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Photography Tour

BELGIUM

“Tsheten took us to charming places, telling about the country and its people, and wonderfully survived our never relenting stream of questions”

USA

“Journey to Discover Bhutan, organizes specialist tours for studying Bhutan’s natural history; cultural endeavors, especially those centered on the exuberant Buddhist religious festivals”

AUSTRALIA

“Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

AUSTRALIA

“Tsheten has arranged my previous three visits to Bhutan in a professional and stress free manner (and he is currently arranging my fourth). “

“Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people. “

    OVERVIEW

    Photography Tour

    A meticulously curated photography expedition through the captivating terrain of Bhutan, where our tour seamlessly blends professionalism with artistic vision. Under the guidance of seasoned photographers and cultural experts, participants will explore the intricacies of Bhutan’s landscapes and traditions, capturing images that transcend the ordinary.

    From the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery to the serene Phobjikha Valley, each location has been chosen to provide a rich tapestry for lens exploration. Our itinerary strategically aligns with local festivals, presenting unparalleled opportunities to document the vibrancy of Bhutanese culture in a nuanced and respectful manner. This tour caters to both technical refinement and artistic expression, ensuring that participants not only hone their photographic skills but also gain a profound understanding of Bhutan’s unique narrative. Join us on this professional photography tour and elevate your portfolio with images that reflect the depth and beauty of the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

    13

    DAYS

    Set out into the mountains of Bhutan to shoot images of exquisite temples, timeless farming villages unchanged by the time, dazzling rice fields and towering Himalaya. Capture scenes from a lively market or crimson-robed monks against a backdrop of whitewashed dzongs. Hike into forests where wild moss creates an otherworldly atmosphere, and photograph breathtaking panoramas of snow-clad peaks.
    WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

    When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

    Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


    4-25
    °C
    20-50
    MM
    Spring
    MAR – MAY
    15-27
    °C
    90-120
    MM
    Monsoons
    JUN – AUG
    3-26
    °C
    0-70
    MM
    Autumn
    SEPT – NOV
    (-2)-17
    °C
    5-10
    MM
    Winter
    DEC – FEB

    Trip Highlights

    Nature

    A haven of unspoiled landscapes and biodiversity. From the elusive red pandas in Phobjikha Valley to the picturesque Punakha Dzong, each frame captures the kingdom’s pristine natural beauty. Join us in documenting Bhutan’s untouched wilderness, where every shot becomes a testament to the country’s commitment to environmental preservation.

    Birds

    A paradise for birdwatchers. From the vibrant Himalayan Monals in Jigme Dorji National Park to the graceful Black-necked Cranes in Phobjikha Valley, capture the kingdom’s diverse avian beauty against stunning natural backdrops. Join us for an expedition where each click tells a tale of Bhutan’s commitment to preserving its unique and thriving birdlife.

    Bhutanese Culture

    Bhutanese culture, nestled in the Himalayas, welcomes travelers with a rich tapestry of tradition and spirituality. Festivals like Paro Tsechu showcase vibrant mask dances, offering insight into the country’s identity. Dzongs and traditional attire echo an ancient heritage, while warm hospitality invites cultural engagement. Bhutan’s culture, seamlessly blending with its stunning landscapes, turns every traveler’s experience into a profound journey of discovery.

    Tour Includes

    • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

    • Meal Plan: All the meals

    • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

    • Guide: Professional English Speaking

    • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

    • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

    • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

    • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

    Tour Excludes

    • Airfare

    • Laundry

    • Private Calls

    • Beverages or Drinks

    • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

    • Bank Charges

    Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

    Itinerary

    DAY 01: Arrival at Paro

    Get a seat on the left side of the aircraft, keep your camera ready and follow the instructions of the pilot as he/she guides you through the world’s highest mountains, one after another – Kanchenjunga, Everest, Lhotse, etc. On a clear day, the views are nothing short of spectacular.

    Get a bird’s view of Paro International Airport, a black strip in a narrow valley that is considered to be among the world’s 10 most challenging airports. Here on, you have entered the “dreamland”, so to speak, for photography.

