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6N/PBH/PHOTO | 6 Night(s) Package

6 Nights Travel Photography - Bhutan, Black-Necked Crane Festival (Dep: 08Nov'18)


Join Alvin Foo, The Principal of Canon Imaging Academy Singapore, on this small intimate group photography journey to Bhutan. The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is an untouched paradise of thick pine-forested mountains surrounding sublime valleys against the backdrop of the majestic snow-capped Himalayas. During the tour, there will be plenty of opportunities to shoot images of exquisite temples, capture scenes from a lively market or crimson-robed monks against a backdrop of whitewashed Dzongs. Alvin will work with all the participants to help develop his or her unique vision. In addition, participants will also be able to gain access for photography in private monastery!

The highlight of this tour is the annual event, Black-Necked Crane Festival which will be celebrated at the courtyard of Gangtey Goenpa in Phobjikha valley. This festival is an occasion for the locals to rejoice and celebrate the arrival of this endangered and majestic bird which becomes an inseparable part in their daily lives during the winter months. Having been in the photography industry for more than 7 years, Alvin has a wealth of experience to share with his fellow photography enthusiasts. He is highly passionate about visual story-telling and has worked on personal and commissioned projects around the world. In 2012, he was accepted into London College of Communication to pursue a Master’s degree in Photojournalism. His work has been exhibited in London, UK and featured in various International media. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Distinction of Associateship with the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS). Today, he leads Canon Imaging Academy with a team of talented instructors to bring the wholesome experience of photography to the masses.

Inclusion

*** SMALL GROUP - TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY (MAX 6 PARTICIPANTS) ***
~ Bhutan Visa / entry documents
~ Professional Photography Coaching by Alvin Foo from Canon Singapore
~ English speaking guide in Bhutan
~ Private transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary
~ Museums and parks fees indicated in the itinerary
~ All meals inclusive at selected local restaurants in Bhutan
~ 6 nights accommodation at standard hotel/guesthouse in Bhutan as follows:-
* Thimpu - Druk Hotel or similar
* Punakha - Meri Puensum Resort or similar
* Gangtey - Dewachen or similar
* Paro - Khangkhu Resort or similar
~ Bottled drinking water throughout the journey
~ Government royalty and all the taxes

** EXCLUSIVE ON THIS DEPARTURE! **
~ Professional Photography Guidance
~ 1 time Hot Stone Bath in Paro per adult
~ Special permission to take photographs inside selected monastery.
~ Visits to farmhouses and small villages.
~ One-time Complimentary 1x camera sensor cleaning and 2 lenses general check, valid within a month after the trip (for Canon DSLR / mirrorless users only).

Nothing could be more striking than the pristine, haunting beauty of the landscape of Bhutan, or the atmosphere of peace and sacredness, which pervades the land from end to end... Bhutan is a place blessed with an almost magical power to transform the mind, as if being transported into a pure realm. - Sogyal Rinpoche

ITINERARY OUTLINE
You’ll be provided with more details in our final itinerary before we depart for the tour, below is an outline of our itinerary during our 7 days nature, culture and landscape photography adventure in the mysterical Bhutan!

DAY 1 (08Nov) SINGAPORE > PARO > PUNAKHA [Lunch / Dinner]
Proposed Flight Itinerary (NOT included in package price)
Singapore - Paro / KB501 / 08Nov / 0630-1050HRS (transit Culcutta)
Paro - Singapore / KB501 / 14Nov / 0730-1550HRS (transit Culcutta)

On arrival, meet and greet by your tour guide and proceed to Paro for lunch. After lunch, proceed to Punakha (Approx 3 hours 30 mins) and we take a quick photography stop at Dochula Pass. An ideal location to capture beautiful pictures as the pass offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. Thereafter, we will continue our journey to Punakha where you staying for the night.

OVERNIGHT: PUNAKHA

DAY 2 (09Nov) PUNAKHA FULL DAY PHOTOGRAPHY [Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner]

After breakfast, we have a full day to explore Punakha. Punakha has one of the most beautiful Dzongs in the entire country and we'll explore it from every angle! Several other temples in the area offer unique photographic charms too and the village of Chimi is a particular favourite for sunrise! In addition, we will also have opportunity to stop over at some farmland and houses for photography !

*Chimi Lhakhang - situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th used humour, songs and outrageous behavior to dramatise his teachings and because of that, he is also known as "Divine Madman". This temple is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, will get a child very soon if they pray in this temple!. This small 16th century temple of fertility is decorated with colourful phalluses.
*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 4 catastropic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King.

