Kingdom of Flowers

Travel brochures and posters often refer to Sikkim as the “Kingdom of Flowers,” a very fitting title. As we mentioned in the last post, the flora is one of the main reasons we came to Sikkim. Although we have spent a total of almost 8 months in the Himalayas, up until now, we have missed one of its greatest spectacles – the rhododendron blooms. Forests filled with white, yellow, light pink, hot pink, purple, and fire-engine red rhododendrons. Add to that an unreal variety of orchids and a host of flowers I couldn’t begin to identify, and you’ll get the picture. It feels like a floral Galapagos!

2 responses to “Kingdom of Flowers”

  1. avatar laurelle says:

    I’ve always been interested in flora that’s native to both the Pacific Northwest of North America and Asia. There are lots of similarities. How long ago did you photograph these flowers? I’m curious whether they bloom concurrently with the native rhododendrons around here (blooming now).

  2. avatar Thomas says:

    The rhododendron bloom takes place from April to July in Sikkim and Nepal although several factors seem to affect the bloom. In some areas, the flowers looked like they were just beginning to bloom, and in other areas, they looked like they were already dying off. The rhododendron bushes/trees are very large growing up to 15-20 ft high!

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