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.
Duration : 10 Nights /11 Days .
Destination Covered : Thimphu- Punakha- Phobjikha-Trongsa- Bumthang- Paro .
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.
Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu
Overnight at hotel in Thimphu
Overnight at 3-star hotel in Punakha
Overnight at hotel in Phobjikha
Overnight a 3-star hotel in Trongsa
Overnight at 3-star hotel in Bumthang
Overnight at 3-star hotel in Bumthang
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
Bhutan Inbound Team will drop you all till Airport & bid you farewell.
5.0 / 2 Reviews
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.