in association with BHUTAN TAKIN TRAILS have created the opportunity for you to visit the scenic country of Bhutan - at the best time-of-year, for their own beautiful and very different wildflower display by mother nature. And, with our own personal Botanical Guide to show the way.
Come and join us at Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok early on the morning of either the 17th April or the 1st May as we fly to Bhutan for our tour.
Minimum group size of 4 passengers, and maximum group size of 16 passengers, to ensure your best comfort along the way, for this very different journey.
Flights to and from Bangkok to be arranged at own expense.
Day 1: Fly to Paro
We are met at Paro Airport on arrival, and drive 1 hour to Thimphu. En route, we stop at the Tamchoggamg Temple area to walk to the riverside, where there is the opportunity to see a variety of Premula, Rhododendrons, Wild Strawberry and Cherry Blossoms. Continue drive to Thimphu.
Thimphu sites after lunch - visit the Memorial Stupa - which has an array of exotic flowers planted around the temple area, followed by the Textile Museum. Later, a walk around town.
Overnight: Sernya Hotel or similar.
Day 2. Thimphu
Start the day by visiting the Big Buddha Statue and later drive 45 mins north of the valley to the Jigme Dorji National Park. Here will be a different variety of Rhododendron flowers namely Rhododendron Triflorum and Rhododendron Arboreum, plus Cherry Blossoms, Campanula, Euphorbia. A picnic lunch will be at the confluence near the old 16th century cantilever bridge. Drive back to Thimphu to visit the School of Arts and Crafts, traditional paper making factory and the high-quality Thangka Painting.
Overnight: Sernya Hotel or similar
Day 3. Thimphu to Punakha.
We will drive to a 3,100 meter high pass called Dochula, where there will be time to photograph a set of 108 Stupas, called Chortens (constructed in honour of the Fourth King), and view the distant peaks of the Bhutanese Himalaya. On the way, we will be seeing about 15 - 20 different Rhododendrons species, Magnolias and Luculias. We continue to the Royal Botanical Park for more flower species and on to Punakha. Here, we enjoy a very scenic walk on trails between a series of terraced rice paddies to Chimi Lakhang, the temple dedicated to Bhutan’s most infamous Saint - Drukpa Kinlay.
Difficulty: Easy. About an hour will be spent here and we will be able to see Bottle Brush, Cistus, Jasmine and the Prickly Pair Cactus.
Return to our vehicle and drive to our hotel. Drive time for the day, around 3 hours. Overnight: Hotel Vara or similar