Dates, Prices & Info
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**Apr 15: This trip date lines up within 1-4 days of our Snow Leopard Quest: A Photo Pro Expedition. Combine them for a comprehensive Indian experience.
A very important feature of our India photography safari is the very small group size. With just six travelers, and only two per vehicle on wildlife drives, you can expect far superior nature encounters and better tiger photo opportunities, away from crowds, in an intimate, low-impact context.
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- Trip price includes: Accommodations, services of Nat Hab's professional Expedition Leader(s), local guides and lodge staff, all meals from breakfast on Day 2 through lunch on final day, most gratuities, special permits on two safari days, still camera fees, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, all activities and entrance fees, all taxes, permits and service fees.
- Internal air cost includes: All flights within the itinerary (this will be listed separately on our invoicing).
In order to participate in this trip, you must be able to walk unassisted (without the use of walking aids) at a steady pace for two miles over uneven terrain, climb a short ladder to get into and out of our safari vehicles, climb multiple stairs at the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, and tolerate daily excursions in extremely hot conditions. Although we generally avoid the hottest part of the day during our outings, note that temperatures can be very high and may exceed 110°F. Activities include city walking tours that could be as long as three miles in total, walking with luggage through a crowded airport and train stations, and walking on sometimes dark and uneven paths at our accommodations. Wildlife drives in the park take place on very rough and bumpy dirt roads with many ruts and potholes, in extremely dusty conditions. Travelers with back problems or other health issues that could be exacerbated by such conditions should take this into consideration. The trip also involves very early morning starts (before dawn) and long days filled with activities, which can be very tiring, especially in the heat.
Important Information About This Trip
Most of our guests travel to India to encounter the country’s wildlife. While nature experiences in India are indeed outstanding, there is a fundamental difference between a safari in the Indian jungle and a typical African safari. At times, guests lured to India by tourist brochures promising “tiger safaris” can be disappointed to see fewer animals than they expected, or at least fewer than they might normally expect to see in Africa. It is not that India's surviving jungle habitat is thinly populated with wildlife, but, similarly to places like Costa Rica where the forest vegetation is very dense, animals have mastered the art of camouflage and can be difficult to spot, even during the summer season when foliage is thinner.
That said, we have carefully designed our India itinerary to capitalize on the best conditions to spot and photograph tigers. We don’t think you'll find a better opportunity to maximize your chance to photograph tigers than this trip affords. But various factors can affect potential sightings, including inclement weather, which creates small pockets of water that allow the animals to remain hidden in the forest, rather than being forced into the open to frequent waterholes. The secret to a successful Indian nature adventure lies with the expertise of our Expedition Leaders and park rangers, as well as your knowing what to expect as a traveler, and in understanding that the privilege of stepping into a wild and untouched natural realm is a reward in itself.
Safari Vehicle Routes
Rather different than in nearly every other country we travel to, in India the driving routes in national parks are pre-assigned and must be followed. In most parks this is generally not a problem, but when searching for tigers, this can be frustrating as they simply may not be visible on a given route on a given day. There are five different driving routes inside Ranthambore National Park, and our hope is that we are able to utilize different routes on different days. For three of our safari days, the park service will allocate routes at random for each vehicle. We understand that the main purpose of your journey is to photograph tigers, but please understand that there is a chance on these days that the vehicle to which you are assigned could take the same route multiple times. However, on two days, we have secured special half-day safari permits that will allow us more time in the park along with flexible access between zones, allowing us to move freely during our drives.
Also, on rare occasions, you may see film crews during your time inside the park. These crews have special permits in order to film inside park boundaries and, as a result, they do enjoy certain advantages that a regular tourist does not, such as spending the entire day inside the park and having access to places where others cannot go. Please know that while there are indeed limiting factors to the tiger-viewing experience in India, we have taken great pains to ensure that this special India tiger safari provides the very best viewing and photography opportunities possible.
To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer by calling 800-543-8917.