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Wildlife and Cultural photography tour of India, visiting Ranthambhore, Agra and Tadoba

17 days from £3450*

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Overview

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We first head to Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary by train from Delhi; a national park which Wildlife Trails have been visiting since 1997 and have helped pioneer specialist tours outside of the park itself to give our clients a more rounded and rich experience. As well as the daily morning and afternoon tiger safaris inside Ranthambhore national park, we will undertake private excursions to tribal villages, lakes and buffer areas of the park; which themselves are full of life; whether that be a group of ladies in their resplendent saris bringing in the winter crop, or noctural wildlife such as Indian Fox or Hyena scavenging on the dry scrublands outside of the villages. We head to Lake Surwal to see hundreds of migratory birds and the village of Devpura to observe the elegant and shy Black Buck Antelope. All of these activities are done at a gentle pace with your own local private guide and with a focus on taking our time to appreciate and photograph these unique rural scenes.

After our time in Ranthambhore we depart via the scenic back roads (no highways) on a beautiful journey which takes us across the Banas River (one of the boundaries of Ranthambhore national park) and through some beautiful river side sand dunes. Further on we pass through some old tribal villages where we can still observe Oxon being used to turn the giant mill stones, as well as 'camel chariots' transporting crops or building materials. This is an insight into rural eastern Rajasthan that few visitors have the chance to experience, so we will take our time, stopping regularly and enjoying watching 'village life' unfold.

Rajasthan is famous around the world for its hill top forts, palaces and havelis, so we have created a tour which allows you to live like a royal for 2 nights with a stay at the beautiful Ramathra Fort. Even the drive up to the drop off point is spectacular as your vehicle drives up steep narrow roads and under imposing gateways and the views from the forts ramparts as you enjoy a refreshing welcome drink are truely spectacular. Because of its rural location and access to a nearby dam a stay at Ramathra is very productuve for both birds and noctural wildlife such as Jackals and some of the lesser cat species like Jungle Cat. So we will enjoy a mixture of private boat safaris and evening drives to search for the resident wildlife. 

From Ramathra we head north to Agra and a chance to view the iconic Taj Mahal from different locations and in the evening, as well as at sunrise. We also have a private guided tour of Agra Fort and the 'Baby Taj'. A trip to India without an overnight train journey (although carriages are basic) would see you miss out on a social phenomenon, whch allows the mass transportation of the country's huge population despite very low incomes. A trip on an Indian train is like travelling through a small vibrant village; with street vendors, families eating theier chapatis and vegetables together and colourdul characters regaling their family history and memories of India's colonial past.

Our final destination is Tadoba national park where we will stay at a lovely resort and have access to two of the main entry gates into the park. This provides greater flexibility on our daily safari drives to visit different areas of the park and if we are lucky the chance to see wild dogs and sloth bears, as well as the resident tigers.

Itinerary

This is a Small Group Tour

  1. Feb 6

    Arrive at Delhi Airport (morning arrival required) where you will be met and then transferred to Delhi railway station to catch train to Ranthambhore. Met on arrival in Ranthambhore and transferred 15 minutes to Ranthambhore Regency.

  2. Feb 7

    Morning and afternoon jeep safaris in Ranthambhore national park. In between safari visit to 10th century fort.

  3. Feb 8

    Morning and afternoon jeep safaris in Ranthambhore national park

  4. Feb 9

    Morning private jeep safari to Devpura (outside of the park) looking for Black Buck Antelope. Afternoon jeep safari inside Ranthambhore national park.

  5. Feb 10

    Today we will focus more on social photography and the colour and traditions of the rural tribes of eastern Rajasthan

  6. Feb 11

    Morning and afternoon jeep safaris in Ranthambhore national park

  7. Feb 12

    Morning jeep safari in Ranthambhore National Park. Later you will enjoy a magical drive through rural India to ‘Ramathra Fort’, as you head north towards the eastern border of Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary and the Banas River.

  8. Feb 13

    Morning boat trip on the nearby dam, with the chance to see a variety of water birds including open-billed storks, painted storks, white necked storks, river terns. Rest of the day free to explore local villages and a chance for a nocturnal drive, looking for Jackal, Indian Fox and some lesser cats.

  9. Feb 14

    Transfer to Agra and check into the ‘Trident Hotel. You will have the chance to visit the Mehtab Bagh (moonlight garden) in order to view the Taj Mahal from the opposite bank as the sun sets

  10. Feb 15

    Sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal when there are fewer visitors; followed by a half-day tour of Agra including visits to the iconic Fort and ‘Baby Taj’. We then catch an overnight train from Agra to Nagpur

  11. Feb 16

    We will be met at Nagpur station on arrival (mid-morning) and transferred to ‘Svasara Jungle Lodge’ for our overnight accommodation. Rest of the afternoon free to relax and enjoy the hotel grounds.

  12. Feb 17

    Morning and afternoon jeep safaris inside Tadoba National Park

  13. Feb 18

    Morning and afternoon jeep safaris inside Tadoba National Park

  14. Feb 19

    Morning and afternoon jeep safaris inside Tadoba National Park

  15. Feb 20

    Morning and afternoon jeep safari inside Tadoba National Park

  16. Feb 21

    Morning jeep safari inside Tadoba National.  Later you will be transferred to Nagpur airport to connect with the Indigo flight to Delhi. Overnight at the beautiful ‘Claridges Hotel’

  17. Feb 22

    When appropriate you will be transferred to Delhi international airport to connect with your onward international flight.

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Cost £3450 per person based on two people sharing a room. The cost does not include international flights, but we are ATOL bonded and can quote on request.

​Single Supplement: £865 per person.

​Maximum of 5 clients on the tour and 3 people per jeep.

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