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Rhododendron Festival Tour

Itinerary

Arrival at Paro international airport you will be met by our local tour guide and driver and transferred to you hotel. After a short break, you will be led for your half-day cultural sightseeing in Paro valley. Paro valley is truly enchanting surrounded by lush green rice fields with clear crystalline river meandering graciously through the valley. The countryside is also dotted with elegant farmhouses and golden roofed monasteries dotted throughout the hillside. Your sightseeing in Paro includes a visit to the impressive Paro Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century. Visit the Ta Dzong which serves as the watch tower of Paro Dzong and later turned into National Museum in 1968 and serves as a repository housing collections of Bhutanese treasures and artworks.

Since your first day has been steeped in culture and history, it is now time to take a break and indulge your visual senses with some natural beauty and botanical photo trip. A 40km drive takes you to cool crisp Chelela pass at 12,200ft/3720m, and the road takes you through rich forest of rhododendron, fir, juniper and pine. En-route many of the wild flower adds a dainty touch to the valleys as their pink, white and blue blossoms adds a new sense of wonders for botanical photographer. Some of the flower growth includes gentiana phyllocalyx, gentian veitchiorum, lomatogonium brachyantherum, taraxacum officinale, primula denticulate, primula uniflora, primula primulina, oxygraphis endlicher, cynanathus lobatus, saussurea obvallata, swertia multicaulis, fragaria nubicola, rhododendron hodgsonii etc.

In the morning before you depart to Thimphu, explore some of the interesting natural and historical attractions of Haa. The region is blessed by the presence of Meri Puensum, the three small mountains symbolizing Rigsum Gonpo, namely Jampelyang (manjushri), Chana Dorji (Vajrapani) and Chenrezi (Avaloketeshvara). The region is also marked as one of the highest district headquarters in Bhutan. More importantly visit the following historical places including Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) built on the site where the white rays of the light had fallen. Climbing further uphill for 10 minutes takes you to Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple). It was believed that the temple was built where the black rays of light had fallen. Coming back to the road, drive straight to Thimphu.

The bustling capital Thimphu is home to the Royal Family, the Royal Government and to several foreign missions and developments. The region offers many sites of interesting places including the National Memorial Chorten built in 1974. Kuenselphodrang taking you ascent for 10 minutes to the top, offers the giant statue of Buddha Dordenma which heights 169ft, and is the world’s tallest Buddha statue. From the top one can have a clear view of Thimphu city and the surrounding mountains. Visit the Institute of Zorig Chusum. It offers a six years course for students to learn the 13 traditional Arts and Crafts. Visit the historical Semtokha Dzong, lies on a lofty ridge stands guarding the main Thimphu city. It was built in 1629 and was the first dzong in Bhutan built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel.

The festival celebrates the rhododendron flower. The festival features the rhododendron garden walk and exhibition, local culture and cuisines, arts and crafts, traditional games, cultural program, guided walks and other activities. The festival highlights different species of rhododendrons that are grown in the region and are in full bloom in their natural habitat. Of the 46 rhododendron species recorded in the country, 29 are found in Lamperi Botanical Park.

The festival celebrates the rhododendron flower. The festival features the rhododendron garden walk and exhibition, local culture and cuisines, arts and crafts, traditional games, cultural program, guided walks and other activities. The festival highlights different species of rhododendrons that are grown in the region and are in full bloom in their natural habitat. Of the 46 rhododendron species recorded in the country, 29 are found in Lamperi Botanical Park. In the evening after the festival you will be transferred to Punakha.

Punakha is inexplicably linked to some of the most momentous events in Bhutanese history; the valley deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful and significant region at the heart of Bhutanese culture. It was in Punakha where Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel first established the Chhoesid Nyiden, the dual system of government in 1651. Punakha is also the place where the first king of Bhutan was elected and crowned as the first king of Bhutan in 1907. The first section of the National Assembly was also held in Punakha in 1955. Today Punakha remained as the most significant region and it still serves as the winter capital of the monastic body headed by Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot).

After your morning breakfast, hotel check out and drive to Paro.

Your day begins with a hike to the magnificent Taktsang Monastery that lies at 3140 meters. Perched Cliffside, it is believe that this is the meditation sites of Guru Rinpoche whom flew on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. An important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the Himalayas, with its stunning vistas and spectacular architecture against a backdrop of sheer granite cliff faces. Descending from Taktsang, stop at the cafeteria for lunch. Follow the same trail downhill till you reach the parking lot. Drive out to the northern end of the valley to visit the ruin 17th century Drukgyel Dzong. With its backdrop view of the great Jomolhari peak, this dzong was originally constructed to commemorate victory over the Tibetan army.

After your leisurely breakfast in the hotel drive to Paro airport and depart to your onward destination. Here you bid adieu to your helpful Bhutanese tourist guide and driver and proceed to your onward destination.

The Above Price includes following services

  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits – Museum Fees
  • Standard Room in 3 Star Hotels – Upgrade to 4 & 5 Star can be arranged on Additional Cost.
  • Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner with Evening Tea
  • Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) Licensed Professional Driver
  • SUV for FIT & Toyota Van from 3 – 8 Pax & Toyota Coaster Coach from 8 – 20 Pax
  • Decade old TCB Licensed Tour Guide
  • All Sightseeing with Walks and Hikes
  • Bottled Mineral Water
Bhutan Government uphold a strategy of “High Value-Low Impact” tourism policy, which serves as the purpose of creating an image of exclusive and high-yield destination among travelers.  Therefore, Baeyul Excursions has initiated its tourism policy – to maintain its environment, ecological friendly, preservation of social-cultural and economically viable, prevent from overrun mass tourism and while at the same time to ensure visitors get the most out of their trips. The minimum cost outlined by Baeyul Excursions offers the charm of the isolated Himalayan kingdom, which was founded on the principle of sustainability.
  • Single Individual: USD 2,485/-
  • Group of 02 Members: USD 2,395/-
  • Group of 03 Members and Above: USD 2,125/-
  • Bike Hire Charges: USD 35/- Per Day
  • One Time Bank Transfer Charges: USD 45/-

Not included:

  • Round Trip Air Tickets
  • International Travel Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Entertainment Cost – Pub & Nightclubs
  • Tips for Tour Guide, Driver and Hotel Staffs
  • Donations to Monasteries and Temples
  • Payment Wiring Fee of USD 50
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