, happy vibe that comes from this sacred site discovered by Terton Pema Lingpa.

Kuenselphodrang, Thimphu, Bhutan

Timings: Open daily 9 AM - 5 PM

Entry Fee: Free entry

Read More: Places To Visit In Paro

Cross the Punakha Suspension Bridge

When visiting Bhutan in January, view the 520-foot-long Punakha Suspension Bridge, which is one of the longest suspension bridges in the country. The bridge is made of solid wood planks and cables that are attached to big cement blocks. You can absorb the cool mountain air and positive energy from the prayer flags as you cross the swaying bridge.

Also appreciate the Punakha Suspension Bridge's stunning mountain backdrop while crossing it for an adrenaline rush and stop to see the famous Punakha Dzong, which is only a half mile away.

Location: HVQ9+HXR, Punakha, Bhutan

Timings: Open 24 hours

Entry Fee: Nu 300.28 (approx INR 300)

Also Read: Things to do in Thimphu

Marvel at Tiger Nest Monastery

One of the best things to do in Bhutan in January is visit the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery, situated atop Paro Valley. Learn about Bhutanese history and culture at the museum housed in the old watchtower. Also witness the traditional Bhutanese style architecture, with detailed woodwork, bright murals, and golden roofs with elaborate carvings.

Admire the picturesque residences and four main temples of the monastery complex linked by winding walkways and steps. Spot musk deer and blue poppies on the hillsides while taking in the breathtaking panorama of Paro Valley from the serene monastery.

Location: On the cliffside of the upper valley in Bhutan

Timings: Open daily 8 AM- 1 PM, 2 PM - 6 PM

Entry Fee: 
Free entry

Checkout & Read More: Places To Visit in Thimphu

See Artifacts at National Museum

Enter the National Museum in Bhutan in January, located inside the Paro Ta Dzong, only to be transported back in time and eplore the galleries to come across displays such as the Natural History Gallery and Ritual Objects. Marvel at the musical instruments, headdresses, and daggers that are utilized in Buddhist rites.

Also Admire the beautiful paintings made with natural mineral colors in the Chapel of Wealth Deity and Thangkas and snap a gorgeous picture of the museum’s conch shell-inspired architecture while capturing the grandeur of the Ta Dzong and its surroundings.

Location: CCHG+F5G, Paro, Bhutan

Timings: Open daily 9 AM - 5 PM

Entry Fee: Nu 300 (INR 300 approx)

Marvel at the architecture of Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten

One of the best things to do in Bhutan in January is visit the beautiful Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, which stands at the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu rivers meet and witness Bhutanese artistry in the stunning architecture, which features elaborate paintings and sculptures.

Take a look at the corten's whitewashed façade and conical shape, which gives off an ethereal vibe and learn about the Buddhist tradition through the murals that create a serene space for prayer and meditation.
Also, marvel at the 30-meter-tall holy stupa, built in 2004, which shows how deeply religious and dedicated the Bhutanese people are.

Location: 27.637361,89.816500,, Thimphu-Punakha Hwy, Bhutan

Timings: Open daily 9?am–12?pm, 1:30–5?pm

Entry Fee: Free entry

Try Whitewater Rafting

Experience the exhilaration of whitewater rafting in Bhutan in January against the snow-capped mountains as you speed down thrilling rapids and explore the thrilling rapids as you soak in the gorgeous surroundings, which include luscious forests and tumbling waterfalls.

Also spot Bhutan's riverbank wildlife, including colourful birds and elusive otters, from your paddle boat and enjoy the warm hospitality of Bhutanese people as they lead you on the adventure and share their stories along the way.

Location: Punakha, Bhutan

Go on a Druk Path Trek

Embark on the Druk Path hike in Bhutan in January, following the historic road between Paro and Thimpu. Hike past secluded lakes, beginning with a trip to the abandoned Jeli Dzong, which offers breathtaking views of Chomolhari.

Feel the exhilaration of rising above the treeline, passing 4210-meter Phume La, and camping near glittering mountain lakes and wonder at the breathtaking views of the Tibetan border peaks, such as Gangkar Puensum and Jitchu Drake. Also enjoy the chance to walk to Taktsang Monastery in the Paro Valley, an unforgettable dimension to your Bhutanese journey.

Lies in both Paro and Thimphu Districts, in the northwestern region of the kingdom

People Also Ask About Bhutan

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

    Some of the best things to do in Bhutan In January are:
    • Trekking to Tiger's Nest Monastery to enjoy pleasant weather and stunning Himalayan views is one of the best things to do in Bhutan in January.
    • Experience vibrant Winter Festivals like Punakha Drubchen and Trongsa Tshechu, immersing in Bhutanese traditions.
    • Explore Thimphu's cultural gems, including Tashichho Dzong and the Folk Heritage Museum, in mild January weather.
  2. Is January a good time to visit Bhutan?

    Yes, January is a great time to visit Bhutan. The lower sections typically see a clear, sunny sky, but the upper altitudes can be particularly chilly. Therefore, it is perfect for outdoor pursuits like hiking and sightseeing. Also, you can take part in lively winter events like Punakha Drubchen and Trongsa Tshechu, which will make your trip more culturally rich.
  3. Why is Bhutan so famous?

    Bhutan is well-known for its magnificent vistas and famous sites like Punakha Dzong and Tiger's Nest Monastery. Delicious dishes from the nation, such as Ema Datshi and Momos, entice diners. The country is also famous for its colorful face masks, raw silk and cotton textiles, and elfin Dzi beads. Moreover, the country is also popular for its handmade paper, cane and bamboo crafts, and complex wood carvings.
  4. How many days are enough to explore Bhutan?

    At least 7 to 10 days are needed to see everything Bhutan has to offer. Thus, you can visit important sights and places like Paro Taktsang (Tiger's Nest), Thimphu, Punakha, and Bumthang. You can also learn about Bhutanese culture through events, hikes, and talking to locals. Bhutan has a lot of different scenery and cultures, so shorter trips may feel rushed.
  5. How to reach Bhutan?

    To reach Bhutan, you can board direct flights from major Indian cities like Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai to Paro International Airport. Airlines such as Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines operate these flights, taking 2 to 3 hours to cover 1395 kilometres. Alternatively, you can travel by road from Indian cities like Siliguri to Bhutan's Phuentsholing border, which takes about 4 to 5 hours.
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