‘In photography, there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.’— Alfred Stieglitz
This quote is also suitable for Bhutan, the ‘land of thunder dragon’. Bhutan’s remoteness and limited access make it the most desirable destinations for travel photographers. Unpredictable monsoon rains, minimal availability of technology, and a mystical culture of Bhutan will surely capture your heart.
It is worth to say that the charismatic beauty of Bhutan making it a photographer’s dream to visit!
But, there is something you must know about…
Visitors are not free to simply move about the country and take pictures of it. Bhutan is quite restrictive about photographing Buddhist artifacts than other countries.
Here are some tips for photography tour in Bhutan–
1. Advance Trip Planning
As you are planning your trip, let your travel agency know up front that you are interested in a photography tour. Then they can plan your trip according to your choice and give you the advice about the best sites for your interests.
2. Rely On Your Guide
Yes, you should do this. Your guide has surely a wide range of resource and will likely know the best locations to get you the most splendid pictures you want.
3. Bhutan’s Friendly Photographing People
Most Bhutanese, especially children are very friendly and co-operative to having you take their snaps, so don’t be afraid to ask them to click their picture.
4. Know about Lens selection
It is advisable to use a three lens kit composed of the 17-40mm f/4, 24-105mm f/4, and 70-200mm f/4 zooms on a full frame camera while you are in Bhutan for photography. If you are going to photograph wildlife, you will obviously want to use longer lenses to get pictures more clear.
5. Pay Attention to the Sunrise & Sunset Times
Although you can look this information up online before your trip, the times given may not take into account sometimes. Be conscious about it as you know a photography trip will definitely be incomplete without capturing the sunrise & sunset moments.
6. Go For Hiking
Being a photographer, you know that the best photos come from short to moderately long hikes. Be prepared especially since you may be at a higher altitude than you are used to.
7. Be aware of Weather changes
The weather is very unpredictable in Bhutan. You can face heavy rainfall anytime throughout the year. So, be ready for it and when the sky will get clear, you will be able to some mesmerizing sunny shots!
Let’s Know About Bhutan’s Photogenic Destinations!!
What you have caught in your camera, it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.
Have a look at Bhutan’s most iconic spots-
- Tiger’s Nest Temple for Holy Hillside Views
- Dochula Pass for Himalayan Panoramas
- Bumthang Valley for Beautiful Fields
- Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park for Roar Footage
- Gangte Goemba for Monastic Charm
‘The picture that you may take with your lens is the image you want to create with reality.’
Q. Which is the best time for photography in Bhutan?
A. The best time for photography in Bhutan is from October to March when you will get numerous spectacular shots.
Q. Which international airlines fly to Bhutan?
A: Drukair and Bhutan airlines are the major Bhutanese airlines that fly to Bhutan, and can be easily booked from India.