The short time period between late April and the end of May is a great time for viewing rhododendrons in the country. Out of the 1200 species of rhododendrons recorded in the world, 46 have been found in the country, out of which 4 are endemic to Bhutan. On this 13 day tour, you will travel across the breadth of the country and back. The altitude will range from as low as 1,400 meters to over 3,500 meters; and this altitudinal range makes for great diversity in flora – particularly rhododendrons.
On this trip, you will explore one of the world’s last unspoiled frontiers and be enthralled by its unmatched natural beauty, mystical religion, vibrant culture, and charming people.
Day 1: Arrival in Bhutan, and drive to Thimphu
Day 2: Drive to Wangdue. Stop at Dochu La along the way to look at Rhodies
Day 3: Drive to Phobjikha
Day 4: Look for rhodies in Phobjikha/hiking
Day 5: Drive to Bhutan’s cultural heartland – Bumthang. Will be driving through some prime rhododendron growing areas
Day 6: Day excursion to Thrimsung La pass. Overnight in Ura
Day 7: Look for rhodies in Ura, and afternoon/evening drive to Chamkhar
Day 8: Sightseeing in Chamkhar
Day 9: Drive to Punakha
Day 10: Drive to Paro
Day 11: Day excursion to Chele La
Day 12: Day excursion to Bhutan’s cultural icon – the Tigers’ Nest
Day 13: Departure from Bhutan