Rhododendron Festival.

Festival dates: 16th – 18th April 2021

The Rhododendron Festival is a three day event held at Lam Pelri Botanical park on the way to Punakha. This Rhododendron festival marks the blooming of Rhododendrons and numerous other flowers in the wild. There are forty six species of Rhododendrons in Bhutan and twenty nine of them are found in this park.

The event features walk through the park, arts and crafts, local culture and cuisine and traditional games etc. Besides Mask dances, the local people perform traditional and folk dances. There will a lot of drinking and merry making during the event.

Sketch Itinerary for Rhododendron Festival:

Day 01. Arrive Paro – Thimphu (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr drive):

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Tamchog Monastery.

Meet and greet Airport and drive to Thimphu. On the way we visit:

  • Tamchog Monastery built by Thangthong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464).
  • Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing:

After breakfast, visit to:

  • National Postal Museum, where you can make personalized stamps.
  • National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of the Third King of Bhutan, Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Thimphu built in the 13th
  • Tallest Statue of Sitting Buddha in the world or Buddha Dorderma (51.5 m).
Takin-Preserve-center

Takin.

After lunch visit to:

  • Takin Preserve center, where you can see a unique animal which has not been able to be classified by Zoologists.
  • Sangaygang view point.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha (76 Km, 2 hrs drive):

After breakfast, drive to Punakha. On the way, visit to:

  • Dochula pass with its 108 stupas and view the scenic Himalayan Mountains in the north.
  • Witness the Rhododendron festival at Lam Pelri Botanical Park.
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Rhododendron Festival.

After lunch,

  • Witness the festival.

In the evening, drive to Punakha.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 04. Punakha sightseeing:

After breakfast, visit to:

  • Chimi Lhakhang, which was built in 1499 by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, also known as “The Divine Madman”.
  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Punakha is the ancient capital of Bhutan.

After lunch,

  • Hike to hike to the beautiful Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery and in the evening, walk the longest Suspension bridge in Bhutan (160 m) across Pho Chu River.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 05. Punakha –Wangdiphodrang – Paro (Distance: 132 km, Driving Time: 4 hours):

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Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

After breakfast, drive to Paro via Wangdiphodrang. On the way, we visit:

  • Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shadrung Ngawang Namgyal.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Ta Dzong, the National Museum.
  • Paro Rimpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the administrative centre of Paro.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Paro Sightseeing (Altitude 2280 m):

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Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

After breakfast:

  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest built in1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay.
  • Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 07. Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.