Luxury India Tiger Safari, April 2016

April 1-10, 2016

 

Safari Leader: Andy Biggs

 

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Lion in the Grass, Okvango Delta, Botswana

 

About The Photographic Safari

In April 2016 I will lead a private group of photographers to India to photograph wild tigers and India's wide variety of native wildlife. The safari will also include two different national parks, thus increasing our likelihood of great photographic opportunities.

Tigers are highly endangered and India's National Parks provide some of the last remaining places where one can observe these beautiful cats in their natural habitat, often at close range. Sixty-five percent of the world's remaining wild tigers are found in India and this safari offers superb opportunities to see and photograph these big cats.  India also teems with a wide array of antelope and deer and boasts fifteen species of primates. In all India has over 400 species of mammals and so this trip will focus not only on seeing and photographing tigers, but also on India's unique and varied wild fauna. The birdlife in India is also abundant. 

We will spend four nights each at two of India's best tiger-viewing National Parks - Bandhavgarh and Kanha. Both of these National Parks have high densities of tigers and native wildlife.

We are also offering an extension at the end of the trip to visit Agra to see and photograph the Taj Mahal. Please inquire for details.

We have selected the highest level of accommodation for all locations on this trip to ensure comfort, good food, and excellent service throughout.

India is unlike anywhere else you have visited and nothing you have done before will likely be comparable. If you have ever thought about seeing wild tigers or a visit to India, this trip was designed based on our own experiences to offer an amazing adventure.

Safari Highlights

• Eight days in two of India's best National Parks photographing tigers and native wildlife.
• An optional post-safari visit to the Taj Mahal to photograph this iconic location.  
• Private road transfers and/or air travel between all stops throughout the trip.
• Extra luggage allowances to accommodate the special needs of our photographic equipment.
• This itinerary focuses on up-close and real wildlife experiences from the surroundings of premier accommodations.

Is This Trip For You?

This safari will be conducive to learning from one another and include instruction that will suit everyone's photographic needs. No question is off limits and no inquire is too basic.

We are BIG on photographing in the field.

Here are some key points to help you decide:
1.  We welcome photographers of ALL levels. This safari will be conducive to learning from one another and include instruction that will suit everyone’s photographic needs. No question is off limits, no inquiry too basic.
2.  We are BIG on photographing in the field. We will spend most our time and effort on safari / photographic activities and making images. 
3.  Non-photographer or videographer spouses / travel companions will love these safaris. The wildlife and cultural experiences on this trip will appeal to anyone with a love for animals and adventure.  We have specialist guides leading all activities.

 

Legadema the Leopard, Okvango Delta, Botswana

 

The Schedule

01-02 April 2016; (1 night)
Trident Gurgaon Hotel - Delhi, India

Arrive at Delhi’s International Airport (we will be happy to arrange any International air travel for you). You will be warmly welcomed and chauffeured to The Trident Gurgaon Hotel. The award winning Trident Gurgaon is set amongst 7 acres of landscaped gardens, walkways, courtyards, reflection pools and fountains. We will spend one night at the Trident.

Accommodation is in Superior Garden View Rooms with en-suite facilities. The restaurants and bars at the Trident, Gurgaon are a treat to the taste buds. Guests can choose from a variety of cuisines and ambiance to enjoy an exceptional dining experience.

Our stay is here is on bed & Breakfast basis and dinner will be on your own account as we never know what times everyone will arrive and whether everyone will want dinner. Dinners are included for the rest of the trip after this evening.

02-06 April 2016; (4 Nights)
Bandhavgarh National Park

After an early breakfast we will be chauffered to the airport for our flight to Jabalpur. Our flight to Jabalpur will take approximately two hours, and upon arrival we will be met by our ground staff and will be driven to Mahua Kothi, our accommodations for the next four nights. The drive will take a few hours and we will arrive for a late lunch.

After we check in and have a bite to eat we will embark on our first game drive in Bandhavgarh National Park.

Bandhavgarh National Park is an essential stop on any serious tiger safari as it is has one of the highest concentrations of this magnificent animal.  A relatively small park with a thriving tiger population, it offers guests a good chance of encountering the king of the jungle, as well as a selection of other exotic wildlife. Cradled between the picturesque Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges, Bandhavgarh boasts a breathtaking mixture of dense green valleys and rocky hills. Its mixed deciduous forests and woodlands are interspersed with flat grasslands and serene waterholes.

