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Bhutan Photography Tour

Explore Bhutan & Photography Tour 7 Days

Tour Highlights

The Village visit brings an opportunity to learn and experience the true culture, the living style of Bhutanese people in a Bhutanese way, why & how the Bhutanese people are ‘happy’. Known for its un-touched ancient culture and tradition, Bhutan still has its past in its present, where almost all the countries in the world have lost. You will have a greater experience in your lifetime and you will rightly say that Bhutan is the right place to see the past lives of this world.

Bhutan Tours & Luxury Exclusive can organize a personalized stay with a Bhutanese family in a traditional Bhutanese Farmhouses to have truly authentic experiences in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

The following are some of the main activities that we can experience during our visit to farmhouses in each region.

In Haa: Hoentoe (Buckwheat Dumplings) it is a special dish and associated with celebration and good fortune. It is made only by Haaps. So we can try with family how to make this and also taste its real delicacies.


In Thimphu:

  • We will try to cook the Bhutanese food in the Bhutanese Kitchen. Prepare the world’s most spicy dish ‘ema datshi’, here in Bhutan. We will also try to cook other Bhutanese dishes like ‘Pasha pa’ (pork slice meat) and so on.
  • We can also work in the field with the Bhutanese framers.
  • Hot -stone bath- hot stone bath (Dhotsho) is a traditional bath of Bhutan. We Bhutanese believe that this bath has so much of medicinal benefits.
  • We will see how our Bhutanese alcohol (Ara) is made.
  • We can see the milking of the cows. We can try to milk also.
  • We can also see how the butter and cheese are made in the village in Bhutanese way.
  • In the entire village, the Bhutanese alcohol is served.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive to Paro International Airport – Transfer to Haa.
The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air/Bhutan airlines, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks like Gangkar Puensum, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. Your Bhutanese escort from Asia Escapades Bhutan- For Your Bhutan Experience! Will warmly welcome & greet you on arrival. Then we drive to Paro town for a warm lunch. After lunch, we drive to Haa via Chelela pass (3895m). This is the highest pass in Bhutan was our car can take us. The pass is adorned with different kinds of prayer flags. On clear days we can also see the Mountain Jomolhari (goodness of mountains) & Jichu Drakey (the most beautiful mountains in Bhutan). Then we descend down to Haa valley and on reaching Haa we will visit Lhakhang Karpo (white temple), Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple) and Haa small town. Then we will visit Bhutanese Farm House. Today beside our normal Bhutanese dinner, we will try to make Hoentoe (Buckwheat Dumplings), the specialty of Haa. Dinner and overnight stay at Haa Farm House.
Day 02: Haa – Thimphu.
After our breakfast at Haa Far House, we will drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The drive will take about 3hrs, along a river valley, past small villages and traditional farmhouses, through peaceful countryside. It’s a small & charming capital city located in the heart of the Himalayas. On reaching Thimphu, we will have lunch, served at one of the an at Thimphu. After our lunch, we will visit Buddha Point, visit wasMemorial Chorten, built in 1974 in the memory of third king late Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, and the temple inside gives good examples of tantric Buddhist and its philosophy. Motithang mini zoo to see the National Animal of Bhutan (Takin), Zilukha Nunnery, and Thangtong Dewachen nunnery was founded in 1976 by Rickey Jadrel and today it houses the sixty nuns engaged in Buddhist study and practices. Folk Heritage Museum, this Folk Heritage Museum is a showcase, the 19-century farmhouse and the living style of the Bhutanese family. National Library, the National Library was established in 1967 to preserve many ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts. Visit Paper Factory, were Bhutanese Traditional Papers & paper products are made. Weaving Center produces hand-woven textiles on site and has a selection of cloth and ready-made garments for sale. This is one of the few places where you can watch weavers at work, and then Authentic Bhutanese handicrafts. Stroll around Thimphu town and visit Bhutanese Farm House for dinner and Traditional Hot Stone bath. Overnight homestay at Thimphu.

