Signature Tiger Photo Tour

This Tiger Photo Tour is crafted for photography enthusiasts who seek a deep connection with wildlife and nature. This trip guides you through the famed Bandhavgarh and Kanha Tiger Reserves.

Each reserve has its distinctive allure; Bandhavgarh, renowned for its dense Bengal tiger population, creates a haven for photographers, while Kanha is celebrated for its conservation of the rare barasingha deer and its verdant meadows.

Beyond the safaris, participants immerse themselves in refining their photographic skills, guided by expert naturalists. India’s wilderness is a tapestry of captivating species, ranging from leopards to sloth bears, ensuring that every moment spent here is truly transformative. The richness of India’s wildlife and its breathtaking landscapes are elegantly captured in this 13-day photo tour.

 

This itinerary serves as a guide. Whether you embark on this exact journey or customize it, every tour is tailored for you.

 

This trip is also available as a group tour.

TRIP LENGTH
12N/13D

PRICE PER PERSON
From $8,650

TRIP STYLE
Photography

DESTINATIONS
Bandhavgarh + Kanha, India

TIGER PHOTO TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Bandhavgarh National Park: A photographer’s dream, Bandhavgarh is celebrated for its high Bengal tiger density, offering unparalleled opportunities to capture the spirit of these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.


Kanha National Park:
Recognized for its conservation efforts, Kanha shelters the barasingha deer amidst its thick woodlands and meadows, providing a scenic backdrop for wildlife enthusiasts.

 

Signature Tiger Photo Tour: More than just a safari, this tour offers an intimate experience with only two guests per vehicle, ensuring unhindered moments to seize the perfect shots, enriched by the guidance of seasoned naturalists.

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Tiger Safari Co. is owned & operated by Voygr Expeditions.

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Detailed Overview: Tiger Photo Tour

Welcome to the Signature Tiger Photo Tour in India’s Bandhavgarh and Kanha Tiger Reserves.

This journey unfolds over 8 unforgettable days, divided into 4 full-day immersive safaris and 4 days of meticulously planned morning and afternoon safaris. The lush expanses of Bandhavgarh and Kanha serve as the backdrop, immersing every guest in a world where the presence of tigers resonates profoundly.

 

The commitment to personalized experiences guarantees an intimate journey, with a thoughtful limit of two guests per safari vehicle, to ensure you have the space to capture the best possible images. Expert drivers and trackers navigate the thrilling wilderness, providing the perfect vantage points to capture the captivating spirit of tigers.

 

However, this adventure extends beyond tigers. The vibrant wildlife tapestry of Bandhavgarh and Kanha also includes leopards, sloth bears, jackals, and an ensemble of captivating species. Under the guidance of experienced naturalists and pro photographers, the opportunity to refine photographic skills and broaden knowledge of this rich wildlife haven is limitless. After each day of adventure, return to comfortable accommodations to unwind.

 

The Signature Tiger Photo Tour offers an unmatched exploration of India’s iconic tiger reserves. It’s not just about enhancing a photography collection, but about witnessing stunning snapshots of extraordinary wildlife. It’s not just a tour; it’s a transformation in understanding and appreciating the world around us.

 

Exclusive Full Day Safari Permits

These permits stand as your gateway to an unhindered exploration of India’s pristine wilderness.

  • Maximized Time: Extended access promises more moments with wildlife, especially the regal tigers.

  • Untouched Horizons: Access areas that remain hidden during standard safaris, ensuring unique encounters.

  • Unhurried Pace: Synchronize with the natural cadence of the wilderness, indulging in each moment as it unfolds.

The Full Day Permits are an exclusive feature. At Tiger Safari Co., we prioritize securing these for our guests, ensuring a distinct and immersive wildlife experience. Read more about full day permits here.

National Parks On The Tiger Photo Tour

Kanha & Bandhavgarh

Our signature tiger photo tour visits the biomes of Bandhavgarh and Kanha, which stand as prime examples of India’s diverse forest ecosystems. Both of them offer a unique opportunity for those engaged in a tiger photo tour to study and document the region’s flora and fauna.

 

Bandhavgarh Ecosystem:

Situated in the Vindhya Hills of the Umaria district, Bandhavgarh is characterized by a mix of tropical forests and grassland ecosystems. One of the significant attributes of this region is its high tiger density, making it a focal point for wildlife researchers and photographers alike. Another interesting aspect of Bandhavgarh is the presence of ancient fortresses, which contribute to the region’s historical significance. Other notable species include the leopards, which have adapted to the forest’s mosaic of habitats. The Indian bison or Gaur utilizes the region’s grassy expanses for grazing, while rhesus macaques, a primate species native to the region, display arboreal behaviors, utilizing the forest’s vertical stratification.

