(Arrive by air and depart by air)
(14 Nights and 15 Days)
The Royal Botanical Park
A variety of outdoor opportunities await you in the Royal Botanical Park. Rest and enjoy the view at the Dochu la Pass. Visit the Royal Rhododendron Garden, where you can stroll through a beautiful collection of 46 Bhutanese Rhododendron species, and learn both scientific and common names of each plant. Situated at an altitude range of 2100 meters to 3800 meters, the Royal Government of Bhutan has an area of high conservation value. The park features a variety of forest types, spectacular scenery, natural rhododendron groves, endangered wildlife, and a lake. These natural attributes have been complemented with a visitors’ information centre, café, walking tracks, a garden showcasing 46 native rhododendrons, and many flowering herbs.
FLORA & FAUNA IN BHUTAN (BOTANICAL EXPEDITION IN WESTERN BHUTAN)
Renowned for their outstanding botanical diversity, the forests of Bhutan even now covers more than 70% of the terrain. This remarkable density of vegetation, contrasting with the stark landscapes of Tibet to the north, is due to the combined effect of strong sunshine, heavy monsoon rainfall, and minimal glaciations. More than5000 species of plants have been identified throughout the country, including 46 varieties of rhododendron, and some 600 varieties of orchid. Many of these plants are used in the rich pharmacopeia of traditional Tibetan and Bhutanese medicine.
The three vegetation and climatic zones (tropical, temperate and alpine) found through the sub-Himalayan countries are also apparent in Bhutan.
- Total Days: 14
- Trip Dates: Spring (March to early June) and in autumn (mid September to mid/late November)
- Group Size: minimum 2 people
- Maximum 16 people
- Accommodation at best hotel and tent camp
- licensed and experienced botanical and culture Guide service
- 3 Meals per day in a govt. approved tourist restaurants, hotels and camp
- Experienced driver and comfortable transport service
- Alcoholic beverages & telephone calls
- High risk medical insurance
- Air tickets
- Purely personal nature expenses
- Emergency rescue evacuation if needed
- Day 1: Arrive Paro, Check in Hotel
- Day 2: Paro to Thimphu
- Day 3: Drive to Dotena and hike up Via Dolong Gonpa and Tango Monastery, Botanisation of Cool temperate tree species and Orchids and Fern species
- Day 4:Thimphu to Punakha
- Drive to Dochula Pass and hike down to Lamperi Botanical Park. Botanisation on Oak-Laurel tree species of temperate rain forest other species include Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Orchids, and Ferns, etc.
- Day 5: Punakha
- Drive to Rimchu and botanisation inside the warm broad-leaved evergreen forest inside the Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Park. The area is said to be rich in Orchids, Arisaemas, and Ferns.
- Day 6: Wangdiphodrang
- Drive till Tiki Zampa and hike up to Tashila. The area is said to be rich in terrestrial Orchids epiphytic plants as well
- Day 7: Gangtey
- Drive to Lawala Pass and hike down to the valley of Phobjikha, botansation on Rhododendrons, Viburnums, Primulas etc. Meadow of Yushiana and the yaks will be seen commonly.
- Day 8: Gangtey
- Valleys walk and enjoy the Geo-morphological formation of Phobjikha valley, species composition and a visit to crane centre.
- Day 9: Thimphu
- Drive to Menchuna and hike to Drak Karpo and the area is very rich in Ferns, Zingibers and Orchids as well.
- Day 10: Haa
- Drive to Chelela and While driving to the Haa bed of Primulas will be seen beside the road.
- Day 11: Haa
- Botanical exploration continued to the south of Haa
- Day 12: Paro
- Drive to Paro, in the late afternoon presentation on the botanical trip and discussions
- Day 13 Depart Paro