Bhutan Photography Tour

Tour Detail
Duration: 15 Days, 14 Nights.
Locations: Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Trongsa, Phobjikha, Bumthang, Haa, Ura, Tang valley.
Type of Tour: Cultural tour/Adventure/photography/hike.

Highlight: Punakha Dzong, Worlds tallest bronze Buddha statue, Tang valley photography, Tigers nest hike,Ura valley hike, 7th Century Jampa Lhakhang, Dochula mountain pass, Fertility temple, photography all over the amazing valleys of Bhutan etc

Description: Bhutan is the last Mahayana Buddhist Kingdom, and the teachings of this school of Buddhism are a living faith among its people. Spirituality exists even in the urban centers where the spinning of prayer wheels, the murmur of mantras and the glow of butter lamps in the houses are still important features of their everyday life.

Bhutan’s unique architecture is one of the most striking physical features; the color of house and buildings is a distinct source of aesthetic pleasure. The Dzongs, which are 300 to 400 hundred years old, are built on a scale without the help of any drawings and hammering a single nail.

Kingdom of Bhutan is every photographers dream destination. The beautiful snow capped Himalayan mountain range, unique architecture and landscape of Bhutan, distinct tradition and festival of the kingdom makes Bhutan every photographers dream destination.

Brief Itinerary

Arrive in Paro, Day 1
Upon your arrival In Bhutan, Your Guide & driver from Yelha Bhutan Tours & Travel will drive you to the hotel. Evening tea in a local restaurant. Dinner at hotel.

Day 2 Paro sightseeing
Morning hike to the famous Tiger’s Nest temple. Lunch in the cafeteria on the way back. After lunch hike back till the road and drive back to the hotel. On the way back to the hotel visit the national museum and the fortress of Paro. Evening back to hotel.

Overnight in Paro | Altitude: 2200m

Day 3 Paro to Haa to Paro,
Morning drive to Haa town which was recently opened to foreigners. Drive through Chele la.Enjoy the uniqueness of the recently opened town. After lunch drive back to Paro.

Overnight in Paro | Altitude: 2200m

Day 4 Paro to Thimphu,
Morning drive to Thimphu. Afternoon visit the School of Arts and Craft, Textile and the Folk Heritage Museums. Evening visit the memorial Chorten and Changangkha Lhakang.

Overnight in Thimphu/Altitude: 2400m

Day 5 Thimphu sightseeing,
Morning hike to Cheri Monastery built in 17th century.Visit Memorial Chorten built in the memory of late king. Visit Changangkha temple, Zilukha nunnery and the zoo to see the unique national animal, Takin.

Overnight in Thimphu | Altitude: 2400m

Day 6 Thimphu to Punakha,
Drive to Punakha, the drive to will take us about 3 hours. About an hour’s climb from Thimphu, we will be crossing the Dochula pass. If we are lucky with the weather, we can see the entire Bhutanese Himalayas; east of Chomolhari to Gangkhar Puensum.

Overnight in Punakha | Altitude: 1300m

Day 7 Punakha to Gangtey,
Morning drive towards Gangtey valley, the winter home of the Black Necked Cranes. Walk around the valley and visit the Gangtey temple over the hill top. Evening enjoy the stroll in the wide isolated valley of Phobjikha.

Overnight in Phobjikha | Altitude: 2600 m

Day 8 Gangtey to Jakar,
The drive from Gangtey to Jakar in Bumthang will take about 6 hours. On the way, we can view the magnificent Trongsa Dzong.photo session from the view point. We shall visit the Dzong on our way back.

Overnight in Jakar | Altitude: 2700m

Day 9 Jakar sightseeing,
The beauty of this valley has attracted many important Buddhist masters over the centuries. Bumthang has the most number of religious sites than any other district in Bhutan. Visit the Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang and Jakar Dzong. Most of the visit will be done on foot.

