RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL

06 days/ 5 nights

Package Price: USD 1175.00 per person

Fixed Departure Dates: 19 – 24 April 2020

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

DAY 01: 19th April – ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU

DAY 02: 20th April – THIMPHU (Rhododendron Festival)

DAY 03: 21st April – DOCHULA – PUNAKHA

DAY 04: 22nd April – PUNAKHA – PARO

DAY 05: 23rd April – PARO

DAY 06: 24th April – DEPART PARO

To mark the spring season with full bloom flower in Bhutan, an event was first initiated in 2013, to celebrate the rhododendron flower and to encourage the eco-tourism in the country. A three-day festival is held annually at Royal Botanical Park, Lamperi, which is 45 minutes’ drive from the capital city Thimphu. Rhododendron, is a species of woody plants mainly found in Asia and is the national flower of Nepal. The spring season in Bhutan is in the months of March, April and May, also spring season is the most beautiful season with exotic flowers in bloom. During the season, Rhododendrons are grown abundantly in Bhutan and are the true symbol of Bhutan’s natural heritage and Bhutan possess around 46 species of Rhododendrons.

Highlights of the Tour

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL TOUR

The festival will showcase several interesting programs on environment, cultural and food theme. The festival features the rhododendron garden walk and exhibition, local culture and cuisines, arts and crafts, traditional games, cultural program, guided walks and other interesting activities.

The festival will focus around three main themes: ecological, cultural, and food & entertainment. While the first two themes will signify the ecological and cultural richness or the interactions between the two, the third theme will indicate the willingness and capacity of the local communities and school children.

  • View sacred dances and rituals performed by monks and laymen in colourful costumes.
  • Join in with locals in a special occasion of celebration, blessings and socialising.
  • Explore Bhutan’s central valleys, rich with ancient historical and sacred Buddhist sites.
  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
  • Experience Bhutan’s unique culture up-close with farmhouse visits and village excursions.
  • Drive over high mountain passes affording sensational views of the Himalayan peaks.
  • Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
  • Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.
  • Marvel at the elaborate and ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples.
  • Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests

To view more information about some of the townships that are featured in this tour, please visit the Township Highlights page.

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU

The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. On arrival, our guide and driver from Bhutan Travel Bureau will welcome you at the airport.

Drive to Paro town and visit to the Ta Dzong, the National Museum housing many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts. Next walk to the 17th century fortresses the Rinpong Dzong crossing the cantilever bridge. The architecture, monks and the mural paintings will help you understand the way of life and Bhutanese peculiar customs, traditions and philosophies. Now it serves as the district monastic body and administrative centers. Continue the drive to the capital city, Thimphu.

Overnight in hotel (Thimphu)

DAY 02: THIMPHU – LAMPERI (RHODODOENDRON Festival in Lamperi)

Moring drive to Royal Botanical Park, Lamperi (45 minutes’ drive) from the capital city, Thimphu to attend the Rhododendron Festival. The park (47 square kilometers) serves as biological corridor connecting Jigme Dorji National Park and Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park.

During the festival, you will get to witness the varieties of rhododendrons along with other different species of plant. Also enjoy the garden walk and exhibition, cultural programs, local cuisines, traditional games, guided walk and other activities are organized at the festival.

After festival, drive to Dochula to see the 108 memorial Chortens known as Druk Wangyel Chortens. On a clear day you will see the views of Himalayan peaks. Later in the evening enjoy your leisure time in hotel.

Overnight in hotel (Dochula)

DAY 03: DOCHULA – PUNAKHA

Today we will drive to Punakha and on arrival to Punakha, enjoy a walk to the Chimi Lhakhang (fertility temple) dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley. It is believed that the childless couples pray at this temple are usually blessed with children.

Later, visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace if Great Happiness” built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and serves as the winter residence of Central Monk Body. Then a few minutes’ walk to the suspension bridge built over Pho Chu River connecting the villagers on the other side of the bank.

Overnight in hotel (Punakha)

DAY 04: PUNAKHA – PARO

Morning after breakfast, drive to Yabesa village and hike through the rice fields and up to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten. This Chorten was built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk to bring peace and harmony in the world.

After lunch, enjoy your journey from Punakha to Paro via Thimphu. Time permitting, en-route make a visit to one of the oldest dzong in Bhutan; Semtokha Dzong which was built in 1627.

Overnight in hotel (Paro)

DAY 05: PARO

After breakfast, hike up to Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang Monastery) approximately 2 hours hike. It is one of the holiest places in Bhutan, built on a sheer cliff face 900 meters above the Paro valley. It is named Tiger’s Nest because Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site on the back of a tigress in the 8th century.

If there is time, visit to Kyichu Lhakhang one of the most scared and the oldest temple in Bhutan, built in 17th century by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo.

Overnight in hotel (Paro)

DAY 06: DEPARTURE FROM PARO

Transfer to Paro airport where you will bid farewell.

Special Terms & Conditions

Special Terms & Conditions

You can register for our fixed departure tours individually, as a couple or together with friends.  There will be no surcharges for the solo traveler.  Our standard deadline for registration is one month before the tour start date for low season and three months prior to tour start date for high season.  Please NOTE that the tours dates are set and not changeable in order to ensure the concessions of group travel for our clients.

Our groups size will be anywhere from 3- 16 people and will be put together by language preference.  All groups are provided with an English speaking guides, however we will try our best to accommodate translators subject to availability.

Please read in detail what is included and excluded from the tour package along with our cancellation policy for fixed departure on our website.  It will also be shared with you during the registration and confirmation process.

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The Fixed Departure tours were especially designed keeping in mind cost saving for our clients without compromising on the quality of the experience. Our tour is perfect for the client who is adventurous, friendly and willing to share their adventure with other travelers. The itinerary dates and times are set to facilitate the timely completion of the tours for all our clients that select the set departure tour packages.

Please NOTE that the tours dates are fixed and not changeable in order to ensure the concessions of group travel for our clients.   We set minimum of three clients and maximum of 16 in a group.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

*Private guided tour

*Visas for Bhutan Guaranteed

*Transportation with professional driver for entire tour in Bhutan.

*Daily 3 meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants or hotels

*Accommodation at 3-star hotel

*A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide

*Monument Entry fees

*route permits

*Government Royalty

*Mineral bottled water

WHAT’S EXCLUDED

*Flight into Bhutan via Drukair/Bhutanair (can be arranged with us)

*Travel Insurance

*Extra baggage charges

*Telephone calls

*Personal expenses

*Soft Drinks and alcoholic Beverages

*Accommodation and meals in luxury hotels

*Tips for the guide and driver