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Exclusive Bhutan Photography Tour

Exclusive Bhutan Photography Tour includes visits to the places which would be a sheer delight for photographers. Whether it's capturing the vibrant mask dances during festivals, the serene countryside dotted with farmhouses, or the majestic Himalayan ranges that surrounds you, there is always something for you to do in your Bhutan Photography tour.

Set out into the mountains of Bhutan to shoot images of exquisite temples, robbed monks and villages frozen time. Capture scenes of the daily village lives and venture into the pristine forest of this Himalayan Kingdom.

In your 10 Nights 11 Days Bhutan Photography Tour , photograph breathtaking panoramas of snow-clad peaks, vast meadows, mixed colors of wilderness, amazing architecture and country life. Try to include one of the festivals , to add more colors to your photography.


Package Details :

Duration : 10 Nights /11 Days .

Destination Covered : Thimphu- Punakha- Phobjikha-Trongsa- Bumthang- Paro .

Day 1: Arrive at Paro Airport- Drive to Thimphu (54 kms/ 1.5 hours drive)

 The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some of the world’s highest glacial peaks. If you get a seat on the left side of the plane and the weather cooperates, you may have spectacular views of the eastern Himalayas including Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga—five of the highest peaks in the world—as well as peaks in Bhutan such as Jhomolhari, Jichu Drakye, and Tsering Kang. You can photograph the highest peaks of the world. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chhu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight.

  • Tachog Lhakhang: On the way stop at Tachhog Lhakhang (the Iron Chain Bridge), a temple located across the famous iron chain bridge built over the meandering Pa Chhu (Paro River). Devour yourself to the invigorating ambience of the cool-sweeping breeze and bright colored prayer flags. The whole set up a feast to the eye.

  • In the evening take a stroll in Thimphu city.

Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu 

Day 2: Exploring Thimphu Valley

  • Cheri Monastery: After a good breakfast, drive to the Northern end of Thimphu valley and hike an hour up to the Cheri monastery; a place of tranquility and overwhelming quietness. As you approach the 17th century Cheri monastery; the other monasteries dotted atop the surrounding mountains with the backdrop of the blue sky is a delightful view to capture. Usually you will be able to spot mountain goats freely mingling with the monks.
  • Tango Buddhist University: On your return you will take another one hour climb to Tango Monastery which dates back to the 12th century. You can capture images of red-robed monks on hilltop monastery.
  • Tashichho Dzong (Thimphu Dzong): Visit the exquisite massive structure of Thimphu Tashichoe Dzong- a fine example of Bhutanese architecture. Set into the Grand Kuenrey, the most splendid room of the Tashichoe Dzong. The assembly of monks performs their daily prayers here before the enormous statue of the Buddha.

Overnight at hotel in Thimphu 

Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha (74kms/2-3 hours drive)

  • Buddha Dordenma: Capture the vibrant Buddha Dordema statue in the early morning sunrise. Apart from the serenity of the place the view of the Thimphu city from this mountain is gorgeous. 
  • Dochula Pass: Drive to Punakha, on the way stop at Dochu La (3,100 meters above the sea level). Take a sip a cup hot coffee at the cafeteria while enjoying the mesmerizing panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges which can be seen on a clear day. Click amazing pictures of the 108 stupas beautifully adorned on the pass with the snow-capped Himalayan ranges behind.
  • Punakha Dzong:​​​​​​​ Punakha Dzong is just as striking inside as outside and it is arguably the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. Located magnificently between Pho Chhu (Male River) and Mo Chhu (Female River) confluence, the intricate carving and amazing architecture of the Dzong is a great source of inspiration for photographers. This famous structure built in the 1637 has lot to tell about the historical background and various Tibetan invasion won from this strategically located Dzong. It also houses the kingdom’s most sacred relic the “Rangjung Karsa-pani”.

Overnight at 3-star hotel in Punakha 

Day 4: Punakha to the Phobjikha Valley ( 78 kms/3.5 hours)

  • Visit Chimi Lhakhang Temple: On arriving Punakha; walk along the path through the traditional houses of Sopsokha village amidst agricultural field of rice and mustard, leading to a hillock where the temple of the Divine Mad monk is located. Sopsokha village is a typical example of clustered settlement. You may witness unusual paintings of phallus on walls of the houses. The phallus paintings are traditionally believed to ward off evil influences and bad-mouth/gossips of others that bring bad luck.
  • Gangtey Monastery: Upon arriving to Phobjikha; visit Gangtey Gonpa or Gangtey Monastery which is an important Nyingmapa school of Buddhism. It is the main seat of the Pema Lingpa’s tradition. Situated atop a hill at an altitude of 2,800 meters, the monastery offers a stunning view of Phobjikha valley, winter home to the rare Black necked Cranes. The structures of the temple and the monks in the complex of the monastery has great captures to offer. 
  • The best way to know a place is through its people and their daily lives. Visiting a farm house in the locality and making friends with the locals is a good chance to delve in to the cultural aspect of the Bhutanese society. Capture images of their daily activities. 

