Location of Adventure
Group Size Limit
Traveling in a small group is the best way to experience nature intimately, and this is especially true for our photographic adventures. With just six travelers per departure, and only two guests per safari vehicle you’re assured plenty of space and personalized attention. As a small group, we maintain the flexibility to adapt to changing conditions in a way that maximizes the photo opportunities—we'll depart early in the morning to chase the best light, remain at a site of specific photographic interest to fully explore the potential, or move to a new destination when desired.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Arrival and departure airport transfers (if you are staying at the Taj Mahal or Trident Gurgaon hotels), internal flight, train from Delhi to Ranthambore, accommodations, meals from breakfast Day 2 to lunch final day, drinking water throughout the trip and soft drinks at meals, services of an NHA Expedition Leader, local guides and lodge staff, most gratuities, still camera fees in parks (but not fee for video cameras), all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
Travel to and from start and end points of trip (Delhi, India), early arrival and late departure airport transfers (if you are not staying at the Taj Mahal or Trident Gurgaon hotels), alcoholic beverages, passport and visa fees, some gratuities, optional activities, fees for video cameras in parks, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, Internet, etc.), airline baggage fees, required medical evacuation insurance and optional travel insurance.
Easy to Moderate
In order to participate in this trip, you must be able to walk unassisted for at least one mile over uneven terrain for the Delhi city tour, climb a short ladder to get into and out of our safari vehicles, and tolerate daily excursions in extremely hot conditions. Although we avoid the hottest part of the day during our outings, note that temperatures can be very high and may exceed 110°F. Activities include short walking tours and wildlife drives in the park that take place on very rough and bumpy dirt roads, with many ruts and potholes, in potentially extremely dusty conditions. Those with back problems or other health issues that could be exacerbated by such circumstances should take this into consideration. The trip also involves very early morning starts (before dawn) and long days filled with activities. Note that all activities are optional, and those who choose may opt out of game drives and relax at the hotel instead.
Important Information About This Trip
Most of our guests travel to India for encounters with the country’s wildlife. While nature experiences in India are indeed remarkable, 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 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 itineraries 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 view 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. However, the park service allocates routes at random for each vehicle, so there is no guarantee that vehicles will get a different route for each wildlife drive. We understand that the main purpose of your journey is to view and photograph tigers, and but please understand that there is a chance that the vehicle to which you are assigned could take the same route multiple times. Thank you for participating in this adventure knowing that this may be the case.
Also, on rare occasions you may see film crews during your time inside parks. 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 photography safari with Nat Hab provides the best viewing and photography experience possible.
Since the areas we travel to are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require that all guests have medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat Adventures (NHA), we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of NHA's medical evacuation policy (currently $48 per person) to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
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.
Getting There & Getting Home
Arrive in Delhi at anytime on Day 1 of the itinerary. You are free to depart Delhi anytime after 8 pm on the final day. We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as we are intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.