AN UNFORGETABLE EXPERIENCE
London • Delhi • Bandhavgarh National Park • Delhi • London
Tigers of India
A Photography Holiday
Led by Steve Race
Wednesday 18 March – Sunday 29 March 2020
This tour is limited to 8 places only. Bookings will be confirmed on first come first served basis
The mountains, forests, lakes, deserts and savannas of India occupy one of the great wilderness areas of Asia. Our exclusive 12-day tiger tour will be led by award winning professional wildlife photographer Steve Race and is a wonderful opportunity to join a small group of like-minded people with the aim of creating an unforgettable experience.
We will spend our time in the beautiful Bandhavgarh National Park, which is rich in biodiversity. One of the biggest attractions of this national park is the tiger (panthera tigris) and its sightings. Bandhavgarh though smaller than other wildlife parks in India has one of the highest densities of tigers in the world. With the tiger at the apex of the food chain, this incredible National Park contains 37 species of mammals, more than 250 species of birds, about 70 species of butterflies and variety of reptiles.
We will be staying at the idyllic Kings Lodge, which is situated in between two forested hills of Bandhavgarh National Park in a large natural forested estate of 14 hectares in Rancha village. The lodge is in the heart of wild country and only ten minutes drive from the Tala gate of the National Park. This Luxury Hotel has 10 cottage rooms and 8 stilt cottage rooms with en-suite modern bathrooms spread across a natural forest offering great ambience and privacy.
Our small group will include only seven photographers attending 13 game drives using three jeeps. This will give maximum room for prime photographic spots and positions within the vehicle and to accommodate for baggage and camera equipment. Steve will spend an equal amount of time in each of the three vehicles, ensuring that every guest benefits from his extensive wildlife photography knowledge. He’ll be on hand to ensure that you’re getting the very best from your photographic experience. He’ll also be on hand in the evenings to answer any technical or compositional questions that you may have relating to your days adventures.
(Meals: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
Wednesday, 18 March
Departure London on BA 257 for Delhi at 18:55. Arriving in Delhi at 08:50 Thursday morning.*
*Flights from regional UK airports are available on request.
Thursday. 19 March
Arrive Delhi in the morning. Transfer to Hotel Shangrila Eros. There will be an afternoon sightseeing tour of Lodhi Gardens for Photography. B
Friday. 20 March
Transfer to Delhi airport for your flight to Jabalpur by Spice Jet leaving Delhi at 10:10 and arriving Jabalpur at 12:00. Transfer by private cars to Bandhavgarh. Check in at Kings Lodge. Evening presentation on Bandhavgarh National Park by the local Naturalist. B L D
Saturday, 21 - Friday 27 March
Bandhavgarh National Park
Day Safaris and photography of Bandhavgarh National Park. Afternoon on Wednesday the 27th will be at leisure. B L D
Saturday 28 March
Steve will conduct a morning Photography session around the lodge after breakfast. Time to relax until transfer to Jalbapur airport for your Air India flight back to Delhi. Air India Flight leaves Jabalpur at 18:00 and arrives Delhi at 20:00. Overnight stay at Pullman Hotel near International airport. B L D
Sunday 29 March
Transfer to International airport for your return British Airways flight BA256 leaving Delhi at 11:05 arrival Heathrow at 15:10. B
BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK
The name bandhavgarh means “brothers’ fort” and it’s a reference to a Hindu epic: Rama have this land to Lakhshmana to keep watch on Lanka. You can visit the ruins of a 10th century stone fortress within the park, and as it is raised atop a hillock, its outline is a dramatic backdrop to many areas. But the real attraction of Bandhavgarh is its tigers. The tiger population here is thought to be one of the highest in India, thanks to the ongoing conservation work of Project Tiger. Females and their cubs are seen frequently on game drives, and you may also spot one of the dominant males out on the prowl.
Pundungee Safaris’ King’s Lodge is near to the Tala Gate of Bandhavgarh National Park. Set on a 14 hectare Pagdandee estate, guests stay in luxurious cottages and stilt cottage rooms. Rooms are large and comfortable, akin in style and facilities to those you’d find on safari in Africa. Guests are welcome to use the library and watch tower, as well as the in-house spa and swimming pool. King’s Lodge employs its own experienced naturalists to guide guests around Bandhavgarh National Park. You’ll drive out in an open-sided 4x4 jeeps each morning and evening.
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Steve Race - Wildlife Photographer
Steve is an award-winning professional wildlife photographer based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. He has been a keen naturalist and photographer for over 30 years, lived on the Yorkshire Coast all of his life and believes there is no better place for variety of habitats and amazing wildlife.
Inspired by the natural world around him Steve captures incredible wildlife images. In 2013 he was “Commended” in the “Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards”, “Big Picture USA – Natural World Photography Competition” and “British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards” in which in 2015 he was “Highly Commended”. His work has been published in national and regional media and magazines, leaflets, websites and publications. Steve has also been featured on BBC Countryfile, Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, regional television programmes, and recently being a researcher/location assistant on Channel 5’s “Yorkshire | A Year in the Wild” series.
Steve previously worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds as Education Officer at Bempton Cliffs for 6 years and has taken part in numerous projects for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, National Trust and other conservation organisations. He also runs regular exhibitions, workshops, and delivers talks and lectures. He also has his own website www.steverace.com
Steve is currently a Director of Nature Tourism Company “Yorkshire Coast Nature” based in North Yorkshire, which delivers nature tours, photography workshops and events across the Yorkshire Coast and beyond, for more information visit www.yorkshirecoastnature.co.uk
International airfare on Scheduled British airways flight in economy class inclusive all taxes.
Internal flights between Delhi-Jabalpur-Delhi.
Airconditioned accommodation with private facilities.
All meals in Bhandavgrah. Daily breakfast in Delhi
Wildlife Safaris and Tiger photography in Bhandavgrah
Services of a local naturalist and Steve Race Wildlife Photographer
All transfers by private cars / Jeeps.
Complimentary mineral water while travelling and on sightseeing.
Full ATOL Bonding.
Cost does not include:
India visa fee. On booking we will send you a step by step guide how to obtain an E-toursit visa for
Travel Insurance. You can obtain a competitive price for travel insurance from Travel & General see link to Travel Insurance
Any expenses of a personal nature.
- Tips and gratuities
- To book this tour , please compete the booking form, sign and e-mail it to us. A non-refundable deposit of £500.00 per person is needed at the time of booking. Balance payments will be due 8 weeks before departure. You can make the deposit payment by debit card or electronic transfers to our bank. Our Bank details are on the booking form. Bookings are confirmed on first come first served basis. When the tour is full we will take about 5 additional names on the waiting list to replace their booking with any cancellations etc.
- If you wish to join the tour and fly from any country other than United Kingdom please contact us for land only arrangements.
It is essential to have adequate insurance in place before your departure. This should be appropriate for your age, health and destination you are visiting.
- It includes comprehensive medical and repatriation cover.
- It provides cover for your whole trip (whether one day or over a year).
- It covers you for all activities.
- Disclose pre-existing medical conditions.
- Take your policy number and the 24-hour emergency contact numbers with you.
- If you are making multiple trips we recommend that you take a yearly travel insurance policy.