ULTIMATE INDIA, NATURE & CULTURE PHOTO TOUR
March 29 to April 10, 2019
INDIA – the adventure …
Imagine stalking a tiger (and perhaps her cubs…) in the jungles of India. Away from the crowds, you will be surprised at the diversity and stunning animals, birds of India!
This is a game tour with some fantastic cultural adventures. We limit our 4WD game vehicles to just 2 adventurers per vehicle! This exclusive space will offer you the best chance to shoot stunning tiger and nature images.
Just one day in our itinerary…
Some of the species we may encounter today include the endangered Hard-ground Barasingha (this being the only place where this sub species remains), Barking Deer, Spotted Deer, the largest bovine Gaur, Golden-backed Jackal, Jungle Cat, Common Langur, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, and Wild Dog and the elusive Chausingha and TIGER…
Itinerary to photo adventure …
DAY 1 – ARRIVE RAIPUR
Meet in Raipur today. (You might like to arrive at least one day earlier?) Julia can book extra accommodation to suit. No activities today until 5pm. We meet at 5pm for a workshop and tour information. Our first group dinner tonight. 4 Star hotel accommodation is included.
DAY 2 – RAIPUR
After breakfast, we drive to Kanha (Approx. 4 hrs drive) and transfer our lovely lodge for the next few nights. This afternoon – we visit a local village and explore unique cultural opportunities.
Overnight in lovely Lodge accommodation. (B,L,D)
DAY 3 – KANHA
Full day game drive in one of the world’s most unique national parks. Kanha National Park : It is one of the largest national parks covering 1945 sq. km including a ‘core zone’ of 940 sq km. It is also part of Project Tiger, one of India ‘s most important conservation forts. The setting for Kipling’s jungle book, we will travel by jeep and elephant (for tiger viewing), through different habitats, including Sal Forest, Bamboo Thicket, Dadar (plateau grasslands), meadows and Mixed Forests. This beautiful area of forest and lightly wooded grassland with many rivers and streams support an excellent variety of wildlife.
Some of the species we may encounter include the endangered Hard-ground Barasingha (this being the only place where this sub species remains), Barking Deer, Spotted Deer, the largest bovine Gaur, Golden-backed Jackal, Jungle Cat, Common Langur, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, and Wild Dog and the elusive Chausingha.
(B,L,D) Overnight – Lodge
DAYs 4/5 – KANHA
Two more full days of game drive at Kanha National Park. This will maximise your chances of seeing tigers and we hope, more than once! We mix up exploring different tracks and you will still get to shoot deer, birds and other great nature subjects. Look deep into the shadows for those eyes…
(B,L,D) Overnight – Lodge
DAY 6 – KANHA /BANDHAVGARH
After breakfast, we drive to Bandhavgarh (Approx. 5-6 hrs drive time) and transfer to the ‘Tiger Den’. We stop on the way for any opportunistic subjects. People working, small villages. A nice break into cultural shoots before we again shoot more of India’s amazing
(B,L,D) Overnight – Lodge
DAY 7 – BANDHAVGARH
Morning game ride by Jeep in Bandhavgarh National Park. Bandhavgarh was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Reba. The famous White Tigers, now major attractions around the world’s zoos, were first discovered in Rewa, not far from here. The terrain is broken, with rocky hill ranges, running roughly eastwest, interspersed with grassy swamps and forested valleys. The park is dominated by the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort, located on a plateau and reached after a steep climb. The fort is now in ruins, its monuments, and tanks beings gradually reclaimed by the forest, replaced by mixed forests in the higher elevations of the hills.There are extensive stands of bamboo and grasslands. Generally, the forests are less dense here, with less undergrowth than in North India, thus offering better sightings of wildlife, notably mammals, including the daylight sightings of Tigers in the grassy “maidans”. 40+ Tigers are estimated for the park. The park also has numerous ancient caves and rock shelters, with shrines and inscriptions. About 240 species of birds are known from the Tala area, including the Brown Fish Owl, Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, Malabar Pied Hornbill and Shahin Falcon.
This afternoon we visit the local village. Your photo guide will optimise shoots that you will talk about well into the future. A great cultural adventure!
Overnight – Lodge
DAYs 8/9/10 – BANDHAVGARH
Two full days of game drive at Bandhavgarh. This will maximise your chances of seeing tigers and we hope, as before, more than once! We mix up exploring different tracks and you will still get to shoot birds and other great nature subjects. Each day will be a new adventure. We offer quality time in this special region.
Overnight – Lodge
DAY 11 – BANDHAVGARH / KHAJURAHO
After breakfast, we drive to Khajuraho (Approx. 5 1/2 hrs) and transfer to hotel Clarks. This afternoon we visit Eastern Temple. KHAJURAHO: The city was once the original capital of the Chandela Rajputs a Hindu dynasty that ruled this part of India from the 10th to the 12th centuries. The Khajuraho temples were built over a span of a hundred years, from 950 to 1050. The Chandela capital was moved to Mahoba after this time, but Khajuraho continued to flourish for some time. The whole area was enclosed by a wall with eight gates, each flanked by two golden palm trees. There were originally over 80 Hindu temples, of which only 22 now stand in a reasonable state of preservation, scattered over an area of about 8 square miles The Khajuraho temples, constructed with spiral superstructures, adhere to a northern Indian shikhara temple style and often to a Panchayatana plan or layout. A few of the temples are dedicated to the Jain pantheon and the rest to Hindu deities – to God’s Trio, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, and various Devi forms, such as the Devi Jagadamba temple. (B.L,D)
DAY 12 – KHAJURAHO / DELHI
Morning visit Western Temples. Amazing architecture and culture will offer new experiences and images.
Lunch at hotel
After lunch, we transfer to the airport catching our flight to Delhi.
(This flight is included.) We check into hotel Radisson Blu (airport
Overnight at Radisson Blu – (B,L,D)
DAY 13 – DELHI – tour ends…
Tour ends – depart to suit your flight. (B)
(B,L,D) – Confirms if – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner – are included that day.
Itinerary and price is subject to change.
PHOTO TOUR PRICE
NOTE THAT THIS TOUR IS LIMITED TO A MAXIMUM OF 8 PHOTOGRAPHERS PER PHOTO GUIDE.
AU$8,995 Twin Share per person
As per itinerary, with all accommodation, meals, access to unique photo opportunities, small group size – local guide and driver and professional photo guide.
EVENT DEPOSIT REQUIRED – AU$1,500 pp.
Please read our terms & Conditions and fill in our booking form. We suggest deposit protection insurance and comprehensive travel insurance for all of our tours.
Bookings are as per our terms and conditions.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT – AU$1,295 pp.
We will try our best to find someone to share with you. However, part of the booking conditions is that a single supplement is applicable if no one is available to share.
WHY JOIN THIS TOUR?
* We include a complete land package from luxury accommodation, to the best guides in the world.
* Exclusive game vehicles with maximum of 2/4 per vehicle.
* Fantastic nature shoots!
* We include one domestic flight.
* We target amazing culture with small village visits, historical sites.
* Non photographic partners love our events.
* Expert professional photo guide who works hard to optimise your photo interests.
* This is our 30th year of offer amazing World Photo Adventures!
THE COST INCLUDES
• All land tour costs as per itinerary.
• Accommodation in 4/5 star hotels/lodges Single accommodation as per details left.
• One domestic flight.
• All meals as detailed in the itinerary.
• Private land transportation
• Entrance fees to national parks and sites.
• Local English-speaking expert guides.
• WPA Professional photo guide.
• International Air tickets.
• Personal expenses.
• Items not included in the itinerary.