bhutan - a photographic journey with basil pao

11-20 February 2014 • Limited Availability

Set amidst soaring Himalayan peaks on the roof of the world, Bhutan is blessed with light that photographers dream of. Add to this the Kingdom’s pristine natural beauty, rich history and vibrant cultural heritage, and you have a setting which offers photographic opportunities at every turn.

A select few will have the chance to join acclaimed photographer Basil Pao on a photographic tour of Bhutan in February 2014. Renowned for his work with Michael Palin, Basil took the photos for the books that accompanied every one of Palin’s BBC travel documentaries from the late 1980s onwards. These include ‘Pole to Pole’, ‘Full Circle’, ‘Hemingway Adventure’, ‘Sahara’, ‘Himalaya’, ‘New Europe’ and ‘Brazil’. He is also the author of ‘China Revealed’, ‘Hands’, ‘Yi Jing – The Book of Changes’ and numerous other photographic books, including Aman’s Bhutan book and two anniversary books.

Basil’s Photographic Journey across Bhutan will be an intimate opportunity to learn from one of the world’s foremost travel photographers. Rather than being a lesson in using a camera, this journey will be like going on assignment with a professional – one who has worked in every kind of condition at the highest level for over 30 years. Basil will share his travel experiences and photographic tips during informal workshops and outdoor excursions. Many of these will be at sunrise and sunset when the light is particularly good. Participants should be competent with their own equipment, as the journey will be more about opening eyes to photographic possibilities than dwelling on technical details.

The Photographic Journey will take in four of Amankora’s five valleys, including Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Gangtey.

Itinerary: A Photographic Journey with Basil Pao

11-12 Feb 2014
Amankora Thimphu
Exploring the capital’s lanes, markets and Goembas (monasteries)

13 - 14 Feb 2014
Amankora Gangtey
Capturing nature at its finest where rare black-necked cranes spend the winter
Discovering Gangtey Goemba

15-16 Feb 2014
Amankora Punakha
Photographing Punakha Dzong (monastic fortress) at the confluence of the Pho and Mo Rivers

17-19 Feb 2014
Amankora Paro
Climbing to Tiger’s Nest
Photographing Mount Jhomolhari at dawn and dusk

20 Feb 2014
International Departure

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Nine Nights

11 to 20 February 2014

Suite (double occupancy) US$18,350
Suite (single occupancy) US$15,250


  •  * Rates listed include accommodation at the above-mentioned Amankora lodges; all meals and house beverages; complimentary laundry; airport transfers to and from Paro Airport; visa processing assistance; a private car, driver and guide throughout the stay; and a 60-minute massage per adult.
  • * All rates are in US dollars and are subject to 20% government tax and service charge, FIT surcharge of US$40 (Single) / US$60 (Double) per day, government royalties of US$65 per person per day (not applicable to Indian nationals) and Sustainable Tourism Fund of US$10 per person.
  • * A visa application fee of US$40 per person will be charged at time of booking.
  • * Rates and government tax are subject to change without notice.

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