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Central India Photography Tour Safari

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Join NatureScapes founder Greg Downing on our first central India photography tour. We will visit three National Parks in the area in search of tigers, birds, wildlife, and more. We partnered with a wonderful local outfit that is a 3rd generation family-run company in India. With a strong focus on photography we have developed an exclusive itinerary. We will be in private and air-conditioned accommodations throughout and have structured this tour for ultimate photographic opportunities with the best guides in the region. And with just 2 clients per vehicle, you will have plenty of room for your gear and the ability to see and photograph 360° around you. 

This tour is designed to leave you with a sense of thrill and delight, while deepening your wisdom and heightening your awareness of these unique locations. You will return home with newfound knowledge of India’s culture and natural history.

Since this is our first departure to India, and despite the fact that we are 100% confident that this will be a fantastic adventure, we are offering this tour at a greatly reduced price and with a smaller group.

Tiger, India

Day 1 - April 9, 2019

Arrive in India

Arrive in Delhi, the capital of India. Our tour representative will welcome you at the airport arrival lounge.

Delhi, the capital of India, is a city that offers a glimpse of both ancient and modern day India. It is the third largest city in India and one of the fastest growing in Asia.

Overnight at Pride Plaza (no meals included)

Day 2 - April 10, 2019

After breakfast you will transfer to the Delhi airport for your flight to Jabalpur. Upon arrival at Jabalpur we will drive to Bandhavgarh National Park, about 3 hours away.

Bandhavgarh National Park

Set amongst the Vindhya Hills in Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh consists of 168 sqare miles of Sal and a mixed forest of bamboo, grassland, and a complex of deciduous forests. There are at least 150 species of birds in the park, along with other mammals such as tigers, sloth bear, langur monkeys, wild boar, mongoose, and 3 kinds of deer: chital, sambar, and barking, to name a few.

Overnight at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge (B, L, D)

Tiger, India

Day 3–5 - April 11–13, 2019

Bandhavgarh National Park

Enjoy an early morning wake-up call with a knock on your room door and tea/coffee.

You will wake up to misty mornings and sounds of birds calling, which will make an exciting start to your day. As soon as dawn breaks you will leave for your jungle safari, accompanied by a resident naturalist and forest park guides in 4×4 Jeeps.

Bison, India

In the winter months morning safaris require warm clothes and woolen caps and gloves to keep you warm from the wind chill factor in your open Jeep. Blankets and sometimes even a hot water bottle are provided to keep you comfortable.

Your afternoon safari by 4×4 Jeep will be accompanied by a resident naturalist and forest guide. Afterwards, we return to the lodge for evening tea and rest of time free to relax.

Overnight at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 6 - April 14, 2019

After our morning safari and breakfast we will drive to Kanha National Park, about 6 hours away.

Kanha National Park

One of the largest and most scenic national parks in India, Kanha National Park is an ideal habitat for both tigers and their prey, lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows, and ravines which shelter a significant population of rare species such as tiger, leopard, sloth bear, Barasingha, and wild dog to name a few. Kanha’s mixed forests are interspersed with vast meadows known as maidens. Perennial streams run through a number of such meadows, providing a source of water for the wildlife even in the hot summers. Kanha meadow, with its hundreds of chital grazing on a carpet of green grass against the backdrop of the majestic Sal forest, has been aptly referred to as “the Ngorongoro of India.” Kanha is particularly well known for its endangered swamp deer, or hard water barasingha, which populate the large open tracks of grass amidst the forests of teak and bamboo. Brought back from the brink of extinction, these handsome animals are a remarkable conservation success story for Kanha.

Overnight at Kanha Jungle Lodge (B, L, D)

Bison in trees, India

About Kanha Jungle Lodge

Kanha Jungle Lodge was established in 1987 to provide sophisticated, environmentally friendly experience of untamed beauty of Kanha. Kanha Jungle Lodge is in the midst of a rich Sal forest and thus designed as a Jungle lodge, well camouflaged in the forest. It is tastefully developed with low impact on the land and the environment, with 18 well appointed rooms and 2 deluxe cottages, to give a physical and emotional jungle experience. The jungle lodge is planned to provide a friendly, informal relaxed environment with lots to observe, understand and learn, to make good friends and support conservation. Since it is located close to Kanha National Park and is the closest to the Mukki entrance gate, it has been sensitive to the environment. Guests can listen to Jungle sounds during day or night, which makes it an exciting and chilling experience for some, listening to the alarm calls of the deer or an occasional roar of the Tiger. Its Sal forest and open meadows have become a favorite place for deer (chital) to stay fearlessly in the compound. It is set on strong principles of being environmentally friendly and every aspect of its development and operation is sensitively synthesized towards nature conservation.

Jungle Lodge, India

Day 7–8 - April 15–16, 2019

Enjoy an early morning wake-up call with a knock on your room door and tea/coffee.

You will wake up to misty mornings and sounds of birds calling, which will make an exciting start to your day. As soon as dawn breaks, leave for your jungle safari, accompanied by a resident naturalist and forest park guides in 4x 4 Jeeps.

Macaque, India

You will enjoy a picnic breakfast in the middle of the jungle with a cup of hot tea or coffee. The rest of the morning is at your leisure where you may go on a nature walk, visit a nearby village/school, or engage yourself in a cooking demonstration.

