|Duration||8 nights and 9 days|
|Guide||Knowledgeable photography guide with good command over English|
|Tour Highlights||Nature, local people, landscapes & birds|
Receive by our local representative and transfer to hotel for some refreshment. Your photography tour starts after lunch with the visit to the 17th Century Paro Rimpong Dzong. You will have the opportunity to capture beautiful paintings on the walls of the dzong, monks in the robe and of course the wood carvings and different motifs of the dzong. Hike down to the wooden cantilever bridge and take the picture of the bridge and the dzong from below. Walk around the town for the best photo shots of the locals. Overnight hotel.
Today’s photography will be mainly concentrated on birds and landscape. To get the best shots of the birds, it is wise to start your day quite early. You will have the opportunity to take the pictures of the birds like pheasants, Himalayan Monal, Tragopan and of course herds of yaks. Stop below the pass and take a hike to Kila Gompa nunnery and take pictures of the nuns and the beautiful landscape from the Nunnery. Continue towards the pass for pictures of the beautiful snowcapped mountains, hills adorned with prayer flags and the tick rich vegetations.
On the way back to Paro, visit dzongdrakha village for the beautiful landscape and beautiful traditional houses. Overnight hotel.
It will be scenic drive to Thimphu, with lots of photo opportunities. You can take pictures of rice fields, surrounding mountains with prayer flags, villages, people and crystal clear river that follow down in the valley. Stop at Ta- chhogang and hike down to 14th Century suspension bridge. You can take pictures of prayer flags, stupas and paintings inside.
Continue to Thimphu and in the afternoon, visit Memorial chorten to take pictures of locals doing their offerings and worships.
In the evening walk around the town for the best photo shots of the modern Bhutan. Overnight hotel.
En route to Punakha, stop at Dochula pour photos shots of beautiful pass adorned with 108 stupas. During the clear weather, you will have stunning view over the snowcapped mountains. Continue towards Punakha with numerous stops on the ways to photograph rice fields and remote villages.
Take a short hike amid rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang temple followed by a visit to Rinchengang village to photograph rural lives. Overnight hotel.
Drive early in the morning drive towards Tashithang area for nature photography. This area is also popular for bird photography. You will see lots of birds.
On the way back, visit Punakha dzong and spend most of the afternoon inside the dzong. Built in 17th century, Punakha dzong is one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan. Overnight hotel.
We begin the return journey and drive to Gangtey and Phobjikha, which is about a 3-hours. We will move further to Phobjikha valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan and home to the very rare black-necked cranes, who migrate from Tibet to Bhutan to winter (from November -March). There will also be a visit to Gangtey Gompa, one of the oldest Nyingmapa monasteries, that resembles a Dzong. Hike down to the valley to take pictures of beautiful glacial valley and villages. Overnight hotel.
As we retraced our journey back to Paro, you can make numerous stops on the way to take pictures, which you had missed while coming towards Phobjikha. Stop at Simtokha dzong and take pictures of monks and beautiful paintings in the courtyard of the dzong. Stop at Ta – chhogang and walk across the suspension bridge.
One of Bhutan’s holiest shrines and an amazing structure that crosses all boundaries of architectural masterpiece, Taktsang (Tiger’s Lair) monastery is perched some 1000m/3000ft on a cliff overlooking a valley. It is said that the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tigress to tame five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D. Taktshang monastery is the ultimate pilgrim site for all Buddhist, especially in Bhutan.
The hike to the monastery takes about 5 hours (up and down), and follows an ancient path marked by river powered prayer wheels. Overnight hotel.
Transfer to airport for departure.