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Wildlife Photo Tours founded by wildlife photographer Talat Khalid specializes in outstanding wildlife watching and photography tours. We offer fixed departure small group tours and private tailor-made tours to select wildlife sanctuaries in India.
We have designed our tours keeping photography in mind (but not particularly for photographers) so that you can spend the maximum and best time in the forest and being in the right place where the opportunity is.
Our tours run at an easy pace necessary for good wildlife sightings, unlike hopping around from place to place; wildlife in our experience requires time and patience.
A tour with us, would give you the opportunity to explore and know the place and its inhabitants.
All our tours are led by a professional wildlife photographer Talat Khalid with only 3 participants per safari vehicle and max of 5 participants per tour.
Beginner/amateur photographers can learn firsthand in the field from the accompanying wildlife photographer and gain lots of in the field insight and tips about wildlife photography and animal behaviour. Professional photographers will also gain from the vast experience of local wildlife and location, thereby increasing their chances of good photography opportunities.
We have 6-11 days small group tours scheduled as below for outstanding Tiger watching and photography at Bandhavgarh & Kanha, the two best known national parks for tigers and other wildlife. We also have 7 day tour scheduled for Indian Rhino, Elephants & water buffalo watching and photography at Kaziranga. If you want to travel on other dates, destinations, spend more days, customize your itinerary then we also offer fully tailor-made tours for individuals & groups to a few select destinations.
Bandhavgarh is spread in the Vindhya hills in Madhya Pradesh, with tiger density at its highest and Bandhavgarh tigers being very tolerant to vehicles, this is a place where sightings of tigers are relatively frequent and consistent over the years, the tigers can be watched at close range and a telephoto lens is sometimes too much to photograph these magnificent felines. A stay of 5 nights usually offers good tiger sightings and photography opportunities. Tiger sightings out here are so frequent that most tigers have names usually given by forest guides. It is here that Michael Nick Nichols of National Geography photographed the famous tigers named Charger and Sita.
Kanha, also called Kipling's Country, is said to be the place that inspired the Jungle book. At Kanha the jungle book comes alive, although Kanha is also famous for its tigers, it’s the variety of other animals and birds that makes it so special. We have the rare barasingha (swamp deers), langurs, dholes (wild dogs), wild boars, leopards, cheetals, gaurs (indian bisons), sambars, jackals, jungle cats, blackbucks, and an exciting forest with beautiful vistas to explore. Kanha also has some 200 species of birds. The sal and bamboo forest with magnificent meadows, grasslands and ravines make this trip outstanding. Male tigers are usually seclusive and seen less often but in Kanha male tigers are often seen walking on the road and chances are you may have your best male tiger sightings in Kanha.
Kaziranga National Park lies in Assam the North-East of India. A World Heritage Site, the park hosts two-thirds of the world’s Great One-horned Rhinoceroses. The park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer. Kaziranga has a very healthy tiger population and recent studies have shown that there are 17 per 100sqkm, which is the highest density in India. However, due to the tall elephant grass habitat and very shy nature of the Tigers makes photographing tigers extremely rare in Kaziranga. Although it is famous for its big five but there are so many other animals and birds here making it the most diverse of India’s forest.
Bandhavgarh & Kanha (Tiger Tours)
2011: 12 Nov, 2 Dec
2012: 13 Jan, 3 Feb, 16 Mar, 20 Apr, 11 May, 1 Jun
Kaziranga (Rhino, Elephant, buffalo Tour)
2011: 23 Nov, 18 Dec
2012: 3 Jan, 19 Feb, 1 Mar, 1 Apr
Tours & Prices
11 day/10 Night Tour to Bandhavgarh and Kanha national parks with 19 safaris/game drives. Price from Rupee 180,000 - Rupee 195,000 INR excluding flights.
6 day/5 Night Tour to Bandhavgarh national parks with 10 safaris/game drives. Price from Rupee 90,000 - Rupee 97,000 INR excluding flights.
7 day/6 Night Tour to Kaziranga national parks with 10 safaris/game drives. Price from Rupee 110,000 - Rupee 120,000 INR excluding flights.
Price includes comfortable & elegantly furnished jungle resort accommodations, all meals, tea & coffee, Jabalpur pick up and drop off, transfer, and activities mentioned in the itinerary. Price depends on season and group size. Under 18's must be accompanied by a guardian. A day visit to the TajMahal & Agra fort can be arranged at an additional cost. Check our website for additional tours & detailed info.
Day 1: Jabalpur. Pickup from Jabalpur in the morning, from our designated place and time, travel by road (approx 5 hrs) to Bandhavgarh National Park, check-in at resort around noon. After lunch, evening game drive inside the park.
Days 2-5: Bandhavgarh National Park. Morning and evening game drives inside park for watching and photographing wildlife.
Day 6: Bandhavgarh to Jabalpur. Morning game drive, after breakfast drive from Bandhavgarh to Jabalpur. The 6 day tour concludes at our designated point in Jabalpur.
The 11 day tour proceeds as below.
Day 6: Bandhavgarh to Kanha. Morning game drive, after breakfast drive from Bandhavgarh to Kanha (approx 6 hrs). Reach resort at Kanha before evening. Have dinner and rest at night for early morning excursion.
Days 7-10: Kanha. Morning and evening game drives inside park for watching and photographing wildlife.
Day 11: Jabalpur. Morning game drive, breakfast and check-out and drive back to Jabalpur. The tour concludes at our designated point in Jabalpur.
