Bhutan Photography Tour

Day 1: Arrive Paro

In clear weather, flight to Bhutan provides a wonderful view of Himalayan scenery. On arrival, you will be met by our representative and drive to hotel. After lunch, visit Rinpung Dzong (Fortress on a Heap of Jewels), National Museum and 7th century Kyichu Temple. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro

Potential areas for photography:

  • The ruins of Drugyal Dzong
  • Taktshang (Tiger’s Lair) Monastery,
  • Villages, farmhouses and people.

Day 3: Paro – Thimphu

Morning drive to Chelela Pass (3,988 meters) and from there stunning views of Mt Jomolhari (7,326 meters) which is revered as the Abode of Goddess Remati. Also, numerous species of alpine flowers and birds like Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan, and Kalij Pheasant.

After lunch, drive to Thimphu. At Thimphu visit:

  • Tashichhodzong – the magnificent 500-year old seat of Bhutan’s governance and the palace/office of the king.
  • Memorial Stupa – the most beautiful stupa in Bhutan built in memory of the father of modern Bhutan, king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck

Day 4: Thimphu

Potential areas for photography

  • Parliament Building – An epitome of modern Bhutanese architecture combined with traditional grandeur.
  • Buddha – the world’s biggest Buddha built on the breast of a hillock which commands a spectacular view of the capital city.
  • Sangaygang– The perfect viewpoint for Thimphu city.
  • Vegetable Market
  • Norzin Lam (street) – The busiest place in the capital.
  • Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, School of Art and Craft

Day 5: Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdue

Potential areas for photography

  • Semtokha Dzong, the oldest monastery fortress of Bhutan.
  • Dochula, the 3,116 meter pass which provides a breathtaking view of the mighty Himalayas
  • Different types of vegetation, from alpine to the sub-tropical, rare birds and flowers.
  • The Wangdue – Punakha valley, farms and villages, ancient monasteries including Chimi Lhakhang (the Temple of Fertility)
  • Punakha Dzong, the old capital of Bhutan and Bhutan’s most prized monument.
  • The ruins of Wangdue monastery-fortress.
  • White-Bellied Heron, the world’s rarest bird, in Punatsangchu basin.

Day 6: Punakha/Wangdue – Trongsa

Potential areas for photography

  • Verdant forests, rare birds (including the exotic black-necked crane) and animals, and beautiful alpine flowers.
  • Pelela pass (3,390 meters), the Black Mountain range, hamlets along the way.
  • 18th century stupa at Chendebji
  • Views of Trongsa Dzong – the monastery fortress which is one of the biggest in Bhutan and traditionally the power centre of central-east Bhutan.
  • The Watch Tower of Trongsa
  • Trongsa town

Day 7: Trongsa – Bumthang

Potential areas for photography

  • Views of Mangde valley
  • Yotongla pass (3,400 meters)
  • Bumthang valley, one of the most beautiful in Bhutan, filled with old palaces, historical and religious monuments.

Day 8: Bumthang

  • Jakar Dzong (Castle of the White Bird)
  • Wangdicholing Palace and Domkhar Palace
  • The famous Kurjey Temple and 7th century Jambay Lhakhang (temple)
  • Tamzhing Monastery, and the legendary Mebartsho (Burning Lake)
  • Airstrip, villages, nature trails, towns, etc.

Day 9: Bumthang – Mongar

  • Thrumshingla National Park and the Thrumshingla Pass (3,780 meters)
  • Sengor-Yongkala-Lingmithang area, which is known as the Birding Capital of the World. Has the world’s highest density of birds, including some of the most rare.
  • Ruins of Zhongar Fortress
  • Kurichu Hydroelectric Dam and power house
  • Lingmethang and Mongar towns

Day 10: Mongar – Trashigang

  • Korila Pass and the surrounding views of the landscape of eastern Bhutan
  • Yadi zig, and shots of the valley carved by Dangmechu, the biggest river of Bhutan
  • Gomphu Kora, a great site of pilgrimage for Buddhists
  • Trashigang Dzong, historically the powerhouse of the regional ruler
  • Trashigang town

Day 11: Trashigang

  • North Trashigang, the most populated area of Bhutan and the centre of local culture, customs, traditions, lifestyle
  • Brahmi, a tribal community in Chaling and Phongmey
  • Merak, area of semi-nomadic tribe called Brokpa, and nearby landscapes
  • Folk festival, dance and music in the region

Day 12: Trashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar

  • Dozens of villages along the way – culture, customs, architecture.
  • Sherubtse College (Bhutan’s first college), Yonphula airstrip, and the adjoining views.
  • Numerous ancient temples and monasteries enroute
  • Ancient iron smithy at Barshong
  • Bird watching areas at Moshi, Dewathang

Day 13: Samdrup Jongkhar Depart

After breakfast, drive to Guwahati airport for onward flight. Our representative will bid you a farewell.

Bhutan provides a stunning array of photographic opportunities- mountainous landscapes, ancient temples and monasteries, lively, colourful festivals, a timeless Buddhist culture and fascinating people. This tour also visits remote villages, ancient palaces and fortresses, farm houses, temples and sacred sites throughout Bhutan.

Total cost includes:

  • Standard Hotel (3 star hotel) twin sharing accommodations
  • Full Board – All meals at local restaurants/ standard hotels – Buffet System
  • All internal Transport/ Transfers in luxury vehicle
  • Airport Transfers
  • Services of Licensed English Speaking Guide
  • Sightseeing
  • Entrances fees to museums, monuments and cultural sites
  • Evening tea/ coffee with snacks
  • Mineral water in car while traveling as complementary
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • Government royalty (US$65 per night per person)
  • FIT Surcharge of US$ 40 per night per person for single person and US$ 30 per night per person for 2 pax
  • Bhutan Visa fee: US$ 40 per person (one time only)
  • Tourism Development Fee: US$ 10 per person (one time only)
  • Bank Transfer Charge
  • Extra cost for Special Interest Tour (eg. Cost of Wedding, Rafting, Motorcycle, Bicycle charges, etc…)


But Total cost does not include:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Laundry bill, phone bill, bar bill and other bills of personal nature
  • Tipping
  • Air Fare for both Drukair/Bhutan Airline and International flight [Please note that the cost of any domestic airfare for the guide must be paid by the clients/agents]
  • Single room supplement (If number of pax in odd number): For, peak season = US$ 30/ per single room per night and for, other season = US$25/ per single room per night
  • Luxury star hotels and resorts available at an additional cost
  • Specialized guides (Foreign Language, Photography, Bird Watching, Buddhism, Flora and Fauna) available at an additional cost
  • Extra expenses due to the unavoidable circumstance beyond our control.


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