Happiness Hike in Bhutan

Day 03: Tango & Cheri Monastery Hike(Optional)

Tango and Cheri monastery

Distance: 1 hour approximately for each.

Altitudes: 2800 meters

Elevation Gain: 400 meters

Difficulty Level: Medium

First Buddhist Monastic School built in 1627 by Zhabdrung in Cheri, which to these days has become Meditation Centre and for higher-level Buddhist studies. The Monastery buildings are old and still contains many sacred relics from past. Definitely, visit this place is more purifying and refreshing. From the road head at Dodayna it will take about 1 to 1/2 minutes hike to reach Cheri Monastery. The trail leaves Dodayna bride and gently goes up through woods of blue pine, Oak trees and with lots of Rhododendron undergrowth.

After coming back to Dodayna Bridge from Cheri yet you still have Tango hike which is even more satisfying and spiritual. The hike to Tango can take about another 1 hour and goes gently uphill through alpine woods.

Tango is the highest level of Buddhist studies in Bhutan. The qualification after you finish Tango is equivalent to Masters Degree in Academy studies. Tango is also the seat of our renowned Buddhist Master known as Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay. The young reincarnation of the master still resides at Tango. We also have many other young reincarnated masters studying there.

The road head at Dodayna is about 30 minutes drive from Thimphu city and overnight in Thimphu

Lungchotse hike(Optional)

Distance: 2 hours approximately for each.

Altitudes: 3600 meters

Elevation Gain: 550 meters

Difficulty Level: Medium

This is one of the most rejuvenating and picturesque hikes in the Thimphu region. It can be done as a loop starting from Dochula and finishing at Hongtsho village with Lungchotse gomba and Tashigang Goemba visit. At Lungchotse one can enjoy 360° view of the Himalayan mountain range. You will start your hike from the large chorten in the middle of Dochula, the pass between Thimphu and Punakha at 3140 meters (10300 feet) above sea level. From here the trail slowly climbs a ridge through a forest of hemlock, birch, and rhododendrons until reaching an open meadow. Again, you will enter into the forest of moss-covered rhododendrons, gigantic hemlocks, junipers, and bamboo undergrowth. A small trail leads you the last 50 meters past a row of fluttering prayer flags up to Lungchotse temple.

On clear days, the view from the temple is fantastic! You will have a 360° view of the Himalayas including views of Jomolhari (7314 m / 24000 f), Masang Gang in the region of Laya (7158 m / 23500 f), Zongophu Gang – a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana (7060 m / 23160 f) and Gangkhar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan and the highest unclimbed peak in the world (7497 m / 24600 f). You can also see Gasa Dzong, as a tiny white speck in a sea of green almost 50 kilometers to the north. A trail to the left just 150 meters below Lungchotse, leads to Tashigang village and temple. It slowly descends through spruce, rhododendron, hemlock and juniper forest. The village’s many dogs will warn the villagers about your arrival as you walk through the settlement down to the temple. It is nice to have lunch around the chorten in the temple’s courtyard while watching the monks in their daily endeavors. The trail leading down from the front of the temple zigzags quite steeply down the side of the mountain until reaching a farm road, which takes you up to the main road. Unless you have had enough hiking for one day, you might also want to visit Hongtsho village temple on the hillside to the right on the opposite side of the road. This involves a 30 – 60-minute short hike up through the little village and back down again the same way.

Tashigang Goemba was built in 1786 by the 12th Je Khenpo. It is an important mediation Centre and houses statues of several Je Khenpo who meditated here.

