Bhutan has been blessed with nature’s bounty, and ranks amongst the world’s most biologically diverse places. Although a small country no larger than Switzerland (in fact Bhutan is smaller by approximately 3,000 sq kilometers/1,100 sq miles), Bhutan has tremendous altitudinal range – from 200 meters (656 feet) at its lowest point to over 7,500 meters (>24,500 feet) at its highest – and this has provided the country with an array of climatic conditions and habitats which hosts a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Out of the 5,500 known species of vascular plants found in Bhutan, 750 are endemic to the eastern Himalayan region, with 50 or more endemic to Bhutan itself. More than 600 orchid species (of which, at least 50 are endemic to Bhutan), 46 species of rhododendrons (4 endemic), and over 300 species of medicinal plants can be found within its borders. National law also dictates that the country must maintain a forest cover of 60% at all times (presently, Bhutan’s forest cover is a little over 70%).
For botanists and nature lovers, the months of April to July is an absolutely delightful time to visit the country as the forests become enchanted with the most brilliant display of blooming rhododendrons.
On this two-week trip, you will explore one of the world’s last unspoiled frontiers. We can assure you that you will be enthralled by Bhutan’s natural beauty, its vibrant and unique culture, and its charming and hospitable people.
Take up this offer and go on a magical journey that you will remember and cherish for the rest of your life.
Arrival in Bhutan and drive to Thimphu
Day 2: Drive to the windy district of Wangdue
Day 3: Drive to Trongsa
Day 4: Drive to Ura
Day 5: Drive to Thrimsungla Pass, and evening drive to Jakar
Day 6: A day of cultural exploration in Bhutan’s spiritual and cultural heartland – Bumthang
Day 7: Drive to the glacial valley of Phobjikha
Day 8: Drive to the subtropical valley of Punakha
Day 9: Orchid spotting in Kabana
Day 10: Drive to Paro via Thimphu
Day 11: Excursion to Bhutan’s cultural icon – the Tiger’s Nest
Day 12: Excursion to Chelela Pass – A botanist’s paradise
Day 13: Departure from Bhutan