 

Kanha Ecosystem:

Kanha’s biodiversity is largely influenced by its sal-dominated forests, interspersed with bamboo thickets and meadows. The Bengal tiger, Panthera tigris tigris, an apex predator in this ecosystem, has coloration patterns that provide it with adaptive camouflage in these specific light conditions. The sloth bear, Melursus ursinus, primarily insectivorous, can often be observed foraging in the leaf litter, employing its specialized adaptations. Another herbivore, the sambar deer, Rusa unicolor, feeds on a variety of vegetation, its antlers serving both for intraspecific competition and as a defense mechanism. Additionally, the wild dog, also known as the dhole, Cuon alpinus, showcases cooperative hunting strategies, highlighting the complex inter-species dynamics in this ecosystem.

 

Avifauna Diversity:

Both regions harbor a rich diversity of bird species. The Indian roller, Coracias benghalensis, known for its striking blue plumage, displays specific aerial acrobatics during its courtship rituals. The peafowl or Indian peafowl, Pavo cristatus, a ground-dwelling bird, exhibits intricate mate selection behaviors, with males showcasing iridescent tail feathers. The hornbill species, characterized by their casqued beaks, play a vital role in seed dispersal, while the kingfisher species, adept at piscivory, provide insights into aquatic food chains.

The tiger photo tour in Bandhavgarh and Kanha offers not merely a photographic opportunity but a deep dive into the ecological and ethological aspects of India’s rich biodiversity. Researchers, ecologists, and photographers can benefit from the comprehensive exposure to species behaviors, interrelationships, and adaptations in these forest ecosystems.

Unparalleled Park Access

The tiger photo tour’s structure provides eight safaris, including four that span the entire day, offering an intimate and extended glimpse into the wild. These full-day safaris, especially, provide unhindered moments for perfect shots.

Eco-Conscious Stays

While adventure fills your days, your nights are marked by rest in eco-centric lodges. Your time moment in these lodges is enhanced by the presence of seasoned naturalists who enrich your journey with their wisdom.

Learn With Pro Photographers

Pairing you with pro photographers is our way of ensuring your photos capture the magic of these landscapes. These experts, with their profound knowledge, are key in positioning and guiding you through the best shots.

Tiger Photo Tour Itinerary

New Delhi DAY 1
DAY 1

Arrive in New Delhi, India

Your tiger photo tour kicks off with your arrival in New Delhi.

  • Overnight at the J.W. Marriott.
  • If you’ve selected a trip leader/escort guide as an option, they will meet you in New Delhi today. No meals included today.
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve DAY 2
DAY 2

Transfer to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

On the 2nd day of the tiger photo tour, head to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.

  • Fly to Jabalpur, then drive to Bandhavgarh National Park, about 4-5 hours.
  • Overnight at The Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge. All meals included.

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve DAY 3
DAY 3

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

Safaris commence on the third day of your tiger photo tour, with a morning and afternoon safari.

  • Begin with an early morning wake-up call, followed by tea/coffee, then head out for a morning safari.
  • Return to the lodge for lunch and a brief break, then embark on an afternoon safari.
  • Overnight at The Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge. All meals included.
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Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve DAY 4 & 5
DAY 4 & 5

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

The fourth and fifth days of your tiger photo tour have full day safaris – long and (hopefully!) action packed days in the jungle.

  • Begin with an early morning wake-up call, followed by tea/coffee, then head out for an all day safari. Breakfast and lunch in the park. Return at dusk.
  • Overnight at The Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge. All meals included.
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve DAY 6
DAY 6

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

The sixth day of your tiger photo tour is your last day of safaris in Bandhavgarh; split into a morning and afternoon safari.

  • Begin with an early morning wake-up call, followed by tea/coffee, then head out for a morning safari.
  • Return to the lodge for lunch and a brief break, then embark on an afternoon safari.
  • Overnight at The Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge. All meals included.
Kanha Tiger Reserve DAY 7
DAY 7

Transfer to Kanha Tiger Reserve

On the seventh day of your tiger photo tour, you’ll switch reserves and drive to Kanha National Park

  • Transfer to Kanha Tiger Reserve after breakfast, approx 250 kilometers (155 miles) and about 5-6 hours driving.
  • Overnight at the Kanha Jungle Lodge. All meals included.
Kanha Tiger Reserve DAY 8
DAY 8

Kanha Tiger Reserve

Enjoy the eighth day of the tiger photo tour with a morning and afternoon safari.

  • Begin with an early morning wake-up call, followed by tea/coffee, then head out for a morning safari.
  • Return to the lodge for lunch and a brief break, then embark on an afternoon safari.
  • Overnight at The Kanha Jungle Lodge. All meals included.
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Kanha Tiger Reserve DAY 9 & 10
DAY 9 & 10

Kanha Tiger Reserve

Your ninth and tenth days of the tiger photo tour are again full day safaris.

  • Begin with an early morning wake-up call, followed by tea/coffee, then head out for an all day safari. Breakfast and lunch in the park. Return at dusk.
  • Overnight at The Kanha Jungle Lodge. All meals included.
Kanha Tiger Reserve DAY 11
DAY 11

Kanha Tiger Reserve

Day 11 of your tiger photo tour is the last safari day, with a morning and afternoon safari bringing eight days of action packed safaris to an end.

