Bhutan Botanical Tour
During your Bhutan Botanical Tour or Himalaya botanical trip. Bhutan or ‘The Land of the Thunder Dragon’, is the last independent Himalayan kingdom with Buddhism as the state religion. The mountainous terrain and self-imposed policy of isolation from outside influences have protected and preserved the unique culture for centuries. The traditional wooden and stone-built villages with a backdrop of magnificent Himalayan peaks and strategically located dzongs portray the Bhutanese culture and tradition. The closely knit culture with nature has made Bhutan emerge proudly into the 21st century with its natural resources intact.Over 72% of the total land is under forest and that makes Bhutan well known for its outstanding floral diversity on your Bhutan Botanical Tour. Among the plant species found in Bhutan, about 5,400 species have been identified, which includes 600 orchids and 46 rhododendrons. Many of these plants have medicinal properties and form major ingredients in the traditional medicines. In this tour, as per demand you will be accompanied by a leading Bhutanese botanist.
Bhutan restricts to a very small number of visitors annually. Those who can make it to Bhutan will definitely find it a special privilege to travel inside Bhutan. You will be assured a comfortable stay in very hospitable and traditional hotels. We will also ensure that you experience local cuisine prepared from vegetables, rice and noodles with mildly spicy sauces. Should you demand, the cuisine will be served during a series of walks in the forests as you explore the botanical and cultural riches on the way. You will be delighted to walk beside the mountain streams and emerge out of the blue pine and hemlock forests into the vegetation of dwarf rhododendrons and alpine junipers.
CHELELA is at an altitude of 3984m. It represents an alpine ecosystem and harbors several endangered and endemic species. In this pristine environment, almost all plant species are medicinal. The major and important species that you will find here are Fetillsriachirhosa, Meconopsisgrandis, Meconopsishoridula, Aconitum spp,Rhododendron nivale, Rhododendron anthopogon, Rhododendron setosum, Primulaspp, Juniperusspp etc. In summer, the wildflowers attain full bloom and view of Chelela becomes spectacular. Summer is the time to harvest medicinal plants. Chelela is accessible by motor road and summer is the most vulnerable time as human harvests go unchecked, which threatens the sustainability of rarespecies.
DOCHULA holds a unique ecosystem. It isthe alignment of ridge that makes Dochula different from other mountains of Bhutan. The ridge alignment creates two different ecosystems on either side andhas different forest types. On sunny days, one can enjoy the panoramic view of the highest unclimbed mountain peaks of Bhutan. The significant altitudinal differences and changes in vegetation within short distances make Dochula an important conservation area. At higher elevation onthe slope facing east is the cool temperate broadleaf forest and at lower elevations is chirpine (Pinusroxburghii) while on the slope facing west arefir (Abiesdensa) and Juniper (Juniperousrecurva) andat lower elevations is blue pine (Pinuswallichiana).
RHODODENDRON GARDEN in Thrumshing la National Park was officially opened to public in 2002. The Royal Government of Bhutan developed the garden to commemorate “The International Year of Mountains 2002″
The book “Flora of Bhutan” provides information on 46 species of Rhododendrons. Only four species are endemic to Bhutan and they are (1) R. kesangiae Long &Rushforth (2) R. pogonophyllum Cowan &Davidain(3) R. bhutanensis Long & Bowes Lyon and (4)R. flinckiiDravidian. From April to July, visitors and travellers are often caught up in the captivating Rhododendrons that come to full bloom in the forests between elevations 1200 m and 4800 m.
Covering an area of approximately two hectares, the garden displays the diversity of rhododendrons found in Bhutan and it represents the natural habitats of rhododendron species. The garden has a collection of 22 different species of rhododendron.
These are the highlights of the Flora Tours. We do not have fixed itinerary as we find it more appropriate to design the itinerary according to our clients’ demand.
- Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces and Buddhist monasteries!
- Hike through the ridge top Goembas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
- Hike through the terraced farmlands and villages, visit the farmhouses and meet the villagers.
