Many Bhutanese were taken by surprise on March 11 when they woke up and saw that most parts of the country were covered in thick blankets of snow.
Light snowfall is common during late December and January in the mountainous northern districts of Bhutan, especially above 3,000 meters, but elsewhere in the country it’s a rarer sight. Given that spring is around the corner and Bhutan hadn’t experienced any of the white stuff since Losar New Year at the end of February, the snow was unexpected for many.
For places like the Bhutanese capital Thimphu, it was their first snowfall after many years. Other cities like Paro received one of the heaviest snowfalls of the past decade. The Bhutanese king declared that all schools and government offices will be closed to celebrate the snow.