This Bhutan Photography tour will brings you an unforgettable breathtaking journey that will captivate your senses in a charming way.
Key highlights, available year round
• Gain insight into the culture and lifestyle untouched by the modern world • Full day hike to iconic Tiger’s Nest
• Spectacular Phobjikha; also known as second Switzerland, one of the most beautiful valley in Bhutan
• Photographing the ancient Dzong architecture and Fortress • Gain access to photograph inside certain temples
• Local experience
Government Fees, Royalty & Taxes.
Tours and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary.
Standard hotel room (Twin/double bed).
All meals (Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner) at a local restaurant or hotel.
SUV Car, Mini Van or Bus with driver throughout your stay.
Experienced tour guide.
Peak period surcharge: US$300 per person (Mar-May, Sep-Nov)
Costs for extra activities
Personal drinks & beverages
Additional hotel facilities like laundry, personal calls etc.
Single room supplement: US$40 per room per nigh
*The price quoted is an indicative and subject to changes
- Day 1 During the flight on a clear day, you will get to enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjungha, and other famous Himalayan peaks including sacred Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake Peaks in Bhutan. Upon arrival at Paro Airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. The drive to Thimphu is about 1 hour. On route, enjoy the view of the Valley of Thimphu River through a rather arid and Rocky landscape.
- Day 2 After breakfast we will photograph the National Memorial Chorten, with its sun-catching golden finial, making it one of the most visible religious structures in Thimphu; for many people it is the focus of their daily worship. This morning, it may be possible to gain entry into Tashichho Dzong (dzong is a fortress-monastery), the most important monastery in the kingdom. In addition to housing the offices of the king’s government, Tashichho is also the summer residence of the central monk body. After lunch we will visit a traditional paper factory and a weaving center. Both opportunities allow us to photograph long-established art and craft techniques.
- Day 3 Today we continue our journey across the Dochu La Pass, from where we will get our first look at the chain of Himalayan peaks strung along the northern horizon. Next we reach Pelela Pass, which was, during ancient times, the boundary between western and central Bhutan. From Pelela, we drive down through dwarf bamboo vegetation, grazed by the migrating yaks during winter. En route visit Chendebji Chorten erected in the eighteenth century by a Tibetan over the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. We drive for another hour after lunch, reaching the spectacular landscape of Trongsa and its impressive dzong.
- Day 4 The Trongsa Dzong is considered one of the most magnificent pieces of architecture in Bhutan, and the strategic location gave it great power over this part of the country. Given time we will also visit the Ta Dzong on the hillside above the town. We drive further east, taking time to photograph the beautiful landscape of this region. Arriving to our hotel in the late afternoon, we will have a bit of time for rest, dinner, and perhaps some blue hour photography. If time permit, we will visit a traditional farmhouse, providing opportunity to interact with the local families and learn more about their lifestyle with beautiful photography opportunities.
- Day 5 After breakfast we continue west to Gangtey, with photographic stops along the way; we may even see the red Pandas at Pelela. Driving through the mountains and over a high pass, we then enter Phobjikha Valley, popularly known to be the home of the black-necked cranes. We will also visit Gangtey Goenpa, the only Nyingmapa (oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Bhuddhism) monastery in western Bhutan.
- Day 6 After breakfast, we will visit a local community school, interacting with and the students for photography shoot. Later in the day, we will continue our drive to Punakha, stopping for lunch and photograph the nearby Wangdiphodrang Dzong from a distance (current renovations taking place due to 2012 fire). I addition to photographing in and around the dzong, we will also take advantage of its setting to photograph this fertile, lowland (4,400’) valley, with its quaint houses and terraced fields. In addition to photographing in and around the dzong, we will also take advantage of its setting to photograph this fertile, lowland (4,400’) valley, with its quaint houses and terraced fields.
- Day 7 After breakfast we will explore Wangdi whom sits in the heart of the Punakha Valley, and we will devote a full day today to exploring this valley. The Punakha Dzong dates back to the seventeenth century and was the winter seat of the highest lama in Bhutan until the 1950’s. After lunch we will hike to the fifteenth century temple of the Divine Madman- Chimi Lakhang, walking through rice fields and farm houses. It will provide opportunity for those wishing to photograph the phallic paintings on the houses; these paintings are believed to keep away the evil spirits and bad luck, and scenic farming landscape.
- Day 8 Today after early breakfast we will continue back to Paro, arriving in the afternoon. Depending on weather and photographic opportunities along the way, we may have time to visit the Ta Dzong, once a watchtower, or the Rinpung Dzong, built in 1646. A walk across the bridge offers a spectacular view of the architecture and an opportunity to tread the same path as the ancient warriors.
- Day 9 After breakfast we will have a full day hike up to Taktsang – more commonly known as the Tiger’s Nest. It was established in the eighth century when Padmasambava, the country’s patron saint, who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of his mythical tigress consort to meditate. Wwe return the valley floor in late afternoon, and enjoy a farewell dinner with our guide this evening.
- Day 10 We will drive to the airport for flight to end the destination.