The richness of flora has made Bhutan one of the most attractive places to admire the beauties of natural flowers. The country has been described as the treasury house of the ethno botany. The harmonious co-existence between the pristine wild flowers of the Himalayas and the humans can attract the naturalists of the world.
In early spring, white magnolias and red rhododendrons in the mid-mountain zone go into full bloom, and then primulus and many other flowers will open in the sunny fields. By the rainy season, blue poppies and others constitute the rare beauties. Epiphytic orchids begin to bloom when the rainy season comes. At the end of the rain, the alpine meadow abruptly turns from green to brown and only few flowers like gentians and edelweiss remain and snow will soon cover them.
There are more than 1200 species of rhododendrons worldwide, with diverse forms, ranging from creeping shrub-lets 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.
Drive to Thimphu. Sightseeing at Thimphu. Overnight at Hotel at Thimphu.
On the way to Dochula, stop to see R. arboreum, R. kesangae, R. falconerii,& Magnolia campbelii . Hike from Dochula top to Lamperi along the olden days trail. On the way you can see many species of Rhododendron.. Overnight at Hotel
Stop on the way to Nobding to see Rhodo.lindleyii, R. grande, When you climb further up towards Lawala, pale yellow Rhododendron falconerii would be bloom. Other side of Lawala, you would see, Rhodo. thomsonii colonizing most of the massy areas. Rhodo. cinnabarinum and Rhodo. keysii are also associate with Rhodo. thomsonii. Lower down to the Phopjhikha valley you come across with Rhododendron virgatum and Rhodo. ciliatum. Below the Warden office, in the marsh there are some white Rhodo.thomsonii mixed with red. Overnight at Guiest House.
Day hike to the pass Tshelelka,First you come across with Rhodo. trifolium. Gradually along the ascending altitude you can find Rhodo arboreum, Rhodo wallichii, Rhodo, cinnabarinum, Rhodo. keysii, Rhodo.barbatum, Rhodo. kesangae, Rhodo.hodgsonii, Rhodo. lanatum etc..
Halt at Phobjikha hotel
Drive through the high pass of Pelela, Yotongla and Kikila would take you across the natural rhododendron garden. If time permit, you can dive upto the Yotongla Microwave top where you can see Rhodo. glaucophyllum and other Rhodo spp. Overnight at Lodge.
Full day sightseeing in Jakar valley and visit some of the sacred sites and monasteries.
Overnight hotel at Bumthang
It is one of the spectacular areas for Rhododendron. Around Thrumshingla and Thrumshingla top you can find more than 10 to 15 species all growing together. Underneath of Rhodo. Primula gracilipes are flowering. Overnight Hotel
Drive to Punakha. Drive hours is approximately 6 hours.
Overnight in Hotel at Punakha
Drive back to Thimphu. Drive hour is 3 hrs. Afternoon sightseeing in and around Thimphu.
Overnight in Hotel.
Drive to Paro. Sightseeing in Paro.
Overnight in Hotel.
Onward flight back to your destination.
Guru Rinpoche's Meditation Caves Pilgrimage
Many important masters have come to Bhutan to pray homage to Guru Rinpoche's meditation Caves. On your spiritual tour, You discover Guru Rinpoche caves, Dzongs, monasteries and local temples;