Discover Bhutan with DSLR
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Discover Bhutan with DSLR

Sun 11th Jun 2017 - Sun 18th Jun 2017 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM Bhutan,
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Discover Bhutan With DSLR

Overview

Bhutan is awe inspiring from the moment you start flying over the Himalayas and land in a breathtaking valley. Bhutan is the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” and is as magical as it gets. A country where a handsome young Elvis look-a-like became King, cigarettes are illegal, chilies are a staple, rice is red and protective erotic art is painted on houses, schools and temple walls. A land that treasures Gross National Happiness more than Gross National Product. It is a small nation of about 750,000 people in the Eastern Himalayas, nestled between Tibet, China, and India. It has a unique government which has intentionally kept itself isolated from modernity. Bhutan’s extraordinary Buddhist sites and undisturbed traditional culture makes it the last remaining great Himalayan kingdom.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity. 

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas, and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the exotic Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.

NOTE:

Indians traveling to Bhutan don’t need a visa or a passport to enter the country

TRIP DATES

Start Date: 11th June 2017 (pick-up from Bagdogra) 
End Date: 18th June 2017 (drop at Bagdogra)

TRIP ROUTE

Bagdogra / NJP – Phuentsholing – Thimphu – Punakha – Paro – Chele La – Haa Valley – Phuentsholing – Bagdogra / NJP

ITINERARY

Day 01: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) / Bagdogra (IXB) to Phuentsholing (160 km / 4 Hrs) 

Arrive at Siliguri (NJP) railway station or Bagdogra (IXB) airport, transfer to Phuentsholing, the border town of Bhutan. After reaching Phuentsholing, we carry on with the immigration formalities & check-in to the Hotel. Stroll in the streets of the town. Chat with the locals. Overnight at Phuentsholing.

MEAL INCLUDED: Dinner only

Day 02: Phuentsholing to Thimphu (165 km / 4.5 Hrs)

After breakfast, head to Thimphu, the Capital of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. The drive to Thimphu is very scenic with many tiny villages on the way. Our drive will pass through Gedu, Chukha, and Chuzom before emerging ourselves into the only multi-culture city in Bhutan. Check into the hotel & relax for some time. We then explore the city by walk to get acquainted with the place. In the evening, we visit National Memorial Chorten and Buddha Point where a giant golden Buddha statue overlooks the city of Thimphu. Overnight at Thimphu.

MEAL INCLUDED: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha (70 km / 3 Hrs)

After breakfast, we visit Zorig Chusum, the School of Arts and Crafts where the students are taught the 13 types of Bhutanese art. We also visit the National Library housing the collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century, the Motithang Zoo where we can see Takin, the National Animal of Bhutan, the Zilukha Nunnery temple, Tashichoedzong and the Folk Heritage Museum. If time permits, walk into a post office and get a stamp with your face printed on it.

Drive to Punakha after lunch. The road climbs steeply through a scenic forest of pine and cedar trees, to Dochula pass (10,200 feet). The pass where 108 stupas have been built offers 360-degree panoramic views of the snow-strewn Himalayan mountain ranges. It is also marked by hundreds of Buddhist prayer flags fluttering in the wind. From here we descend to the fertile valley of Punakha (4,430 feet). The drive through the countryside affords a glimpse of everyday life in this most remote of Himalayan kingdoms. Overnight at Punakha.

MEAL INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 04: Punakha to Paro (130 km / 4 Hrs)

After breakfast, we visit Punakha Dzong, the ‘Palace of Great Happiness’ built in 1637 situated at the confluence of 2 rivers. The dzong (fortress) has to be reached by foot and requires crossing an arched wooden bridge. The air is so clear here & the views are breathtaking. You will end up clicking hundreds of pictures here. Next, we hike about a ½ hour to Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple situated on a hill-top. The temple is dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, known as the “Divine Madman” who lived in the 14th century. After lunch, we drive to Paro for an overnight stay.

MEAL INCLUDED: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 05: Paro (Hike to Tiger’s Nest) 

After breakfast, we head to Ramthangka from where we hike to Taktshang Monastery commonly known as Tiger’s Nest, which is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (also known as Guru Padmasambhava) meditated. This magnificent monastery literally hangs from the edge of the rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Have lunch at the cafeteria, enjoying the amazing views of peaks and valleys while relishing your meal. The hike is quite a challenge and takes about 5 hours (both ways). Pony ride is available from the view point but not till the monastery.
After the return, if you are left with some energy, stroll in the market of Paro. Overnight stay at Paro.

MEAL INCLUDED: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 06: Paro – Chele La Pass – Haa (Depend of on spot Permission from Govt of Bhutan Authority ) – Paro (70 km / 3 Hrs – one way)

After Breakfast, we head to Chele La Pass (14500 feet, the highest motorable pass in Bhutan), from where can have awe-inspiring views of Mt.Jhomolhari (23,996 feet, the second highest peak of Bhutan) and other Himalayan ranges. Later, we head to Haa valley (Depend of on spot Permission from Govt of Bhutan Authority ), (bordering Bhutan and China), scenically one of Bhutan's most enchanting places. It's like a small township, but a really charming place with traditional Bhutanese houses. We visit 7th century Lhakhang Karpo (White temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black temple). The valley is a paradise for nature lovers and traveling there is a very rewarding experience. Overnight stay at Paro.

MEAL INCLUDED: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 07: Paro to Phuentsholing

After Breakfast to Phuentsholing on the way Sightseeing Dam view and Natural beauties and overnight stay at Phuentsoling. 

MEAL INCLUDED: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 08: Phuentsholing to Bagdogra / NJP

Head back to Bagdogra / NJP with the memories of a lifetime trip. We bid good-bye to all the participants. Tour ends.

MEAL INCLUDED: Breakfast 


TRIP COST:-

Rs..27000/- per person


The trip will have a maximum of 16 participants only

INCLUSIONS:-

※ Comfy accommodation for 7 nights / 8 days on double sharing basis in Home-stays / Hotels / Guesthouses
※ Meal starts with Dinner on 1st Day and ends with the Breakfast on the 8th Day, as mentioned in the Itinerary. 
※ All transfers/sightseeing trips by Non-AC SUV / Mini-Buses. 
※ Permits, Toll Taxes, Parking Charges
※ Tour souvenir to every participant
※ All applicable taxes & service charges

EXCLUSIONS:-

◎ Train fare / Air fare from/to Bagdogra
◎ Food / Snacks other than mentioned above
◎ Camera charges, Entry Fees in places of interest
◎ Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guests directly.
◎ Personal expenses such as laundry, room heater charges, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips, medicines, etc.
◎ Any item not specified in the ‘Inclusions’.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:-

1. An Indian Citizen don’t require visa to enter Bhutan
2. Indian nationals visiting Bhutan are required to carry any of the two valid 'Travel Documents' (a) Valid Indian Passport having validity of minimum 6 months; and/or (b) Voter Identity Card, issued by the Election Commission of India. 
3. 2 recent passport size photograph is required to be submitted.
4. An Entry Permit has to be obtained at Phuentshilong submitting the travel documents before entering Bhutan.

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