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1.Bhutan Photography Tour

Tour Summary

Throughout the seasons, Bhutan is a photographer's paradise. The raw natural texture of Bhutan's Himalayan landscape combined with its arcane culture, rich traditions, and unique textile and customs make Bhutan a wonderful photographic experience. Add to it the rich colors, scenic landscapes, the greenery, traditional structures, people and places. Bhutan is an idyllic travel destination, much sough after by photographers from around the world. There is so much to see and enjoy, and so much more to capture in still pictures. We make your photography dreams come true, for amateurs as well professionals. This nine-day Bhutan Photography tour introduces ardent photographers, amateurs and professionals, to Bhutan's unique Himalayan culture. Bhutan presents photographers with scintillating subjects, from festivals to rural lifestyle, ancient heritage to architectural brilliance, natural landscape to wildlife and birds. In the company of local professionals we drive you to a designated photography sites at golden hour to get most out of it. You will love every moment of your time in Bhutan with us.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival Paro/ Thimphu

Your local tour executive will receive you at Paro international airport and take you to the hotel. After freshening up, you will be taken for an orientation tour of Paro. You will visit Rinpung dzong, Ta-dzong (National Museum) and later in the day, take a short excursion to the ruins of Drukgyel dzong and later visit the seventh century Kyichu Lhakhang. These Buddhist heritage sites are beautiful subjects of photography and give insights into Bhutan's rich Buddhist legacy.
Following the sightseeing in Paro, you will be driven to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. The one-hour gentle ride through picturesque landscape and rural villages offers wonderful photo-ops along the way. You can stop by along the way to photograph rural villages, farmers by the roadside, and the landscape. In Thimphu, after checking in to your hotel, you will take a stroll of city. Later in the evening, you will visit the National Memorial Chorten and Kuensel Phodrang to explore night photography.

Day 02

Thimphu Sightseeing/ himphu

Early morning, you will visit Kuensel Phodrang to capture the scenic panorama of Thimphu Valley. The site is suitable to do both landscape and portrait photography. The presence of the tallest Bronze statue of Buddha in the world adds to the variety. After the breakfast, you will visit the painting school, Folk Heritage Museum and the National Library of Bhutan and engage in both indoor and outdoor photography. After lunch, you will visit the 13th century Changangkha Temple, Motithang Takin Preserve, and Dechenpodrang monastery. All these places present a great photography experiences.
In the evening, you will visit kuneray, the inner sanctum of Tashichhodzong, the seat of the Monarchy and the central monastic body. Here, you will get the opportunity to capture the brilliant architectural forms of Tashichhodzong. You will also be able to capture Buddhist monks praying or playing in the courtyard. At dinner conclave, your local photographer companions will join you to brief on following day's program and to hold discussions on photography.

Day 03

Thimphu/Trongsa

Today we will depart for Trongsa in central Bhutan. The daylong journey to Trongsa offers a wonderful photographic experience. On the way, you will stop by at Dochula Pass, from where you can capture the scenic panoramic view of the Himalayan mountains ranges and the traditionally painted 108 stupas. At a nearby cafeteria, you will have breakfast and hot coffee, and enjoy the scene of the snowcapped mountains faraway on the horizon. As we continue the journey, you will pass by dense mixed forests, verdant valleys, and rural settlements until you reach Wangdue valley. You may like to photograph the ruins of 17th century Wangdue Dzong, which was lost to fire few years back.
You will continue your journey and stop at Pelela Pass, another spot for photography. The journey then descends through picturesque valley, communities and vegetation. During winter, you will come across yaks and herders. You will stop at the majestic Chendebji Chorten, a replica of the Boudhanath temple in Kathmandu, for breakfast. From there, you will reach travel towards Trongsa. Just before you reach Thimphu, from the viewpoint, you will be able to capture the majestic Trongsa dzong.

Day 04

Trongsa /Bumthang

Following breakfast, you will visit the glorious Trongsa dzong, built on a ridge overlooking Mangdichu, Inside the dzong, you will be escorted to the main shrine, housing the statue of Buddha of three eras. On completion, you will engage in photography time in the main courtyard. Following your visit top the dzong, you will visit the Ta dzong (watch tower), that houses the museum. After lunch, we will depart for Bumthang. Along the way we will for photographic recesses.

Day 05

Bumthang sightseeing /Bumthang

Early in the morning, we will capture the beautiful and picturesque Chamkhar valley. A combination of mist and golden sunrays makes morning photography such a delight. After breakfast, you will visit Jakar dzong, perched on the hill overlooking the valley and continue to Jambay Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in the country. Both these heritage sites present thrilling photography adventure. Later, we will visit the historical Kurje Lhakhang and explore the inner sanctum of three massive temples.
Enjoy photographing the giant temples against the backdrop of blue sky and white clouds. We will then hike across Chamkhar River to the ancient Tamshing Monastery and Koenchogsum temple. We will have lunch in a local restaurant in Chamkhar town. After the lunch, we will visit the iconic Mebar Tsho or the mythical burning lake in Tang valley in north of Bumthang. In evening, you can try out some night photography in Chamkhar town.