Overnight at hotel in Phobjikha

Day 5: Phobjikha to Trongsa (120 kms/ 4-5 hours)

  • Gangtey Nature Trail Hike- Phobjikha Valley: In the morning hike through the Gangtey Nature Trail which is considered as one of the most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trails in Bhutan. The trail hike starts from the Mani (like Chorten) stone wall to the north of the Gangtey Gonpa and ends in Khewa Lhakhang. The hike takes about 1 hour 30 minutes through the pine forest and small bamboo plants. You can see the Phobjikha valley so beautifully from this hike. It is one of the best hike places for the Nature lovers. During the winter months, we can see the endangered species of birds – Black Neck Cranes. 
  • Tongsa Dzong: Visit Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home to Bhutan’s monarch where you will often find novice monks reciting mantras or practicing on sacred horns, flutes or drums. Photograph the intricate design of the Trongsa Dzong & resident monks. It the longest and largest Dzong of Bhutan. 
  • The Tower of Trongsa Museum: Visit the Royal Heritage Museum which used to serve as watch tower of the Trongsa Dzong. 

Overnight a 3-star hotel in Trongsa 

Day 6: Trongsa to Bumthang (68 kms/ 2-3 hours)

  • Tamshing Lhakhang: Tamshing monastery was founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa. It contains interesting and ancient Buddhist wall paintings. 
  • Kurje Lhakhang: Visit Kurjey Lhakhang. It is named after the body print of Guru Rinpoche, which is preserved in a cave inside the oldest of the three building. 
  • Jambay Lhakhang: From Kurjey Lhakhang, a tarmac road heads south along the right bank of the river to Jambay Lhakhang. This ancient temple was built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century in his mission to built 108 such temples over the Himalayan region to subdue a giant ogress. It is one of the two oldest temples in Bhutan (the other being Kichu Lhakhang in Paro). You may be able to see old people circumambulating the temple or chanting sutras around the temple in deep faith and devotion. 

Overnight at 3-star hotel in Bumthang 

Day 7: Explore Ura valley- Bumthang

  • Jakar Dzong: Jakar Dzong is a great sight to capture in the early morning sunrise, especially if the valley below is filled with fogs. After getting some good shots of the castle from afar, visit inside the administrative center of the region. There are number of stunning images to be made of various scenic frames, especially with monks in them to add a colorful human element.
  • Ura Valley: Ura valley is best known for its photographic sites and the age-old traditional architecture. This village is positioned at a height of 3100 meters from the sea level and is also one of the highest valleys in the country. This village is situated close to Chamkar and it takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach there. In the winter season, this village gets covered with snow and becomes an eye-catching view. During the spring the whole surface of the valley gets covered with the flowers. Ura has also got many trekking sites which is a center of attraction for many hikers. Mother Nature always blesses us with many boons and Bhutan is one among them. The feeling of calmness and divine happiness emerges from the heart when someone visits this heaven on earth. When you pay a visit to theses exotic places one of the major things which you will notice is the positive attitude of the villagers. 
  • Ura Valley Hike: Your vehicle will drop you at Shelthang La (Pass); from here walk down through the beautiful meadows along the old walking trails where you can get in touch with the virgin forest and wonderful view of the valley below. The walk is all downhill so, it is not a strenuous one. In fact it will be a good break to get out of the car and breathe in crisp mountain air while stopping to take pictures at your own pace. The stunning landscape, high mountains and the vibrant sky is what attracts people to this place. At the end of the hike you will arrive at

Day 8: Explore Tang valley - Bumthang

  • Burning Lake: Capture the shimmering reflection of light over the Maebar Tsho lake. 
  • Stop at Ta Rimo chen, this place gives you the feel of medieval period with the background of amazing rocky mountains. This place would definitely be a delight to photographers. 
  • Ogyen Choling Palace Museum: Visit Ogyen Choling village & mansion. Here you can see various artifacts, arms and armors, ancient library, textiles, zhimkhang (bed rooms of the nobility and the elite) and the most interesting thing is you can take photograph here unlike other museum. 

