India - Land of tigers and culture

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Join Alex and world-renowned, award-winning wildlife and specialist tropical bird photographer, Supreet Sahoo on their inaugural wildlife and culture of India safari. The land of tigers, colourful culture and of course the Taj Mahal all await you.

 

Departs: 27th December 2022 - Maximum Group Size: 4x per vehicle

Exploring India with its magnificent and unique wildlife is very high on almost every photographer’s bucket list and this carefully curated safari takes you to some of the best yet un-crowded wildlife hotspots that the India has to offer.

 

For twelve days our small and exclusive groups will explore three differing reserves in central India all offering phenomenal opportunities to photograph tigers, Asiatic elephants, dhol dogs (India’s equivalent to Africa’s painted dogs), sloth bears, Indian leopards to name just a small handful and of course the immense cornucopia of stunning bird species. With our network of local guides, we’ll have the heads up on the best regions within the national parks to optimise our chances of seeing and photographing as much of the wildlife as possible but at our own and unhurried pace.

We meet in New Delhi where we overnight in before travelling by air to Nagpur and then transferring by road to Todoba National Park - also infamously known as Todoba Andhari Tiger Reserve due to its ‘healthy population’ of tigers.  Todoba’s topography is simply stunning; towering teak tree forests, smooth grassy meadows, deep valleys and year-round lakes make for the perfect environment for tigers to flourish.

From Todoba we then travel by road to Pench National Park. When you envisage India and Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” - you won’t be far off the mark as Pench was the inspiration for his classic tale was and the home of the ‘real Sher Khans’ (Bengal tigers), ‘Baloo’ - sloth bears, as well as Chitals, four-horned antelope and countless diversity of flora and fauna.

After we have explored Pench, we travel to New Delhi by air via Nagpur where we spend time learning about the magnificent culture and birds that India has in abundance. Even if you’re not a keen ‘birder’ you soon will be once you experience the wondrous diversity. And of course, no journey to India is complete without taking in and photographing the resplendent Taj Mahal.

 

Your safari is much more than travelling to places far and wild. It’s about immersing you in the environment, giving you the best, most intimate experience with every detail taken in to consideration. Reaching fantastic places, searching for beautiful and inspiring aspects of wildlife and the natural world. All are key to helping you capture more thought provoking images.

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Itinerary

 

December has been carefully considered for this safari for very specific reasons. It’s the pinnacle of the cool, dry winter season, meaning foliage is not as dense and water is sometimes scarce. Locations have been carefully selected to maximise your opportunity to experience the wonderful wildlife, culture and relaxing in simply stunning accommodation.

Tigers and Teak Trees | Todoba National Park | Todoba Jungle Camp

On day one, you'll arrive in New Delhi, India where Supreet and Alex will meet you from your international flight and we will overnight in the conveniently located and very comfortable Lemon Tree Hotel. Once settled we’ll have a chat as to the plans for your upcoming adventure and we will share and discuss ideas and inspiration for photography, what to expect and suggestions for camera settings and compositions.

The morning of day two, we’re up early to catch our internal flight to Nagpur and our road transfer to Tadoba National Park and your home for the next four nights at the exquisite Todoba Jungle Camp in elevated luxury cottages which offer spectacular views over the surrounding jungle and lake. We’ll arrive in plenty of time to enjoy an afternoon safari and introduce you to the resplendent area which we will be exploring for the next three days.

Days three to five will be spent exploring Todoba’s teak tree forests, grassy meadows and deep valleys in search of tigers, sloth bears, leopards, Indian dohl dogs, the myriad of antelope as well giving you a great introduction to the wonderful variety of birds which call the area home.

Safaris are in open and comfortable game drive vehicles, giving you panoramic views as we traverse the areas, guided by our local expert guides who constantly keep their ear to the ground about where the best chances to see and photograph key species. Morning safaris will begin before breakfast and we’ll usually enjoy a picnic breakfast inside the park and the afternoon/evening drives are followed by high-tea before dining on culinary delights created by celebrated chef, Samta Gupta.

In between safari activities there will be ample time to visit some of the many colourful villages which surround the national park with houses decorated in intricate tribal patterns and where elaborate pottery is still hand crafted.

