Bhutan Photography Tours
For photography enthusiasts Asia is a fascinating destination, surrounded in mysteries and magnificence. Bhutan Photography Tours will take explorers to the hinterlands of this quaint Himalayan valley where one will come across ample photographic opportunities to capture the snow capped Himalayan peaks, its virgin forests, indigenous flora and fauna. Bhutanese life is a kaleidoscope of colors. The Dzongs (fortresses), the temples, the chorten (stupas), the prayer wheels and multicolored prayer flags, the farm houses, the yak or horse caravans, the hospitable Bhutanese people in their traditional clothes, and many more, will keep the tourists engaged. Bhutan with its brilliant colors, compelling architecture, irresistible allure, and unique culture is definitely a hot destination for Asia photography tours.
A photo trip to Asia organized during the festive seasons is an icing on the cake. Chaam or the sacred masked dances are an integral part of Bhutanese festivals. Energetic dancers, wearing colorful wooden masks and stylized costumes under clear sky are a good opportunity for photographers. The mask dances come in various forms that offer opportunities to capture best scenes from various angles. Besides, one can photograph monks and laymen performing rituals and colorful ceremonial dances, with swirling costumes and elaborate head dresses that may include scarves, hats, gold crowns, and full head masks depicting animals.
A few festivals include late-night rituals in the form of a mewang (fire blessing), where local people jump through a burning archway. Such scenes are uniquely Bhutanese and worth photographing. Festivals are supported and attended by the local people, who come attired in their finest clothing and jewelers. Mingling with the locals in joyous celebration and taking photographs during such moments is a rare opportunity. In general, the Bhutanese people have no objection to be photographed.
Opportunities to photograph some of Bhutan’s most visually exciting places include the Tiger’s Nest monastery, dramatic landscapes, villages, and the beautiful Bhutanese people. During travel, the photographers often find it irresistible to capture the beautiful landscape. Photo tour to Himalaya will let you capture some of the most endearing natural splendor of Bhutan.
Bhutan owns wonderful eye-catching architectures. You can see these architectures in almost every building including the gorgeous Dzongs and Monasteries. The ruins present another better scenes for photographing. In few paces, the photographers would definitely love to photograph an exceptional range of beautifully arranged Chortens (Stupas) in a circular fashion.
Visitors are strictly forbidden to photograph in the interior of temples and rooms within the monasteries. Although, the visitors are allowed to photograph in the inner court yards, the Bhutanese government prohibits visitors from taking pictures in the court yards of Thimphu Dzong, where the offices of the King and His Holiness the Je Kempo are located. In such cases, the visitors are advised to inquire before photographing. However, during the important public religious festivals, tourists are allowed to take pictures of the fascinating temple dances performed in the court yards, even in the Thimphu Dzong.
- Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces and Buddhist monasteries!
- Hike through the ridge top Goembas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
- Hike through the terraced farmlands and villages, visit the farmhouses and meet the villagers.
- Attend the local festivals and events.
- Visit the vibrant markets and towns.
- Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshop, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
- And much more…
- Receive and Transfer to Airport
- Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
- 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
- Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver.
- English Speaking Guide
- All Sightseeing
- Museum Fees
- Bhutan Visa
- All Permits
- Bottled Mineral Water
- Walks and Hikes
What’s is Not Include
- Guide and Driver tip
- International Airfare
- Laundry Charges
- Internet, International calls
- Other Beverages
- Donation when photographing
- Travel Insurance
- Baggage Handlers tip
You’ll follow an itinerary which has been researched and planned by our experts, saving you all the hassle of organizing the trip. The itineraries are designed to minimize the time spent travelling and maximize the variety of experiences. From small buses to riverboats as well as on foot.
Itinerary at a Glance:
- DAY 1: Arrive at paro international airport.
- DAY 2: Paro-Paro.
- DAY 3: Paro-Punakha.
- DAY 4: Punakha-Punakha.
- DAY 5: Punakha-Trongsa.
- DAY 6: Trongsa-Bumthang.
- DAY 7: Bumthang-Bumthang.
- DAY 8: Bumthang-Gantey
- DAY 9: Gantey-Gantey.
- DAY 10: Gantey-Punakha.
- DAY 11: Punakha-Paro.
- DAY 12: Paro-Taksang excursion.
