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.