Rhododendron Festival Tour

7 Days

Bhutan is a country of Flowers. Almost 30 different species of Rhododendrons have been discovered in Bhutan. Rhododendron Festival draws hundreds of visitors from all over the region and features the Rhododendron Festival Pageant and the Craft Fair with food and dances. Our guide provides essential information on festival dates, showcasing the natural wonders and cultural festivities that surround this annual celebration.

Rhododendron Species in Bhutan

Bhutan has 46 species of Rhododendron found in Bhutan. Bhutan favours the growth of varieties of Rhododendron. Rhododendron grows above the altitude of 2890m. The celebration ends with a special dance and exhibition. The dance showcases local culture and cuisine, arts and crafts, traditional games, cultural programs, and guided walks and activities. The festival displays different species that are in full bloom in their natural habitat.

Despite its small size, the Park has a wide assortment of flora and fauna. A unique attraction of the park is the Rhododendrons. You can find forty of the total 46 species that grow in Bhutan here. This includes 29 species that grow naturally in the area and another 11 that have been planted in the park garden. The Park also has 114 species of ferns, as well as numerous wild orchids. The Royal Botanical Park also hosts rich animal life. This includes the magnificent Bengal tiger, the elusive red panda, the leopard, the leopard cat, musk deer, sambar deer, the Himalayan black bear, the Monal pheasant and the Satyr tragopan. More than 220 species have been recorded, making it a haven for bird watching. Also, check Royal Manas National Park for more varieties of animals. The festival tour covers the most popular places of Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtye and Paro.

Rhododendron Festival Date for 2025

The organizers have scheduled the Rhododendron Festival from the 22nd to the 24th of April 2025. They will hold the festival in Lampelri National Park, Thimphu.

Rhododendron Festival Tour Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1 Arrival at Paro International Airport Alt. 2200M and drive to Thimphu.
  • Day 2 Thimphu City Tour
  • Day 3 Thimphu to Lampelri Botanical Garden to attend Rhododendron Festival.
  • Day 4 Punakha to Gangtey
  • Day 5 Gangtye to Paro Tour
  • Day 6 Paro Tiger Nest Hike
  • Day 7 Paro to Airport and See Off

Rhododendron Festival Tour Cost

  • Solo Traveller Cost USD 1840.00
  • 2 Pax Group Cost USD 1680.00 Per Person
  • 3 to 4 Pax Group Cost USD 1550.00 Per Person

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Rhododendron Tour Itinerary

Arrival at Paro airport. Our team will greet you with Tashi Khadhar and escort you to Thimphu. On the way visit Tamchog Lhakhang across the river. The view is excellent and in Thimphu visit Largest Buddha Statue over looking at Thimphu Valley.

The guide will assist you to go around Thimphu city. Thimphu is the largest city of Bhutan. It has a population of more than 100000 people.

Visit Folk heritage museam, 13th arts and crafts school. After lunch visits simply Bhutan museam to witness the live performance of traditional dance.

Attend Bhutan Rhododendron Festival at Lampelri. Witness the beautiful Rhododendron festival at Lamperi National Park. The Royal Botanical Park is the country’s first nature recreational park, established in 2004 to preserve the rich natural biodiversity of the area. This area of 47sq. km in the Dochula Conservation area has been delineated for protection and development into a site for eco-tourism and nature education.

Drive to Gangtye from the old capital of Bhutan. Visit Gangtey Monastery 16th century temple and popular black-necked crane breeding centre. Hike the beautiful trail of Phobjikha. Overnight at Hotel. Read more about Wangdiphodrang

Explore Paro. The drive from Gangtye valley takes about 4 hours to reach paro. If time permits visit Drugyel Dzong recently restored and opened for tourist visit. Way back visit 6th century kichu monastery. Over night at Hotel

Hike the popular Tiger nest temple. The hike takes depending on your pace. Some parts are quite steep so go slow and be sure of your footing – especially when you make the return trip downhill which can be quite slippery. The hike is about 6 km (4 miles) in length round trip

Depart Paro after Bhutan Rhododendron festival. Our guide and driver will see you off from the airport.

Inclusion / Exclusion


  • Accommodation in 3-star Hotel.
  • Licensed Tour Guide.
  • Comfortable vehicle.
  • All entrance Fees.
  • Airport Pick and drop.


  • International/ Domestic Airfare.
  • Insurance Premiums.
  • Alcoholic Drinks.
  • Hotel Upgradation


How many Days do i need to attend the Rhododendron Festival?

If you have very less day 2 nights and 3 days is minimum you can take for the tour.

What is included in the Festival Tour?

The festival tour includes visit to Dzongs, Monasteries and Museams.

Where can i see Rhododendron Festival?

The unique Rhododendron Festival is held at the Royal Botanical Garden (Lampelri), 35km from Thimphu on the way to Punakha. The event is backed by the Forest Department, Park Services, and The Tourism Council of Bhutan.

How long do rhododendron blooms last?

Coveted for their spectacular blooms which come in a wide range of shapes and colors, Azaleas and Rhododendrons usually proudly display their colorful blooms in spring for about three weeks, depending on the weather.

What is the tour cancellation policy?

90% refund for the tour cancelled 45 days prior to arrival date, payment transfer charges will be charged 75% refund for the tour cancelled between 30 to 45 days prior to arrival date No refund for the tour cancelled less than 30 days of arrival date and for the change of itinerary Booking made for 4 star and 5 star hotels have to follow individual hotel’s cancellation policies.

What is the flight cancellation policy?

70% refund for cancellation made before 30 days prior to arrival date (Documentation charge USD 25 applicable) 30% refund for cancellation made between 15 to 30 days of travel date NO refund for cancellation made less than 15 days of travel date Documentation charge applicable for the change of dates, sectors etc (issued tickets only, USD30/ticket)

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Rhododendron Festival Tour
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Trip Info

  • Paro
  • Paro
  • Licensed Tour Guide.
  • Accommodation in 3-star Hotel.
  • Comfortable vehicle.
  • 22nd to 24th April 2025
  • Please refer our cancellation Policy for any last minute Issue.
  • 2800M at Dochula Pass