1. Nine nights and ten days of guided photography tour in Bhutan.
2. An exclusive experience with our mentor who is also a avid traveller.
3. Stay in comfortable hotels.
4. Travel in convenient and uncrowded vechicles.
5. A stunningly productive, professionally guided Photography Tour to Bhutan.
6. Plenty of opportunities to photograph landscapes, nightscapes, portraits and travel photography.
7. Extensive photography assistance both on and off the field.
8. A wealth of natural history to photograph.
9. Post processing learning on the go.
10. A fun and highly interactive environment without barriers.
The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country in South Asia. Thimphu is its capital and largest city, while Phuntsholing is its financial center.
Bhutan has developed a distinct national identity based on Buddhism.The country's landscape ranges from lush subtropical plains in the south to the sub-alpine Himalayan mountains in the north, where there are peaks in excess of 7,000 metres (23,000 ft). The highest mountain in Bhutan is the Gangkhar Puensum, which is also a strong candidate for the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. There is also diverse wildlife in Bhutan.
Bhutan is the least corrupt country as of 2016. However, Bhutan continues to be a least developed country also.
The head of state is the King of Bhutan, known as the "Dragon King.
Bhutan is also notable for pioneering the concept of gross national happiness and is called as the happiest country in the world. The Royal Bhutan Army maintains extensive military relations with the Indian Armed Forces.
Arrival at Paro airport from Delhi: Receive at the Airport exit gate and transfer to Thimphu: the capital city which takes about an hour. Short photo shoot stop at Tamchog Lhakhang to take pictures of 15 Century Iron chain bridge and the monastery built by great saint – Thongthong Gelyo. Check in hotel.
After lunch, visit Crafts Market and free time around town indulging in street photography. Towards late noon, visit Trashichhodzong (the Administrative Seat of the King of Bhutan and the Chief abbot (religious head) of Bhutan) around 3.30 pm to witness the Guard of Flag de-hosting ceremony. Visit inside the Dzong and photo shoot the well-illuminated Dzong by multi colored lights by dusk.
Spend a relaxed evening at the hotel and enjoy the relishing Bhutanese cuisine for an exciting day tomorrow. Overnight in Thimphu.
Thimphu Sightseeing - Early Morning visit to Buddha Point which is built on the top of the Kuensel Phodrang Hill: (206 feet tall sitting Buddha statue, one of the tallest in Asia) for sunrise photography. Return to hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast the following visits:
1. Memorial Chorten - constructed to commemorate the great contributions of the 3rd King of Bhutan to make what Bhutan is today: His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (also known as Founding Father of Modern Bhutan)
2. Changangkha Lhakhang - The protective temple for young babies and located on the hill top making it a good subject for landscape photography.
3. After lunch, a visit to Takin Preserve Centre to see the famous Takin, national animal of Bhutan. Takin has a body of an Ox and head of a Goat making it a peculiar but interesting animal to watch and good subject for wildlife photography.
4. Textiles museum has many interesting textiles on display showcasing the intricate designs and skilled handwork of the Bhutanese weavers.
5. Proceed towards a beautiful spot for sunset photography and landscape photography.
Spend a relaxed evening at the hotel or stroll around the Clock Tower of Thimphu and enjoy the relishing Bhutanese cuisine for an exciting day tomorrow. Overnight in Thimphu.
(Morning process for Punakha visit permit) After collecting the permit drive towards Punakha, enroute stop over at Dochula Pass at Altitude of 3150m, where the hilltop is covered by 108 stupas (religious structure that has holy scripts and relics kept inside for the purpose of well being of all sentient beings living on this earth. It was built to honour the 4th King of Bhutan by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck.
On a clear day, the beautiful Himalayan mountain range can be viewed from here and makes it a good subject for photography.
Further drive downhill towards Punakha. After lunch, enroute a short walk to Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility or also known as the Temple of the The Divine Madman - Lam Drukpa Kuenley whose legend is famous all over the Buddhist community on how he subdued demons with his unorthodox method of teaching Buddhism.
