“The world has few secrets left, but Bhutan is one of them.” – Katie Hickman, Author of Dreams of the Peaceful DragonBhutan is a country nestled in the Eastern Himalaya mountains, bordering Tibet and India, and regions of the country are some of the most remote in the world. For centuries, Bhutan remained in self-imposed isolation from the rest of the world. This conscious policy of isolation, complemented by formidable geographical barriers, enabled the country to maintain its independence throughout its history. This tiny kingdom cautiously opened its doors to outsiders in 1974, and visitors have been mesmerized by its spiritual life and forbidden aura ever since. Almost everyone takes photos on vacation, if only to have them as memories. On this tour, you will learn new techniques to take better photos – even if it is just with your iPhone! Professional photographer Clifford Pickett is a Zephyr alumnus who will join this trip as our special expert. Our cultural journey includes moderate walks to monasteries, sightseeing in the capital and interacting with locals in what is essentially an original, unspoiled culture. We have adapted our itinerary to provide special opportunities for photography workshops and photo taking opportunities. No experience or special equipment is necessary and all workshops are optional, so you need not even be interested in photography to take this trip. This is truly adventure travel, where we give up comforts we’re accustomed to and gain insight into another culture. The key is to relax, live in the moment, and not worry about things we can’t control. We Westerners generally value punctuality, productivity, and assertiveness. Buddhist cultures tend to be more forgiving, relaxed about time, and polite and gentle in awkward situations. Be prepared to forgo your Western way of thinking and experience an alternate way of life in a country that measures prosperity by gauging its citizens’ Gross National Happiness instead of financial benchmarks!
About Your Host: Clifford Pickett
Read “A Note From The Photographer” about this trip.
Clifford Pickett is a professional travel and commercial photographer, videographer and educator. He is based in NYC but his work takes him around the globe. Clifford spends much of his time learning how to see and capture the world with what is referred to as Shoshin, “a new mind.” He hasn’t been shooting for 40 years; he hasn’t been alive for 40 years. He views his greatest asset as the ability to relate to budding photographers as well as seasoned pros.
Clifford has developed several successful photographic enterprises, from a digital photography education platform to a photo and video production company. His portfolio of clients includes Apple, Google, Adidas, Estée Lauder, Sephora, Clinique and others. His work has been featured by National Geographic, the Smithsonian and various other media outlets.
Recently his focus has shifted to a “more is less” approach to photography and he often shoots now with only his iPhone and a small aerial drone. This has captured the attention of many, including Apple, where he lectures on the power of mobile photography and the importance of craft and vision over gear.
DAY 1: We meet you in Bangkok, Thailand this morning and take a very early flight together to Bhutan. The scenic flight into Paro offers a spectacular view of the Himalayan ranges. If you’re lucky, you may even see Mount Everest …SEE FULL ITINERARY
Real People, Real Experiences – What To Expect On This Trip
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Looking for a traveler’s perspective on Bhutan? Check out our guide Michael Keys’ perspective on why you shouldn’t wait to explore this beautiful and culturally rich country.
- Internal air costs are not included in the trip price. We will purchase the round trip flight between Bangkok and Paro for you and include this amount (approximately 900) in your invoice.
- Your final payment for the trip and internal airfare is due 90 days from the start of the trip, and at this point becomes non-refundable or transferable to another trip. Please strongly consider trip insurance!
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TO BOOK YOUR ADVENTURE: You can book online or by calling us at 888.758.8687. Zephyr Adventures requires a 500 deposit (payable by check or credit card) at the time of booking. The remaining balance is payable by check or credit card no later than 60 days prior to the start of the trip.
- WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? We will send you a confirmation email after we receive your booking. When the trip has met its minimum requirement to run, we will also send you a link to detailed printer-friendly pre-departure documents: arrival and departure information, suggestions for making travel arrangements, a packing list, an invoice, information about your trip location and guides. It will also include a link to an information form and liability waiver. We will also provide you with a link to information about travel insurance. We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance because it protects you if you have an unexpected change in travel plans. Please do not purchase airfare until you have received your pre-departure documents.