Scenic Bhutan and Photography Tours and Treks
If you are given to seductions and aspirations to photograph the Himalayan sceneries, from virgin forests to the prayer wheels and multicolored prayer flags, Bhutan is an excellent choice you cannot deny. The natural environment with unique sceneries and the hospitable Bhutanese people in their traditional clothes are very much liked by photographers. Photographers find Bhutan’s brilliant colors, compelling architecture and unique culture irresistible.
Chaam or sacred masked dances are repeatedly captured during the festivals. When energetic dancers perform, photographers have used their skills to focus on dancers’ colorful wooden masks and stylized costumes under clear sky. The mask dances come in various forms and are skillfully captured 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. Bhutan provides exciting places like the Tiger’s Nest monastery, dramatic landscapes, villages, and the beautiful Bhutanese people. While travelling, it has been a photographers’ delight to capture the beautiful landscape.
Photographers find Bhutan’s architectures wonderful and eye-catching. These architectures are found almost on every house, including the gorgeous Dzongs and Monasteries. The ruins present another better scenes for photographing. In few places, photographers have expressed their love to photograph an exceptional range of beautifully arranged Chortens (Stupas) in a circular fashion.
Mewang (fire blessing) is the popular late-night ritual, where local people jump through a burning archway. Photographers find these uniquely Bhutanese and have never missed to capture the scenes. However, although Bhutan is bestowed with beautiful scenes, photographers are strictly forbidden to photograph inside the temples and monasteries. Visitors are allowed to photograph in the inner courtyards, except for the Thimphu Dzong where the offices of the King and His Holiness the Je Kenpo are located. In such cases, the visitors are advised to inquire before photographing. It is only during the important public religious festivals that tourists are allowed to take pictures of the fascinating temple dances performed in the court yards of the Thimphu Dzong.
Another scenes of interest to the photographers are the local people attired in their finest clothing and jewelries. Mingling with the locals in joyous celebration and taking photographs during such moments have been a rare opportunity. One good thing about Bhutanese in general is, they have no objection on being photographed.