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INDIA PHOTO TOUR

This tour focuses on photographing Tigers, Leopards and a lot of different bird species.  We will spend 5 days at Ranthambore National Park in the best zones for Tiger photography in the park.  We are working with one of the top Indian wildlife photographers, who has been commended twice in the Nature Photographer of the Year contest.  Good sightings and photography of Tigers are virtually guaranteed over the course of our time there.  We will spend 3 days at the Jawai Leopard Conservation Area, this is one of the top spots to photograph Leopard.  We also spend 3 days at Bharatpur, perhaps the top waterbird photography location in India and we will be there at a time of year that there are still wintering birds as well as residents.  We start off our tour with a visit to the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world.  There is great variety on this tour topped off by two of the big cats. 

Cost and Logistics

$8,950 per photographer with a $1,300 single supplement.  Nonphotographer spouse cost is $8,250.  The deposit is $2,500.  This includes all lodging, meals, transportation including internal flight, entrance fees, guiding, drinking water.  It does not include airfare to arrive to Delhi, India from your home country, tips, drinks or items of a personal nature such as laundry and phone calls.  Arrival and departure city is Delhi, India. 

Itinerary

March 7th – Arrival to Delhi, transfer to an airport hotel. 

March 8th – Leaving Delhi after breakfast, we will depart to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world.  In the afternoon we will explore some of the city’s attractions like the City Fort or you can opt for bird photography in the gardens of our five star lodge, the ITC Mughai.  

March 9th – We will leave the hotel before sunrise to arrive at the Taj Mahal at sunrise.  After photographing the Taj in the golden light, we will have a guided tour around the monument and hear the history and story behind this amazing structure.  We will return to the hotel for breakfast, check out and drive one hour to Bharatpur.  We will have the afternoon photographing in the park.  Bharatpur’s Keoladeo National Park is a UNESCO site with over 370 species recorded in quite a small reserve.  Lodge: Sunbird Hotel, just outside the park gate. 

March 10th and 11th – We will have two full days of photography in and around the reserve.  A large number of waterbirds including Sarus Cranes, Painted and Asian Openbill Storks, Bar-headed and Greylag Geese,  Indian Darters and many others are likely.  Raptors such as Greater Spotted and Steppe Eagles, Marsh Harriers and Spotted Owlets are often photographed as well as attractive small birds like Bluethroat, Indian Robin and Bushchat.  These are just a few of the many birds we will photograph.  Mammals include the Nilgai Antelope, Indian Jackal and Chital Deer.  Lodge: Sunbird Hotel

March 12th – After breakfast we will depart for Ranthambore National Park, this is a 3 to 4 hour transfer.  We will arrive in time for lunch and check in to our hotel.  In the afternoon we will have our first Tiger safari in the park.  Each jeep is limited to 3 photographers plus a tour leader.  Lodge:  Regency Ranthambore, a 4 star hotel ten minutes from the park gate. 

March 13th to 16th – We will have four full days of Tiger safaris in Ranthambore National Park.  Our permits are for the best zones in the park virtually ensuring success with Tiger photography.  In addition to Tigers we will photograph some of the species they prey on, the large Sambar Deer, Nilgai (Bluebuck) and the smaller Spotted deer.  We have a pretty good chance to photograph the amazing Sloth Bear.  Of course, we will be on the lookout for birds as well.  Some of the more interesting species we will likely photograph include Rose-ringed Parakeets, the amazing Indian Peafowl, Ruddy Shelduck, Rufous Treepie and Asian Paradise Flycatcher.  Lodge: Regency Ranthambore, 4 star. 

March 17th – We will have a full morning Tiger safari then return to the hotel, have lunch and check out.  Our next stop is on the way to Jawai, we will stay at the Rajmahal Palace, which is located on the river near Teoli, India.  We will do some afternoon bird photography here.  Hotel: Rajmahal Palace

March 18th – After breakfast we will transfer four to five hours to the Jawai Leopard Sanctuary area.  In the afternoon we will have our first Leopard Safari.  The Jawai Leopard Conservation Area is home to one of the largest concentrations of Leopard in the world.  Lodge: Amritara Jawai Resort, four star lodge. 

March 19th-20th – Two full days of photography in the Leopard Conservation Area.  The rocky outcroppings and hills here make for a unique and beautiful setting in which to photograph the Leopards.  Each day we will be out early in the morning, followed by a lunch break, then an afternoon safari which stays out until dark.  In addition to the Leopards we also have a reasonable possibility of photographing the rarely seen Rusty-spotted Cat.  Nilgai and Langurs are common in the area.  As far as birds this is a good location for Indian Eagle Owl, Sirkeer Malkoha and Grey Francolin.  Our lodge is on the lake where flocks of Greater Flamingo can be photographed as well as Muggar Crocodile at times.  Lodge: Amritara Jawai Resort. 

March 21st – One more morning Leopard photography safari then we will check out and transfer to Udaipur which is about 2.5 hours away.  We will then take an afternoon flight to Delhi, and check in to our airport hotel, Aerocity where we will have a final group dinner.

March 22nd – Transfer to airport for your flight home or on To Sri Lanka Photo Tour with us which will start March 24th

Sattal India Pre Tour Extension

This extension focuses on photographing a large number of bird species both from hides and on guided walks.  The amount of species which visit the hides in winter is very high.  Some of the highlights are Green and Red-billed Blue Magpies, Kalij Phesaant, Rufous-throated Partridge, several species of Laughingthrushes

Cost: $2,950 per photographer, $400 single supplement, $2,750 non photographer includes all lodging, meals, transportation including internal flights, guiding, activities.

Itinerary:

March 2nd – Arrival to Delhi, India, transfer to a nice hotel near the airport

March 3rd – Morning flight to Pantnagar, followed by a transfer of about 3 hours to Sattal, in the afternoon we will do some bird photography around the lodge for species such as Himalayan Bulbul, Small Niltava and White-throated Laughingthrush.  Lodging: Pine Crest Sattal

March 4th-6th – We will have a combination of hides as well as bird photography in the forest and along river beds.  The hides are designed keeping in mind the direction of light and also backgrounds. Red-billed Leothrix, Oriental White eye, Black-headed Jay, Black-lored and Green-backed Tits, Kalij Pheasants, Black Francolin, Great Barbet, Red-billed Blue Magpie etc are common visitors. Occasionally the Yellow-throated Marten visits one of the hides.  In the forests, our focus will be on Flycatchers, Owls and Laughing Thrushes.  Along riverbeds, we will look for Spotted Forktail, Brown Dipper and Himalayan Kingfishers.  Lodgiing: Pine Crest Sattal

March 7th – A bit of morning photography then transfer back to Pantnagar for flight back to Delhi to commence the main tour.

Guilherme Battistuzzo

Guilherme Battistuzzo

Guilherme Battistuzzo is a full time nature photographer, birding guide and biologist living and working out of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is regularly near the top of the list each year for number of birds seen in Brazil and in 2016 he was named one of the top 15 bird photographers to follow on Instagram by Audubon magazine.

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