Blissful Bhutan - Guided Photography Tour, September 2018

Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang

monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley. The 8 day tour will not only provide you with an unforgettable and rich photographic experience, The program will definitely also introduce you to a mix of local music, dance, food, and even a taste of culture of Bhutan.

Scheduled dates - 18th to 25th September 2018

Day 01

Arrive at Paro International Airport and pick-up
Drive through Thimpu
Fresh-up and go to Takin Preserve reserve
Jungshi handmade paper factory
Clock Tower
Overnight stay in a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 02

After Breakfast Tashi Chhoe dzong for Thimpu festival
Lunch on the way
Afternoon at Kuenselphodrang
Overnight stay in a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 03

After Breakfast drive towards Gangtey
Dochu-la pass
A short hike into rhododendron and magnolia forests.
Hot beverage or a snack at cafeteria at the pass
Beautiful drive through pleasant rural landscapes.
stay overnight in a home stay in Gangtey.
Day 04

Early morning at 5:00 AM, sun rise in Gangtey Valley
Later post breakfast, you will be taken to visit Gangtay Goempa
Go to Black crane location
Later in the evening at 7:00 PM, one try hot stone bath.( optional payment basis)
Overnight in a hotel in Gangtey
Day 05

Post breakfast at 8:00 AM, you will be driven towards Punakha.
Later on the way, Chimi Lhakang
Towards evening, a view point from where you can make perfect photographs of Punakha Dzong
In the evening, you will visit Punakha local market.
Overnight in a hotel in Punakha.
Day 06

Post breakfast at 8:00 AM, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten.
visit Punakha Suspension Bridge
Punakha and the Punakha Dzong,
Later in the late afternoon, drive towards Paro and on the way, Tachoganglhakhang
Arrival late evening, visit the Paro Dzong from outside and capture the best glimp of the Dzong.
Overnight in a hotel in Paro
Day 07

Early at 6:30 AM picturesque drive through farms and villages in the hills to Taktsang monastery
shoot at the monastery head back for a slow drive back to Paro
Later we will take time to stop at Drukgyal Dzong on the way.
Paro Local market visit
Overnight in a hotel in Paro.
Day 08

In the morning after early breakfast we will see you off at the Paro Airport for your onward destinations. If you have opted for Phuntsoling exit, then early morning you will be leaving for the border transit.

Things to carry

Passport /UID
Portrait Lenses ( 70-200 ) f2.8mm or any prime
Chances of bird Sighting is there. Can keep a Short Tele ( 300mm)
Wide lenses – and ND / Grad/ CPL Filters.
Remote cable release
Carry fully charged batteries for your camera / flash.
Carry battery charger. Carry extra pack of camera batteries.
Carrying a Tripod is a must for all bird photography workshops.
Carry a big towel / cloth to protect your gear from dust.
Carry a big cloth / bandanna / scarf to protect you from dust.
Umbrella/poncho for sudden Rain.
It is advisable to carry basic first aid along with you.
Please carry suitable mosquito repellants to keep you protected from mosquito bites.
Carry a pair of good shoes.
Woolen cloth
Do not worry if you don’t own a super Wide lens as we now have an equipment support division. Equipment is available on rental - please mail us at rentals@dcpexpeditions.com.

Highlights of the tour:

Photoshoot sessions at unique locations such as Punakha
Taste of a bit of Bhutanese Food
Know the traditional way of paper making
Professional photo guidance by experienced street and wildlife photographers
Experience the sights, sounds and odours of the ancient monastery
Visit the world famous Tiger's Nest
Experience life of Bhutanese Festival
Experience the incredible landscapes of the Himalaya Mountains

Soumendra Mukhopadhyay, an engineer by profession and a wildlife photographer by passion. Soumendra specializes in macro photography. He is extremely passionate about what he does and experiments continuously to polish his skillsets everytime he is out in the field with his camera. He shares his knowledge of photography selflessly with people around him. His images have been appreciated and acknowledged in various online forums, articles and magazines. He is a talented photographer and has a great teaching acumen. He is a Panel Expert for Team DCP, Mumbai. He uses camera as a tool for conservation as his work generates awareness in common man about the hidden beauties of nature and earth's natural history.

Rs 66000 per head inclusive of all taxes

Cost includes

All Food and stay cost in Bhutan
DCP photography expert fee
All monument entry fees
Cost does not include:

Mineral Water, Soft Drinks, Phone Calls, Tips etc.
Any kind of insurance, Medical or/and Emergency Charges.
Any extra meals not included in the above itinerary.
Flight cost Mumbai – Paro To and Fro

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