- Attend the local festivals and events.
- Visit the vibrant markets and towns.
- Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshop, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
- And much more…
- Receive and Transfer to Airport
- Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
- 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
- Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver.
- English Speaking Guide
- All Sightseeing
- Museum Fees
- Bhutan Visa
- All Permits
- Bottled Mineral Water
- Walks and Hikes
What’s is Not Include
- Guide and Driver tip
- International Airfare
- Laundry Charges
- Internet, International calls
- Other Beverages
- Donation when photographing
- Travel Insurance
- Baggage Handlers tip
You’ll follow an itinerary which has been researched and planned by our experts, saving you all the hassle of organizing the trip. The itineraries are designed to minimize the time spent travelling and maximize the variety of experiences. From small buses to riverboats as well as on foot.
Itinerary at a Glance:
- DAY 1: Arrive Paro International Airport by Druk Air
- DAY 2: Paro – Paro
- DAY 3: Paro –Thimphu
- DAY 4: Thimphu-Punakha.
- DAY 5: Punakha-Gantey
- DAY 6: Gantey-Trongsa.
- DAY 7: Trongsa-Bumthang.
- DAY 8: Bumthang-Bumthang.
- DAY 9: Bumthang-Mongar.
- DAY 10: Mongar-Lhuntsi Excersion.
- DAY 11: Mongar-Trashigang.
- DAY 12: Trashigang-Tashi Yangtsi Excersion.
- DAY 13: Trashigang-Samdrupjongkhar/Fly Back to Paro.
- DAY 14: Samdrupjongkhar-India Or Paro International Airport See off by your guide.
In the evening, you will visit traditional farmhouses for an opportunity to interact with the local families and learn more about their lifestyle. Later, you can take an evening stroll along the main street, and perhaps visit a few handicrafts shops, or take refreshments at a local cafe or bar.
Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Overnight – hotel in Punakha.
Overnight at lodge in Trashigang.
Morning work around the small town of Trashigang and later you can drive to Ranjung and visit the Ranjung monastery. At Rangshing, you will see the nomads from Merak and Sakting coming down for shopping. They wear a tropical dress made from the wool and animal skin.
- Trip to Bhutan or Trip to Asia
- Farmer in bhutan ploughing the fied
- Monk learning to play flute I
- Travel to Bhutan (Dochula Pass 3100mts in Bhutan)
- Tour Bhutan (Festival in Bhutan)
- Bumthang Festival
What is the best time to visit Bhutan?
In Bhutan every season has its own charm; as such the country has variety of doings to the tourist according to their interest. But the most visited months are usually March, April and May during which the country is at its best scenery as the spring just hits off and of course in the later months of the year like August, September, October and November. These are the peak seasons as the weather during these time of the years are pleasant and warm and not to forget the festival months. However, Bhutan Creative Tours is focusing to spread out visitation over the year because, come rain or shine, there is something for all parts of the year. The winters are cold, but we have winter treks and festivals in the southern parts of Bhutan,which has warm weather through out the year. A winter in Bhutan is characterized by clear blue skies, but you need your jackets with you.
Do I need a Visa for Bhutan? How can I obtain a Visa for Bhutan?
All visitors traveling to Bhutan are required to obtain a Visa prior to your arrival to Bhutan, except for Indian nationals holding a valid Indian passport. After your confirmation to visit Bhutan with us, you can just download and fill out the Visa Application form from our website and send it to us. We’ll have the visa confirmation letter processed within 7 working days and send it to you. The Visa Application System used by the national tourism office is designed by our CEO when he was working as the Chief Researcher for the Tourism Council of Bhutan. This makes it very easy for us to leverage visa processing even during the final minutes before your arrival to Bhutan.
What Documents will I require at the Airport when I come to Bhutan?
You will need your Passport which has 6 months validity for its expiry date, Druk Air e-ticket, whether you booked it through us or the Druk air’s website and your Visa confirmation letter which we will send you prior to your arrival in the country. And please to carry a copy of your tour itinerary as well.