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Rhododendron Festival

Festival dates: 16th – 18th April 2021.

The Rhododendron festival focuses around three main themes: ecological, cultural and food. The main theme is ecological and in particularly, the Rhododendron. The festival will highlight some of the cultural richness of the area and inter-relate with nature. Among other cultural dances and attractions, it also includes the ‘Tiger & Bear Dances’. The villagers sing and dance to praise the Rhododendron flowers which bloom in abundance in Bhutan.

Detailed Itinerary for Rhododendron festival:

Day 01. Arrive Paro – Thimphu: (2320 m) (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr drive):

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Tamchog Monastery.

Meet and greet at the Airport and drive to Thimphu. On the way, we visit:

  • Tamchog Monastery built in the 15th century by Thangthong Gyalpo.

After lunch, visit to:

  • National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of the Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Handicraft Bazaar where you can buy Bhutanese Handicrafts and Art works.
  • Tashichho Dzong, the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (The Chief Abbot of Bhutan).

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing:

Tallest-statue-of-Sitting-Buddha

Tallest statue of Sitting Buddha.

After breakfast, we visit to:

  • The Tallest Statue of sitting Buddha in the world at Kuenselphodrang,
  • Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.
  • Changangkha Lhakhang, one of the oldest temple of Thimphu valley.
  • Takin Preserve center.
  • Sangaygang view point.

Lunch at Simple Bhutan Museum restaurant.

  • National Postal Museum.
  • The School of 13 Arts and Crafts.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha (76 Km, Driving time 2 hr.) Witness the festival at Lam Pelri garden:

Rhododendron-Festival

Rhododendron Festival.

After breakfast, drive to Punakha. On the way we visit:

  • Dochu La Pass (3100 m) with its 108 stupas and the view of beautiful Himalayan ranges.

WITNESS THE FESTIVAL AT RHODODENDRON GARDEN. After lunch, witness the festival.

In the evening, drive to Punakha.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 04. Punakha sightseeing:

After breakfast visit to:

  • Chimi Lhakhang built in 1499 by “The Divine Madman of Bhutan”, Lama Drukpa Kuenley. The Temple is also called “the Temple of Fertility”.
  • The Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the afternoon, hike to the beautiful Khamsung Yulley temple built by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck.

In the evening, walk across the longest Suspension bridge in Bhutan (160 m).

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 05. Punakha –Wangdiphodrang – Paro (Distance 132 km. Driving Time 4 hours):

Wangdiphodrang-Dzong

Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

After breakfast, drive to Paro via Wangdiphodrang and visit:

  • Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Ta Dzong built in 1649 which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan.
  • The Rimpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 06. Paro Sightseeing:

In the morning, hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery (Taktsang).

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • The Ruined fortress of Drukgyal built in 1647 by the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple of Bhutan built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King, Srongsen Gampo.

Day 07. Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.