Your afternoon safari will be in a 4×4 Jeep accompanied by resident naturalist and forest guide. Afterwards you will return to your lodge for evening tea and free time to relax and gaze at the evening stars.

Overnight at Kanha Jungle Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 9 - April 17, 2019

This morning we will drive 5 hours to Pench National Park for our next jungle safari and breakfast.

Pench National Park

Pench National Park nestling in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura hills is named after Pench River, meandering through the park from north to south. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra. Pench National Park is comprised of 758 sq kms, out of which a core area of 299 sq km of Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park, over 1200 species of plants have been recorded from the area including several rare and endangered plants as well as plants of ethno-botanical importance. The area has always been rich in wildlife. The high habitat heterogeneity favors high population of Chital and Sambar. Pench tiger reserve has highest density of herbivores in India. It also has a large diversity of wildlife, including leopard, tiger, jungle cat, dhole (wild dog), sloth bear, wild boar, mongoose and gaur.

Pench National Park, India

About Jamtara Wilderness Camp

Situated in the Village of Jamtara, near Pench National Park, Jamtara Wilderness Lodge is a 10 luxury tented property in the heart of rural Pench. Surrounded by tall Arjuna Trees and an ancient Banyan rooted on a dry riverbed, each tented room overlooks the forest which set the perfect background to this jungle experience. Each luxury tent is designed to feel light and open, allowing guests the optimum view of nature. With the option of rolling up the front panels of the tent, the guests can bring the outside in but still being in the privacy of their own rooms. Although, these are tented rooms, the bathroom has been made into a permanent structure for the comfort of the guests, while many may sleep inside the tent, some may feel a little more connected with nature and have the option of sleeping outside on their patio. Mosquito netting will keep the bugs away, quilts and hot water bottles will keep the cold away. Since we also believe in supporting the community of our lodge, a “Machaan” night can be booked while generating revenue for the farmers. Here the concept is sleeping under the stars, just like the villagers. These Machaans are built on the land of the farmers and an amount of the night’s rate will be paid to the farmer. Sleeping up high on stilts will allow you to watch the sky and everything below. You never know what walks through the farms at night.

Overnight at Jamtara Wilderness Camp (B, L, D)

Fox, India

Day 10 - April 18, 2019

As soon as dawn breaks you will leave for your next jungle safari, accompanied by a resident naturalist and forest park guide in 4x 4 Jeeps.

Wilderness Camp, India

Pench National Park

Enjoy lunch with your group and an afternoon jungle at Pench National Park.

In the evening you will walk through the village of Jamtara where you will find traces of modern India slowly disappearing. The humble village is the perfect place for unwinding, relaxing, and a little adventure. This is exactly what the British had in mind when they set up Getaway bungalows around the country. As you drive up to Jamtara Camp, you feel the calmness that will surround you for the next few days of your stay, with lush jungles surrounding you and the minimal use of concrete, the city life is left behind. This village is quite special to us, from its people to the different activities that took place while our set up took place. Being so remote from any major city, the rural villages that surround us use minimal means of transportation, electronics, and machines to truly transport you back in time. Farming and growing corn are highlights of this area.

Young boys in India

Overnight at Jamtara Wilderness Camp (B, L, D)

Day 11 - April 19, 2019

After breakfast you will transfer to Nagpur airport for your flight to Delhi.

You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel room at the Pride Plaza until departure.

After dinner, you will transfer to Delhi airport to board your flight home.

Pride Plaza (B, L, D)

Includes

  • Accommodation on Double/Twin room basis with meals as indicated (B, L, D stand for breakfast, lunch, and dinner respectively).
  • Services of air-conditioned vehicle for transfers.
  • In-country airfare (Delhi to Jabalpur and Nagpur to Delhi).
  • One "full-day" permit in Bandhavgarh National Park.
  • Packed drinking water during all transfers, drives, and sightseeing (available in vehicle).
  • Assistance at airports at the hotels at the time of check in/out in all the major cities.
  • Mineral water included (in jungle during meals, safaris, and available in vehicle during drives / sightseeing).
  • At Bandhavgarh, Kanha, and Pench National Park safaris will be on an exclusive basis with 2 people in 1 vehicle mentioned in itinerary inclusive of entry fee to park, resident naturalist services.
  • Entrance fees to all national parks.
  • Government Service Tax.

Does Not Include

  • Tips
  • International Airfare.
  • Trip insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusion above.
  • Expenditure of personal nature like tabled drinks, laundry, telephone calls, soft/ alcoholic hard drinks
  • Room service at any hotel including mineral water (other than what being offered by the hotels on their compliment).
  • Any sudden increase in price due to steep hike in fuel cost, significantly increased flight costs, a change in government tax policy or for any reason beyond our control like acts of God, natural calamity, law and order situation, riots, etc. and any forced change in itinerary for any unforeseen situation or reason beyond our control.

If you would like to register for this workshop, please fill out our registration form. A non-refundable deposit (listed above) is required to reserve your spot. Please refer to our workshop information section for our cancellation and refund policies.

Workshop Information
  • Dates: April 9-19, 2019 (4 openings)
  • Cost: $6,995
  • Deposit: $1,000
  • Participants: 7

Single Supplement: $848

Leader

Greg Downing

Greg Downing

Greg has been traveling the world teaching professional and amateur photographers for more than 15 years hosting his instructional workshops and seminars. Instructing photographers of all experience levels Greg has earned a reputation for his gracious and generous teaching style.

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