Overnight in Jakar | Altitude: 27000m

Day 10 Jakar to Tang,
Excursion to the Tang valley. Have a picnic on the way. Walk around the lovely village of Tang. Visit the unique museum of the ancestral royals of that region. We will spend the night in a simple room of the Museum.

Overnight in Tang | Altitude: 2800m

Day 11 Tang to Jakar,
Morning walk around the village. Visit the unique museum which uses to be the palace of the local rulers during the olden days. Afternoon, dive back to Jakar.

Overnight in Jakar | Altitude: 2700m

Day 12 Jakar to Trongsa,
Morning drive to Trongsa. After lunch, excursion to Trongsa Dzong, the old winter capital of second king. Walk in the town.Evening drive back to hotel.

Overnight in Trongsa | Altitude: 2350m

Day 13 Trongsa to Punakha,
Early morning drive for the warm valley of Punakha, enroute visit the winter Phobjikha valley, the home for the endangered Back Necked Cranes which visit Bhutan from November to February. Drive further down through Wangdue town till your reach Punakha.

Overnight in Punakha | Altitude: 1250m

Day 14 Punakha to Thimphu,
Drive to Thimphu .Lunch at a hotel in Thimphu.2 hour souvenir shopping in the town. Later drive to paro which is an hour drive.

Overnight in Paro, farewell dinner.

Day 15: Departure.
Early morning drive to the Airport. After completing all the travel formalities its farewell.

Tour Program Ends

Tour Cost including Bhutan Visa Fees (Not including Bhutan air fare)

High Season: March, April, May, September, October & November
Single traveler: US$ 3636 per person
2 person: US$ 3216 per person
3 plus person: US$ 3076 per person

Low Season: January, February, June, July, August & December

Single traveler: US$ 2936 per person
2 person: US$ 2656 Per person
3 plus person: US$ 2516 per person

Tour Discounts

  • No charge for children under 5 years. 50% discount for children in age group 6-12 years and accompanied by their guardians:
  • 25% discount on daily rates to full time students below the age of 25 years with valid identity cards
    50% discount on daily rates to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people.
  • 100% discount to one member in a group exceeding 26 persons.

Please Note: The rate may go higher depending upon the nature of services desired beyond specified details above

Air Fare ( Season Fare )

  • Bangkok-Paro-Bangkok = US$ 660
  • Singapore-Paro-Singapore = USD$ 860
  • Delhi –Paro-Delhi = USD$700
  • Kolkata-Paro-Kolkata= USD$410
  • Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu = USD$410

(Note airfares are subjected to change as per the notice by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines)

Airfare Discount

  • Infant under the 2 years pay 10% of airfare plus relevant taxes.
  • A child’s between 2-11 years inclusive of 67% of the quoted fare.
  • Full time Students under the age of 25 years with identity cards may receive discount up to 25%.

Included

  • Deluxe rooms on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals (Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner, Tea/Coffee with snacks as and when required)
  • Accommodation in the best 3-4 star Resorts/hotels in Bhutan.
  • Brand new Bus, SUVs’ (not exceeding 4-5 years)
  • 1 complimentary Bhutan air ticket if group exceeds 17 Pax
  • Tea, coffee and snacks during the long drive and tour.
  • Complimentary 1 Hour cultural program and farewell dinner for 8 plus pax.
  • All Trekking Equipments (2 men sleeping tents, Kitchen Tents, Dining tents, Toilet Tents, Cooking Utensils etc.
  • Trekking Guide and trekking cook along with supporting staffs
  • Medical Facilities on free of cost (consulting doctors & medicine)
  • Mineral water on long trips both on trek and cultural tours
  • Museum fees and other special entry fees.
  • A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65. This Royalty goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.

Excluded

  • Laundry/Drinks / Telephone calls and any personal expenses.
  • Travel Insurance (Recommended but not available in Bhutan)
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Single room supplement USD$40 per night.
  • Tips and Gratuities