A special event held every year in Royal Botanical Garden, Lampelri (Punakha), Rhododendron Festival celebrates the rhododendron flower, which blossoms abundantly in the region. The tourism festival features the rhododendron garden walk and exhibition, traditional games, guided walks and activities, local culture and cuisines, arts and crafts and cultural programmes. It is because of the approx 46 different species of flowers appears to be in full bloom in their natural habitat makes the surrounding area even more beautiful.

The prime aim behind the celebration of Rhododendron Tourism Festival is to raise awareness among the local communities about the importance of biodiversity. Those from the rural areas are taught how to coexist with wild animals and protect the crops from the wildlife. Tourists will get an opportunity to witness the culture of Bhutan organised by the Ministry of Agriculture including local folk dances, cultural programs and exhibitions. Besides this, tourists can even enjoy delicious traditional dishes from the food stalls and take souvenirs that would remind of this extraordinary experience.

Once done with witnessing the Rhododendron Festival, tourists can make the most of their visit to Punakha by indulge in visiting the tourist attractions like Punakha Dzong, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, Mo Chhu River, Chimi Lhakhang and more.


Insight into Festival Duration, Dates, and Features

Festival Duration

The festival is held for three days and usually takes place in the month of April. The tentative dates of Rhododendron Festival for the year 2020 is out which will also be held in the month of April.

  • Starting Date: 21 April 2020
  • Ending Date: 23 April 2020

If you are willing to explore other tourist attraction of Lamperi, our Bhutan festival holiday tour package will let you explore the best of Bhutan to have a better understanding of Bhutanese culture, tradition and its people.

Festival Destination

Surrounded by hills all around, Punakha is relatively a warm tourist destination in Bhutan. The place has beautiful meadows and is full of paddy fields. The serene and unspoiled beauty of the destination is sure to leave you with memories to cherish for the lifetime. Tourists planning to travel to Punakha need to get a special route permit which can only be made in Thimphu. In addition to this, tourists travelling to Bhutan from India, Bangladesh and Maldives do not require a visa but a travel permit. Travellers form countries other than these do need to get a visa issued for travelling to Bhutan.

Special Highlights of the Festival

  • Witness Rhododendron flower blooming in abundance.
  • Enjoy the local folk dances, cultural programs and exhibitions.
  • Try the scrumptious traditional dishes and buy souvenirs.

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