Trip Duration- 8nights and 9days
Bhutan known as hidden paradise of Himalayan land. Bhutan is land of culture and extreme charm which exudes a special feeling of peacefulness.
Bhutan has preserved its ancient culture as their progenitor did. You watch their spinning of prayer wheels and the glow of butter lamps which shows that people are intensely religious. Bhutan is rich with flora and fauna, dazzling snowcapped peaks, lush valleys and unbelievably beautiful rural landscapes will leave all but the very hardened asking: That if there is a heaven on Earth? The Land of the Thunder Dragon it probably is.
Day 1 – After you arrive in Paro international airport, you will be received by our representative from Colorful Bhutan Travels.
The flight into Paro on Druk Air/Bhutan airlines (only international flight) is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of Bhutan. If the weather is clear you can see magnificent views of the peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land on arrival at Paro international airport.
The excitement begins today as you arrive in the small Bhutanese town of Paro, you will see some lovely views of the mountains as the aircraft reaches Paro. If it is a clear day, we will get a good view of the Jhomolhari Mountain from the town itself. We check-in at our hotel and take the day easy. Later in the day, your lead photographer will introduce you to the action that is lined up for the next one week. If time permits in the evening we will go and visit the weekend farmers market. It will be a good opportunity to photograph local people.
Overnight stay in Paro
Day 2- Paro – Haa
This morning, a winding drive up the hills through alpine vegetation and carpeted flower decked fields will take us to the Chele-la pass (3810m). Chele la is a windy pass filled with white prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. En-route, we may encounter yak-herder huts and grazing yaks. Further, we drive down to the picturesque Ha valley where bridges, green hills and a charming river await your camera.
We will be staying overnight at the farm house where you can also get a chance to take picture of those family.
Overnight stay in Haa
Day 3- Haa – Thimphu
We head out early after breakfast today towards Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan and perhaps the only capital city in the world that doesn’t have traffic lights. It is a picturesque drive along Paro Chu River, which, somewhere along the way, joins Wang Chu River. We drive past terraced rice fields and old houses along the way before we reach Thimphu.
Later in the day, we go to Trashichhoe dzong, a large complex that houses the central monastic body of Bhutan. If we have the time this evening, we will wander the town with our cameras for interesting sights in the city. Pious people circumambulating National Memorial Chorten in the evening makes a great photography opportunity.
Later in the evening we will be visiting TrashiChodzong again to take photograph with its beautiful lighting. We will also arrange few models for the photo shoot today.
Overnight stay in Thimphu
Day 4- Thimphu – Punakha
After breakfast this morning, we will start our drive to Punakha valley where we pass through some of the most scenic landscapes that Bhutan can offer. A one hour drive up winding hilly roads will bring us to Dochu-la pass, where we can see the snow-capped mountains at a distance on a clear day. At Dochu-la is a very photogenic monument of 108 chortens packed together densely in a green surrounding. You will never be tired of photographing this monument from all possible angles.
After a leisurely lunch on the way, we drive downhill and come across the terraced fields and homesteads of the Punakha valley; a beautiful drive through pleasant rural landscapes. We will stop after descending to the banks of the small river that waters the valley and walk across the fields to a small temple on a hillock dedicated to Drukpa Kunley, a much revered monk dear to the people of Bhutan. A short walk will give us insights to rural life and agricultural activities in Bhutan that you will cherish.
You will also get to see people planting rice and it would be a great opportunity to take pictures.
The temple itself is a charming place on a hillock, where you may get to see young monks playing football, surrounded by a thick line up of vertical prayer flags – a sight that is guaranteed to make your cameras drool.
Overnight stay in Punakha
Day 5. Punakha – Punakha
We will visit Punakha dzong this morning, crossing a lovely wooden bridge lined with prayer flags. Inside the dzong are the quarters of the monks and prayer hall with peaceful courtyards. We will spend some time exploring and photographing the dzong for most of the morning hours.
In the latter half of the day, we will drive up the Punakha Valley, up the west side of the Mo Chu River passing through villages and farms and stopping along way. On the way at Yambesa, we stop for a short hike through the greenery to a beautiful chorten and spend the late afternoon hours, photographing terraced fields and Mo Chu River. This is as picturesque as rural Bhutan can get.
In the evening your lead photographer will take you through an intense drill of photographing Punakha Dzong in different kind of lighting from different angles and perspectives. Beware, you may be amazed of what you may produce with your camera today, weather and light permitting.
We will be staying overnight in the farm house. This will be the time where again you will get an opportunity to take photograph. We will also be taking monks robe so early morning a model will be wearing monks robe and you can take photograph as you desire.
Overnight stay in punakha
Day 6 – Punakha – Paro
We make a slow and leisurely drive from Punakha back to Paro, retracing our steps and stopping along the way as long as we like to. This is your day to wander the streets of Thimphu, shop for souvenirs and if time permits, photograph the insanely colourful Thimphu Market.
Overnight stay in Paro
Day 7– Paro – Paro
Today we will try to explore the whole valley for photograph. Your photography guide and you can discuss and come up with different plans of your own.
We will be spending our night in farm house.
Overnight stay in Paro
Day 8 – Paro – Paro
This is our day to visit and photograph one of the iconic sight of Bhutan – Tiger’s Nest Monastery, sticking out from a steep vertical slope. We begin the day easy and make the picturesque drive through farms and villages in the hills. Taktsang monastery is perhaps the most famous and most photographed of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on a cliff side above the Paro valley. We exercise our legs today as we slowly make the three-hour walk up the hill to the monastery, photographing the landscapes along the way. We go past many beautiful views, a tea-point half-way that gives us a hard-earned resting space and even a waterfall before we arrive at the monastery.
We take our time to climb up slow and easy as the day progresses. We will have plenty of time to see and shoot from a high ground and near the monastery before we head back for a slow drive back to Paro. We time our visit here in a way that we make the best of opportunities to shoot the monastery, in best possible light.
Even before we begin the walk in the morning, we would have made a short detour and visit one of the oldest temple every to be founded in all of Bhutan, just outside Paro Town. Expect to see and photograph ochre-robed monks, mercurial young monks running around the campus and old men quietly spending their time in company of prayer wheels.
Overnight stay in Paro
Day 9 – Outbound Journey.
Tour cancellation & refund policy
Tour Programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:
In the event of cancelled or shortened trips due to unforeseen reasons after arrival in Bhutan, no refund will be made due to the company already having paid for hotels and other logistics.
No refund will be made for missed connections or no show at the airports.