Live & Breathe Bhutan 2014

NB: this is a sample itinerary – this will be replaced as soon as the updated itinerary become available.

Live & Breathe Bhutan 2014 17 days | Delhi to Bhutan to Kolkata | Dec |

Immerse yourself, and your camera, in a land of stunning Himalayan scenery with people, culture and a way of life that will touch your hearts forever. Spiritual lands that will astound, humble, overjoy and seep into your very being with a chance to assist a school community. This is Bhutan.

Includes private transport and driver, international flights from Delhi and to Kolkata, local English speaking guides, all meals, all accommodation, Bhutan visas, entrance fees, permits, photography tuition, bottled water available

Add on Live & Breathe Rajasthan tour to extend your Bhutan experience.


Live & Breathe Bhutan 2014 (with Rajasthan Option): A Photographers Journey

Absorb, Achieve, Immerse, Challenge

Immerse yourself (and your camera!) in a land and culture of stunning Himalayan scenery with people and a way of life that will touch your hearts forever. Combine your love of photography with the wonderful world of travel to this unique spiritual land.


Putting you in the Picture. Travel through remote locations in Bhutan that see few tourists on our customized photography adventure; visit schools and spend time with the children as part of a cultural program and donation of school supplies; capture farmers harvesting crops; watch the mists swirl in the valleys to reveal breathtaking mountain views; share a family’s home for the day; experience the splashes of color and vibrancy of a festival; explore the sights and sounds of a market; be charmed by the smiles of monks; share a cooking lesson Bhutanese style; marvel over magnificent architectural sites; get a feel for the spirituality of Buddhism that threads its way into everyday life; relax in a hot stone bath after strolling through rustic rural villages – in the Land of the Thunder Dragon – for 20 days!


Take home with You. A sense of spirituality, sereneness, sounds of chanting, smiles both inside and out, scents of ema datse, success of learning new things, self confidence with your picture taking, and sheer delight from your travel experiences – both in life and in your images you have captured – will stay with you for a long time to come on our fully guided Live & Breathe Bhutan journey with Informal Photography.


Planned for Photographers. Small group travel of 6-12, fully guided with Australian Professional Photographer, Sue Tanian, for informal one on one and group tuition for entire trip with the assistance of local English speaking guides. Notes accompany our customized itinerary which is designed with photographers in mind to make the most of a need for unhurried travel, learning time and lighting conditions. A general level of fitness is required to make it more enjoyable. Landscapes, people, environmental portraits, children, farming, culture, ancient traditional architecture, amazing monasteries and breathtaking mountain passes will keep us busy! This is not a trekking tour but there is walking involved if you wish. We will have our own private transport and drivers allowing us more freedom, efficiency of time and flexibility.


Special Feature. And as if visiting Bhutan’s stunning sights to keep your cameras busy isn’t enough an absolute highlight of Live & Breathe Bhutan are the feature sessions organized throughout the tour, where you will get the opportunity to meet, talk with and photograph individual people of Bhutan who have their own stories to tell…


Live & Breathe Bhutan is for all experience levels with an aim to encouraging Beginners to Intermediate photographers, with an emphasis on learning how to capture your images with the best use of your camera and compositional skills. Sue has been conducting workshops for over 15 years.

Camera type does not matter…this is about learning to use what you have to make the most of you the photographer! Photos are formed before your finger hits the button so learning to see will open up a whole new world of creative thinking! And is that what that button does!

Sessions are optional and informal, relaxed and fun with free time for those who wish. Non-photographers very welcome indeed!

Bhutan has such a rich array of life, charm and beauty that you will come away with some amazing pictures of this country and it’s people in your heart and in your camera! What a wonderful classroom we will have! You will have the added advantage of travelling with other photographers alike which only helps to further enhance your learning experience. Cultural awareness and sensitivity will be reflected in all that we do.

It is the ideal combination of holiday, school support, learning and travel where I look forward to sharing my passion for photography with you in this amazing place.

Travel in Bhutan is not luxury travel. Travel is slow and roads are winding. Life and conditions are not always as we know it. Rooms are basic but clean, service slow but friendly. All you need is a sense of adventure, a sense of wonderment with new experiences, and plenty of memory cards for your camera! Live & Breathe Bhutan!