Visit Punakha Dzong - the winter capital of Bhutan and also it was the previous capital of Bhutan, built in-between Pho Chu (male river) & Mo Chu (female river). Punakha has many good spots for landscape photography. Spend a relaxed evening at the hotel. Overnight at Punakha.
Early Morning drive to Bumthang, via Pelela (3400m) before Trongsa. Will have lunch on the way. Photo shoot stop at the Trongsa Dzong/Town view on the opposite side of Tronsa town. After crossing central town/District of Trongsa, drive uphill and reach Yotongla Passes (3460m). Can stop over the passes for photography if the weather is clear.
After the Pass, drive down hill and across the beautiful valley of Chumey (9-10 hours drive). Checkin at the Hotel and spend a relaxed evening in Bumthang. Overnight at Bumthang.
Bumthang Sightseeing - Bumthang is the oldest capital of Bhutan and the most sacred holy city in Bhutan. Following visits plus photography in the following places:
1. Jakar Dzong- The castle of white bird built in 15th Century,
2. Jampe Lhakhang – one of the oldest temples built in 7th Century
3. Kurjey Lhakhang- The temple of body print of Guru Padmasamvabha, short walk from Kurjey – Tamsing, visiting small village enroute.
4. Tamsing Monastery- the temple of good message and Khencho sum Lhakhang.
5. After lunch, drive to visit Mebar Tsho(Burning Lake), from where a Buddhist treasure discoverer Terton Pema Lingpa dived in with a burning lamp in on of his hand and extracted Holy books, Buddha statue and many other holy relics from beneath the lake and the lamp was still burning when he came out. This legend dates back to 15th Century
Later free time around Bumthang town. Overnight in Bumthang.
Early Morning drive back same way to Phubjikha Valley (6 hours), a glacier formed valley, the winter home for the Black Necked Cranes (Cranes can be seen during your stay in Phubjikha making it a great opportunity for Bird Photography).
Enroute visit Trongsa Dzong – The most powerful fort during the 17th Century and also the seat of the Trongsa Penlop (administrative head). It is a tradition that the King of Bhutan should hold the post of Trongsa Penlop before being crowned the King of Bhutan.
Phubjikha is wide, green and a beautiful valley. It is famous for producing good quality large red potatoes, Bhutanese big chilies and other seasonal vegetables. Visit Gangtey Gumba, one of the oldest and largest Nyingmapa sect practicing Monastery. Phobjikha valley itself is a beautiful subject for landscape photography and the villagers and village becomes good subjects for photography. Overnight at Phubjikha.
Early morning rise for sunrise photography in the beautiful valley of Phobjikha. After break fast, drive to Pelela Pass around 18kms from Phobjikha which is a very nice spot for landscape photography. If the weather remains clear, can see Mt. Jumolhari peak to the west.
Then drive to Paro (enroute we can take 2 stops for photography) and checkin at the hotel. Stroll at Paro town or spend a relaxed evening at hotel. Overnight at Paro. Mandala Resort / Namsey Choling Resort.
Early morning day excursion to Chelela Pass, the highest motorable highway pass at an altitude of 3980m. On a clear day, Mt Jumolhari peak and other snow-capped mountains can be witnessed making it a great place to shoot landscapes. Walk around the pass and drive back to Paro.
After lunch, visit Kichu Lhakhang - the 7th century built monastery and one of the oldest in the country. The ever-fruiting orange tress at the Lhakhang is something that can leave you spell bound since oranges ripen only towards October but here it happens so even in May/June.
Visit Rinpung Dzong and Taa Dzong towards evening as both day and night photography can be done since towards the evening, it will be illuminated with colourful lights making them great subjects. Sunset photography in the evening. Spend a relaxed evening at hotel or stroll in the streets of Paro after sunset photography. Paro Halt
Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery. After breakfast, drive north of Paro valley for 30 mins and start hiking to Taksang, (Tiger's Nest) the most important monastery in the country where as per legend, Guru Padmasamvabha (The Lotus Born) flew on a tigress back to meditate there over the rock cliff cave and subdued the local demons and made them guardians of Buddhism.
The hike takes about 5 - 6 hours for round trip including the visit to the inside the temple. Later hike back down hill for lunch in the cafeteria.
