A week spent in the prescence of a dying breed, that was finicky, inspiring and at times quite marvellous. Enough of Paul and onto the Tigers. A week spent in the prescence of a dying breed, that was finicky, inspiring and at times quite marvellous. Spectacular scenery, good food and excellent leadership along with doing something uselful for the community in Tala.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
We went to the local school that Exodus supports and seeing the joy on the children's faces when they were presented with pencils, pens and basic calculators that the group had donated.
Seeing a family of tigers in the bush for the first time. Seeing another tiger, meaning that there was still more than one tiger left and the hope that that would always be the case.
Having the alpha male tiger walk alongside the car for about 10 minutes.
Watching the sun rise and the sun set on the Taj Mahal - we added an extra couple of days to this trip.
- What did you think of your group leader?
See summary for Paul! Brilliant team leader who gets the group together and spurs you on to get good images and enjoy the moment. Also very good at giving advice (whether needed or not!) on practical photographic technique and processing
Bavinder was quietly efficient in the background dealing with the unmitigating, trivial Indian paperwork requirements. When my wife was ill, he was very caring and considerate. he made an excellent partner to Paul.
Our Driver (Gagan?) in Agra and Delhi was a really good driver with lots of help and information and a cheery personality. He finioshed off our trip really nicely.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Very good laundry at the lodge so don't need to take huge amounts of clothes. Take a long lens instead of clothes, 500mm if you can, because the tigers aren't always as close as lions etc can be on other safaris. Take decent blowup cushion for overnight train. Also take Immodium despite good quality food in lodges etc!
When in Delhi (if you take extra days) be careful of ANYONE who offers you advice when walking about sightseeing.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Go see the tigers before the Indian government decides that you can't.
If you've not been to Agra, add it on, it really is worthwhile- after all, you are going past the place!