Day 06

Bumthang/Punakha

Today we will head back towards western Bhutan. The daylong journey will take you through Trongsa, Yotongla pass, Sephu valley and Pelela Pass. Just after the pass, we will take a detour to the scenic valley of Phobjikha, the winter roosting ground for the globally vulnerable Black necked Cranes. You will visit the Gangtey Gonpa and take an excursion to Phobji valley, vast expanse of wetlands that serves as winter homes for the black-necked cranes. On your journey toward Punakha, you will visit the ancient Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility and continue towards Punakha. After dinner, we will drive near the Punakha dzong and explore night photography.

Day 07

Punakha / Paro

We will depart for Khamsum Yuelay Namgyal Chhorten in Kabesa valley early to explore morning photography. The stunning landscape and natural environment and the unique architecture of the chorten elevates the experience of photography. Early morning rural life and rituals can also be captured along the way. The ghostly, surreal mist floating over the Mochu river also makes for a thrilling photography.
The 45-minute hike to the Khaamsum Yuelay stupa, across terraced rice fields and rural setting, offers stunning visual for photography. Once you reach the hilltop, you can enjoy and capture the scenic landscape of beautiful Kabesa valley, the ethereal river snaking down the valley and pristine nature at its best. Here, you will have breakfast and hot coffee. You will visit the inner sanctums of the stupa and then head back to Punakha where we will visit the main shrine, Kuenrey inside the Punakha Dzong. Inside the walls of this majestic fortress, you can take photos of the unmatched architectural brilliance of the dzong and also Buddhist monks praying or scampering around.
We then head back to Paro. We will stop for lunch at the small town of Lobesa. At Dochula pass, we will engage in some sun set photography. At this hour, we can see the silhouette of the majestic mountains, gradually being devoured by darkness. We will halt in Paro for the night.

Day 08

Tiger Nest Hike/Paro

Hike to Taktshang or Tiger nest is one of the main highlights of this photography tour. The Tiger Nest is one of the most sacred heritage sites in Bhutan, perched on a precarious 1,000m cliff. Guru Rinpoche, the great Buddhist master who crisscrossed from India to Tibet in the 8th century, is said to have flown to Taktshang on Tigress, meditated for three months and subdued the evils spirits residing in the place.
We have saved the best for the last. As you behold the famous Tiger's Nest glued on the cliff, your photographic intuitions will get the better of you. Just be careful about the cliffs. After the hike to Taktshang and the wonderful photographic experience, you will soothe your sinews with a traditional stone bath, and later enjoy dinner at local farmhouse.

Day 09

Exit

After breakfast, your tour guide will see you off at the airport for your homeward journey.

2.Mountain Biking Tour

Detail Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival from Bangkok to Paro

On arrival at the airport, representatives of the Tour Company will receive and escort you to the Hotel. After lunch, explore the small town of Paro, then visit the Dzong, the National museum and others.

Day 02

Paro - Thimphu

Ride to Thimphu, which will take approximately 05 hrs depending on the level of professionalism and biking skills. The ride is all along the lined willow trees and the beautiful villages of Paro. All along, you ride parallel to the river banks. On arrival at Thimphu you can have a leisure time or just explore the Thimphu city, the weekend market would be in progress where the residents of Thimphu do their weekly marketing and farmers and vendors all over the country visit this market to sell their handicrafts and farm produce.

Day 03

Thimphu - Punakha

Do some quick sightseeing and places of interest before heading for the Dochula pass. It is a 02-03hrs uphill ride. But once you reach the Pass at 3000m, the ride is downhill till you reach the warm and lush valley of Punakha region. You can visit Chimey lhakhang/monastery of the Devine mad man or the temple of fertility.
By biking, you can explore the fertile and flat valley of Punakha, ride north towards the Crown Prince's Monastery perched on a strategic location on a hill top overlooking the rich rice terraced fields. Visit the Punakha Dzong, which is located on the confluence of two rivers.

Day 04

Punakha - Gangtey

Ride to Phobjikha valley, the abode of the black neck cranes, and enroute visit the ruins of Wangduephodrang Dzong, raxed to the ground by a fire in 2012. All along your ride, you will see the villages of Sha. The backup vehicle will always be there following the cyclists and at any point of time riders get exhausted you can continue on the back up car.

Day 05

Gangtey - Paro

Visit the Gangtey monastery and then bike towards Paro via Wangdue and Thimphu. You can bike a certain stretch of the road and use the backup car to reach Paro. At the end of your biking tour, you can have a hot- stone bath.