Bandhavgarh covers about 450 square kilometers.  It is bordered by great cliffs and eroded rocks and on its highest point stands "Bandhavgarh fort", estimated to be some 2,000 years old. Around the fort, are numerous caves containing shrines and ancients Sanskrit inscriptions. The vegetation is chiefly of sal tree forest in the valleys and bamboo forest on the lower slopes throughout the park. Bandhavgarh was once a Shikargah or game preserve hunted by the Maharajas of Rewa.

The park offers a variety of wildlife in addition to tigers, including the gaur (Indian bison), sloth bear, sambar deer, barking deer, muntjac (barking deer), nilgai antelope, wild boar, Asiatic jackal, Bengal fox, ratel, grey mongoose, striped hyena, jungle cat, and leopard. The common langur and rhesus macaque are the primates found here. There are also 250 species of bird known to occur in the park.

06-10 April 2016; (4 Nights)
Kanha National Park

Today we will wake up and have another morning game drive at Bandavgarh, and will return to our lodge and enjoy another amazing meal at Mahua Kothi. We will check out and say goodbye to the staff and will drive about 4 hour to Kanha National Park.

We will arrive at Banjaar Tola in the late afternoon, check in and get settled in for the next four nights. 

Kanha National Park was one of the first areas to be protected under Project Tiger, aimed at preserving this magnificent animal, and remains a renowned conservation area. This picturesque reserve boasts the ideal habitat for both tigers and their prey species. Lush sal and bamboo forests are interspersed with vast grassy meadows known as maidans, while the Banjaar River, which forms the park’s south-western border, provides a steady water source for the abundant wildlife. 

We will have morning and afternoon game drives on the 7th, 8th and 9th, taking advantage of every opportunity to be out on safari, seeking tigers and other amazing species of mammals and birds while at Bandhavgarh.

10 April 2016

This morning we will ahve our last game drive in Kanha, and after our game drive we will return to the lodge and enjoy a nice brunch and then a liesurely check out. We will be transferred by road to Raipur, which should take around 3.5 hours, to arrive in time for our early evening flight back to Delhi (18:40 flight, arriving into Delhi at 20:25). Upon arrival at Delhi, we will remain in transit at the airport and connect with our International flights onward. If you will like to stay the evening in Delhi and either join our optional extension to see the Taj Mahal or just relax for an extra day in Delhi, please let us know. Please note: We will be happy to arrange any International air travel for you. See also note below regarding travel extensions.

NOTE:  We are organizing an extension to visit the Taj Mahal, beginning on 11 April and concluding on 13 April in the early evening. Air travel and customized extensions to this safari may be arranged as desired.  Ask us for further information.

The Cost

The cost of this all-inclusive safari is $13,750 per person. This fee includes all in-country ground and air transportation as well as hotel accommodation (double occupancy) and all meals (except as noted in the detailed itinerary above and in exclusions below).

Please note: We will attempt to adhere to this itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or wildlife migrations) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. We reserve the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participant.

 

 

What's Included?

• Accommodation on a shared basis (single rooms may be available - please inquire).
• 1x trip leader (Andy Biggs).
• Private game drive activities for our group at both Bandgavgarh and Kanha National Parks. 
• Private meet and assist services at the airport in Delhi and chauffeured transfer to the hotel.
• Private vehicles and drivers for all road transfers throughout the trip.
• Soft drinks and domestic bottled water during sightseeing tours and long drive.
• Porterage at all the hotels and airports in each city.
• Scheduled in-country commercial air flights as specified in the itinerary above. 
• Entrance and still camera fees at all parks and sight-seeing destinations.
• The current tourism levies and all relevant government taxes.

What's Not Included?

• International airfare and/or other transportation between your home and Delhi, India.
• Dinner / drinks in Delhi on the first night in Delhi (01 April).
• Gratuities for hotel staff.
• Gratuities for game drive driver/guides in the National Parks.
• Champagne, cognacs, premium-brand spirits, fine wines and cigars.
• Laundry cost at hotels and lodges.
• Visas, travel insurance, personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors, telephone calls etc.)
• Optional pre-/post- safari tours and meals or accommodation before or after the safari (we would be happy to arrange any and all additional overnights or extensions). 

What Do I Do Next?

Our groups are small, so space is limited. If this exciting trip has your name on it; if you're excited by the thought of becoming a member of this trip, then now is the time to register. Remember, there will be limited space available for this workshop. When they're spoken for, that's it. If you have any questions before registering, send us an e-mail with any inquiries to info@andybiggs.com.