India Photography Safari with Paul Goldstein

7 days
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£2,699
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Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Leisurely
Activity Level: Leisurely
Trip code: 
WKP
Way to Travel:
Tailor Made Adventures
Activity:
Safaris
Group size:
4–15
Min age:
16

Share your passion for photography on an Indian Safari with Paul Goldstein

At only 437 sq. km. Bandhavgarh is one of the smaller National Parks made up of grasslands, birch forests and bamboo that provide cover for the plentiful indigenous wildlife. In common with many other parks, Bandhavgarh is home to a wide variety of game including leopard, sloth bear, gaur, sambar, chital, jungle cat, wild pig and of course tiger. The healthy population of approximately 60-70 animals means that this park has the highest tiger density of any of India's reserves. Aside from the game and the tigers, the park also plays host to up to 150 species of birds including many on the migratory trail, such as the Steepe eagle. This trip is all about taking the time to not only see some incredible wildlife but to capture those once in a lifetime images that will bring back memories for years to come. You will be sharing this experience with fellow photography enthusiasts and our own expert Paul Goldstein. Conservationist and photographer, Paul is the man to help you improve your photography skills. His love of wildlife has resulted in three stunning books of  his most memorable images to date. Our local leader Heemanshu will also share his infectious enthusiasm for India's wildlife while ensuring your trip runs smoothly. 

Highlights

  • One of the most important tiger reserves, Bandhavgarh N.P
  • 150 species of birds, leopards, deer, jungle cats and wild dogs
  • Great rocky hills, lush deciduous forests

Key information

  • 6 nights in resort with swimming pool
  • Travel by air-conditioned bus, 4WD jeeps and internal flights
  • 2 full day, 4 morning and 2 afternoon safaris
  • Countries visited: India

What's included

  • 6 breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport
  • Jeeps exclusive for Exodus 

What's not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Single supplements where available
Call for general departures:
+91 80 4213 6106
Call for tailor made trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Delhi
to
Delhi
  • Day 1

    Start Delhi; flight to Jabalpur; transfer to Bandhavgarh

    Those who are on the group flight will land in Delhi in the morning. Those not on the group flight will need to be at Delhi Airport by 1.00pm in order to meet the group prior to the onward domestic flight to Jabalpur.  If time allows for those on the group flight we may be able to drive to a nearby airport hotel to freshen up in day use rooms.  This will depend on the flight arrival time. In the late afternoon your adventure really starts, as we drive to Bhandavgarh National Park, a journey of approximately 3-4 hours. 

    Nature Heritage Resort

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Morning safari; afternoon free or optional cricket match

    An early start for our first morning safari in Bandhavgarh National Park. Gates open at 5.30am and your leader will advise wake up time and breakfast arrangements which will either be a packed breakfast to take into the park or on return from the safari. Tea/coffee and biscuits are provided before we drive to the park.  After the safari there is free time or you may like to participate in or watch a very special cricket match.  For a number of years Exodus and Friends of Conservation have been heavily sponsoring the local school in Tala which is adjacent to Bandhavgarh.  To celebrate this initiative there will be a cricket match/festival this afternoon which Exodus is sponsoring. It would be great to have some experienced players to join the teams however spectators all welcome.  The match will be played in the school grounds and although it is not an overly serious affair it is a huge event for the village and the school children.  The park is closed this afternoon so we are not missing out on any game drives.  This cricket match is part of Paul Goldstein's  'Worth More Alive' campaign which focuses on the protection of Bengal Tigers.  2020 marks 10 years since he first ran the London Marathon in his - now legendary - tiger suit to raise money for these vunerable animals.  Along with sponsoring the match Exodus will be providing a donation to 'Worth More Alive'. This donation will go towards re-building and equipping two schools in Bandhavgarh.  By providing 1,000 local children with an education effectively underwritten by conservation the message Paul hopes to get across is the benefits of protecting their striped neighbours.  As Paul says, "Unless local people - including children - are feeling any benefits why should they bother protecting them."

    Nature Heritage Resort

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Morning and afternoon safaris

    Another wonderful day in the park with two safaris in search of the elusive tiger and also enjoying sightings of the other varied wildlife and birds in the park.  Early wake up with tea/coffee and biscuits.  After the morning safari we return to the resort for a leisurely breakfast. This afternoon we have our second safari and on return to the resort high tea with snacks are provided followed by dinner later. There will be plenty of time today for indulging your passion for photography. 

