Bengal Tiger Tour, India

Bengal Tiger Tour, India
  • £2,950.00 /person
  • Deposit: £500
  • Location: Ranthambhore, India
  • Dates:
    • 5 - 13 April 2019 (TOUR 1)
    • 12 -20 April 2019 (TOUR 2) ONE SPACE REMAINING
    • 19 - 27 April 2019 (TOUR 3) ONE SPACE REMAINING
    • 26 April - 4 May 2019 (TOUR 4) FULLY BOOKED
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Leader: Janette Hill
  • Group Size: Max 3 plus Janette
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Overview

This is a specially planned tour for those of you who just want to spend as much time as possible on tiger safaris. It is open to photographers of all abilities.

We have secured the services of one of the best guides in India and spend the duration of the tour in Ranthambhore National Park, Rajasthans premier park. It is the former reserve of the Maharajah of Jaipur and is renowned for its tigers and stunning scenery.   There will be plenty of opportunities to see tigers in addition to many other mammals including Leopard, Samba deer, Spotted deer, Antelope, Monitor Lizards and Langur Monkeys. The birdlife is also abundant including Hobby, Vulture, White Faced Scops Owls, Spotted owlets, Eurasian Owl, Brown Fishing Owl, Eagles, Indian Rollers and Kingfishers.

The tour is led by Janette Hill and Ashlesh Sharma our specialist guide.  Ashlesh has many years experience and knows Ranthambhore National Park inside out. We have 2 safaris each day at the beginning and end of each day to maximise sightings and the best lighting conditions. We use jeeps, not canters, and bean bags can be supplied (if requested) for our personal use.  During each day you will have time to rest and chill out by the poolside or explore the local village by camel cart.  You can also take to the streets of Ranthambhore to photograph people and other street scenes.   An additional option is to walk up to the top of the Fort in the middle of the park.    This can be arranged for any day of your tour when we are there.   Spa treatments can also be arranged if requested.

Ranthambhore is one of Indias most spectacular and best known tiger reserves. Do not miss out on this once in a lifetime chance to be up close and personal with one of the most spectacular big cats on the planet, the Bengal Tiger. Seeing one of these cats in the wild is pure magic!

This is what our clients say:

“I actually met Janette as a guest + tour leader in Zambia and thought right away that she would be a great person to travel with, so when she mentioned that she led tiger trips to Ranthambhore, India, I was immediately ‘in’.  I’ve had so many friends go it alone there, ending up on large  cumbersome trucks with multiple other folks, and seeing very little,  so figured the only way to do it properly and see tigers and be able to photograph them successfully etc was to go with an expert.  This all turned out to be true, and the trip exceeded all expectations.  Janette has sourced the best guide and driver team in the park, who laughed at me saying at the start that I’d be happy seeing one tiger – they delivered 20 sightings, of 12 different tigers. Amazing !!  Still can’t believe my photographs, even as a rank amateur,  completely without eye wateringly expensive lenses.  The whole trip was just terrific – the accommodation at the Ranthambhore Regency Hotel perfect – a lovely spot with incredibly kind and accommodating staff who couldn’t do enough for us,  Janette totally organised and ever helpful and flexible with all our needs, and having done these trips for so many years now, knowing all the ropes (including all the tigers + their cubs !) which is exactly what you need. I can’t recommend this trip enough – if you really want to fully enjoy the whole tiger experience, you are in the right place ! Many many thanks to Janette, the wonderful Ash and Sajjid.  Truly a trip of a lifetime.” Alex

“Terrific Tigers and superlative Sloth Bears, what more could one ask for from a trip to Ranthambore ? I cannot  praise Janette’s Bengal Tiger Trip enough.  Janette is highly- organised ( in a good way)  and the whole trip was perfectly choreographed from start to finish so one  could just relax and enjoy the wildlife and photography.  Ash our guide and Sajid our driver were simply the best and managed to get us a number of fantastic Tiger encounters . We saw a wide variety of Tiger behaviour , including a Tigress devouring her Prey , a mother with her three cubs bathing in the water  and a huge male wallowing in a waterhole to cool down.  I had set my heart on seeing a Sloth Bear and the team certainly delivered as after hard search they found me a mother with her two cubs which for me was one of the highlights of the trip.  In addition to the large mammals there is a cornucopia of wildlife in the park: Golden Jackals, Wild Boar,  Parakeets, various Owls , Palm Squirrel and Langur Monkey , all in incredibly beautiful settings.  We paid extra for a half day permit in the park which if one can stand the heat I would recommend as one can go anywhere in the park and as there are so few  of these permits issued one  gets very private encounters with the Tigers.

You do not have to be an experienced photographer to enjoy this trip.  I am a beginner but with Janette’s  advice on settings and endless patience and kindness in helping me with the  camera’s mysterious  workings I achieved some great  photos.  I would return in a heartbeat and will definitely be  going on another adventure with Janette as this was such a wonderful experience.”  Sue

“Although my wife had been on a photographic workshop in Devon, Ranthambore was our first joint trip with Janette.  Seeing tigers in the wild had been on our bucket list for a long time.  Other Safari experiences have taught me that where wild and elusive animals are concerned there can be no guarantees but Janette’s web-site held out hope that we wouldn’t be disappointed.  Ultimately, however, the trip far exceeded my expectations in terms of both the number and the quality of the animal sightings.

