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8 Days Photography Tour to Bhutan.

8 Days Photography Tour in Bhutan covers Thimphu, Paro, Wangdiphodrang and Phobjikha valley in Westerna Bhutan. Gangtey / Phobjikha valley is the most beautiful valley in the Himalayas. Bhutan has the most stunning mountains and Landscapes dotted with Monasteries and Dzongs with beautiful architecture and is a haven for Photographers.

Whether you wish to photograph our village folks, the monks in the monasteries, the Birds, Bhutan Arts in the Dzongs, houses, monasteries and Government offices, We have it all.

Day 1. Arrive Paro – Thimphu sightseeing (Altitude: 2320 m, 54 km, 1 hr drive):

National-Memorial-Chorten-at-Thimphu

National Memorial Chorten at Thimphu.

Your Guide will receive you at the Airport and drive to Thimphu.

On the way, view Tamchog Monastery built in the 15th century by Thang Thong Gyalpo, popularly known as the Iron Bridge builder.

  • Thang Thong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464) was a wonder working saint from Tibet who came to Bhutan in 1433 looking for Iron Ore. He built 108 bridges across Tibet and Bhutan, out of which 8 were built in Bhutan. His only surviving bridge is in Duksum.

In the Afternoon, visit to:

  • Memorial Chorten built in honor of The Third King, Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Tallest Statue of Sitting Buddha in the world (51.5 meters) at Kuenselphodrang.
  • Craft Bazaar where you can buy Bhutanese Handicrafts and Art works.

In the evening, visit to Tashichho Dzong which houses the office of King and the Central Monastic Body.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Galingkha.

Day 2. Thimphu Sightseeing:

In the morning, excursion to Cheri Monastery where Shabdrung is believed to have spent several years in retreat.

In the Afternoon, visit to:

  • Painting School or School of 13 Arts and Crafts.
  • Changangkha Monastery built in the 12th century by the Tibetan Monk, Phajo Drugom Shigpo.
  • Takin Preserve center at Motithang. Takin is the national animal of Bhutan and is believed to have been created by the Drukpa Kuenley, “The Devine Madman of Bhutan”.
  • Weekend Market.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Galingkha.

Day 3. Thimphu – Punakha (76 Km, 3 hrs drive):

6 Days Bhutan TourIn the Morning, drive to Punakha. On the way, visit 108 Chortens (Stupas) at the Pass.

  • Dochu la pass is at 3140 m and you can see the amazing view of the Himalayas.
  • Visit Chimi Lhakhang built in 1499 by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as “The Divine Madman”. The Temple is also known as “The Temple of Fertility”.

In the Afternoon, visit to:

  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Punakha is the winter residence of Je Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck convened the First National Assembly here in 1952.

In the evening, hike to the Imperial Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Vara.

Day 4. Punakha – Gangtey (Altitude 3120 m, 66 km, 1 ½ hrs drive):

The-View-of-Wangdiphodrang-Dzong-and-the-valleyIn the morning, drive to Gangtey. On the way, visit the Magnificent Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This Dzong was destroyed by fire in 2012 and the repair work is almost completed.

While in Gangtey, visit Gangtey Monastery. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613.

In the Afternoon, visit to:

  • Crane Information center.

In the evening, explore Phobjikha valley, the roosting ground of the Rare Black necked Cranes in winter.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Odiyana.

Day 5. Gangtey – Thimphu (143 km – 4 hrs. drive):

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu. We occasionally stop on the way for photography.

Lunch will be served at Simply Bhutan Museum Restaurant.

  • Witness Archery match at Changlimithang stadium.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for photography.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Galingkha.

Day 6. Thimphu – Paro Sightseeing (Excursion to Chelila Pass):

5 Days Bhutan TourIn the Morning, drive to Paro and visit to:

  • Ta Dzong built in 1649, an ancient watch tower which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan. This unusual building is in a conch shape with 2.5m thick wall.
  • Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Rinpung literally means “The Heap of Jewels”. The Dzong presently functions as the Administrative centre of Paro district.

In the afternoon, excursion to the Chelila Pass that separates Paro from Haa valley. The pass boasts of highest Motorable road in Bhutan at 3810 meters above sea level. You can see the beautiful view of the Higher Himalayas including Mt. Jumolhari.

On the way back, visit the beautiful Kila Gompa nunnery that houses around 70 nuns. This nunnery is at the edge of a cliff and overlooks Paro valley below.

Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort.

Day 7. Paro sightseeing (Tiger’s Nest):

Taktsang-Monastery-in-Paro-8 Days Photography TourIn the Morning, drive to Satsam Chorten and 2 hour hike till the Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang).

  • This Temple is the most photographed monument in Bhutan built in 1684 by the Penlop (Governor) of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. Legend has it that Guru Padma Sambhava; the Tantric Mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan flew here on the back of a Flying Tigress, Dorji Drolo.

In the Afternoon, visit to:

  • Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It served as the defense post against the Tibetan invasion in ancient days. The Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and is under repair now.
  • Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King Srongsen Gampo. He built 108 Temples in a single day to pin the Ogress to the earth forever and at the same time, convert the Tibetan people to Buddhism. Six of these Temples lie in Bhutan; most prominent of them are Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang and Kichu Lhakhang in Paro. Kichu Lhakhang is said to hold the left foot of the Ogress and Jambay Lhakhang pins the left knee.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort.

Day 8. Paro – Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the Airport and farewell.