OVERNIGHT: PUNAKHA

DAY 3 (10Nov) PUNAKHA > GANGTEY (BLACK NECKED CRANE) [Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner]

We will be departing very early as the drive to Gangtey is about 2 hours 30mins. On arrival at Gangtey, we will go on a nature hike along the valley of Phobjkkha. Hopefully we can spot some black necked crane! If time permit, we will drop by the Black Necked Crand Information Centre where you might have an opportunity to spot them using the spotting scopes.

OVERNIGHT: GANGTEY

DAY 4 (11Nov) BLACK NECKED CRANE FESTIVAL > THIMPHU [Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner]
This morning, we join the local in their Crane Festival. The valley of Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of the Black necked crane (Grus Nigricollis). Bhutan is home to around six hundred black necked cranes with Phobjikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate to in the winter months from the Tibetan plateau. The elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of March. Overlooking the Phobjikha valley is the Gangtey Goempa. This is an old monastery that dates back to 17th century.

P/S: Lots of photos opportunities here including going to the back stage to see the preparation!

OVERNIGHT: THIMPHU

DAY 5 (12Nov) THIMPHU FULL DAY PHOTOGRAPHY > PARO [Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner]

Depart early as the drive back to Thimphu is approximately 2 hours. Depending on our schedule, we will be visiting some or all of the followings in Thimphu:-
* Thimphu Memorial Chorten - Built in 1974 to honor the thirk king of Bhutan. It is an important meditation and prayer site in Thimphu. Local walk clockwise around this Tibetan-style stupa with prayer wheels and beads throughout the day.
* Tashichho Dzong - an impressive fortress and monastery that is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture. In 2008, it hosted the coronation of Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk, the fifth king of Bhutan.
* Clock Tower Square - some street photography in the center of downtown Thimphu and take a stroll through the streets and shops. Do check out the traffic circle where the famous white-gloved police officers direct taffic with unique personality and style.
* An special arrangement to do photography of the monks - to be revealed to participants only.

OVERNIGHT: PARO

DAY 6 (13Nov) TIGER NEST HIKING > HOT STONE BATH [Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner]

Start the day at about 6am to the base camp of Taktsang - High above the Paro valley, this monastery - also known as the Tiger's Nest - perches on a rocky mountainside at 3,000m. It was built in the 8th century, when legend has it the 2nd Buddha, Guru Rimpoche, meditated here, having flown from Kurtoe valley on the back of one of his consorts who had taken the form of flying tigress. To Buddhist pilgrims this is one of the most sacred sites in the Himalayas; to anyone it has to be one of the most spectacular.

This evening, enjoy a local hot stone bath to relax your muscles after the long day at Takshang!

OVERNIGHT: PARO

DAY 7 (15Nov) PARO -SINGAPORE [Breakfast]
We bid farewell to the magical kingdom in the sky and head back to Singapore.

Additional Information / Supplement

(Subject to change without prior notice)
HONEYMOON & WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES GIFTS
Not applicable


Important Notes


~ Valid for travel as per date/flight shown only.
~ Minimum group size: 6 (non-photographers also welcome)
~ Full Payment of the package cost is required at time of booking.
~ A minimum 10 days advance notice is required for booking.
* Air tickets are refundable for cancellation.
* On receipt of payment for the full fare, you will be sent a copy of your E-ticket via email. No cancellation is allow once ticketed.
* Date change is subjected to SGD$150 per change per ticket (Subject to availability).
~ Strict cancellation fee will applies once booking is confirmed.
~ Price excludes tips for guide and driver, alcoholic drinks and expenditure of personal expenses.
~ Our guide will be waiting for you outside the arrival hall. Both your guide and driver will be with you throughout the trip until you step into the departure hall. We will send their number together with Visa. Do feel free to inform your guide of any adjustments/changes that will allow yourself a comfortable trip and he will try his best.
~ Price excludes airport taxes, security tax and other applicable surcharges.
~ Payment may be made in Singapore Dollars by cash, NETS, cheques and credit cards.
~ Due to fluctuation on currency exchange and changes on airfare, prices are subject to change without prior notice.


Surcharges (Airlines / Hotels)


Above prices quoted exclude the following surcharges which will be collected upon confirmation of package.
International Airfares from Singapore - Paro is not included. Please check with us for more details (Approximately S$1200 all inclusive).

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Above prices quoted exclude the following surcharges which will be collected upon confirmation of package.
International Airfares from Singapore - Paro is not included. Please check with us for more details (Approximately S$1200 all inclusive).
Room Type 6 Nights Travel Photography - Bhutan, Black-Necked Crane Festival (Dep: 08Nov'18)
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1A 2A
2018-11-08 ~ 2018-11-14
As per itienrary 3360 2685
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Additional Information / Supplement

(Subject to change without prior notice)
HONEYMOON & WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES GIFTS
Not applicable