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India's Tigers & Wildlife: A Photo Safari

Optimal Photography Opportunities in Ranthambore National Park—Superb Tiger Territory!
Day 1: Delhi, India
Arrive in New Delhi and transfer to the Taj Mahal Hotel. One of the most distinguished addresses in India’s capital, this elegant hotel ensures a comfortable transition to India as you settle in for the next two nights. This evening is at your leisure.

Day 2: Delhi
India’s capital of 16 million people offers a spellbinding introduction to the country—not to mention quite a contrast to the wilderness and wildlife we will soon be encountering. Explore and photograph the city’s layers of history on a half-day guided tour. Our overview includes architectural monuments from centuries past, grand boulevards and crowded lanes, manicured gardens and palatial colonial government buildings. This evening we gather with our Expedition Leader for a welcome dinner and overview of our photography safari ahead.

Day 3: Sawai Madhopur / Ranthambore National Park
Drive to the railway station to board our train to Sawai Madhopur, the “Tiger City” of eastern Rajasthan. Originally called the Frontier Mail, this historic passage is among India’s oldest train routes. On arrival we transfer to Dev Vilas, where we spend the next four nights. After a quick lunch we head into Ranthambore National Park for an introductory visit. One of India’s largest and most renowned nature reserves, Ranthambore is famed for its population of approachable tigers. Our explorations take place on early morning and afternoon game drives. In the middle of the day, there’s time to relax at the hotel, enjoy the refreshment of the swimming pool, and visit the Ranthambore Foundation’s School of Art, established in partnership with nearby villages, which supports a women’s craft cooperative.

Days 4 - 6: Ranthambore National Park
The former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, at this time of year, Ranthambore National Park offers India’s best opportunity to observe and photograph tigers in the wild. Tucked between the rugged Aravalli and Vindhya hills, the reserve is a broad swath of jungle scrub bordered by steep, rocky ridges and highland plateaus dotted with lakes. The dry deciduous habitat makes it much easier to spot tigers here than in other locations where the vegetation is more dense and lush. In addition to tigers, healthy populations of spotted chital deer, nilgai, jackal, various jungle cats, sambar, chinkara gazelle, wild boar, langur monkeys and rhesus macaques thrive here, as do sloth bear. The park is also home to a sizable number of leopards, though they are shy and tend to stay in higher, more inaccessible areas. More than 300 bird species inhabit the reserve as well, ranging from crested serpent eagles to paradise flycatchers, peacocks and painted storks. While our focus may be tigers, be prepared for a multitude of amazing wildlife photography opportunities!

Day 7: Delhi / Depart
This morning we transfer to the railway station for our return journey to Delhi. Day rooms are available to us in Delhi before we transfer to the airport for flights home.

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