Day 1 - Pickup from Guwahati airport, travel by road (approx 6 hrs) to Kaziranga, Reach resort by evening. Overnight at resort.
Day 2,3,4,5,6 - Morning and Evening Game Drives inside park. We will visit all the 4 zones of the park in these 5 days to see and photograph the best of what each zone has to offer.
Day 7 - Early Morning check-out and drive back to Guwahati airport. The Tour concludes at Guwahati airport.
We believe in responsible tourism and through our tours we intend to spread the message of conservation, our tours are usually small groups of avid nature lovers and wildlife photographers. We encourage local involvement and hence often hire locals who have great knowledge about the parks and its residents.
If you are interested in having an outstanding wildlife watching or photography holiday, or would like to know more then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call direct no +91 8108933505.
Visit our site www.wildlifephototours.com for more details.
In keeping with our aim for responsible travel we use local agents, restaurants and hotels. Our policy is to have only local forest guides, trackers, safari vehicle drivers and using transport owned and operated by local people wherever possible and stay in responsibly run eco-friendly jungle lodges most of them members of the international organisation TOFT - "The Travel Operators for Tigers" who are committed to advocate and encourage more sustainable wildlife tourism in tiger reserves and national parks, and to adhere to eco tourism best practice guidelines.
TOFT Objectives are as follows:
To advocate and support better tourism practices in wilderness areas, with specific guidelines for operators, service and accommodation providers and visitors.
To empower local communities to become involved in wildlife tourism projects and initiate low impact and sustainable development which helps conserves the parks and benefits the communities through employment and business opportunities.
To catalyse initiatives through the lodge community that enhance wildlife conservation and community support, including waste and water management, trade cooperatives, local employment, fair wages and local enterprises and services.
The accommodations providers that we have selected are TOFT members and follow a very responsible and sustainable approach in running these jungle lodges/resorts. As members of TOFT they are audited for their practices and their footprint on the environment and community. As members they contribute directly towards tiger conservation and protection through TOFT membership and contributions.
Some of the good practices followed by our accommodation providers:
Employment & training of local staff for their livelihood approximately 80% of staff are from local villages.
Environment friendly usage of compound waste for hot water boilers.
Use of low power consumption CFL bulbs which consume 1/5 power of normal bulbs.
Maximum dependently on local material and local skilled labour for construction.
Huge plantation drives were conducted by them during the initial construction of each resort resulting in all their resorts having an average of 20 year old trees throughout their compound which attract birds, butterflies etc in large numbers.
Use of eco friendly material wherever possible for construction.
They change the guest room linen only every 3 days, unless insisted by the guest. They do not maintain any lawns which consume huge amount of water & electricity.
However their focus has been hedges which are easy to maintain and consumes very little water to beautify the resort compound.
Bird’s baths and others small water bodies particularly in summer are kept in the compound to attract birds and quench their thirst.
We pay our local forest guides, safari vehicle drivers, trackers, transport owners with a fair price, these are locals whom we have build a relationship of friendship and trust over the years even before we started operating the tours. We treat them as our friends and assets. We also encourage our participants to tip the forest guides, trackers, safari vehicle drivers if they feel so after each safari.
All our trips are designed by a wildlife photographer and are small groups of not more than 5 people. We believe that being small helps in leaving minimal negative impact on the fragile environment and in our experience the best wildlife experiences often happen in small groups. Our tour leaders ensure that the guests understand the fragile environment they are in and minimise the impact that they may have.
Eco-friendly responsible tourism helps the local community including the wildlife and experts believe that tiger population in tiger tourism areas have increased over the years as compared to parks where tourism is less or not popular. Tourism helps the forest guards in keeping a free eye on the illegal and poaching activities. The park entry fee directly helps in the conservation of the wildlife. The most important thing is to keep visiting the parks so the local population generates income out of tourism; they understand that without tigers, there would be no tourists and thus no money.
When on safari we use non-diesel vehicles and always try to promote petrol driven vehicles in the park. We advise our participants not to feed, tease, touch any wildlife and maintain silence during safaris and respect local culture of behaviour and attire. Safari Routes and timings set by the park authorities are strictly adhered to by us.
In Bandhavgarh we encourage our photographer participants to get a bean-bag or lens cover made by the local tailor, these are not fancy but very usable and useful, this helps the local tailor get some business and also helps the photographer get a good camera-lens support and cover at very economical price.
We advise earth colour clothes e.g. beige, forest green, olive, grey, brown, etc, those that are not too bright when inside the park. Wildlife tends to avoid bright colours. We also advise no perfumes, deodorants, anything with strong scent needs to be avoided. Wildlife is very sensitive to smell. We ask participants to switch off lights, fans, air conditioners when leaving the room. We also advise them to reduce or avoid the use of air conditioners when possible.
We have a strictly no smoking policy inside the forest; many forest fire accidents can be avoided by small measures. We encourage keeping the safety and welfare of wildlife first and foremost before any photography opportunity. We advise our photographer travellers not to encourage and tip mahouts who sometimes purposely push the elephants towards a tiger to get an aggressive or desired pose. We discourage photography from elephants during tiger shows when such a practice is noticed.
As part of our own learning process and to reduce our own footprint on the environment and keep track of our fellow providers e.g. accommodation providers, we ask every participant for feedback on the tour and accommodation practises that they observed and how those practises can be improved. We pass all relevant feedbacks to our accommodation providers so they may also improve their practises.
We enforce a no paper policy where possible and encourage use of recycled paper. Wherever possible we try to use electronic medium for most of our documents instead of printed documents.