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Blooming Rhododendrons

Walking along the trail under blooming rhododendron trees can be compared with the famous cherry blossom paths in Japan

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The flowers of the rhododendron tree are considered a national flower of Nepal, but Bhutan can also be proud of possessing about 49 species of this plant. There are also plenty of Bhutanese songs and works of art that use this flower as a symbol of pure and divine beauty.

There are many places, both in a wild and within city borders, where you can enjoy the blooming season of rhododendrons. Huge gardens belong to numerous temples and monasteries as well. If you head to Thimphu and Punakha, big tree parks will sparkle your way with pink, red, and white colours.

The blooming season of these trees stretches from April till July, with some species starting either a bit earlier or finishing a few weeks later. In addition to looking for rhododendrons in a wild, you can attend an organised festival devoted specifically to this beautiful occasion. Every May the Royal Botanical Park in Lamperi holds a three-day event where visitors can enjoy walking along the roads covered with natural carpets of rhododendron petals.

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