Overnight at 3-star hotel in Bumthang

Day 9: Fly from Bumthang to Paro in a domestic flight

Take a domestic flight from Bumthang to Paro. It will take about 45 minutes. 

  • Rinpung Dzong “Paro Dzong” also known as Paro Rinpung Dzong – “the fortress of the heap of jewels”. This structure serves as the house for the district monastic body and government administrative office of Paro. Photo shoot with the monks in the courtyard of the Paro Dzong This is the fortress where the "the little Buddha" was filmed. 

  • Namgay Artisanal Brewery Time permitting- visit Namgay Artisanal Brewery and loose your taste palate to the variety of locally brewed Bhutanese beer. 

Overnight at 3-star hotel in Paro 

Day 10: Photo Hike To Tiger Nest

Our journey in the kingdom culminates with an early-morning photo hike to the most famous pilgrimage site in Bhutan: Taktsang Lhakhang, or the Tiger’s Nest Temple (9,300 feet). Visible from afar, this stunning monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 2,000 feet above the valley floor. 

This evening, celebrate your Bhutanese adventure at a festive farewell dinner. As the sun sets behind the surrounding mountains, enjoy a rare opportunity to photograph some of the country's finest dancers close-up at a private masked dance performance.


Day 11: Departure

Bhutan Inbound Team will drop you all till Airport & bid you farewell. 

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I've been wanting to visit Bhutan ever since I spied it in my mini atlas when I was at school. It always seemed hard to organise and difficult to get to and for these reasons it was always on the back burner.

Earlier this year I decided it was time to enquire and make the effort to at least try and get to visit this small country tucked away in the Himalayas.

After researching I came across 'Bhutan Best Inbound'. I read great reviews here on 'TripAdvisor' so I made an initial contact to see how best to proceed. Thinley would be my point of contact throughout my preparations and he was fantastic. He helped me with everything I needed to sort. From my visa to the awkward bank transfer which at first I was highly speculative about but rest assured it was all fine and correct in line with how the payment of the tour works with the country of Bhutan.

The great thing about Bhutan Best Inbound was that I could tailor the tour to suit my needs. I still got to see the main attractions but I was also able to factor in a few other things I was interested in. Because me and Thinley spoke regularly he knew what to recommend and he suggested that I go to Phobjikha which, in the end, was the highlight destination. I wish I'd stayed there longer.

After my flight (also organised by Thinley) from Kathmandu touched down in Paro (a landing not for the faint hearted) I was greeted by my guide and driver, Tshendu and Chencho Dorji. It was a warm and honest greeting and I was instantly put at ease. Nothing was too much effort for my guide and driver. They made sure I had everything I needed and I was able to delve deeper into Bhutanese way of life as their English was impeccable. I could easily talk about politics, religion, environmental issues, their english was that good. They made an awesome team too. If it wasnt for them my Bhutan experience would of been good instead of exceptional.

I wasnt expecting to be met by Thinley and his wife Jaya during my stay in Thimpu so this was a pleasant surprise and amazing customer service. The prayer flag they gave me as a gift was eventually hung on my decent from the Tigers Nest on the final full day.

Many people wouldn't like the idea of being guided everywhere and this may put you off. Admittedly I was dubious at first but I now fully endorse this managed way of tourism. The government are trying hard to preserve this country which is undeniably beautiful and it should stay that way. If the doors to this country were suddenly flung open, Bhutan would not be able to cope and the landscape would ultimately pay the price.

Thank you for a great experience.

I'll leave you with some recommendations...

1. Bring earplugs! The dogs in Thimpu sleep all day and howl all night

2. Bring water treatment tablets. Bhutan is no different to any other country that lacks a recycling infrastructure.

3. Make sure you bring long sleeved clothing for entrance to monasterys and other religious buildings

4. Be prepared for the mountain roads. They twist and turn and cant be fun for those that get motion sickness.


Bhutan is indeed the best place for photography.

I am a nature lover and love photography . My prime reason to visit Bhutan was to enjoy a leisure , slow moving vacation on a countryside with ample opportunity to capture country's culture, monk on red robes and Landscape. 

Bhutan did not dissapoint me in anyways; The Himalayan Ranges, monk in red robes , their culture all intrigued me.

And regarding the slow pace moving vacation , I did not even had to worry as the whole country moves so slowly.

My guide Mr.Chundu gave me an awesome company. In the evening I wanted to check out the pubs in Bhutan and Chundu gave me an awesome company.

Thank you Bhutan Inbound Tour for giving a memorable experience.