Travel to see the Magic of Nature and you will be overwhelmed by the treasures that await to be discovered across  Planet Earth.

The Himalayas are one of the several abodes of these  Natural Treasures.

The Rhododendrons are a unique and varied species of trees and bushes/bushlets , many of which are now critically endangered.

The Natural Habitat of the Rhododendrons is the Himalayas and one of the Hotspots is the tiny state of Sikkim in North East India.

the tree
Behold the Rhododendron Tree

The Local Name from Nepal to Sikkim/North Bengal is Lali ( meaning Red) Gurans .

The Scientific Name of the species in the pictures is Rhododendron arboreum Smith  and it belongs to the family Ericaceae.

In some Himalyan States like Uttrakhand you get a lovely squash derived from the Red Blossoms of this High Altitude Species.

the crown
The Crown with Red Ruby coloured Blossoms

The Leaves of the Rhododendrons are unique as they form a spiral like  Crown as seen in the picture below.

While the Local name is derived from the species bearing  Red Blossoms seen below, the wonderous Rhododendrons exhibit various colours from White, Pink and even Yellow.

the flowers and spiral
Awesome Blossoms

Watch out for more blogs as the Enchanting World of Rhododendrons is revealed in  Himalyan Hotspots at altitudes over 13000 feet.

The pictures seen above were taken in North Bengal , close to the border with Sikkim and Bhutan.


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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

43 thoughts on “HIMALAYAN HOTSPOT”

      1. nope 😦 my travelling stars are my hostile enemy the only tourist spots I have been to are agra, delhi, Hyderabad, puri, digha and Vaishnodevi. 😦 Amongst these two Hyderabad and Delhi were lived in not visited. I do couch travels ;(


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