Royal Botanical Park of Bhutan at Lampelri, a nice place to visit


If you are heading to Punakha from Thimphu or vice versa, Royal Botanical Park of Bhutan at Lampelri is something that deserves your visit – or you deserve to visit it. It’s around 2 km away from Dochula pass on the way to Punakha.

This park has collection of Bhutan’s bio-diversities. It’s specifically popular with different species of rhododendron in Bhutan. It also has other species of plants and herbs.

Lampelri park lakeLake below Dochula

If you’re bit tired of travel, this park provides a good place to relax and stretch your limbs. It also has short-distance walking trails, boating services, children playground and various bird-watching points.

6 things to do at Royal Botanical Park, Lampelri

#1 Boating over clean pond

There are few boats near a small pond. You can ask a caretaker and try boating – no separate charge. Boats don’t operate with petrol motors.

fun at lampelri parkRoyal Botanical park at Lampelri

However, it’s fun. You can provide some movement to your otherwise rigid and sore legs when you paddle them.

#2 Walking through woods

Lampelri park stretches to quite a wider area providing plenty space to take walk through woods. You’ll have the moment of being close with nature away from civilization – peaceful and fresh.

climbing tree in Bhutanlunching in jungle in Bhutan

During appropriate seasons, you get opportunity to see different species of plants like rhododendrons, Himalayan orchids, herbs and birds. There are number of walking trails:

  • Lumitsawa Ancient Trail – 3 hours.
  • Thana Jungle Trail – 7 hours.
  • Dochula Nature Trek – 2 hours.
  • Longchu Hike – 3 hours.
  • Rhododendron Trail – 1/5 hour.
  • Tsherchu Trail – 1 hours.

Tourists coming to Bhutan cover all those trails in a one-day tour package. They also include sightseeing at Dochula pass.

#3 Bird watching & Photography

This park is basically within forest. This means you can take some walking trails, stand on one of the view points and enjoy bird watching.

Orchids at Lampelri parkchildren play area at Botanical parkl

You will enjoy shooting various beautiful birds. This park provides a good place for taking eco-adventure and wildlife photography for leisure travellers, nature enthusiasts, students, researchers and explorers.

#4 See various plants and animals

The main objective of this park is to showcase different bio-diversities of Bhutan. You can find different types of trees, flowers, herbs and birds – not caged though.

Lampelri parklake in punakha

However, during winter and autumn seasons, you won’t be able see as many as you want – especially flowers. I was told there are musk deer, red panda, leopard and cat.

#5 Distant mountain views

During clear weather, you can enjoy the distant view of snow-capped Himalayan mountains, valleys and hills. There are many view points.

walking trails near Dochulawalk through woods at Dochula

In April every year, there is also annual Rhododendron Festival in this Royal Botanical Park. If you travel to Bhutan in this month, you’ll be able to attend this festival. All Rhododendron species in Bhutan will be there on exhibition.

#6 Picnicking and camping

There is a nice ground where we can open our packed lunch, other edibles and then have them sitting on a clean ground. If you are with children, there is also a separate play area for children.

picnic at lampelri parktent of yak herder in Bhutan

The park administration also allows camping by paying Nu.250/night. There are tap water for toiletry, washing and cooking purposes. There are also latrines.

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  1. Very well elaborated of the place. I am sure, especially the foreigners will be desperately wanting to visit the place when they are in Bhutan. The Photographs are a true mavens.

  2. Sherab Tenzin on

    If you also didn’t visit before, I would suggest you to visit it when you travel to Thimphu (but if you are in private car). The place becomes more beautiful during spring and autumn.

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