    Nature Heritage Resort

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Full day safari

    Up early to make the most of the best tiger sighting times. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available before driving to the park. You will be advised of wake up time and breakfast arrangements by your leader.  A full day exploring the park and looking out for a wide range of wildlife

    Nature Heritage Resort

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Morning and afternoon safaris

    Our usual early morning start in the hope of seeing tigers.  Tea/coffee and biscuits before driving to the park.  After the morning safari return to the resort for a leisurely breakfast.  Later in the afternoon we head off for our second safari of the day

    Nature Heritage Resort 

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Full day safari

    A second full day safari adventure. You will be advised of wake up time and breakfast arrangements.  Enjoy a full day exploring the park and looking out for a wide range of wildlife and hoping for those iconic tiger shots.

    Nature Heritage Resort

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Morning safari; drive to Jabalpur airport, fly to Delhi, transfer to International airport

    This morning we are up early for our last safari before the drive back to Jabalpur Airport for the domestic flight back to Delhi. Those on the flight inclusive package will have an internal transfer to the International terminal for their evening flight back to London. Land Only arrangements will finish after arrival at Delhi airport.

     

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

India

Visas are required if you are British and for most other nationalities. For UK residents full details of the visa process can be found here. Other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies.

If your trip visits Ladakh, in the very north of India, or Sikkim in the northeast, do not mention this on your Indian visa application. This can sometimes slow down or even cause the embassy to reject your visa.

When you reach immigration, you are required to pick up an immigration form. If you have an e-visa, ensure you stand in the correct queue - please follow the signs to the e-visa booth (in Delhi this is at the back of the immigration hall). You will need to fill out an additional form at the booth - please make sure that you have the details of your start hotel ready (these details can be found on your Final Joining Instructions).

 

Vaccinations

India

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please see the TRIP NOTES for further information.

Eating and Drinking

6 breakfasts and 6 dinners are included

As breakfast is taken after the morning safaris and afternoon tea is provided on some days most people find they don't need to have lunch. There is a restaurant at the resort that serves a variety of options if you wish to have lunches. 

Weather

September to April is the ideal time to visit this area of northern India. Days are normally warm to hot and nights cool or mild. Humidity is very low and little or no rain can be expected. In April it can get very hot during the day. Evenings in Delhi and at the game parks can be surprisingly cool, so bring a jumper or lightweight fleece as well as sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses. 

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 1 (leisurely)

This tour is not physically demanding, and therefore graded leisurely, however please note there are a lot of very early morning starts as this is one of the best times to see tigers. 

Love wildlife? Love capturing them with the lens of your camera and creating memorable images of your adventure? Then this trip is for you.   Working with Paul Goldstein is always an inspiring experience and you are bound to learn some helpful photography tips along the way. 

Call for general departures:
+91 80 4213 6106
Call for tailor made trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

National park resort

We are staying at the Nature Heritage resort which has cottages with en suite facilities with hot water available 24 hours.  There are verandahs around the cottages where you can unwind and enjoy the natural atmosphere.  There is a restaurant and swimming pool and in the evenings people tend to gather around a campfire and share their wildlife spotting stories from the day. The resort is very close to the gates for the National Park so it is a quick drive to our safaris each day. 

Call for general departures:
+91 80 4213 6106
Call for tailor made trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed May 2019
    Robert Ordidge

    A dedicated photographic trip for tigers and other wildlife.

    A dedicated photographic trip to India to photograph tigers in the Bandhavgarh National Park.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing my first wild tiger and then to see them on ever drive. Exceptional sightings in a variety of situations. A least three sets of cubs not shy to entertain the followers. April/May is the hot season 45c and the watering holes attract tigers and other animals and birds. Hang around and sooner or later things will usually happen. We were entertained on a daily basis by three brothers play fighting in and around the water. I do not now of another person who has witnessed so much tiger activity. November is the popular time to go, but if you can cope with the heat, April/May is the better time to go.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Trips like the one we were on do not just happen. You need to make your own luck and most is down to the leader. In this case Paul Goldstein works tirelessly in order to get the best vantage point. His manner will not suit everyone but anyone who runs the London marathon in a tiger suit deserves special treatment and recognition. Thats why he has a regular and dedicated group of followers. Exodus has a wonderful local India leader in Heemanshu. A quietly spoken but very knowledgeable person that commands the respect of all the local staff.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Travel with Exodus on dedicated photographic trips, if you want the best opportunities to get your images. Wildlife photography is not easy and is unpredictable. You need to put the time in and make every effort to increase your chances of being successful. Also the group must get on and I have never been part of a bad group with Exodus

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Another major experience and I cannot wait till the next one.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

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