Photography Tour in Bhutan - 7 Days

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Visit Bhutanese towns on a photography tour and capture amazing pictures of the country's great landscape and culture
Destination: Bhutan Trip Cost: $2160 USD
Group size: 1-12 people Max-Altitude: 3,180 m/10,433ft
Arrival on: Paro, Bhutan Departure from: Paro, Bhutan
Meals: All meals
Accommodation: A and B category hotels

Trip Introduction

We begin our photography tour in Bhutan from Paro. We visit the town’s many cultural landmarks and admire its beautiful landscape complete with fast flowing rivers, vast valleys and lush hills. Our next stop is the Taktsang Monastery which is in fact Bhutan’s most treasured possession. We stay back at the monastery until sunset and return back to Paro after taking our much-anticipated photographs. Next, we travel to Thimphu which is the capital city and home to quite a number of beautiful Bhutanese landmarks. We leave Thimphu for Punakha and tour the Chhimi Lhakang temple on the way. In Punakha, we visit the majestic Punakha Dzong. We return back to Paro and visit the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang en route. We also visit Taktsang Monastery once again in order to capture beautiful sunrise photos.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)

As our flight nears Bhutan, we get to admire the amazing views of the Himalayas including Chomalhari and Jichu Drake peaks. A Himalayan Glacier representative will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel in the city. Later, we can stroll on the quaint streets of Paro and get a glimpse of the local lifestyle. Overnight in Paro.

Day 02: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery (3,180 m/10,433ft), back to Paro: 4-5 hours

We hike to Bhutan’s most cherished landmark today which is the Taktsang Monastery also known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. It is located at a rather intriguing location, on the edge of a steep cliff above the Paro Valley. The monastery along with the entire landscape is sure to get us excited. Additionally, we can also stay here until the evening to get some spectacular photographs of the sunset. Overnight in Paro.

Day 03: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour

Today we can indulge ourselves in photographing Bhutan’s top landmarks beginning with Rinpung Dzong in Paro. While there, we also learn about the dzong’s fascinating history. Rinpung Dzong is beautiful with wooden galleries lining the courtyard along with fine wall paintings that illustrate Buddhist lore. We walk for a while before beginning our drive to Thimphu. After reaching Thimphu, we tour the Memorial Chorten which was built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972. We also visit Tashichhodzong and the huge Buddha Statue at Kuenselphodrang. The Buddha statue overlooks the entire Thimphu valley providing us with yet another opportunity to take great pictures. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 04: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100 ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours

After breakfast, we enjoy a scenic drive to Punakha with a short stop at Dochu La Pass (3150m). From the pass we get magnificent views of the Himalayas. We continue our drive downhill through rhododendron, fir and hemlock forests. Later we hike through rice paddies to the Chimi Lhakhang Temple. This temple is dedicated to a 14th century sage known as Drukpa Kuenley, or the "Divine Madman”. After touring the temple and taking the much anticipated photographs, we continue to Punakha. After lunch, we visit the Punakha dzong beautifully located in the middle of two rivers. Overnight in Punakha.

Day 05: Punakha to Paro: 130 km, 4 hours

We return to Paro via Dochu La pass and tour the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang on the way. The temple is one of a kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. We also stop at Thimphu for lunch before continuing our drive to Paro. Overnight in Paro.

Day 06: Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Today will be the second time on this trip that we visit the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. This time we reach the monastery very early in morning. This gives us the opportunity to capture plenty of photographs of the beautiful scenery. After spending some time at the monastery we travel back to Paro. Overnight in Paro.

Day 07: Final departure

We meet a Himalayan Glacier representative in our hotel after breakfast. He or she will then drop us off at the airport.

Important Note

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Included in the Cost

  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
  • Government approved A and B category hotels on twin- shared basis
  • All meals, tea and snacks
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

Not Included in the Cost

  • Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan
  • Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
  • Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
  • Tips for staff (guide and driver)
  • Travel insurance

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.

Accommodations

Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B and C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time of the booking, A and B category hotels will be provided in this tour. We will be accommodated in an A category hotel in Paro and Thimpu and a B category hotel in Punakha. We will be staying at Hotel Tashi Namgay Resort in Paro, Hotel Mingmar in Thimpu and Meri Puensum Resort in Punakha. All accommodations will be on twin-shared basis. Single rooms can also be made available by paying an additional USD 420.

Meals

All meals will be provided on this tour. Popular cuisines include Indian, Chinese, and the more common continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best advice is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend what is fresh and in season.

Best Time to Travel

Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best time to visit Bhutan. The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms whereas Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring.

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: 00977-98510-55684

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