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 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 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.
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.