Live & Breathe Bhutan 2014 with Rajasthan Option

Photography Tour Price: 10 day Rajasthan Option & 20 day Bhutan $9205 (combine & save $375!)

Rajasthan Option Only $2200 Bhutan Only $7380


Rajasthan Option Includes : Stylish Accommodation, all breakfasts, all meals during stay in Pushkar, English speaking guide, transportation in air-conditioned Toyota Innova vehicle, assistance at arrival and departure points, executive class train fare Ajmer-Delhi, taxes, tolls, drivers allowance, professional photographer with one-on-one & group tuition, workshop notes.


Rajasthan Option Excludes : personal expenses such as tips, laundry, phone, beverages, any extra meals, entrance to monuments, optional activities, International airfare, visa (double entry India visa needed if combining with Bhutan tour), vaccinations & medical, travel insurance with emergency evacuation (compulsory).

Bhutan Tour Includes : International flight Delhi-Paro-Kolkata, all accommodation, all meals, bottled water, all transportation in our own vehicles, English speaking Bhutanese guides, taxes, gifts, school donation, cultural activity, visa, entry fees to sites, professional photographer with one-on-one & group tuition, workshop notes.


Bhutan Tour Excludes : International airfare arriving Delhi and departing Kolkata, travel insurance with emergency evacuation (compulsory), personal expenses, laundry, beverages, extra activities, tips, extra gifts, vaccinations & medical, optional last night in Kolkata (please advise Sue)

*Passport must have more than 6 months of validity **Bookings confirmed upon payment of deposit.

Please contact Sue for Booking Forms, Payments & Details.


or Phone: 0407355670 or 03 51924686

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Informal Photography offsets its air travel carbon usage with a tree planting program and provides a printer friendly version of your itinerary on the website.

Prices quoted are in AUD. Please note prices may vary slightly due to fluctuating exchange rate. See booking conditions form for all details.



Q. What will the temperatures be?

Rajasthan will be approaching winter and post-monsoon with temps averaging between 13-30 C. Bhutan will be starting to get cooler with quite chilly nights and comfortable day temps of 16-24C.


Q. Why is Bhutan dearer than most Asian countries to visit?

A daily tariff is imposed to help regulate tourism that covers most of your daily living and travelling costs. It is a nice thought to know that by visiting Bhutan you are contributing to the education and health systems of their country and supporting local businesses.


Q. What do I take?

Upon booking you will receive a list of recommended items to take. Dressing in layers, as bushwalkers do, with easy drying clothes and travelling light will benefit yourself not to mention the young men and women that carry our luggage from the vehicles to our rooms! Suitcases are allowed but try to keep them to a medium size. Check in luggage limit is 20kg and 7kg for carry-on luggage. Modest clothing is a must! Covering legs with long pants or skirts and shoulders and arms with sleeves or wrap around the monasteries is required: leave tight fitting and revealing clothing at home please!


Q. What money do I take?

Generally US Dollars is easiest. ATMs are fickle if you can get them at all. Credit cards are limited. In reality you will need little money in Bhutan as everything is paid for…some for laundry, souvenirs, beverages and incidentals. Small denominations of Indian rupees are fine.


Q. What can I expect?

Drink bottled or boiled water only. Some lodgings are basic but clean, service slow but friendly. Enjoy Indian, Chinese and continental food buffet style..and chilies! International roaming available in nearly all areas of Bhutan. Sunrise 6.30am and sunset 5pm. Noon in Bhutan is 5pm in Melbourne. Bhutan is one of the safest countries in the world to travel. Some elevations of over 3000m but sleep generally around 2300 and lower. Learn what is respectful from your guide. Internet available at some hotels. Learn about Gross National Happiness. Population is 75% rural. Bring earplugs…the dogs of Bhutan sleep by day and bark by night! Visit your doctor for travel health and vaccination advice and take antibiotics and all medication with you from home. Expect power outages…keep batteries charged whenever you can. Be prepared that life in India and Bhutan is not how we live at home so some culture change will be expected. It is thrilling, moving, simple, fun and at times full on! An absolute delight for the senses and your camera! Remote travel. Charming people. Strictly no photography in temples. Traditional dress for foreigners is happily accepted. Do not give sweets or money to children.

India and Bhutan will surprise, delight, excite, sometimes overwhelm and without doubt will totally absorb your senses!