-Visit major cultural sites of Western and Central Bhutan and photograph the unique art and architecture of these buildings
-Photograph the most magnificent Dzongs of the country.
-Hike around urban centres and rural areas to photograph different communities and their ways of life.
-Visits to several monasteries and Lhakhangs to photograph monks and devotees.
-Hike the trails around Thimphu, Punakha, Bumthang and Paro to photograph varied landscapes of the country.
-Visit famous mountain passes such as Dochu La and Chele La to photograph Bhutan Himalayas and a wide variety of Himalayan flora.
-Visit remote Haa Valley and learn about pre-Buddhist animistic rituals still observed in the region.
Day1: Thimphu | The Capital
Arrive at Paro Airport and drive to Thimphu. Begin your photographic odyssey at Tamchog Lhakhang. Upon reaching Thimphu, visit Weekend Market and photograph the wide variety of goods on display. Take a stroll around Thimphu Market and shoot some street scenes. End your day with a visit to magnificent Tashichhoedzong and photograph the floodlit palace. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Thimphu | Gorgeous Vistas
Take a stroll in Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park and photograph Thimphu Valley from various lookout points. Afterwards, visit Great Buddha Dordenma. Hike to Tango Gompa to get some more shots of the valley. Afterwards, visit National Institute of Zorig Chusum and photograph students at work. Visit Memorial Chorten, a major landmark of the city. This is an ideal spot to shoot daily life of Thimphu and you can click some lovely street scenes here. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Thimphu – Dochu La – Punakha | The Old Capital
Drive to Punakha via Dochu La at sunrise and shoot the distant Himalayas. Also photograph the surrounding rhododendron forests and 108 chortens at Dochu La. Upon reaching Punakha, visit Chimi Lhakhang (The Temple of Divine Madman). Afterwards, walk around Lobesa Village to shoot street scenes and portraits of villagers. Photograph terraced fields of Punakha Valley and various farming activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Punakha | The Palace of Bliss
Hike to Khamsum Yuley Namgyal Chorten and photograph the splendid landscape of the valley. In the afternoon, drive to Talo Village and photograph the surrounding cedar forest and vistas. On your way back, visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery. In the evening, visit majestic Punakha Dzong and take your time to photograph this glorious palace. Take a walk to the longest suspension bridge of the country located behind the fortress. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Punakha – Phobjikha Gangtey |The Roost of Black-necked Cranes
Rise early to shoot some pictures of Punakha Dzong at sunrise. Afterwards, Drive to Phobjikha/Gangtey, a lovely valley near Pele La. Photograph the spectacular landscape throughout the journey. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6 : Phobjikha/Gangtey – Trongsa | The Nature Trail
Visit Gangteng Monastery, an important seat of Nyingma Buddhism in the country. Visit Black-necked Crane Information Centre in Phobjikha valley. Later, hike Gangtey Nature Trail and photograph flora and fauna and surrounding landscapes. Afterwards, drive to Trongsa. Stop at various lookout points to photograph the stunning vistas. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Trongsa – Bumthang | Central Bhutan
Visit magnificent Trongsa Dzong, the largest fortress in Bhutan. Photograph this mighty palace and visit Trongsa Museum. Afterwards, take some photos of surrounding vistas and Mangde Chhu below. Drive to Bumthang, the cultural and spiritual centre of Bhutan. Visit Jakar Dzong and photograph beautiful Chokhor Valley. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8 : Bumthang | “The Beautiful Field”
Today, visit major religious sites in Bumthang and photograph a wide variety of scenes and people. Visit Jambay Lhakhang, one of the oldest temple in Bhutan. Visit Kurje Lhakhang where Guru Rinpoche left a body print while meditating. Afterwards, Visit Tamzhing Lhündrup Monastery, the most important centre of Nyingma Buddhism in Bhutan. Later, visit Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake) where saint Pema Lingpa discovered treasures hidden by Guru Rinpoche. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9 : Bumthang – Paro (By Air) | The Pastoral Valley.
*Travel to Paro by air. Start your day with a visit to National Museum. Next, drive to Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest and most sacred temples in Bhutan. In the evening, visit Rinpung Dzong to photograph the floodlit monuments. Stroll around the town centre and interact with locals. Shoot street scenes and portraits. Overnight at hotel.
*Subject to availability of seats. Flights from Bumthang are often delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. In case of cancellation, we will make alternate arrangements and customize your itinerary.
Day 10 : Paro, Tiger’s Nest | The Jewel of Bhutan
Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, one of the most photographed sites in Bhutan. Visit a farmhouse to photograph daily life inside a rural Bhutanese household. Later, try your hand at archery, Bhutan’s national sport. Dress up in traditional Bhutanese dress and pose for some photographs. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 : Paro – Chele La – Haa | The Remote Land
Start your day with a visit to Dzongdrakha Gompa. Visit Kila Gompa, the oldest nunnery in Bhutan. Continue to Chele La to photograph Himalayan flora. Visit Haa town and the surrounding villages. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 : Farewell
Drive to Paro Airport to fly home.