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Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photo Safari

Overview

Set amidst the Vindhya hills, Bandhavgarh National Park is located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh and is proven as one of the best places in the world to view and photograph the magnificent Bengal tiger. Where sightings have continued to increase year on year, with 2017 being one of the best years in recent history and with a record number of cubs sighted. This lays the foundations for the potential of great photographic opportunities in both 2018 & 2019. Here in Bandhavgarh National Park we will enjoy a total of 10 game drives in search of the Bengal Tiger.

Although our focus will be primarily photographing tigers there is also a healthy variety of other wildlife to be seen in this stunning national park, which can include: sambar deer, barking deer, chital, nilgai, chinkara, chausingha, jungle cats, languar monkeys and if we are lucky leopard, dhole and sloth bear. In addition, the park is also home to a 240 bird species. Along with ourselves, Andy and Sarah Skinner, our group will also be joined by Balvinder Singh (Bali), an experienced local Indian guide/naturalist. This tour features an excellent host to guest ratio and a maximum group size of 6 guests.  Each of the three vehicles at our disposal will be restricted to just two guests, plus your photographic hosts or local guide/naturalist Balvinder. Our air conditioned and well-appointed accommodation is located close to the park gates and features a swimming pool and elegantly furnished cottages with your own personal veranda.

The trip is run to coincide with the dry season, although temperatures can be hot (ranging on average from 35-40°C) it is by far the best time of the year to view and photograph tigers. As the vegetation is sparser which can allow for clearer viewing and the increased chances of more tigers and other wildlife frequenting the watering holes. With the heat comes the potential opportunity of viewing tigers cooling themselves as they lay in the local waterholes.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Excellent location offering outstanding opportunities to view the Bengal Tiger
  • Timed to coincide with the dry season, one of the best times to photograph tigers
  • Opportunities to photograph other Indian wildlife species
  • 11-game drives to provide ample viewing opportunities
  • Only 2 guests in each game vehicle
  • Accommodation close to the National park gate
  • Excellent host to guest ratio
  • Joined by India naturalist Balvinder Singh
  • Low single supplements
  • 25% discount on lens hire (discount applies to UK based guests only)

Our Tigers of Bandhavgarh photo safari will be characterised by twice daily games drives to maximise our time in the field with photographic tuition provided during all game drives and also back at camp. This will include tuition in both traditional and also creative photographic techniques. Such as high and low-key photography as well as panning techniques with slow shutter speeds and of course optimizing all light conditions to hand. Photographers of any level are all very welcome on this tour as well as keen wildlife enthusiasts.

Balvinder Singh joins this safari as our own private guide/naturalist. Born and bred in India, Bali is an award-winning guide & leader, and in 2010 he was nominated by Wanderlust magazine as one of the top ten leaders worldwide. Bali has previous experience as a local guide/leader for Exodus Travels and extensive experience travelling across India leading groups to discover the wonders of Indian wildlife.

The Game Vehicles

With a maximum group size of 6 people, we will use three ‘gypsy style’ game viewing vehicles that are commonly used on Indian safaris. 

The vehicle has open sides and an open roof area. On this photographic safari we will put no more than 2 guests in each vehicle, which provides a good amount of room for each guest. Each vehicle will be accompanied by one of your three hosts, which will be rotated throughout your 10-game drives to ensure that you get equal time with each host. 

Tuesday April 16th 2019

You will be met from your international flight (client own arrangements) arriving into Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport from where you will be transferred to the Hotel Pride Plaza (Aerocity), a conveniently located and highly rated 4/5* rated hotel just 1 km away from the international airport. After an afternoon check-in, you will have time to rest and relax after your international flight. In the evening you will meet as a group for dinner, (cost not included) and you will be joined by local tour guide/naturalist Balvinder Singh. Overnight: 1-night Hotel Pride Plaza. Aerocity. Nr Delhi Airport (Breakfast Included)

Wednesday April 17th 2019

After breakfast you will be met by Bali (who will be assisting you all the way through to Bandhavgarh National park) and transferred to the domestic airport to connect with a morning departure with Spice Jet airways to Japulpur airport, arriving at around 12pm. Please note: 15kg hold/checked luggage allowance, excess luggage (although not guaranteed) may be allowed by the airline for a small fee. Upon arrival you will take a road transfer of around 3-4 hours in an air-conditioned vehicle to our lodge located a short distance from Bandhavgarh National Park. On arrival you will be met by your photographic hosts Andy & Sarah. Here we will stay for 6 nights and our base from which we will enjoy a total of 11 game-drives into Bandhavgarh National Park including the Tala and Magdhi zones. After check-in guests have the rest of the afternoon/evening to rest and relax.  Overnight: 6-Nights Bandhav Villas Resort (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Thursday 18th April 2019 