Hongtsho Goemba was built in 1525 by the older brother of Drukpa Kuenley, the Divine Madman. It is a two-story traditional Bhutanese building where the main altar room has an enormous statue of Guru Tshokey Dorji in a standing posture together with a statue of Guru Dorji Drool, Lama Ngawang Chhogyal, and Lama Drukpa Kuenley and return to Thimphu for overnight

Day 04: Thimphu-Punakha.
After our breakfast, we will drive to Punakha/Wangdue. The road climbs steeply through forests of pine, hemlock spruce, and rhododendrons. At Dochula Pass (3150m) you will have a breathtaking panoramic view of the Eastern Himalayan Mountain ranges. The pass is adorned with 108 small stupas and many kinds of prayer flags. Then the road descends through lush forests to the fertile valley of Punakha & Wangdue Phodrang. On reaching Lobesa, we will visit Chime Lhakhang, which is located at a hilltop. The temple is known as ‘the temple of fertility’. At Punakha, visit the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan, Punakha Dzong. After this, we will drive to the viewpoint of Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, passing the beautiful rural landscape. Evening at leisure.

Dinner and overnight stay at Farm House in Punakha

Day 05: Punakha Valley to Paro Valley
Depart Punakha early morning for your transfer westwards to the Paro Valley, once again traversing Dochula, and arriving in Paro town in time for a late lunch. This afternoon enjoys an orientation tour of the major features in Paro town including Paro Dzong with its cantilever bridge; Kyichu Lhakhang – one of Bhutan’s oldest and most beautiful temples boasting an orange tree that perpetually bears fruit; and the old ruined fortress of the Drugyel Dzong (14 km from Paro). This is the historical site of the Fort of Drukpa Victory, from which the Bhutanese used to repel the Tibetan invaders again and again. On a clear day, views of the 7314-meter snow domed peak of sacred Mt Jomolhari can be seen. Over-night: Farmhouse in Paro
Day 06: Hiking Pilgrimage & Sightseeing in the Paro Valley

Taktsang Monastery (known as Tigers Nest) is one of the most sacred and revered monasteries in the Kingdom and all Bhutanese Buddhists desire to make a pilgrimage visit to Taktsang at least once in their lives. Each step taken towards the monastery gains merit points towards their future.

Choose between a 1.5 to 2hour round trip hike to the monastery viewpoint or a longer 5-hour and more strenuous hike into the Monastery itself. Tiger’s Nest clings impossibly to a cliff of rock at over 1000 meters above the valley floor and where Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress to subdue the local demons followed by 3 months meditation in a cave still visible in the monastery. In 1998 the monastery was seriously damaged by fire and has since been painstakingly reconstructed to its original condition and consecrated by the 4th King in 2005. This afternoon checks out the National Museum in Paro to view the fine collection of ancient Thangka paintings, textiles, weapons, other artifacts and we recommend a wander along the main street which offers good shopping for jewelry and handicrafts.

Overnight hotel in Paro

Day 07: Paro-Departure
After our breakfast, we will drive to Paro International Airport for your onward flight. Our guide and driver will bid you farewell here at the airport. We wish you a very safe and pleasant flight for your onward destinations.
  • Sustainable Development Fees
  • Bhutan Visa fee
  • Accommodations in 5 Star Hotel/Resorts on Double Occupancy basics
  • Lunch, Dinner, Evening Tea and Snacks(Dinner & Lunch will be served at Tourism board certified restaurent only)
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees to the sights visited.
  • Local English Speaking Tour Leader/Guide.
  • Full time luxury SUV or luxury Coaster Bus.
  • All necessary permits and their fees.
  • Plenty of drinking mineral water.
  • All necessary trekking arrangements (1 tent for 2 guest for trekkers).
  • Individual’s special gifts hamper.
  • Free Bhutan tourist maps and other information pamphlets.
  • Wearing of Bhutanese dress during your stay in Bhutan only if you are interested.
  • Visit otraditional Bhutanese house and dinner with Bhutanese locals.
  • International & Domestic Airfare
  • Travel / Medical Insurance (recommended)
  • Personal expenses and any alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tips to guide, driver, trekking staff, hotel service, etc.
  • Single room supplement charge for two Pax and above
  • Specialized /language guides available on supplement cost
  • Travel / Medical Insurance

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