Look out for peak periods March, April,October and November are usually the peak period in Bhutan. If you are thinking of visiting Bhutan during these particular months, you should book your air tickets and hotels 3 months in advance. In 2010, we have experienced Druk Air tickets being sold out for 3 consecutive weeks.

Know the seasons

April, May, September and October will be the best months for a trek. Though it is slightly colder, the sky will be blue and it will not be muddy. Monsoon seasons will start in July till August. From our experience, monsoon season consist of 1 – 2 hour light rain in the morning or evening. Heavy downpour has been rare and occurs a few times a year.

Time your arrival with a festival

There are numerous festivals taking place across Bhutan over the year. Festivals in Bhutan are usually a display of colourful dances and Bhutanese in their best traditional dress. Certain festivals such as Paro Tsechu attract a large number of tourists. For a more intimate experience, you can consider attending the less well-known festivals. The smaller festivals also give better photo taking opportunities.

Consider a home stay

This is probably the tip with the most mixed response. Some travellers love the experience of having a stay with a Bhutanese family while others would prefer the comfort of hotels given the amount of money that they have splurged. Having a home stay will give you a first experience on the daily life of Bhutanese family. However, be prepared that certain families may not have a hot shower and may have to boil the water using firewood while others may not have electricity. Of course, there are more established families with modern facilities.