Arresting the gaze of a wild Bengal tiger is one of the most coveted images a nature photographer can pursue. And our India Photo Pro Safari offers the best possible odds for attaining this rare opportunity. In the renowned tiger enclave of Ranthambore National Park, when the Indian spring moves toward the hotter months, animals anticipate the monsoon that is still weeks away. During the heat of the day, tigers seek shelter from the often-oppressive heat, but they must feed and drink, moving from the dry underbrush into the open to water at least twice a day. While there are fewer visitors to India’s tiger reserves in late spring and early summer, it is typically the best time of year to see and photograph wild animals. Along with its famous tigers, Ranthambore is home to sloth bear, caracal, jackal, striped hyena, desert fox, mongoose, peacocks and much more—an extravaganza for wildlife photographers! Add cultural highlights including Jaipur and the Taj Mahal, and you've got an India photo expedition that's second to none.
Optimal Season for Tiger PhotographyVisit Ranthambore National Park at the best time of year for tiger sightings, as warmer weather draws tigers into the open in search of water
Plus Other Exclusive Photo OpportunitiesAlong with our focus on tigers, you'll shoot in a leopard reserve, on a balloon flight over the Pink City of Jaipur, and at sunrise and sunset at the Taj Mahal
Explore with Top Photographer GuidesJust six guests total (and only two per safari vehicle) travel with Expedition Leaders who are tiger experts, superb interpreters and photography pros
A Tiger-Intensive Photo Safari For those in search of the world's best odds to photograph tigers in the wild, this is your trip. Ranthambore National Park in eastern Rajasthan is legendary tiger country, and our tiger-intensive itinerary gives you 5-1/2 days on safari here, to maximize your chances of going home with the tiger images you have dreamed of.
The Best Location, at the Best Time of Year, for Tiger Photography Though it's hot when we visit, this increases our chances of seeing tigers, since they must emerge from shade and seclusion in the underbrush in order to drink water twice daily. Our best opportunity to photograph them will be at these waterholes. Other wildlife must also come out in search of water, and we're likely to have excellent chances to photograph a wide array of native species.
Six Guests Total—Just Two Photographers Per Safari Vehicle You won't find a smaller group! Limited to six, with just two travelers and a driver-guide in our open-sided safari vehicles, you’ll have a quiet presence and unimpeded access for photography. There's also room to carry all your gear comfortably, and flexibility to adapt to changing conditions (light, weather, animal movements) in order to maximize photo opportunities.
Special All-Access Park Permits Enhance Tiger Photo Ops
On two of our safari days, we have special park permits that allow us full, unrestricted half-day access, permitting us to follow any track we wish instead of routes prescribed by park management. This means we can follow the tigers, tapping our inside sources to find out where they were most recently seen. These permits also allow advantageous timing: we enter the park early, before others have arrived, and we do not have to exit by mid-morning, upping our odds to see tigers emerge to waterholes at midday.
Shoot Alongside an Outstanding Wildlife Photographer
Your Expedition Leader is an accomplished professional photographer and a tiger expert, who as a seasoned naturalist is adept at understanding tiger behavior, movement patterns, and locating them in their natural habitat. The interpretive experience goes hand in hand with the best photo opportunities, and you're assured of both on this unsurpassed expedition. While our guests on this safari will be accomplished photographers in their own right, you'll benefit from the location-specific skills and experience of your guide, who will help you capitalize on all the shooting possibilities.
Retreat and Refresh with Superb Accommodations
After intensive photography time in the field in often-hot temperatures, it can be a relief to return to air-conditioned luxury rooms right on the edge of the park. And given that we like to start as early as possible and linger as long as we can, there are distinct advantages to such proximity—including the opportunity for a midday rest during the heat of the day. Our deluxe tented accommodations are just outside the park, offering exceptional convenience.
Wildlife Is Our Focus, But We Don't Omit History & Culture
While the heart of this adventure is a tiger-intensive safari, with multiple days devoted to wildlife photography (including a leopard reserve), we also include other dimensions of India sure to captivate photographers, including the storied Taj Mahal, a balloon ride over the pink sandstone city of Jaipur, and a half-day tour of Delhi, India’s vibrant capital. India's wealth of cultural treasures and engaging human interactions provides an interesting photographic complement to the vast, wild expanse of Ranthambore that is our primary focus.
Sunrise and Sunset Photography Sessions at the Taj Mahal
No photographer wants to leave India without a chance to capture its most famous cultural icon in the pink light of sunrise. We make two unhurried visits to the Taj Mahal to capitalize on the best light, at sunset and again at dawn, when the first rays of the sun illumine the gleaming white marble facade.
Our Presence Directly Helps Protect Tigers
After years of precipitously declining tiger numbers, India is charting steady increases. Its 2018 quadrennial tiger census counted 2,967 tigers, a 33% rise over the 2014 census, which was also up 30% from 2010. Conservation groups attribute a share of the increase to responsible ecotourism. The economic value of visitors to India's tiger reserves benefits local communities, offering people an incentive to protect the wildlife they share the land with. Given that India is home to 70% of the world's remaining wild tigers, our presence here for wildlife tourism here is integral to that continued success.
The World’s Finest Naturalist Guides
Natural Habitat Adventures has a well-deserved global reputation for employing the highest-quality guides in the industry. Our Expedition Leaders have years of experience and training, including resources from WWF's top scientists. You won’t find more knowledgeable—or more personable—guides than those who work with us. Our philosophy is simple: a nature adventure is only as good as the guide who leads it, so we provide the very best! Read our Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
Our Quality-Value Guarantee Insures Your India Wildlife Safari With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive quality value guarantee that promises we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
Feel Good About Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007.
Natural Habitat Adventures is World Wildlife Fund's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world's leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat Adventures its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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