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Photography Tour in Thimphu and Dochula Pass

Photography Tour in Thimphu and Dochula Pass

By Bhutan Swallowtail Tours
This one day trip will take you on a photography tour through the valleys of Thimphu, Punakha and Wangdue. You just might be a click away from your masterpiece or masterpieces!
per adult
Lowest price guaranteeReserve now & pay laterFree cancellation

Ages 0-90
Duration: 4–9 hours
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
German, English, French

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Punakha Dzong
  • Entry/Admission - Chimi Lhakhang Temple
What's not included
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • All Fees and Taxes

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from any hotel in Paro and Thimphu
  • Airports:
  • Paro Airport, Paro Bhutan
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 189121P4

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Which attractions will I visit with Photography Tour in Thimphu and Dochula Pass?
How much is Photography Tour in Thimphu and Dochula Pass?
Photography Tour in Thimphu and Dochula Pass price starts from $107.70. Discover and book Photography Tour in Thimphu and Dochula Pass on Tripadvisor
What is the Photography Tour in Thimphu and Dochula Pass cancellation policy?
Photography Tour in Thimphu and Dochula Pass cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Photography Tour in Thimphu and Dochula Pass on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Photography Tour in Thimphu and Dochula Pass?
Photography Tour in Thimphu and Dochula Pass is hosted by Bhutan Swallowtail Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Bhutan Swallowtail Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Photography Tour in Thimphu and Dochula Pass on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 189121P4

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About the operator
Bhutan Swallowtail Tours
Thimphu, Bhutan

#1 of 195 Outdoor Activities in Thimphu
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1 review
Very good

Brian P
Clermont-Ferrand, France22 contributions
Excellent service from Swallowtail Bhutan! We are glad to have Kuenga and Singay as our guides. They are acknowledged, fun and simply the best companions to have in Bhutan. We were able to explore not only tourist attractions but got a glimpse of local life. They offered many activities to interact with locals which I adore.
Written October 28, 2022
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