Day 06

Paro - Taktsang Monastery hike

After breakfast drive half for an hour and start the hike. A 5 hour round trip hike, this follows an ancient path marked by river powered prayer wheels. It is said that the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tigress, to defeat five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D. On the way, visit the Drugyel Dzong, located 16 Km. away from the Paro town. Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Chomolhari "Mountain of the Goddess" can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329m/24,029ft.). Strolls through town and visit the Paro Rimpong Dzong, it was built in 1646, Kyichu Monastery the oldest in Paro valley, built in 659 A.D. Overnight at the hotel

Day 07

Paro - Bangkok

After breakfast drive to Paro international Airport and fly out.

3.Mindfulness Tour

Detail Itinerary

Day 01

Paro - Thimphu

On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by representatives of our company, who will escort you to the Hotel. After lunch, drive further to Thimphu and overnight at the hotel.

Day 02

Explore Thimphu valley

Sightseeing includes visits to the Weaving centre, Buddha point, Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa ) built in memory of the third king of Bhutan, Changangkha monastery built in the 12th century, Takin zoo, view point of Thimphu valley and Nunnery.
After lunch there will be a visit to the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved, the Wood Craft and Painting school where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive and the Folk Heritage museum and the Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 & 04

Cheri Monastery

In the morning drive for 30 minute, and then hike to Tango monastery. It was built in 12 century and today holds the Buddhist University in Bhutan. Cheri monastery was built in the 16th century by Zhabdrung. Both these hikes pass through very scenic of the nature. Overnight stay at meditation house above the Cheri monastery.

Day 05

Thimphu - Punakha/Wangdue

After breakfast move to Punakh, which is about 3 hrs drive through beautiful forests of rhododendron and fields of dwarf bamboo breathtaking scenery of the landscape, green meadows, beautiful wildflowers, gushing waterfalls and constantly changing vegetation. About 45 min from Thimphu, lies Dochula pass (3,100m), offering visitors their first glimpse of the eastern Himalayan range. There you will see spectacular view 108 stupa or chorten. After that the journey, descent down to low lying sub tropical valley, Punakha, which served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and still it is home of Chief Abbot in winter months. Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal has played prominent role in civil and religious life of the Kingdom. On the way to Punakha hike about 1 hour round trip to (Drupa Kuenly) Divine monastery it was built in 15 century. Afternoon visit Punakha Dzong. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06

Punakha/Wangdue - Trongsa

Begin with an early morning drive to Trongsa via Wangdue Phodrang across Pelela pass (alt. 3,300m), the traditional boundary between east and west. The pass is marked by a large prayer flag and the ground is covered with high altitude dwarf bamboo.Stop enroute at Chendbji Chorten, which was built in 18th century by a lama named Shida.

Day 07

Trongsa - Bumthang

After breakfast walk by Tongsa Dzong, built by Shabdrung in 1647 and visit the Ta Dzong (watch tower), dedicated to Buddhist epic hero, King Gesar of Ling. Then drive to Bumthang which is about 3 hours.

Day 08

Bumthang

Bumthang valley is one of the most sacred in the Kingdom and innumerable legends surround the area. It is here that the kings are cremated and the present royal family traces their ancestry back to the famous saint, Pemalingpa. Full day sightseeing include visit to Kurje Lhakhang (where the saint Padsambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock), Jampel lhakhang which was built in 7th century, then Jakar dzong (the fortress of white bird) built in 17th century by Tenzin Rabgay ( the fourth desi), Tamshing lhakhang built in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa ( the founder of religious treasures). Then visit Kunchosum lhakhang and Membertsho ( the flaming lake).

Day 09

Bumthang - Trongsa - Gantey / Phobjikha

After breakfast proceed to Gantey/Phobjikha via Trongsa. The approach to Phobjikha valley is through a forest of Oak and Rhododendron. Phobjikha is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen home of black necked cranes which migrate from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters.

Day 10

Gantey / Phobjikha - Wangdue - Thimphu-Paro

After breakfast explore Phojikha valley and also visit Gangtey Monastery, than drive to Paro via Wangdue Phodrang, lunch at Doclula pass. After lunch drive to Paro and visit Kyichu Lhakhang, Rinpung Dzong and Paro’s market. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11 - 15

Paro - Takstang monastery hike

After breakfast, hike for a full day excursion to the Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) monastery. It involved following an ancient path marked by river powered prayer wheels to the site of the famous Tiger's nest, the Taksang Monastery., Tragically wrecked in a fire early in 1998, rebuilt, it is perched some 1000m/3,000ft up on a cliff overlooking the valley. It was said to be where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tiger to defeat five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D. On the way visit the Drugyel Dzong, located 16 Km away from the Paro town. Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Joomolhari "Mountain of the Goddess" can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329m/24,029ft.). Overnight at Meditation house nearby monastery.

Day 16

Paro

Morning hike to Paro. Have a leisure time.

Day 17

Paro - Drakarpo

Overnight at hotel.
In the morning drive for 30 minute from hotel and hike to Drakarpo. Visit the temple; there you can see the meditation cave of Guru Rimpoche. You can spend some hour meditating.

Day 18

Paro - Bangkok

Early breakfast drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

4.Media Tours

Tour Summary:

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