Wildlife photography vacation in India

“A tailor made ten day vacation in India combining photography with some of the world’s most fantastic wildlife”

Highlights

Delhi | Kanha National Park | 11 game drives | Expert wildlife photography guide

Departure information

This trip can be tailormade throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your requirements for 2 to 12 people. The best time to travel is October to June
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Vacation type

Traveling with a local operator

This vacation is operated by a company based in the vacation destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your vacation to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Wildlife photography vacation in India

This trip aims to help and support a more responsible and sustainable approach to wildlife tourism in Central India by catering to small groups of not more than 10-12 people, thus leaving behind the least impact on a particular destination. Our connection with the central Indian National parks & jungles date backs to 1932 when one of our family members Late Lakhpat Rai was the first chief conservator of Forest of Central India during British rule. The trained naturalists who will accompany you for game drives are from the local community who have developed the skills of communicating with clients over the years with our regular in house training.

Recently we installed the first ground water recharge unit in one of the lodges in Kanha which we will use. A part of the income (£5 per person) generated from this tour goes straight to the local tribal village school in Kanha. We will be visiting one such school during your trip.

The lodge in Kanha: The lodge you will stay in was constructed using locally available material and each cottage was built in the local style without chemical paints. They use waste wood boilers for heating and try to minimise electricity use by using energy saving lamps and solar, hurricane and earthen lamps in the night. In addition the lodge use recycled stationary, harvests rain water, uses soak pits to collect water and reuses waste water in the garden. All cleaning is done manually (no machines), organic waste is composted, food is cooked on LPG stoves and they do not allow music or televisions to keep noise pollution to a minimum.

The lodge is dedicated to the local upliftment of the area. They were the first in the history of Kanha National Park to train the locals in catering, house keeping, steward ship, guiding etc., all of whom had very basic schooling if any at all. The staff is trained at the parent hotel in Jabalpur, and the majority (all drivers) come from the local community. They have financed one vehicle for a member of our staff who is from the community and use this for game drives. In addition, they do not have washing machines so they can provide work for the local community and have taught the local people cane weaving and pottery, the results of which are all used in the lodge. Raw materials are purchased locally where possible.

Reviews of Wildlife photography vacation in India

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 09 Mar 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Actually seeing a tiger

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Probably travel in the hotter months to increase chance of seeing tigers.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I believe it did help conservation efforts and local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was very well organised and very interesting but I was disappointed by the paucity of tiger sitings.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Derek

It was a pleasure to have you here.
Im happy you appreciated our services & the tour.
But am really surprised that you were disappointed. Tiger sightings are simply not in
human hands and they move in wild freely. Seeing Tiger itself is a life time opportunity
so i hope you will understand.
However we once again appreciate your feedback but again sightings of a Tigers in Wild
is not in our Control.

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The first sighting of a tiger in the wild is so exciting and the memory of that will stay with us forever. Also, seeing the Taj Mahal is a never to be forgotten experience, even for the second time!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure you stay at Courtyard House in Kanha. You won't regret it!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, local people were given employment opportunities in most places that we stayed. Sustainable fuels were used for water heating in many hotels. Conservation was very important in all the wildlife parks that we visited. Particularly protecting the tiger.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Amazing! The tour operator arranged the vacation just as we requested. Everything went smoothly and was very well organized.

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It would have to be seeing FIVE tigers however the whole vacation was fantastic. India is certainly a challenge especially the train stations. As a "mature" lady traveling on her own I was a bit concerned about finding my way about, however a representative from the tour company was always waiting for me and smoothing the way. The hotel in Delhi and the Krishna Lodge in Kanha were lovely, comfortable and the staff couldn't do enough for us. The food was excellent. The safari guides and drivers knowledge was incredible and they could spot wildlife and birds that I could hardly see even through my binoculars.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take plenty of small change. It is the custom to tip virtually everyone and it can get expensive. A universal sink plug is useful as hotels do not use them. Indian traffic doesn't seem to have any rules and the roads have cows and dogs wandering about in between rickshaws trucks, pedestrians and potholes- but all very amicable. Just a bit scary.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The hotels were all small and run by local people as were the guides and the tour company representatives so yes I'm sure the locals benefited. As to the impact on the environment. The environment is different to ours so make up your own mind

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Thanks to Neleesh of the tour company it was fantastic. Very well organised and better than advertised and I saw 5 TIGERS!!!!

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Without doubt the 13, yes 13 tiger sightings during our stay in Kanha National Park for 5 1/2 days in December 2008. This included a very young tiger cub!! A great privilege to see one tiger let alone more than one. Full credit to Bapu and Raju, our guide and driver respectively, for without whom this would not have been possible. The two sightings of different Indian Wild Dogs packs was also very special as well as all the other wonderful wildlife and birds.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Just relax and enjoy! Please remember this is India and not Western Europe or North America... things can happen at a different speed to what you are used to!! Please be aware that it can be very cold during the early morning game drives so take warm clothes (December / January very cold, March just cold). The tipping of the national park guides and mahouts is customary especially if and when a tiger is sighted. Dust can be an issue for camera equipment especially digital SLR's so make sure you take something to cover your camera and cleaning materials.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Firstly any trip involving a long haul flight will have an environmental impact however this should be weighed against the benefits of visiting India's national parks. Without the existence of visitors, especially relatively well off western visitors the pressure from local communities on the parks would be even greater. Effectively no visitors means greater risk for the Tigers. Having said that your visit will give rise to numerous local employment opportunities, either direct or indirect, including the local guides, drivers and staff at Krishna Jungle Lodge, the local national park guides and those people employed within the park. A very clear benefit to the local community.
Environmental impacts are minimised by cooking local food (no fancy western imports!), the lack of tv's and radios thereby reducing electricity demands, the restrictions in the park limiting vehicles to those that are petrol powered and the use of trains for long distance traveling eg New Delhi to Jabalpur.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent, we would have no hesitation in booking with this operator again. Excellent organisation by Neelesh at a very reasonable price, good friendly communications and willing to be available to deal with any problems that may arise. If you are prepared to take the leap of faith to book with an Indian based operator, as opposed to your local operator, we believe you will be well rewarded.

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