The Jungle Book | Pench National Park | Pench Jungle Camp

Day six, we travel by road to Pench National Park and our home for the next three nights at the highly acclaimed Pench Jungle Camp, again arriving in plenty of time to enjoy an afternoon safari to introduce you to the region which inspired Rudyard Kipling’s classing “The Jungle Book”.

Days seven and eight we’ll spend the mornings and afternoons on safari, in search of Sher Khan and Beloo in what has been described as a photographer’s paradise. Pench was the location chosen by the BBC to document tiger behaviour as well as having an excellent population of the ever elusive leopard.

Taj Mahal and Birding | Bharatpur | Laxmi Vilas Palace

Day nine, we leave Pench behind and take an internal flight back to New Delhi and then by road to dazzling Bharatpur which is a world-famous bucket list destination for birders. And your accommodation for the next two nights is nothing short of resplendent - Laxmi Vilas Palace. The largest private home built to date and four times the size of Buckingham Palace, boasting its own cricket ground, teak floored tennis courts, elaborate mosaics and an exquisite collection of artwork.

Day ten, we rise early and enjoy a relaxing birdwatching session with an expert local guide before returning to the hotel for lunch and then on to witness the seventh wonder of the world for the afternoon - the Taj Mahal.

On day eleven, we have time to fit in one more guided birding session before refreshing and checking out of Lax Vilas and then transferring to our original starting point at Lemon Tree Hotel where we have plenty of time to look through the plethora of images you have undoubtedly taken during your iconic journey through India.

Day twelve, we say goodbye to India and are transferred back to the international airport for your journey home… or should you wish to extend your visit a little longer, such as visiting the magnificent Kerala region famous for its stunning beaches and colourful houseboats, we can certainly help take care of every detail.

Photography

 

Your safari is so much more than the images you create. It’s about immersing you in the nature of your safari, giving you the best, most intimate experience with every detail taken in to consideration and enabling you to reach fantastic places is search of beautifully inspiring aspects of wildlife and the natural world.

These trips are not just for seasoned photographers. Whatever your level of experience, from beginner to a dedicated creative looking to build upon your portfolio – everyone is welcome and all skill levels catered for and I’m aware that some people are more interested in photography than others.

And with that in mind, I will be on-hand to give you exactly the level of tuition you want, helping you get the most out of your camera, offering unobtrusive, in-field photography mentorship. I’ll be making sure you capture the best possible images, helping you tell the story of your safari through a dynamic collection of images.

Small groups means more personal attention. I’ll be there to assist you with camera settings, composition, inspiration to try new techniques and explanation in to species behaviour . Helping you to capture those fleeting, story-telling moments through your lens - all in aide of capturing more thought provoking images.

Following excursions and activities, I will host photo review sessions and post production editing discussions. Without becoming too technical, these sessions are designed to help you edit your images and give you a well rounded, evocative portfolio and amazing memories to inspire and take home with you. 

I want you to leave with a newly found sense of appreciation for the natural world and already longing to return. 

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Pricing

 

The total price for this Twelve Day Tigers and Culture of India Safari USD $6998.00 per person sharing - single supplement options are available so please enquire if this fits your needs.

 

A deposit of 30% is required at time of booking to secure your place, accommodation and allow us to book internal flights in India.

Requesting to book or to get in touch for more info couldn't be easier - simply click the button below, submit the form and Alex will be in touch to talk through this outstanding journey to India with you. 

The maximum group size will be for FOUR guests per safari vehicle. Meaning a small group, more personal attention but also very limited spaces so don't hesitate to get in touch and begin your own journey to this phenomenal part of India.

 

INCLUSIONS

  • 2x nights bed and breakfast accommodation - Lemon Tree Hotel

  • 10x nights full board accommodation on safari (all meals and drinks) - Todoba & Pench Jungle Camps and Laxmi Vilas Palace.

  • Exclusive 4x4 safari vehicle and road transport in India for duration of the safari.

  • Internal flights in India for duration of the safari.

  • All park and conservation fees

  • Photography mentorship, tuition and editing sessions with your hosts, Supreet Sahoo and Alex Roldan

 

*NB - Due to local laws no alcohol is permitted at Todoba Jungle Camp

EXCLUSIONS

  • International flights and appropriate visas.

  • Items of a personal nature.

  • Photography equipment.

  • Appropriate medical, travel and other insurances - this is highly recommended.

  • Tips and gratuities.

  • Appropriate Covid testing from home country/origin country