Bhutan is one of the most sought-after destinations for photographers from around the globe. Some great photographers have posted a few photos of our country mentioning that it is the Kingdom in the Clouds, Paradise Found At Last, and given similar names. The last ray of sun on the peak of a high mountain, the blue rivers meandering through the silent valleys, the golden pinnacle hugging a bird on the giant dzongs, and colorful mask dances are some of the perfect images that can easily fit in any camera lens. In this Bhutan Photography Expedition trip, we look to give you what your lens asks you.
DAY 1: PARO/THIMPHU
Arrive any time at Paro International Airport (2200 meters above sea level) and transfer to Thimphu.
In Thimphu (2300m), if time permits, take an orientation walk in town, do some shopping, and get settled.
Accommodations: Aman Kora
DAY 2: THIMPHU
Hike to Chari or Tango Monetary (2850m) in the morning hours.
In the afternoon, visit National Memorial Chorten and drive to Buddha-point. Then travel to Takin Park to see the national animal of Bhutan and also visit Bhutan Post Office to get personal stamps printed with the individual photos fixed. Later, visit Zorigchusum Arts and Crafts Centre.
In the evening, visit Traditional Paper Factory, followed by a visit to Changzamtog Weaving Centre.
Accommodation: Hotel Tara Phendeyling
DAY 3: THIMPHU /PUNĀKHA
Leave Thimphu for Punakha
Enjoy a full day of exploration including a visit to Dochula Druk Wangyel Chorten (108 victory stupas) at Dochula Pass (3150M), Chhimi Lhakhang (temple of fertility), Punakha Dzong (1200m), and Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery.
Accommodations: Zhingkham Resort
DAY 4: PUNĀKHA/GANGTEY VALLEY
Travel to Gangtey valley.
Visit the Gangtey Monastery and have a short hike at Nature Trail.
Accommodation: Gakiling Guest House
DAY 5: GANGTEY VALLEY/PARO
If it is Black-necked Crane season, you will go to see this rare bird.
Drive towards Paro.
After arrival, visit Paro Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple built in the 8th century.
Accommodations: Bhutan Mandala Resort (or similar)
DAY 6: TIGER NEST HIKE
Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery (2900m) which is known also known as Taksang Monastery.
Enjoy a cultural program in the evening and have a hot stone bath.
Accommodations: Bhutan Mandala Resort
DAY 7: DEPARTURE
Fly back to your country from Paro International Airport