Three tour departure dates in April/May 2021 to photograph Bengal tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park, India. Sightings of tigers have continued to increase each year within this area and Bandhavgarh National Park is regarded as one of the best places in the world that you can go to for photographing tigers in the wild. This tour is timed during the dry season and therefore providing excellent chances of photographing tigers in the water.
During this tiger photography tour in India, you will take part in an ample 10 game drives in search of tigers (11 x game drives on the 27th April departure). All tour dates feature a small group size and only two guests and your photography host in each jeep. Along the way, you will also have the chance of photographing other Indian wildlife, which may also include the following:
- Sambar and barking deer
- Jungle cats
- Languar monkeys
- Leopard, dhole, sloth bear (with luck!)
Meet Your Guides
This Indian tiger photography tour is led by husband-and-wife team and professional wildlife photographers: Sarah and Andy Skinner. Between the two of them, they have won a number of awards in internationally renowned competitions – most recently, Sarah won the Comedy Wildlife Awards in 2019 and the Mammals category in the 2017 GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. They both have extensive experience in leading photography safaris and workshops across many destinations across the globe. This is the perfect chance to learn from two real experts in the wildlife photography field, whilst in the company of incredible wildlife on safari.
You will also be joined by local naturalist and guide Balvinder Singh, who will be able to provide his expert eye in tracking down tigers.
- Price £3125
- Duration 6+ days
- Group Size 5+
- Date 09/04/2021 - 17/04/2021
- Date 18/04/2021 - 26/04/2021
- Date 27/04/2021 - 05/05/2021
- Photograph Bengal tigers in the wild
- Vegetation is reduced at this time of year, making for “cleaner” shots
- Increased chance of viewing tigers cooling off at watering holes
- Each vehicle contains just 2 guests, plus your host
- Professional photography tuition
- Excellent host to guest ratio
- Small group size of 6 guests
- Tour also joined by Indian guide Balvinder Singh
- Low single supplements
- Air-conditioned spacious accommodation with swimming pool and elegantly furnished villas
For a detailed itinerary see website link.
Day 1 (9th/18th/27th April). You will be met by our local agent 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). Overnight: Hotel Pride Plaza. Aerocity. Nr. Delhi Airport in a twin/double room (breakfast only basis)
Day 2 (10th/19th/28th April). After breakfast you will be met by your hosts and/or our local naturalist Bali and you will be transferred to the domestic airport to connect with a morning departure to Japulpur airport, arriving at lunchtime. Upon arrival we 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. After check-in guests have the rest of the afternoon to rest and relax. Later in the evening we will enjoy dinner as a group and provide an outline of the days ahead. Overnight: Bandhav Villas in a double/twin room with breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Day 3 (April 11th/20th/29th April). 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. During our game drive we take a picnic breakfast at a designated spot and we return to our lodge mid-morning (11am) when the park closes. Later in the afternoon we will embark on a further afternoon/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 in a double/twin room (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Days 4-7 (12th - 15th April/ 21st- 24th April/ 30th April – 3rd May). For the next four days we will continue to enjoy twice daily game drives* (morning and evening) in Bandhavgarh National Park. *Please note: On Wednesday’s (applies to the first two departures in April only and the 14th and 21st April) you will undertake only one morning game drive, as on every Wednesday afternoon the park is closed to visitors. Overnight: Bandhav Villas in a double/twin room (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 8 (16th/25th April/ 4th May). This morning we take our last drive (this may be a little shorter in duration than previous mornings) in the national park, returning to the lodge by around 10-10:30am to allow time for brunch, packing and showers before departing the lodge at 12-12:30am (exact times TBC on final itinerary). You will then be accompanied by our local guide (Bali) on the 3-4-hour road transfer to Jabalpur airport and from here take the late afternoon/early evening departure to Delhi. On arrival transfer to Hotel Pride Plaza (Aerocity). Overnight: Overnight: Hotel Pride Plaza. Aerocity. Nr. Delhi Airport in a twin/double room (breakfast only basis)
Day 9 (17th/26th April/ 5th May). After breakfast and at a time that is appropriate you will be transferred to the international airport from where you will take your onward international flights home (Breakfast included)
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I have travelled to India many times and have mostly been very lucky and content with the tiger sightings that I’ve had. The tiger is very special to me – so I have high expectations – and this first trip that Andy and Sarah did met them. We went to Bandhavgarh – and I’ve been there a few times before but it had suffered some setbacks a few years ago – so I was keen to see how it had recovered – it had! We had some wonderful sightings and I came away very happy! To concentrate on the one Reserve is a good idea. They have an excellent local guide/naturalist as their ‘fixer’ and he ensured that everything went smoothly behind the scenes. Andy and Sarah spent time with us ensuring that we were happy with our shots etc . The accommodation was very good too. A great tiger trip!
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We just got back from a tiger photography trip with Andy and Sarah. It was a brilliant experience. As usual, everything was tip top in order. Great place to stay, logistically perfectly arranged and all the conditions to see tigers optimal. They make sure the local operator and naturalist is equally as good. Bandhavgarh is certainly a magical place and seeing wild tigers is just incredible. It surely is a different thing than an African safari but it’s an experience not to be missed. And going with Andy and Sarah is highly recommended, if you plan to do so.
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I'm so glad I booked this, what an amazing experience to see Bengal Tigers and the chance to photograph them as well. We had Tiger sightings everyday including mating Tigers and cubs. I remember the first time tracking a tigers foot prints then sitting in our jeep in silence listening for alarm calls, a spotted deer calls and the driver shouts Tiger Tiger and we set off in that direction. I had goose bumps it's a brilliant feeling. Andy and Sarah where always there to help they never stopped making sure everyone was cared for. The location was in a great place with easy access to the zones and the accommodation was great too. I would highly recommend this Tiger Tour you will not be disappointed Bandhavgarh is a wonderful place