- DAY 13: Paro-Departure.
Bangkok-Paro(paro festival 23rd March-27th March)Activity: Receive Guests, visits and witness archery match or Go to see the festival. In clear days, Druk Air’s flight to Bhutan provides a wonderful view of Himalayan scenery. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Katmandu or over the foothills from Kolkata, it is a breathtaking journey above forested hills into the hidden Shangrila.At the Paro airport, Bhutan Creative Tours representative will receive you. After completing the airport formalities, we will drive to the hotel and after you freshen up we will drive to the town for the lunch. After the lunch, we shall drive to the Drugyal Dzong and witness archery match on the way. At the Drugyal Dzong, we shall take photographs of scenes around the dzong.
Paro-ParoActivity: Witness festivalAfter breakfast we will witness the festival at Paro dzong. The lunch will be served at the place closer to the festival inside the dzong. We will spend the whole day at the dzong watching different festival activities. Since it is the first day of festival, all activities are carried inside the dzong.
Paro-Punakha (4 hours drive)Activity: photography, travelAfter breakfast, we will spend the morning hours watching the festival. After the lunch in the town, we will drive to Punakha and takes about 2 hours to reach the Dochula pass and we will stop at the pass for tea. From Dochula, under fine weather we can enjoy the panoramic view of snow capped peaks. After tea, it will take another 2 hours to reach Punakha Valley. The endless winding roads with gradual descend makes travelers to experience vegetation change from conifer forests at Dochula to broadleaf subtropical forest in Punakha. In spring, extra beauty is added to the vegetation by the blooming flowers of rhododendron, magnolia and several other plant species.We will check in at Hotel in Punakha.
Punakha-PunakhaActivity: Photography and visit historical placesAfter the breakfast, we will drive to Punakha dzong. Punakha dzong is situated at the confluence of male and female rivers. Punakha dzong is considered historically important and winter residence of the chief abbot of the monk body. The recent completion of renovation work has added traditional beauty and artistic view to the dzong. It offers multiple opportunities for a visitor to takes pictures from any direction.Lunch in Punakha.After lunch, we will drive to the nearest road head and hike about 45 minutes (one way)to Chhimi Lhakhang, the famous temple of the divine madman or popularly known as the temple of fertility. During the hike, we will pass through the paddy fields and farm houses with prominent phallus paintings. It is traditionally believed that the phallus paintings can ward off evil spirits, evil eyes and ill luck and eventually bring good luck to the occupants and families. We will see cactus plants around as we approach the temple. Drive back to hotel in Punakha.
Punakha-Trongsa(6 hours drive)Activity: Photography and travelAfter breakfast, we will drive further up to the Pelela pass where we may find red Panda and Himalayan yaks. From Pelela, we travel past Chendibji and to Trongsa. Depending on convenience, we shall take few stops to take photographs of different types of rhododendrons and Magolia on the way to Trongsa. Lunch at Chendibji.continue the drive for another 3 hours to Trongsa.Over night Htl in Trongsa.
Trongsa-Bumthang (2 hours drive)Activity: Visit historical places and travelAfter breakfast, we will visit Trongsa Dzong, the biggest dzong in the country. Lunch will be served in a hotel in Trongsa.After lunch, we will drive up to Yotongla pass and gradually descend to Chumey and to Jakar valley. Overnight halt at River Lodge in Bumthang.
Bumthang-BumthangActivity: Sightseeing in BumthangAfter breakfast, we will visit the old palace at Wangdichholing and drive to 7th century temple (Jampel lhakhang). We will also visit Kurjey lhakhang, the monastery where second Buddha meditated in the 8th century. It was from here that Buddhism was spread all over Bhutan. Drive back to the hotel for lunch.After lunch, we will visit Jakar dzong and have leisure walk in the Chamkhar town. In the evening before dinner, we will visit Kharchu monastery to capture the evening prayers performed by monks in the candle light. Drive back to hotel.
Bumthang-Gangtey (5 hours drive)Activity: Photography and travelDrive to Gngtey with lunch stop at Chendibji. After the lunch, we will spend about an hour to take photograph of Chendbji stupa and fluttering prayer flags. Resume the travel to Gangtey.Overnight halt in Gangtey.
