Seasons of Phobjikha

Winter

It is one of the relaxed seasons for farmers without much stress of agriculture farming. This is also the season of the Black-necked Cranes which are often sighted in the barren fields and the wetland floor of the valley. Often the early morning frost would adorn the valley during one could hear the sounds of the cranes calling.

It is also the coldest season with minimum temperature dropping to -10⁰C in December and maximum 15.6⁰C in February.

Spring

The busy season gets started for the local farmers with cultivation of the potatoes. By the start of this season the Black-necked Cranes would also have left the valley. During early spring the valley gets adorned with primulas and later followed by other varieties of flowers including the rhododendrons. The village children would be starting school.

The minimum temperature would be -8.4⁰C in March and maximum 22.1⁰C in May.

Summer

It is one of the busiest seasons where the farmers are focused on growing potatoes and rearing cattle. The valley would be lush green with the starting of the monsoon. Quite often, during the night farmers are heard chasing wild boars from the potato fields.

The minimum temperature would be 3.7⁰C in June and maximum 22.9⁰C in July.

Autumn

It is the season for harvesting potatoes and sowing of turnip, radish and buckwheat seeds. While the potatoes are transported to be sold in the southern border town in Phuntsholing, some members of the household would also travel to purchase household supplies for the whole year. By late autumn the Black-necked Cranes would be migrating to the valley for the winter.

The minimum temperature would be -6.3⁰C in November and maximum 21.3⁰C in October.