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Magical Bhutan & Ladakh 8 - 25 April 2024 US$9,495
Why Bhutan and Ladakh?
Hopefully a flick through the pages of this brochure will explain why you have to photograph the remote and mysterious Kingdom of Bhutan. And Ladakh? It’s a bucket-list destination that shares many Tibetan Buddhist rituals with an even more dramatic landscape - if that’s possible!
There are two back-to-back tours which will change your life in many positive ways.
After 8 visits, I can speak about Bhutan. It’s a country like no other, steeped in history and religion, tucked away between towering mountains, yet with an authenticity that is hard to find in an ever diminishing world.
For photographers, Bhutan is Paradise - or should we say ‘Shangri-la’? There is so much to photograph, from the locals in their colourful dress to the imposing white-washed ‘dzongs’ (fortified monasteries) clinging to sheer cliffs. For Ladakh, I’ve seen so many amazing photographs taken by my friends, that I talked to Namgay, our local Bhutanese guide and asked him to develop an intinerary for Ladakh as well. David and I can’t wait!
Namgay runs Illuminating Tours in Bhutan.
For our Bhutanese itinerary, we visit his family village as well as the most famous landmarks, so we don’t just see the touristy spots, we get a taste of real life in Bhutan.
We travel in comfort. Our tour has up to six 4WD style vehicles, each with two guests, one guide and one driver. The guides include Peter, David and Namgay. All the drivers are Bhutan locals. It’s a great way to get around the country.
The 3 to 4 star hotels are clean and comfortable, we have a couple of nights in an ancient palace, the food is excellent and there are lots of opportunities to purchase souvenirs.
However, the biggest thrill will be the friendly locals and the photographs you capture while travelling through Bhutan, the land of the Thunder Dragon.
And even more exciting, this time we are beginning our travels with an extension trip into Ladakh with its towering mountain peaks and an amazing Himalayan experience.
Neither David nor I have visited Ladakh, so it is with a sense of exploration that we travel with Namgay and his local contacts into what promises to be an incredible country. The two trips are designed to work together, flying into Delhi so we can fly first to Ladakh, then back to Delhi and into Bhutan. We return from Bhutan via Bangkok.
Interested? Now’s the time to book your place!
Bhutan & Ladakh with Peter Eastway and David Oliver
Date: 8 to 25 April 2024
Price: US $9,495, deposit of US$995 on booking, balance due 8 January 2024
• Flights from Delhi to Ladakh and Bhutan, then from Bhutan back to Bangkok, including taxes
• Accommodation in clean, comfortable 3 to 4 star local hotels
• Private 4WD transport with drivers
• Bhutanese / Ladakh guides
• All meals
• Bottled water along the tour
• Sightseeing and entrance fees
• Visas for Bhutan
• Bhutan Tourism Development fee
Not included are:
• Flights from your home to Delhi and from Bangkok back home
• Pre and post accommodation in Delhi or Bangkok
• Travel insurance (compulsory)
• Alcoholic drinks and your own snacks
• Optional activities during free time
• Tips and items of a personal nature
You will need to arrange a night’s accomodation in Delhi at the beginning and maybe Bangkok at the end of the trip - check with your travel agent when organising your flights.
Minimum of 6 participants (plus tour leaders), maximum of 12.