Visit to Drugyel Dzong and farmhouse (all of these places makes photography a great new experience due to their unique architecture, color and layout).
To de-stress from the hike and the tour, we can arrange hot stone bath towards later afternoon that has healing properties with the use of medicinal leaves and natural stones to heat the water that rejuvenates every muscle in the body (additional cost apply per actual). A Farewell Dinner for the whole team to celebrate your Bhutan Trip. Paro Halt.
Drop to Paro airport for departure flight.
1. All Transfers from Paro Airport
2. Travel in convenient and uncrowded vechicles
3. All meals included
4. Inner-line permits and permissions
5. Accommodation on twin sharing basis
6. Photography mentor fees
7. Tour manager for the entire tour
8. Basic First Aid
1. Personal expenses of any sort
2. Bhutan visa fees (For foreign nationals)
3. Travel to and from our reporting point i.e. Paro Airport (airfare is not included in the cost)
4. Camera entry fees wherever applicable
5. Laundry service
6. Personal Medical expenses
7. Insurance of any kind
*All accommodations will be on twin sharing basis in a 3 star or equivalent Hotels. Final details will be provided to registered participants of the tour. Hotels are subject to change on availability.
Documents to carry
1. Passport and Aadhaar card.
2. Passport size photo.
Things to carry
1. Camera (DSLR/Mirrorlesss/Interchgangable lens)
2. Portrait lens (50mm or 85mm is recommended)
3. Wide Angle Lens (landscapes and nightscapes)
4. ND and CPL filters (optional)
6. Carry extra camera battery and charger.
7. Remote cable release or intervelometer.
8. Carry equipment cleaning cloth and kit.
9. Carry scarf to protect urself from dust.
10. Carry a set of wollen clothes.
11. Carry medicines if any.
12. Carry poncho to protect ur gear and urself in case of sudden rain.
13. Clothing and necessities for 10 days like toileteries, mosquito repellent, personal medicines.
Weather in Bhutan In Dec
December is the ideal time of the year to visit Bhutan as the air is clear and fresh with sunny skies. The tempereture will be around 10-15 degree celcius.
DO’s & DONT’s
1. Be humble with locals.
2. Do not litter.
3. Avoid any adventure that may be risky for yourself and for other photographers and travelers.
4. Alcohol is strictly prohibited.
1. Weather conditions are unpredictable and may restrict photography opportunities.
2. This expedition is being carried at high altitudes in the Himalayas.
3. Please ensure good medical and physical fitness before confirming for the workshop. Fitness level is required for travelling at high altitudes
4. We as a company or individual are not liable for any loss/damage of gear, valuables or any other losses during the events.
5. Participants are responsible for their own safety.
6. Insurance of any kind will not be provided.
7. Room stays in Hotel will be allotted on first come first serve basis.
The Total Cost will be 63850 INR/- (INCL OF GST) per head for 10 days tour
15% booking amount
60% before 30 September 2018
25% before 15 October 2018
Cancellation Policy :
If Guest decides to cancel the holiday for any reason whatsoever then s/he shall give a written application to the Company within specified time limit along with original receipt issued by the Company. Such cancellation will attract cancellation charges stated hereunder.
1. Cancellation charges will be calculated on gross holiday cost and the cancellation charges shall depend on date of departure and date of cancellation.
2. Cancellation charges for any type of transport ticket are applicable as per the rules of the concerned authority.
3. Air tickets issued on special fares are NON REFUNDABLE and Guest shall bear cancellation charges.
4. Any refund payable to the Guest will be paid after the Company receives refund from the respective authorities. The Company deducts processing charges from the refund to be paid to the Guest.
5. 15 % booking amount will be non refundable.
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Tejas Shinde is an avid traveler and passionate photographer who is on the lookout for unique experiences and festivals. He has a liking for human nature and its relation with the surrounding. So his photos essentially have a human element in them. He likes to tell stories through pictures. Photography for him is a means for expressing an emotion just like a poetry. This passion has taken him to unusual places and given him a off-beat experience which he eagerly shares on many occasions.
Tejas will be our mentor for this 10 exclusive days in the most happiest country in the world - Bhutan. You can find tejas here
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