Bhutan rhododendron festival

Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights.
Locations: Thimphu, Paro valley, Punakha, Bumthang.
Type of Tour: Festival tour/Adventure.
Highlight: Visit to the Ta Dzong (National Museum), Punakha Dzong, Worlds tallest bronze Buddha statue, Tigers nest hike, Rhododendron Festival at Lamperi Botanical Garden.

Description: Bhutan has a very rich flora and fauna. The habitats found here range from the tropical climatic zone to the high altitude temperate zone. The country has a high percentage of land under forest, with 72% tree cover. The forest from 1200m to 4800m elevation has an abundance of rhododendron species.

During the months of April to July, the forests become enchanted with the brilliant display of blooming rhododendrons. Many species of rhododendron are found to exist in assemblages that vary according to changes in altitude, aspect and longitudinal east-west axis. There are more than 1200 species of rhododendrons worldwide, with diverse forms, ranging from creeping shrubs to moderate sized trees. Flowering with shades of pink, red and yellow, rhododendrons occur in the temperate regions of the world with about 700 species in cultivation, most being Sino-Himalayan species.

In Bhutan, of the 46 species recorded so far, four species have found to be endemic. You can explore one of the world’s last unspoiled frontiers, on this three-week trip that will enthrall you by its natural beauty, mystical religion, vibrant culture, and charming people.

Day 1: Paro International Airport – The first Glimpse of the Tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan

Things to do
•    Transfer from the Airport to your hotel in Paro. 
•    will walk through Nyimazam
•    visit the Rinpung Dzong
•     visit the National Museum.
•     walk around the town and mingle with the locals and small souvenir shops selling intricate traditional handicraft items. 

•    Amonkora
•    TAshi NAmgay

Day 2: Paro to Thimphu Valley – Combination of the Ancient and the Modern

Things to do
•    drive for one hour to the capital city Thimphu 
•    visit the Memorial Chorten/stupa. 
•    Visit the Bhutan Post Office and make your own stamps with your photo 
•    visit the Royal Textile Museum 
•     craft bazaar 
•    Visit the spectacular TashichhoDzong
•     visit the Centenary Farmers Market 

•    Tashi Taj
•    Gyelsa Boutique

Day 3: Rhododendron Festival at Lamperi Botanical Garden

Things to do
•    drive to Botanical Garden at Lamperi to witness the colorful and beautiful Rhododendron Festival
•     visit the Dochulaa Pass.
•    Culture and Entertainment: 
•    Enjoy the masked dances, traditional dances, tiger and bear dance 
•    enjoy boating (in the small lake), horse-back riding, yak-riding, instant photo sessions and games.

•    Amonkora
•    Lobesa

Day 4: Wangdue and Punakha Valley Excursion 

Things to do
•    visit the Fertility Temple 
•    Hike for an hour to KhamsumYulleyNamgyelChorten
•    Visit the spectacular PunakhaDzong/).
•    watch the Bhutanese nuns at prayer and also interact with them.
•    main market area 

•    Amonkora
•    Rkpo

 Day 5- Punakha – Wangdue – Gangtey and Phobjika Valleys

Things to do
•    Drive up to Phobjika and Gangtey Villages 
•    walk through the farmhouses and interact with the farmers/villagers.
•    Enjoy the Gangtey Nature
•    Wangchuk lodge
•    Dewachen

Day 6: Gangtey – Paro

Things to do 
•    Drive back to Paro
•     Go straight to Aum Om’s farmhouse and taste the local wine (Ara) 
•    Engage in cooking a traditional dinner with the lady of the farm and enjoy your dinner with the Bhutanese family

•    Aum Om’s Farm House

Day 7: Taktsang Monastery – Highlight of your Holiday to Bhutan

Things to do 
•    Hike to Taktsang Monastery

•    Amonkora
•    Tashi Namgay

Day 8 – Departure from Paro International Airport

After breakfast, drive to Paro International Airport, your tour guide and driver will bid you farewell and we hope you had a pleasant visit and hope to see you soon again in Bhutan.

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