Gangtey-GangteyActivity: Valley excursion at GangteyGangtey is a valley created by receding glaciers over the centuries. The valley is at the elevation of 2900m and a popular roosting ground for the balck necked cranes for 5 months in winter. Over 300 birds migrate from the Tibetan plateau in winter. They are the endangered species. In order to cause little harm and protect these birds, the government has substituted the energy supplied by electricity with solar energy.At 9 am after breakfast, we will drive to Gangtey Goenpa (monastery). On the way, we will visit the crane information centre. Usually, at this time of the year, the cranes fly back to Tibetan plateau. If there are cranes, we shall take their pictures.Gangtey Goenpa is the only Nyingmapa (oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism) monastery in the western Bhutan. We will drive back to the hotel for Lunch.
After lunch, we will explore the valley, people and take photographs of the farm houses and people doing different activities.
Overnight in a hotel in Gangtey.
Gangtey-PunakhaActivity: Visit to historical place and travelAfter breakfast, we will have 2 hour drive to Punakha. On the way, we will visit Wangdue dzong. Lunch in Wangdue.After lunch, we will drive to the north of Punakha to take photographs of paddy fields and other sceneries.Overnight in Punakha.
Punakha-Paro (4 hours drive)Activity: Travel and photographyAfter breakfast, we will drive to Paro. We will once again stop at Dochula Pass for about an hour to take photographs of fluttering prayer flags, stupas and mountain views provide the sky is clear. Lunch in Thimphu.After lunch, we will stop for about 2 hours for shopping. Drive to Paro.
Overnight in Paro.
Paro-ParoActivity: Hike and photographyWe will hike up to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) and experience steep climb with switch backs, which will take almost one day. We will start from the elevation 2600m to 3100m at Taktsang with the total gain in elevation of 500m. Taktsang, being a very sacred place built on sheer rocky cliff is a must visit pilgrimage site for Buddhists and it is considered one of the wonders of Asia to most visitors. The visitors enjoy several photographic stops while they hike up and down the tiger’s nest. Any holy trip to Bhutan is said to be incomplete without visiting Taktsang.Overnight halt in Paro.
Paro/Bkk- Departure.After breakfast, we will drive to the Paro International Airport for departure.
- Photography is strictly prohibited inside dzongs, monasteries, temples and other structures of historical and religious importance and no authority reserves the right to grant permission for such purposes.
- We can arrange the tour combining with festival, trekking and as per your request and time convenience.You can slect the festival from our festival dates.
- The tour company reserves the right to change the tour programme as per demands of the clients.
- Trip to Bhutan or Trip to Asia
- Farmer in bhutan ploughing the fied
- Monk learning to play flute I
- Travel to Bhutan (Dochula Pass 3100mts in Bhutan)
- Tour Bhutan (Festival in Bhutan)
- Bumthang Festival
What is the best time to visit Bhutan?
In Bhutan every season has its own charm; as such the country has variety of doings to the tourist according to their interest. But the most visited months are usually March, April and May during which the country is at its best scenery as the spring just hits off and of course in the later months of the year like August, September, October and November. These are the peak seasons as the weather during these time of the years are pleasant and warm and not to forget the festival months. However, Bhutan Creative Tours is focusing to spread out visitation over the year because, come rain or shine, there is something for all parts of the year. The winters are cold, but we have winter treks and festivals in the southern parts of Bhutan,which has warm weather through out the year. A winter in Bhutan is characterized by clear blue skies, but you need your jackets with you.
Do I need a Visa for Bhutan? How can I obtain a Visa for Bhutan?
All visitors traveling to Bhutan are required to obtain a Visa prior to your arrival to Bhutan, except for Indian nationals holding a valid Indian passport. After your confirmation to visit Bhutan with us, you can just download and fill out the Visa Application form from our website and send it to us. We’ll have the visa confirmation letter processed within 7 working days and send it to you. The Visa Application System used by the national tourism office is designed by our CEO when he was working as the Chief Researcher for the Tourism Council of Bhutan. This makes it very easy for us to leverage visa processing even during the final minutes before your arrival to Bhutan.
What Documents will I require at the Airport when I come to Bhutan?
You will need your Passport which has 6 months validity for its expiry date, Druk Air e-ticket, whether you booked it through us or the Druk air’s website and your Visa confirmation letter which we will send you prior to your arrival in the country. And please to carry a copy of your tour itinerary as well.