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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recommend to read following travel experiences and more exciting stories from Bhutan:
- Bumdeling – The winter habitat of Black-necked Cranes in Bhutan.
- The secrets of Tiger Nest Monastery (Taktshang) Hike.
- Dochula Pass – Travel experience with Indian Tourists.
- Bumthang Travel – The Experiences and Stories of a Traveller.
- 17 best places to visit – CNN includes Bhutan in this list.
- 45 uncommon facts of Bhutan all Tourists need to Know.