Photography in Bhutan

A desire for a unique destination is what drives photographers to Bhutan be it professional or amateur there is indeed a SUBJECT for everyone; the country remains largely untouched even today with its pristine landscape, rich biodiversity and rich Buddhist culture which translates into the daily life of people. Depending on your choice of subject, photography tour can be undertaken any time of the year; however, spring and fall are ideally the best time to view Bhutan through the lens. During this period weather is mild and sunny with clear blue skies and many of the important religious festivals also fall during these seasons. If you are a bird watcher, the endangered black-necked crane arrives in Bhutan in October and stays until March; however not limited to only this subjects. The charm of Bhutan has never failed to inspire and delight photographers and funny it may seem these photographers return yet again, to take a shot at the same subject, however viewing it from a different perspective, so is the magic of Bhutan mired in myth and mystery.

Below we have listed a few pointers for photographers.

  1. Bhutanese loved to photograph, however, if you see signs of indignation, refrain from taking any further pictures.
  2. Photography is prohibited in the interior of temples and rooms within the monasteries. One is advised to inquire before photographing in such places.
  3. Proper attire is required while photographing the festivals. Please try not to block the views of others. Telephoto, mid-range zoom lenses are advisable as subjects may move very fast allowing one virtually no time to change the lens.
  4. 17-40mm f/4, 24-105mm f/4, and 70-200mm f/4 zooms lens would suffice your requirement, however, depending on your needs you may bring another type of lens.
  5. Special permits can be obtained should you have special photographic requests.
  6. Please don’t take your destination as livening museum
  7. Professional photographic equipment is not easily available in Bhutan; hence you are recommended to carry your complete equipment including spare batteries.