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Capture Western Bhutan Through Your Camera

Duration: 7 days Place: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha

The charming Bhutan is no less than a dreamy destination for which words fall short, and thus, photos are the only things that to do justice to this place. With our 6N/7D Bhutan Photography Tour, we assist you to capture the best of the country in your camera lens. Our meticulously designed itinerary includes photography opportunities of capturing not only the major monuments and landscape but the lifestyle and how big of a role religion plays in it. In these 6N/7D photography tour, we will take you from Bhutan’s popular destinations of Paro and Thimphu to the land of one of the most beautiful Dzongs, Punakha.

Beginning from the photography tour of Thimphu where you will have the opportunity to capture the sight of Buddha Dordenma, Memorial Chorten and Tamchog Lhakhang, this tour will also give you the chance to capture in your lens the national animal of Bhutan, Takin. For a better insight into the history of Bhutan, we have also included Thimphu’s attractions like National Institute of Zorig Chusum that offers detailed information on Bhutanese craft skills; National Textile Museum that imparts information on Thagzo (weaving); Postal Museum that shows the development of Bhutanese postal system; and Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory that renders insight into country’s paper-making skills. In Paro and Punakha, on the other hand, we offer more landscape photography options as these naturally blessed destinations through which gurgling rivers run make for a visual treat. Explore and photograph the iconic Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang and conclude this memorable photography tour with capturing the most popular attraction of Bhutan, Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro in your camera lens and memory.

Day 1: Arrival Paro– Thimphu

Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, meet our representative and drive to Thimphu. En route, visit Tamchog Lhakhang, a temple devoted to 14th-century Tibetan saint and engineer Thangtong Gyalpo. Upon arrival at Thimphu, hotel check-in. Later visit Buddha Dordenma, a huge statue of Shakyamuni Buddha that is situated on a hilltop overlooking Thimphu Valley. Subsequently, Visit Memorial Chorten, a major milestone of the city. Built in the memory of the 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, this stupa is a significant site of worship for locals. One can also visit the weekend market in Thimphu. Finish your day schedule by visiting glorious Tashichhoe Dzong, the seat of the Bhutan Government and the monastic body.

Overnight stay in the hotel at Thimphu.

Day 2: Explore Thimphu Valley

In the morning after breakfast, we will set out for the hike to Tango Monastery and enjoy the stunning views from the trail. Visit Motithang Takin Preserve to see Takin (the best time to visit here early in the morning when they all gather near the fencing for being fed). Later visit all the main museums of Bhutan: National Institute of Zorig Chusum that offers training in 13 traditional crafts of Bhutan; National Textile Museum that imparts information on Thagzo (weaving); Postal Museum exhibits the development of Bhutanese postal system. Visit Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory and learn about the traditional Bhutanese craft of Dezo (paper -making). Visit Authentic Crafts Bazaar where a wide variety of traditional Bhutanese handicrafts are on exhibition. Stroll in the main market of the city and relax at Thimphu Clock Tower Square.

Overnight in Thimphu at the hotel.

Day 3: Thimphu – Dochu La – Punakha

In the morning, after the breakfast at hotel, we will drive to Punakha. En route stop at Dochu La Pass which offers panoramic views of Bhutan Himalayas. The highlights of the area are 108 chortens that are built as a tribute to the martyred soldiers and Druk Wangyal Lhakhang. Upon arrival in Punakha, hotel check-in. Later, visit Chimi Lhakhang (The Temple of Fertility), the monastery honours an eccentric lama, Drukpa Kunley, who received the establishment’s wrath for his unconventional preaching methods. Afterwards visit glorious Punakha Dzong, an important historical site and the storehouse of the holiest religious treasures of Bhutan. Also, visit the longest suspension bridge of the country behind the fortress. Back to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: Explore Punakha Through your camera

Have a breakfast at the hotel and later, hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. The trail passes attractive paddy fields and offers breathtaking views of the valley. You get remarkable views of Punakha Valley and Mo Chhu river from the trail. Later drive to Talo Village and stroll amid Himalayan cedars. On your way back, visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery. It houses a prominent Nepali-style stupa and a stunning Lhakhang.

Overnight at the hotel in Punakha/Wangdue.

Day 5: Punakha – Paro

In the morning after the breakfast, we will drive directly to Paro and visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). Drive to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest shrines in Bhutan. Stroll around the market to shoot street scenes and portraits of locals in traditional dresses. In the evening, visit Rinpung Dzong to photograph it and the Paro Valley.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.

Day 6: Paro, Tiger’s Nest

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the trekking base for Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Our guide will take the ticket and start your trekking towards the well-known Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The trail breezes through a beautiful forest and culminates at a viewpoint. Conferring to the myth, Guru Rinpoche appeared here as a furious Dorje Drolo to tame a tigress demon. Once you reach at Tiger’s Nest, the guide will describe you more about the folklore of the place.

After exploring the area, trek back to roadhead and visit the farmhouse in the gorge to witness the day-to-day life in a rustic Bhutanese household. One can have a chance to dress up in Bhutanese outfit and pose for pictures. Return to the hotel by evening, one can have a massage or hot stone bath (prior booking required) at the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 7: Paro Departure

In the morning, after the breakfast, transfer to Paro airport to catch a flight.

Highlights of the trip

  • Visit the temple of Thangtong Gyalpo, 14th century Tibetan saint.
  • Witness Memorial Chorten, Tashichhoe Dzong, Buddha Dordenma, and Tango Monastery in Thimphu.
  • Visit various museums in Thimphu to learn more about Bhutan’s rich history.
  • Sightseeing tour of one of the most beautiful Dzongs (fort) in Bhutan, Punakha Dzong and the unique 108 chortens near Dochu La.
  • Witness the national animal of Bhutan, Takin at Motithang Takin Reserve in Thimphu.
  • Capture in lens the natural beauty of Paro and Punakha.
  • Hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Inclusion of the trip

  • Accommodation
  • Activities
  • Breakfast
  • Transport

Exclusion of the trip

  • Airfare / Railfare
  • Government GST of 5%
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide Charges
  • Video and Camera permits
  • Any supplementary services
  • Porterage at hotels and airports, tips, insurance, laundry, liquors, wine
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like landslides, roadblocks
  • Early check in & late check out at the hotels
  • Any compulsory supplement during the stay
  • Any other services not specified above

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