    DAY 02: Paro
    Rinpung Dzong (Fortress on a Heap of Jewels), National Museum, 7th century Kyichu Temple among several other ancient religious monuments and sites The ruins of Drugyal Dzong and Taktshang (Tiger’s Lair) Monastery, famed for its religious significance and architectural wonder Chelela Pass (3,988 meters) and from there stunning views of Mt Jomolhari (7,326 meters) which is revered as the Abode of Goddess Remati. Also, numerous species of alpine flowers, and birds like Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan, and Kalij Pheasant
    DAY 3 & 4: Thimphu

    Thimphu is Bhutan in a miniature. There are places that no photographer should miss.

    These include:

    • Tashichhodzong – the magnificent 500-year old seat of Bhutan’s governance and the palace/office of the king.
    • Parliament Building – An epitome of modern Bhutanese architecture combined with traditional grandeur.
    • Buddha – the world’s biggest Buddha built on the breast of a hillock which commands a spectacular view of the capital city.
    • Sangaygang– The perfect viewpoint for Thimphu city.
    • Memorial Stupa – the most beautiful stupa in Bhutan built in memory of the father of modern Bhutan, king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
    • Vegetable Market – For people and culture
    • Norzin Lam (street) – The busiest place in the capital Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, School of Art and Craft
    DAY 05: Thimphu-Punakha/Wangdue
    • Semtokha Dzong, the oldest monastery fortress of Bhutan.
    • Dochula, the 3,116 meter pass which provides a breathtaking view of the higher Himalayas Vegetation from alpine to the sub-tropical, rare birds and flowers
    • The Wangdue-Punakha valley, farms and villages, ancient monasteries including Chimi Lhakhang (the Temple of Fertility)
    • Punakha Dzong, the old capital of Bhutan and Bhutan’s most prized asset
    • The ruins of Wangdue monastery-fortress. The area is the habitat of White-Bellied Heron, the world’s rarest bird.

     

    DAY 06: Punakha/Wangdue – Trongsa
    • Verdant forests, rare birds (including the exotic black-necked crane) and animals, and beautiful alpine flowers.
    • Pelela pass (3,390 meters), the Black Mountain range, hamlets along the way.
    • 18th century stupa at Chendebji
    • View of Trongsa Dzong – the monastery fortress which is one of the biggest in Bhutan and traditionally the power centre of central-east Bhutan.
    • The Watch Tower of Trongsa
    • Trongsa town.

     

    DAY 07: Trongsa – Bumthang
    • Views of Mangde valley
    • Yotongla pass (3,400 meters)
    • Bumthang valley, one of the most beautiful in Bhutan, filled with old palaces, historical and religious monuments.

     

    DAY 08: Bumthang
    • Jakar Dzong (Castle of the White Bird)
    • Wangdicholing Palace and Domkhar Palace
    • The famous Kurjey Temple and 7th century Jambay Lhakhang (temple)
    • Tamzhing Monastery, and the legendary Mebartsho (Burning Lake)
    • Airstrip, villages, nature trails, towns, etc.

     

    DAY 09: Bumthang – Mongar
    • Thrumshingla National Park and the Thrumshingla Pass (3,780 meters)
    • Sengor-Yongkala-Lingmithang area, which is known as the Birding Capital of the World. Has the world’s highest density of birds, including some of the most rare and exotic.
    • Ruins of Zhongar Fortress
    • Kurichu Hydroelectric Dam and power house
    • Lingmethang and Mongar towns

     

    DAY 10: Mongar-Trashigang
    • Korila Pass and the surrounding views of the landscape of eastern Bhutan
    • Yadi zig, and shots of the valley carved by Dangmechu, the biggest river of Bhutan
    • Gomphu Kora, a great site of pilgrimage for Buddhists
    • Trashigang Dzong, historically the powerhouse of the regional ruler
    • Trashigang and Rangjung towns
    • North Trashigang, the most populated area of Bhutan – local culture, customs, traditions, lifestyle

     

    DAY 11: Trashigang
    • North Trashigang, the most populated area of Bhutan and the centre of local culture, customs, traditions, lifestyle
    • Folk festival, dance and music

     

    DAY 12: Trashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar
    • Dozens of villages along the way.
    • Sherubtse College (Bhutan’s first), Yonphula airstrip, and the adjoining views.
    • Numerous ancient temples and monasteries enroute
    • Ancient iron smithy at Barshong
    • Bird watching area at Moshi, Dewathang

     

    DAY 13: Departure

    Samdrup Jongkhar – Guwahati airport for onward flight.

    “The Last Shangri-la”.

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