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Botanical Tours

ORCHID TOUR
In the Darjeeling and Sikkim Himalayas, Orchids form the dominant flora and about 600 species in 100 different genera are found.

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With the possibility of approximately a hundred species that one can see and to make that possible, the best time to visit is from mid April till early July.

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The different species of Orchids one can expect to see, to name a few are:
Ascocentrum ampullaceum, Bulbophyllum guttulatum, B. cornutum, Dendrobium densiflorum, D. farmeri, D. nobile, D. lituiflorum, D. crepidatum, D. parishii, D. lindleyi, D. jenkinsii, Diplomeris hirsute, Phaius tankervilliae, P. flavus, Vanda cristata, Cymbidium tigrinum, C. lancifolium, C. lowianum, C. devonianum, Pleione hookeriana, P. praecox, P. maculata, Paphiopedilum venustum, P. hirsutissimum, P. spicerianum, P. fairrieanum, Tainia species, Thunia marshalliana, T. alba, Phalaenopsis lobbii, P. mannii, P. taenialis, P. decumbens, Eulophia nuda, many Jewel orchid species, etc.

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In the planning out our tours, we have the expertise and guidance of veteran Orchidologist and Himalayan plant specialist, Mr. Udai C. Pradhan. Meeting and talking about Orchids and other plants pre or post tour will be one of the highlights of the tours. By special arrangement, we can also take you to see the orchid and other paintings of renowned botanical illustrator, Hemlata Pradhan MARCA in Kalimpong       (www.botanicalart.in), and if she is in town, to meet her.

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Visitors can also buy orchid species in flasks. However, it will be practical to inform what they wish to take atleast a few months in advance so that arrangements can be made with orchid growers accordingly.

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A tour of 12 days is ideal. Routes can be worked out to provide maximum Orchid viewing in nature.

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For more information about this service:
E-mail: naturehimalaya@yahoo.com
Or Book the Tour
Phone: +91 9832362073/ +91 9933518292

Rhododendron Tour
General Botanical Tour

Cypripedium tibeticum

Cypripedium tibeticum

Pleione hookeriana

Pleione hookeriana

Cypripedium elegans

Cypripedium elegans

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RHODODENDRON TOUR 
Flowering with shades of white, pink, red and yellow, Rhododendrons are one of the most popular of the flowering plants that adorn the mountains of the Himalayas in the spring.

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The Rhododendrons comprise only 1% of the flowering plants, yet it is the Rhododendron of Sikkim-Himalaya that has brought this region to botanical limelight. Sir Joseph Hooker’s remarkable journey during 1848 -1850 culminating in the discovery and introduction of nearly all the Sikkim-Himalayan species focused attention on the genus, Rhododendron, making it an important horticulture plant and resulting in countless hybrids that adorn gardens all over the world.

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With over 36 species and several forms and varieties, forming predominant forest above 2000 meters, the forests becomes enchanted with the brilliant display of blooming Rhododendrons, during the month of April to July.

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The higher reaches of this region was inaccessible and restricted to foreigners in the past. However the abrupt opening of communications in the interior, has exposed the rich floral beauty, and people are once again pouring in to appreciate this gift of nature and admire the beauty of Rhododendrons.

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Rhododendron enthusiasts should, therefore find the following routes interesting during their visit.

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Hilley-Barsey-Kalijhar-UttareyDentam
(BarseyRhododendronSanctuary.WestSikkim) 
Yuksom-Tshoka-Dzongri(WestSikkim)Gangtok-Lachung-Phuni-Yumthang-YumeSamdong (North Sikkim)

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In the Darjeeling Himalayas, the following treks are recommended for viewing Rhododendron:

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Darjeeling-ManeyBhanjang(2000m)-Tonglu(3000m)-Sandakphu(3600m)-Phalut(3500m)Kalimpong-Lava Peak-Neora Valley National Park(3200m highest point) or Jelepla Pass.

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For more information about this service:
E-mail: naturehimalaya@yahoo.com
Or Book the Tour
Phone: +91 9832362073/ +91 9933518292

R. aeruginosum

R. aeruginosum

R. arboreum

R. arboreum

R. mekongense

R. mekongense

R. ciliatum

R. ciliatum

R. baileyi

R. baileyi

GENERAL BOTANICAL TOUR 

Sandwiched between Bhutan in the East and Nepal in the West, and with its Northern region merging into the Tibetan Plateau lies the tiny Indian State of Sikkim. This State along with the contiguous northern region of West Bengal, is referred to as the Sikkim – Darjeeling -Himalaya. The immense biological diversity met within this part of the Himalaya does not have parallel elsewhere in the world. The Southward extension of the same Great Himalayan Mountain Range – its northern and eastern reaches touching China, is where Arunachal Pradesh is located.

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The eastern-most state of India is the first to be kissed by the morning Sun, therefore, Arunachal Pradesh is also known as the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’. Bordered by China to the North, Myanmar to the East, Bhutan to the West and states of Nagaland and Assam to the South, this is one of the most verdant and richest in terms of biodiversity amongst the Seven Sisters of Northeast India. With 75% of the state under forest cover, outstanding wildlife and intricate network of some of the greatest river systems, colorful tribal communities living in isolation and still practicing a way of life which has not changed much with the passage of time, and the local craft tradition, Arunachal Pradesh possesses an unmatched combination of great beauties.

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If you have ever wondered about places that needs to be explored, come to the North Eastern and Eastern Himalayas, where there is untouched wilderness and you can be the first to make a fascinating expedition in the most bio-diverse part of the Indian sub-continent.

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We operate Botanical tours for small and private groups in these areas where you can be sure to be greeted every now and then by unexpected plant life as you walk along the trail. Sometimes you might come across miniature Primulas, Rhododendrons, Himalayan Mandrake under a rock, Frittilaria popping out of a bush, different species of Meconopsis in bloom to cheer you, tiny flowers of the Asarum hiding amongst the foliage, Jewel Orchids completely camouflaged on the ground, Lilium nanum and gigantium and of course not to forget the different Arisaema species along with Paris and Trillidiums.

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For more information about this service:
E-mail: naturehimalaya@yahoo.com
Or Book the Tour
Phone: +91 9832362073/ +91 9933518292

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