This morning we leave the lodge early (park gates open at 5:30-6am) for our first game drive into Bandhavgarh National Park and where if we are fortunate we may have our first glimpse of a wild Bengal tiger. Bandhavgarh is a beautiful national park surrounded by a large number of smaller hills separated by gently sloping valleys leading to small & swampy meadows. The park has a large biodiversity and a large natural fort, located on the Bandhavgarh hill, rising 811 meters above sea level. We return to our lodge mid-morning and when the park closes. After breakfast there is time to enjoy a dip in the pool or simply relax in the lodge grounds before we take lunch. Later in the afternoon we will then embark on a further evening game drive in the national park. Although tigers are the focus of this tour we will also stop to photograph other wildlife species. Overnight: Bandhav Villas Resort (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Friday 19th April – Monday 22nd April 2019

For the next four days we will continue to enjoy morning and evening game drives in Bandhavgarh National Park. Overnight: Bandhav Villas Resort (breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

This morning we take our last drive in the national park, returning to the lodge mid-morning to allow time for brunch, packing and showers before departing the lodge late morning. Driving 3-4 hours to Jabalpur airport and from where you will take the late afternoon flight departure to Delhi. On arrival you will be transferred to Hotel Pride Plaza (Aerocity) and where you will spend your last evening. Overnight: 1-Night Overnight: Hotel Pride Plaza. Aerocity. Nr Delhi Airport (Breakfast Included)

Wednesday 24th April 2019

After breakfast and at a time that is appropriate you will be transferred to the nearby international airport (Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport) from where you will take your onward international flights home (Breakfast included)

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Hotel Pride Plaza, Aerocity. Nr. International Airport, Delhi (2 nights)

Located just 1km from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), this excellent 4-5* hotel features comfortable and well-designed air-conditioned rooms. Featuring free wireless internet, electronic safe, hair dryer, satellite television and a tea/coffee maker. This popular hotel also offers dining outlets, bar, business center, outdoor swimming pool, spa and a fitness centre. This hotel is used at the start of our safari for when you arrive in Delhi and also at the end, before your onward departure from the nearby international airport

Bandhav Villas, Nr Bandhavgarh National Park (6 Nights)

Located only 5-8 minutes from the Tala gate and spread over a vast acreage Bandhav Villas is a beautiful resort that caters perfectly for international travellers. Providing the perfect base for which to relax and unwind after your tiger photo safari. The lodge is set over a large area with plenty of facilities, including a large swimming pool, massage facilities, restaurant (a mix of Indian and international cuisine), library and extensive indoor and outdoor seating areas. Wifi is provided in public areas. The accommodation is offered in large adjoining villas, each 1000 sq ft in size.

All villas have a bedroom, a private sit out, dressing area, spacious bathroom (with flushing toilet and shower), private courtyard with outdoor rain shower and a private deck. All rooms are air-conditioned with a color television, mini bar, safe, tea coffee maker, telephone, Wi-Fi internet connectivity, hair dryer & a bicycle. En-suite bathrooms are equipped with hot & cold water, herbal accessories and fine linen. Bandhav Vilas signature bathrobes and slippers are provided for your comfort and the the signature Bandhav Vilas aroma therapy service is offered every evening with the turn-down service. 

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Total Cost

The cost of this safari is £2695 per person and based on two persons sharing a twin/double room. Single supplements are charged at £350 per person and guarentee sole occupancy throughout.