  • Begin with an early morning wake-up call, followed by tea/coffee, then head out for a morning safari.
  • Return to the lodge for lunch and a brief break, then embark on an afternoon safari.
  • Overnight at The Kanha Jungle Lodge. All meals included.
New Delhi DAY 12
DAY 12

Return to New Delhi

Head back to New Delhi to bring your tiger photo tour to a close.

  • Transfer by road to Raipur [4-5 hours].
  • Fly to New Delhi, then transfer to the J.W. Marriott. Breakfast and Lunch included.
Departure Day DAY 13
DAY 13

Depart

Head back home or start another adventure today.

  • Transfer to the Delhi Airport as per flight schedule, or begin onward travel within India, if you have a trip extension. Breakfast included.

Lodges on the Tiger Photo Tour

J.W. Marriott
Nights 1 & 12

J.W. Marriott

The J.W. Marriott Hotel in New Delhi boasts luxuriously appointed rooms and suites with modern amenities, multiple on-site dining options including restaurants and bars, a fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool, and elegant event spaces for meetings and social gatherings.

Meals Included: Breakfast only.

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Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge
Nights 2 to 6

Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge

Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge, located near Bandhavgarh National Park, provides rustic accommodation in the form of cottages and rooms, all set amidst a natural environment. The lodge has a dining hall that offers a range of Indian dishes and outdoor spaces to relax and enjoy the surrounding nature.

Meals Included: All meals + snacks.

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Kanha Jungle Lodge
Nights 7 to 11

Kanha Jungle Lodge

Kanha Jungle Lodge, situated near Kanha National Park, features spacious cottages set in a serene natural environment. The lodge includes a dining area where guests can enjoy a variety of meals, and it also has gardens and outdoor seating areas to take in the beauty of the surrounding forest.

Meals Included: All meals + snacks.

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Best Seasons For A Tiger Photo Tour

If you’re gearing up for a wildlife photography trip to India focused on tigers, choosing the right season can be challenging.

Let’s examine the benefits and drawbacks of summer versus winter.

 

Summer: Increased Sightings?

In the scorching summers of India, wildlife, including tigers, are thought to be more visible as they gravitate towards watering holes. However, tigers in summer are often found in water or in shaded areas, and are usually not very active. This might limit the diversity of shots you can capture.

 

Winter: Active Tigers, Fewer Sightings?

Winter brings cooler temperatures, which might make tigers more active. While tiger sightings are generally believed to be less frequent in winter, the ones that occur could be more dynamic. Additionally, winter mornings often feature misty landscapes and atmospheric lighting, which can enhance photographs.

 

Full-Day Safaris: The Key to Solving the Dilemma
In addition to the eight regular safaris, we offer four full-day safaris. These extended safaris offer a significant advantage. The additional time, and unrestricted access to all zones of a park allows for greater exploration and increased chances of sightings. It also offers the ability to witness the jungle in different lights and observe varied animal behaviors. This privileged access can make a substantial difference, regardless of the season you choose.

 

Conclusion
Summer might offer more sightings with less active tigers, while winter could present fewer sightings but more dynamic scenes. Monsoon can be difficult for photography as core areas of tiger reserves are closed, and the rain + camera gear don’t mix well. The full-day safaris provide the extra time and flexibility that can be pivotal in optimizing your experience. As with any wildlife expedition, there are no guarantees, but being well-prepared and adaptable is crucial. Embrace the adventure and make the most of the opportunities the full-day safaris offer.

 

Tiger behavior changes with seasons due to variations in temperature, prey availability, and water sources.

Summer
March to June

Summer

Increased Visibility: Tigers are generally more visible during the summer months because they tend to stay near water sources such as lakes and rivers to cool down.

• Nocturnal Activity: Due to the high temperatures during the day, tigers become more nocturnal, being most active during the early mornings and late afternoons.

• Territory Marking: Males may mark their territories more intensively to ensure control over water sources.

Hunting Frequency: As prey is more concentrated around water sources, tigers might have an increased hunting frequency.

Monsoon
July to September

Monsoon

Reduced Visibility: The dense undergrowth that comes with the rains can make tigers less visible.

• Increased Activity: Cooler temperatures due to rain can lead to increased activity during the day.

• Change in Hunting Strategies: The wet ground and dense vegetation might cause tigers to change their hunting strategies.

Core Area Closure: The core areas of tiger reserves close to tourism from July 1 to Sept 30. Safaris only operate in buffer zones.

Winter
November to February

Winter

Daytime Activity: Tigers are more active during the daytime in winter due to cooler temperatures. Sunbathing: They often bask in the sun to warm themselves.

• Reduced Reliance on Water Sources: With the cooler temperatures, tigers do not need to stay as close to water sources as in summer.

• Stable Hunting Patterns: Prey is usually more dispersed, and tigers follow more stable hunting patterns.

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Asiatic Leopard
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Indian Leopards

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Conservation & Impact

High Asia Habitat Fund

Conservation is at the heart of everything we do. Tiger Safari Co proudly commits 20% of its profits to the High Asia Habitat Fund. Funds are invested in reducing human-wildlife conflict, conducting ranger trainings, and protecting critical habitats from development. Read more about what drives our mission on our Conservation page.

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