Bandhavgarh Photography Tour

On the Big Cat Trail

Imagine yourself on the land of Tigers holding your camera and witnessing the Royal Bengal Tigers very close to you. There are erupting goose bumps and a thrilled mind when a predator is just passing by you while you are standing on an open jeep in the core of a jungle. Does it sound unreal?

Plan a photography tour to Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh to make the above imaginary situation turn into reality. Madhya Pradesh is famously known as the state of Tigers. At Bandhavgarh, the chances of sighting the Royal Big Cats just a few metres away occurs for real. You will have the most adventurous and unforgettable time amongst the Tigers of the National reserve. 

The photography and wildlife expert from Birdwing accompanies you at every step of your adventure in the woods. You will learn a lot of aspects on the natural history and wildlife photography while experiencing the same in real. Throughout the Bandhavgarh photography tour, you will have discussions and sessions covering the nuances of wildlife photography and travel. 

When you are heading back home, you will carry tons of memories of encounters with Tigers, Jackals, Deer and the jungle birds who flew to draw your attention. 

Upcoming departures

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Mar 17th - Mar 21st, 2021
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Jun 2nd - Jun 6th, 2021
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Tour Highlights

  • 4 Nights and 5 Days Photography tour
  • 6 Safaris in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserver.
  • Lip smacking local cuisine.
  • Comfortable Jeep with 3 to 4 people in a Jeep.
  • Permit for all Core zones
  • Photographic and Natural history guidance on-field.
  • Image review sessions and critiques to improve your image making.
  • Post-processing sessions (basic) using Adobe Lightroom CC.
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what to expect from the tour?

Located between the picturesque settings of Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges, Bandhavgarh National Park is the most sought after Tiger Reserve. It has the highest density of Tigers and plentiful species of flora and fauna within its boundaries. Alongside the colossal Royal Bengal Tiger, you can come across the Leopards, Jackals, Dholes and a variety of Deer species. Nevertheless, there are bountiful birds that sing your way to amaze you inside the deep forests.

Together with the abundant wildlife, Bandhavgarh National Park boasts of historical significance. According to mythology, Bandhavgarh was a gift received by Lakshmana from his beloved brother Lord Sri Rama. Historically, the forests were the hunting grounds of The Kings of Rewa. It is believed that these kings hunted the first White Tiger in the forest. The presence of Bandhavgarh Fort and several natural and man-made caves inside the forest, make the area travellers’ paradise for exploration and photography.

Your stay is at a quaint little resort with individual cottages. Abundant birding opportunities at the resort between the safaris and free time. If you bring your macro lens, you might be able to see the small world. Lot’s of spiders, butterflies, insects and many myriad creatures to keep you engaged with. 

The food at the resort is lip smacking and you would enjoy the local cuisine as well. The resort also arranges for folk dance to get a taste of local culture. 

We have experienced jeep drivers and guide who know exactly how to track the bigger fauna. Highly experienced and sharp ears keep their senses on toes. 

How is it?

The ideal time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park to spot the Tigers and make classy photographs is during winters between October and March. The Tigers come out of their dens in the sunlight to warm themselves to spend the winters with ease. This is when they give us ample time to be behind them and capture their behavioural patterns in their natural habitat. 

The Tiger Reserve is divided into three zones – Tala, Magdi and Kithuali. The entire forest range has mixed vegetation from tall grasslands to thick Sal trees. Entering the Tala zone, you will visit Sidda Baba temple as a ritual to seek the blessings of the deity to grant the sightings of the Tigers. While you finish praying, you may immediately sight cubs playing in the grass away from the safari track. 

You may have the opportunity to track the pug marks of Kajari Tigress of the region who can be hiding anywhere within the bushes. You may hear calls from a Barking Deer or a Langur to change your direction of search while tracing the Big Cats. There can be the cubs of Solo, another Tigress roaming here and there. 

In the Magdi zone, Dotty’s cubs may be found chasing a Deer or playing in the water hole of the region. The proximity of the Tigers in the reserve is cherishing times for the cameras to click them in different postures and learn about them. When you have enough photographs taken of the Tigers, the temple of Sheshashaiya is located in the middle of the forest to pray for the safety of wildlife. 

They work hard in giving you the best wildlife experience that you could get. Our Photo mentor will give enough inputs for you to capture the best frame possible when you see a tiger.

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Tour Itinerary

  • Participants arrive at Jabalpur or Katni and will be picked up by us and we will head to the resort. We will stop on the way for a lip-smacking lunch.
  • These three days will be power packed safaris for us at the prime zones. All the participants will get a wake-up call at 5:30 AM, followed by a hot cup of chai. We head on to our morning safari into the forest of Bandhavgarh. A great time and wonderful light to try out many different compositions and image making. We will be on the lookout for the tigers of course. All the time, our tour expert will be there to guide you every step of the way. We come back to the resort by 10:30 AM. Freshen up, have our breakfast and get together for a quick discussion session. How things went on in the safari and suggestions for improving our image making skills etc.
  • Post that, we are all free to take rest or explore the resort property. A good birding location it is too. We then gather for lunch at 1:30 PM and head on to our afternoon safari at 2:15 PM.
  • Coming back at 5:30 PM, we have tea and snacks and go through one quick image review session again. We will run a post-processing session for all.
  • Following this will be dinner at 8:30 PM and then retire for the day.
  • We will get up a little late at leisure for a sumptuous breakfast and we will head to Jabalpur airport to catch our flight to our destination.

Cost and Terms

new comer

INR 46,672

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BIRDWING PATRONS

INR 45,275

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terms and conditions

Payment Terms

  • INR 25,000/- advance required for provisional reservation
  • Needed towards securing of forest permit with valid ID proof.
  • The tour cost is Ex-Jabalpur.
  • Remainder (100% ) within 30 days from the first payment

What's not Included in the tour package?

  • Travel from your home to Jabalpur or Katni.
  • Tips and Gratitudes to driver, guide and hotel staff.
  • Any beverages (alcoholic/non-alcoholic), laundry and other personal expenses.
  • Any expenses of personal in nature.

cancellation Policy

  • 60% refund if cancelled before 2 months from the date of travel
  • 20% refund if cancelled after 2 months and before 1 month from the date of travel
  • No refund if cancelled within 1 month of the date of travel

What's Included in the tour package?

  • A shared cab from Jabalpur to Bandhavgarh.
  • A shared cab from Bandhavgarh to Jabalpur.
  • 4 nights and 5 days stay at good resort/hotel.
  • All safari permits, camera charges and taxes.
  • All meals ( Lunch from Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5.)

Note: The date of written communication ( email ) stating the intent to cancel will be considered as the date for applying the cancellation policy.

FAQ

Yes, surely. Our tours though related to photography, we strive to enhance the experience of the travel rather than just focusing on the image making part of it.

Yes, you can get your spouse along even if he/she is not into photography. For kids, there will be minimum age restrictions. Please do check with us before registering.

If you are joining in on one of our photo tours, we can arrange the specific equipment that you might be looking for, on rent.

We will surely suggest you on the best possible flight options for the tour. If required, we will book the tickets for you as well.

We can arrange a cab on sharing basis (at actual cost) from Jaipur or from the place you request. Please talk to us.

We would love to have you on the tour. Being a beginner, you get all the attention from our experienced mentors. On the field as well as off the field. You just need to have the curiosity to learn.

We would want to give the best quality and value for money for every tour. You will have sufficient space for comfortable ride and photography throughout.

How we wish! We have our expert guides, drivers and experienced tour expert on the job. They will put their entire effort to deliver a memorable experience for you. At the end of the day, it is wildlife and it depends on luck factor.

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