Cost Includes

2- Nights accommodation at Hotel Pride Plaza Aerocity (Breakfast Included)

6 Nights at Bandhav Villas Resort Nr Bandhavgarh (Including Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

11 Jeep Safaris in Bandhavgarh based on 2 guests plus host in each jeep

Return flight journeys for Delhi – Jabalpur – Delhi in Economy class with 15kg hold luggage

4 x Airport transfers in Delhi

Road transfers Jabalpur - Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur

Road transport in air-conditioned comfortable vehicle for all the transfers included in the tour program

All park entrance fees, jeep charges, permit fees, services of forest guide and driver

Assistance /meet & greet at airports on arrivals / departures

Services 2 x photographic hosts (*please note for groups of 4 or less your tour will be accompanied by one photographic host and Balvinder Singh

Services of local tour guide and naturalist (Balvinder Singh)

Not Included

International flights to/from Delhi

Any personal expense such as laundry bills, beverages / drinks bill at all hotels, snacks whilst travelling, telephone bills, airport tax etc

Camera usage fee in Bandhavgarh National Park (Whilst there are no charges at the time of this publication or any notice of plans to introduce in the near future this can be subject to change at short notice)

Dinner & Lunch costs whilst at hotel in Delhi (2 nights)

Tips & gratuities. E.g. for local drivers, forest guides, local tour leaders & hotel staff

Travel Insurance, Visas & vaccinations

How to Book

To book on the Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photo Safari please contact us and secure your place with 25% deposit. The remaining balances are payable as follows: A further 25% due by 20th November 2018 with the last payment of 50% due by Jan 18th 2019.  N.B. Any bookings made after November 20th will require 50% depositWe are able to take payments for deposits and final balances via bank transfer or payment via credit or debit cards.

Financial protection

Images of Wildlife Photo Tours & Safaris is the trading name of Images of Wildlife Ltd. A company registered in England & Wales. Company No: 10566301. We are a member of  Protected Travel Services (Membership Number: 5221).

As full members of Protected Travel Services we are able to offer the highest financial protection. All monies you pay to us are financially protected in line with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations via a trust account. This means that your funds are secure in an independent trust account and will be protected against our failure from the moment you pay to the day that you return from your trip. This includes protection for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to the trust account, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Images of Wildlife Ltd or any of our local suppliers paid from the trust account

To book a place on this safari please fill in the details below with detail of how many spaces you wish to secure. Once a member of our team receives the email we will provisionally hold your place/s while a booking pack is sent out by email with details of the deposit payment required.

A 25% deposit is required to secure your placeThe remaining balances are payable as follows: A further 25% due by 20th November 2018 with the last payment of 50% due by Jan 18th 2019.  N.B. Any bookings made after November 20th will require 50% depositWe are able to take payments for deposits and final balances via bank transfer or payment via credit or debit cards.


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Financial protection

Images of Wildlife Photo Tours & Safaris is the trading name of Images of Wildlife Ltd. A company registered in England & Wales. Company No: 10566301. We are a member of  Protected Travel Services (Membership Number: 5221).

As full members of Protected Travel Services we are able to offer the highest financial protection. All monies you pay to us are financially protected in line with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations via a trust account. This means that your funds are secure in an independent trust account and will be protected against our failure from the moment you pay to the day that you return from your trip. This includes protection for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to the trust account, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Images of Wildlife Ltd or any of our local suppliers paid from the trust account

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at a glance

16th - 24th April 2019

9-Days/8-Nights

£2695 Per Person (approx. $3800)

Single Supplement £350

Mid-Range Lodge Accommodation

Group Size: Max. 6 Guests

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We are a friendly husband and wife professional wildlife photography team and both self-confessed wildlife and nature addicts. With 14 years experience of photographing wild species in wildlife prolific destinations around the globe. We share the same passion of capturing the beauty of the natural world through our photography, that drives us to spend endless hours in the wilderness. You can read more about us both individually by clicking the link below.

We both have a broad and in-depth knowledge of wildlife species across Africa, Canada and India gained through our extensive time in the field. In addition to completing recognized guiding qualifications. We love nothing more than to share this knowledge and passion for nature and photography with our guests on safari.

Our work has been recognized in a number of renowned international photography competitions. Most recently (2017) Sarah was awarded the overall winner in the mammal’s category in the prestigious GDT European Wildlife Photographer of The Year Competition. In addition we are regular contributors to various international photographic magazine publications and our work has also been featured in several commercial book publications. You can read more about recent awards and publications by clicking the link below.

We have a wealth of experience in leading photo safaris to a large number of wildlife destinations. In addition, for the last three winter seasons we have also both worked in Sweden guiding guests to photograph the aurora borealis. We currently run photographic tours to Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, India and Canada. Our tours cater from beginners to advanced level photographers, that would like to develop their skills to the next level. With our photographic experience and subject knowledge this ensures we are well placed to provide guidance in the field and help our guests achieve their desired images. Click on the ‘Why Travel with us’ link below to find out more about our photographic tours & safaris.

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