Photo Tour to Bhutan led by Saurabh Chatterjee 2017

Photo Tour to Bhutan led by Saurabh Chatterjee

Pictures from our last trip.

 

Sunday, September 24, 2017   Day 1: Arrive in Bagdogra airport, drive to Pheuntsholing
Monday, September 25, 2017  Day 2: Pheuntsholing to Paro
Tuesday, September 26, 2017  Day 3: Paro
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Day 4: Tiger Nest, etc
Thursday, September 28, 2017 Day 5: To Punakha
Friday, September 29, 2017    Day 6: Wandgue
Saturday, September 30, 2017  Day 7: Punakha to Thimpu
Sunday, October 1, 2017        Day 8: Thimpu
Monday, October 2, 2017     Day 9: Thimpu to Pheuntsholing
Tuesday, October 3, 2017    Day 10: Drive to Bagdogra and Fly out
Highlight of the trip – Apart from the regular places, we will be covering Thimpu Tseshus (masked dances).

Itinerary

Sunday, September 24, 2017
Arrive in Bagdogra airport and drive to Pheuntsholing the border town of Bhutan, overnight stay in Pheuntsholing.

Monday, September 25, 2017 Day 2: Pheuntsholing to Paro
We drive from Pheuntsholing to Paro travelling through some amazing landscapes.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Day 3: Paro

After breakfast drive to Paro visit to Taktsang Monastery. This most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries is spectacularly perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. Taktsang is a place of pilgrimage which Bhutanese try to visit at least once in a lifetime. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months, hence its name, “Tiger’s Nest”. The site, which has long been recognized as a most sacred place, was visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646. The principal lhakhang of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. The main structure was severely damaged by fire in 1998, but after many years of painstaking renovation work, the complex has now been fully restored to its former glory.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Day 4: Paro

Thursday, September 28, 2017 Day 5: To Punakha

After breakfast, drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.

After visit to Punakha Dzong, Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King. Overnight stay Wangdue/Punakha.
Friday, September 29, 2017 Day 6: Wandgue

After breakfast drive to Punakha/Wangdue. After lunch visit Chimi Lakhang Temples lies in the fertile Lobesa villge of Punakha Valley. The temple is dedicated to the divine madman-Saint Drukpa Kuenley and the temple is also known as the Temple of Fertility.
The temple is accessible by 20-25 minutes from the village near the junction of the road that branches out to Wangdue and Punakha. We first walk through the village of Sosokha and then gradually hike through the paddy fields to Lobesa Village and arrive at the temple.
The temple is associated with Lama Drukpa Kuenley lived in Bhutan around the 1500s. He was a highly accomplished Buddhist master but he was called Divine Madman for his humorous approach and sexual overtones in his teachings. As per the legend, Lama Drukpa Kuenley subdued a demoness here who was terrorizing the residents of the valley and marked the site for the temple to be built later by his cousin.
It’s a general belief that if a childless couple visits the temple and wishes for fertility, they will be blessed by Lama Drukpa Kuenley and will be able to bear children. Nobody knows exactly how and when the tradition of seeking fertility blessing started in Chimi Lhakhang but today, the temple is famous as the Temple of Fertility.
Saturday, September 30, 2017 Day 7: Punakha to Thimpu
We drive from Punakha to Thimpu via Dochu La

Sunday, October 1, 2017 Day 8: Thimpu

Thimphu Tsechu is by all means one of the biggest festivals in the capital of Bhutan. Celebrated annually in the autumn season for a period of 3- 4 days, this festival is a ceremony of colors with a happy amalgamation of the changing nature and the many moods of the Bhutanese culture. The highlight of Thimphu Tsechu is the showcase of ethnic folk dance in the famous Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu. The court yard of this Dzong is the platform for the performances that is marked by traditionally designed colorful masks. Essentially a religious event, Thimphu Tsechu holds spiritual significance for the people of Bhutan who crowd the streets of Thimphu during that time of the year. The dancers in the festival are both monks and common men. When they move to the beats of the drums and cymbals, the whole atmosphere wears a celestial look. This pious event was believed to be originated in the year 1670 during the reign of Tenzin Rabgye. Since that time, Thimphu Tsechu occupied a major part in the Bhutan social history. The celebrations witness the people joining the event with families and friends and spending quality time with them.

Sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes:

National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion;

Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as Painting School) where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan;

Textile and Folk Heritage Museum: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life.

National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the Father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

Trashichhodzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body.

Handicrafts Emporium: This government-run enterprise displays a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. It also carries a small collection of books on Bhutan, Buddhism and Himalayan culture.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Monday, October 2, 2017 Day 9: Thimpu to Pheuntsholing
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 Day 10: Drive to NJP and Fly out
IMPORTANT:
1. It is mandatory to carry Voter ID card or Passport with 02 copy p.p size photo while you are on tour.
2. For child/student 18 years and below accompanying their parents be allowed to travel in Birth Certificates. In case if school going kids, school ID should be shown as well.
3. Bhutan recently started Bio metric system at the immigration office where all the guests have to give finger prints to issue Entry Permit.
4. Bhutan Immigration office do not issue Entry Permit on Saturday, Sunday and Government Holidays (Bhutan)
5. Smoking in public places is not allowed in Bhutan. (Without custom clearance do not carry any type of Tobacco.


Pictures from our last trip.

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Cost – Rs.45000/- Bagdogra to Bagdogra

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Cost Includes
– Accommodation on twin sharing basis
– All breakfast and lunch from your arrival in Bagdogra to departure from Bagdogra.
– Surface transfers as per Itinerary by Toyota Innova
– Permits, Entry fees, Taxes, Parking & Toll
– Expert photography advice by Saurabh Chatterjee, review of pictures.

 

Cost does not include –
– Travel to Bagdogra and back.

Accomodation will be in the following hotels:
Thimphu: Hotel Amodhara/ Peaceful Rsort/Tashi Yoedling
Paro: Hotel Drukchen/Mandala Resort/Taktsang view Resort/similar
Punakha/Wangdue: Hotel Pema Karpo/ Zantho Pelri/Meri Phunsum/Hotel Lobesa

Please mail me at saurabh[@]siaphotography.in if you are willing to join
Since there will be only 10 participants, I suggest that you confirm early and book your tickets to avoid disappointment. Fares doubles and later is not available at all.
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About the leader Saurabh Chatterjee

Reviews about the previous tours

To join, please send me a mail at siaphotoclasses@gmail.com

Only 10 participants on first come first serve basis.

Reviews from Saurabh’s previous tours.

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About Saurabh Chatterjee- http://siaphotography.in/saurabh

If you are interested, you can reach out to me at 8oo8633354 or mail me at siaphotoclasses@gmail.com

FAQ:

1. Do I need to be physically fit to join this trip?

Well, we will be travelling by SUVs with hardly any physically intensive activity. However, if you have some chronic disease, please consult your doctor first.

2. Is this trip only for Photographers?
No, anyone can join. I’m sure everyone loves to enjoy beautiful places at the right time. Also, from the previous trips, we can say, the non-photographers have a lot of fun being photographed 🙂

3. I have no knowledge on Photography. Will I get some help?

Yes, absolutely. Saurabh will be assisting you all the time. We will also have presentations on the basics and how to take some great pictures. So, you will learn while having fun on the go.

4. I don’t have a camera. Can I get one on rent?

Yes, that can be arranged if required.

If you have more questions, you can reach out to me at 8oo8633354 or mail me at saurabh[@]siaphotography.in


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One Comment

  1. Sourabh/Smita,

    I am interested in being a part of this tour. Please update me whenever yo finalize the trip details. I will plan my availability accordingly.

    Thanks,
    Rajiv

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