This tour is for photographers, not trekkers. There is walking to reach the highest temples, but the tour design is comfortable, achievable and carefully balanced to suit the needs of photographers who want to stop every hour and take pictures on a whim.
Enjoyment of walking is essential to photography in Bhutan, but we don’t do any overnight treks. The hardest section is the walk to Tigers Nest, and while the climb is steep the views are majestic. You can look forward to the following photographic highlights during this Bhutan Photography Tour…
– Extended visits to some of the most majestic of Dzongs in Bhutan
– Stop and smell the Himalayan air at high passes such as Dochu La and Pele La
– Sacred chams at the temple festivals performed by monks
– Exploration of the cultural heritage from Tibetan Buddhist origins
– Stay with remote farming communities and their families
– Sunrise above the rice fields and terraces
– Private blessings with a Lama
– The challenging hill climb to reach Tigers Nest (Taktsang Monastery)
For the duration of the tour your photographic instructor and escort will be Ewen Bell. His work is published all over the world in travel brochures, the travel media and photography magazines. Ewen’s depth of experience with photography tours is impressive, covering destinations across Asia, Europe, Australia and Antarctica.
“Bhutan is unique for photographers, a place where traditional culture is remarkably strong. The outside world hasn’t claimed Bhutan yet.”
It wouldn’t be a great photo tour without a great photographer. But don’t take our word for it, visit his website and see for yourself.
Your second photographic guide for this tour is Paul Daniels, a deeply experienced traveller in the Himalayas and a lover of fine cameras.
“The Himalayas have given me a new outlook on life. I deeply admire the culture and lifestyles of Himalayan people. They have inspired me to return to portraiture work, and to capture a little of the drama that exists between the people their landscape.”
Paul Daniels worked in commercial photography since the early 1980s including several years shooting wildlife and birds for Australian GEO. Aside from being one of Australia’s foremost experts on Leica cameras, Paul began his journeys into the Himalayas in the 1990s and hasn’t stopped since. He has trekked and travelled the most remote regions of Leh, Ladakh, Spiti and Zanskar.
Day 1 | Bangkok
Our journey into Bhutan is based through Bangkok and we meet on the evening of day 1 before flying into Paro the next day. The airfare into and out of Paro is included in the tour.
Day 2 | Thimphu
We have an early morning flight to Paro and then a slow drive through the countryside to get familiar with the landscapes. Normally this drive takes about 1 hour, but with a group of photographers we like to take all afternoon.
Days 3-4 | Punakha
Punakha has one of the most beautiful Dzongs in the entire country and we’ll explore it from every angle. Several other temples in the area offer unique photographic charms too and the village of Chimi is a particular favourite for sunrise.
Days 5-7 | Phobjikha
This secluded valley gets really cold at night but we’ll be cosy in a farmhouse with log fires and hot showers. The valley still continues with a very basic rural style and offers us a chance to really slow down and contemplate the art of photography. This is home to the potato farmers and the Black Necked Crane, the latter of which will be spending the winter in the valley and likely to be seen from a distance.
Day 8-10 | Trongsa
This drive is beautiful and dramatic with lots of scenic stops along the way. Trongsa is the highlight of the journey with my favourite Dzong of all Bhutan dominating the view. Trongsa will be holding it’s all annual celebration during our visit and should prove to be the highlight of our journey.
Days 11-12 | Bumthang
We drivea little further into Central Bhutan and explore some of the charms of Bumthang. The landscape here really is different to the Trongsa side of the mountains, and of course there are more temples and wilderness to explore.
Days 13-14 | Paro
We return back to Paro for a little pampering in the most scenic valley Bhutan has to offer. We’ll get up close to the scenery in a serious way by ascending the trail to the Tigers Nest. The Tigers Nest is remarkable, a fitting highlight to finish our journey. This is a difficult days hike both going up and going down, so talk to us first if you’re at all unsure about the challenge.
Day 15 | Departure
Everybody goes home, catching the plane back to Bangkok for our connecting flights.
Dates 2018: December 08 – 22
Price US $7,880
Group Size Maximum of 8 people
The instructing photographer and a local guide are included for this tour. All meals in Thailand and Bhutan, the Bhutan Visa fee, your return flight between Bangkok and Paro, all transfers in and around Bhutan, the internal flight from Paro to Bumthang, the mandatory Tourism Development Fee, the Bhutan Government Taxes (35%) and all entry fees to temples & monuments.
A mix of 4 star resort, charming guest houses and tourist grade hotels. Lots of variety. All accommodation is on a twin-share basis unless you select to pay the single supplement of US$980.
Our private bus for the trip will have plenty of extra room for camera gear. This is not a trekking tour, but does have some challenges if your lifestyle does not include daily walking. The hike up to Tigers Nest is the hardest section with two hours of uphill walking.
• Flight to and from Bangkok
• Gratuities and items of personal nature
• Beverages, Laundry, Phone and Internet Charges
• Your Camera!
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