February 1/12, 2018
This will be our third tour to Bhutan, an amazing mystical kingdom that boarders on the Himalayan ranges. Few photographers have visited this unique country. Incredible culture, spectacular landscapes, unique nature and a very long history will offer you world class photo opportunities and an incredible holiday – all in a small group size
Situated in the northern hemisphere, Bhutan is blessed by the wonders of nature. We are visiting Bhutan in February for the best time to shoot towering snow-clad mountains and Bhutan’s famous scenic beauty.
Far from the madding crowds of urban life, this little kingdom is rich with virgin forests, lush green valleys, rustling rivers, enchanting architecture and peace loving people. Memories of the past fuse with the present in a land where every Bhutanese is proud of his heritage. Temples and Dzongs mingle with forts and architecture of ages gone by. Bhutan is mesmerizing all year round, but especially when we are visiting.
“Bhutan amazed me with its very friendly people, beautiful culture and spectacular landscapes. Our itinerary is unique to target the best of this country and our local expert guides are simply fantastic!” PEARCE
BHUTAN – the adventure…
Bhutan is a destination offering endless exploration experiences. Immerse yourself in the heartland of uniquely captivating images. In 2018 we invite you to photograph Bhutan.
AND we are offer a linked tour to India! Ask Julia for more details.
ITINERARY – to adventure…
DAY 1: BANGKOK TO PARO
We fly to Paro from Bangkok, where we land in beautiful Bhutan, known as Druk Yul, “the Land of the Thunder Dragon”. (This international flight is included and will be booked through the WPA office as a group about 9 months before departure. Julia can book accommodation in Bangkok to suit your interests. Bangkok accommodation is not included. We suggest a lovely 4 Star hotel, walking distance to the airport.)
Situated in the beautiful Paro Valley at 7,200 ft, this was once the crossroads of trade routes to Tibet. After going through the entry formalities, we book into our accommodation for the next few nights. Your photo guide will offer a workshop to help you maximise your photo adventures to come. We include dinner tonight and a welcome to Bhutan. Overnight at hotel. (D)
DAY 2: PARO
Full morning shooting and exploring around Paro. The town is unique for its colour and Dzongs. (Forts/Monasteries) The valley offers various scenes from landscapes, to working people in the fields.
We break around lunch and the chance to look for new adventures in the afternoon. Your local guide and photo guide will help to maximise this.
Bhutanese Food – it is lovely, very fresh and a highlight of your adventure. We mix local restaurants with hotel restaurants that are famous for quality. Overnight at hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 3: PARO
Morning excursion to Takstang Monastery – (Tigers Nest) one of the highlights of Bhutan. The beautiful and sacred Taktsang Monastery is located about 20 minutes drive north of Paro. This is the place where the Guru Rimpoche flew over the Himilaya from Tibet in the 7th century on the back of a flying Tigress. It is said to be the origin of Bhuddism in Bhutan. From the parking lot at the base of the mountain, we take a horse trek to the tea house. This was voted one of the highlights of our last visit with novice riders enjoying the ride the most! (That included Darran …) We walk back down to the car park. Takstang Monastery is often closed to the public, but you will be offered fantastic vantage points. The rainforest is worth the visit alone! Lunch at the tea house. In the afternoon, free time to explore or relax. Overnight at hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: PARO TO THIMPHU
We depart for the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. We stop along the valley drive for unique subjects. We have new ancient buildings and unique people to shoot and snow capped peaks and great landscapes. A mixed day of landscapes, culture and portraits which your photo guide will help to maximise. Thimphu offers great street photography so quality time will be offered to wonder and explore. Overnight at hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: THIMPHU
In the morning, we visit the Changgangkha lakhang, Takin sanctuary and the Nunnery School. These locations will offer you new cultural experiences of Bhutan. The colour, friendly people and ancient nature of each location is a photographers eldorado! In the afternoon, visit the Arts/Crafts School and Folk Heritage Museum. Free time as available is offered. A great chance to shoot your own unique imagery. Your photo guide will always be available to help. Overnight at hotel. (B,L,D)
The itinerary continues…