- Traverse the Dochula pass, offering a 360 degree vista of the Himalayas
- Visit the Phobjika Valley, home to threatened Black necked Cranes
- Witness Paro Tsechu, performed by colourful clad monks
- Hike to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous symbol of Bhutan
- Visit Haa Valley, the most picturesque place in Bhutan with great views
- Hone your photography skills in the company of Sue Flood
Journey to the Land of the Peaceful Dragon with photographer, Sue Flood, and discover one of Bhutan’s' most colourful and famous festivals, Paro Tsechu. Featuring dances performed by trained monks and laymen, wearing incredible masks and costumes, Tsechus (festivals) are one of the best ways to experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan. Join locals in a colourful celebration of Bhutanese culture and faith.
Why should I travel to Bhutan?
Setting it apart and adding to its intrigue is Bhutan’s exceptional determination to preserve its culture and tradition and protect its natural environment above all else, in a world where everywhere is changing so fast.
Major annual Buddhist festivals are hugely impressive and take place in most towns across Bhutan. Dance ceremonies are performed by monks in spectacular costumes and are watched by the local people, who dress up in their finest clothes.
Impressive and vast, Bhutan is strewn with huge, imposing structures housing political and administrative centres, the Royal Family and the Buddhist monk communities. One of the most rewarding to visit is; Tiger’s Nest (Taksang), located in the cliffside of the Paro Valley
Without a doubt, Bhutan offers some of the most spectacular scenery and trekking terrain on earth.
Why should I join this Bhutan group tour?
A unique opportunity to witness and photograph the vibrant Paro festival alongside Sue Flood and with like-minded fellow travellers. Benefit from expert photographic guidance from start to finish.
"What more could you ask for? Sue is friendly, helpful, competent, always in good humour and has humour - we were laughing a lot. As a photographer, she gave us many good bits of advice and pointed us to the subjects particularly worth taking a picture of." M Heuer, Galapagos cruise with Sue Flood.
What happens during Paro Tsechu?
One of the many highlights of the Paro Tsechu festival is the unfurling of the silk Thangka, a Buddhist painting so large it covers the face of an entire building and is considered one of the most sacred blessings in the whole of Bhutan. The ‘Thangka, known in Bhutan as a ‘thongdroel’ is a religious picture scroll and is only exhibited for a few hours at daybreak on the final day of the festival enabling the people to obtain its blessing. This holy scroll “confers liberation by the mere sight of it” (the meaning of the word ‘thongdroel’ in Bhutanese).
For centuries Bhutan has been isolated from the forces of change by its inaccessibility and is the last surviving kingdom in the Himalayas.
Is this tour suitable for solo travellers?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Lecturer.
We have a no mandatory single supplement policy on most of our group tours, meaning that we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.
What is the accommodation like in Bhutan?
This tour has been put together with a key focus on the high standard of accommodation, showcasing some of Bhutan's true gems. Gangtey Lodge is exquisite with commanding views over the valley, comfortable rooms, and plenty of space to relax. Uma Paro, located in a pine forest above the Paro Valley, wonderfully combines luxury with simplicity and its heated indoor swimming pool and spa are the perfect places to relax and unwind after a day exploring.
How fit should I be to enjoy this tour?
An average level of fitness is enough to get the best out of this tour. Rather than the walks being the challenge, it is more likely the altitude, however, we have built in enough time for the group to acclimatise properly so the chance of this is minimal. If you enjoy walking and the great outdoors then this is the perfect trip for you. There are several walks during the tour where you will be able to walk at your own pace and we incorporate plenty of rest stops.
What is the food like in Bhutan?
Meals in Bhutan typically tend to include a big plate of red rice, several different fresh locally grown vegetable dishes, and a meat dish. Alongside this, for the daring, you will find ema datse, the fiery national dish of chillies covered in cheese. Apart from ema datse the food is lightly spiced when compared to food found elsewhere in the Indian subcontinent.
What will the weather be like in Bhutan in March?
During the month of March, you should expect mostly warm sunny days and cool/cold nights. Whereas rain or snow is not usual at this time, it is a possibility. The air is usually crisp and clear.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.