Staying at the Ranthambore Regency Hotel you will discover that there are other companies who offer a very similar holiday i.e. early morning and afternoon drives in a small open-topped jeep from a comfortable but not luxurious base. What sets Janette’s trip apart is that she has secured the services of an outstanding guide, Ashlesh, and an equally accomplished driver, Sajid.  Time after time we found ourselves hurtling along rough tracks to reach a tiger sighting before any other vehicle.  Occasionally arriving after the rush, mysteriously they always seemed to have the authority to push through the crush to get the best viewing point possible.  Local knowledge like this is priceless: on one occasion we left a crush of vehicles jostling for position on a narrow track, trying to catch sight of a female tiger and her three cubs walking through woodlands.  We drove to the top of a cliff nearby where 15 minutes’ later we were the only ones able to have the perfect view from overhead.

This is a holiday mainly devoted to tiger-viewing but anyone with wider interests is not forgotten.  Other large mammals had been very scarce in recent weeks but we had a good sighting of a leopard on our first drive and then, towards the end of the week, an extended sighting of a female sloth bear and cubs followed the next day by one of a lone male.  Throughout the week, whenever there was a quiet moment Ash pointed out indigenous birds and I recorded 67 new to me.  For the record, we saw 16 different tigers on 22 separate occasions, including all bar two of our 11 drives, with 10 alone on one half day drive.  A week full of amazing and unique experiences: we will never forget it.”   Richard

“I have just returned from the Bengal tiger tour and what a fabulous week we had. Janette  had everything organised to the letter and it all ran to clockwork.  To say I had been looking forward very much to this trip would be an understatement. I had never seen a wild tiger and I knew I was going to get emotional at my first sighting.   We were to have so many safaris I thought we must be in with a chance and Janette reassured us that we WOULD see tigers.   I never imagined I would see 20 different tigers over the course of the trip. Wow wow wow…… True to form I was emotional on seeing my first tiger in the wild- up close and personal. A day I would never ever forget. Thank you to Janette, our experienced guide Ash, and skilled driver Sajid.   Everyday was different in its own way and I came away with thousands of images and so many happy memories of the trip. It is most definitely something I shall be repeating. Thank you again Janette for your organisation, photo tips and guidance.  Finally, I felt it was a great privilege to be able to be in the place where the tigers make their home”    Barbara

“This was my third trip with Janette and I have enjoyed each and every one.  This trip to Ranthambhore was great – I loved the park and I was delighted with the number of Tiger sightings we had.   Janette is always a laugh and is very mindful of other people’s needs.  Our guide, Ash, was very good but I was mostly impressed my our driver Sajid – I’m sure he must have been a rally driver in a previous life! Staying at the Ranthambhore Regency was a bonus – food was plentiful and very good, rooms were spacious and air conditioned and it has a pool – ideal for cooling down.  All in all, I came home with some wonderful images of some beautiful tigers.  Many thanks Janette!”     Chris

“Having just returned from my second tiger tour with Janette once again I was not to be disappointed.  Again a superbly organized trip, this year as it was just Janette and myself we were a bit more selective on the tigers and cubs we were trying to photograph and again with the skills of Ash our park guide we managed to find the tigers we were looking for.  Ranthambhore National park really does seem to offer the best place possible for tiger sightings”  Trevor D

“I have just come back from a trip with Janette that took me to Ranthambhore NR, India in order to see the Bengal Tiger.  From start to finish I can highly recommend Janette’s Company, Natural Wonders Photography.   With first class company, accommodation, advice, knowledge, which were all superb, all aspects of my trip were very well planned with no issues, food and all travel very well sorted and catered for without any problems.  Janette’s guide for my trip was superb, with great knowledge and experience which helped make my trip such a great  success, so anyone that wants to see the magnificent Bengal Tiger truly in the wild should look no further, with a small party which gives you hands on, plenty of jeep space and more importantly intimate trip togetherness which I thought was just wonderful, which a small trip party offers.  So as said – Bengal Tigers in the wild, this trip is a must, thoroughly  recommend  without any hesitations.”   Jeff A

“Just back from a fabulous trip.   18 sightings of 9 different tigers plus an abundance of other wildlife far more than I ever ever hoped to see.  The sight of seeing your first wild tiger walking up the road 30ft in front of you is one that will stay with me for a long time.  Everything about the trip, transport, hotels, flights, game drives etc etc all organised and run perfectly and of course not forgetting the company of my fellow photographer’s”    Trevor D

“The trip to Ranthambore was amazing!  Our ranger on the game drives was very knowledgeable about the park & the wildlife & on every drive we saw something different – monitor lizard raiding a stone curlews nest, a croc walking up the road & of course tigers. The accommodation was comfortable & relaxing with very good food & service. A trip that I would highly recommend!”  Sarah M-G

“Fabulous!  Lots of sightings with plenty of time to sit, watch and listen.   Meticulously organised.   Well done and thank you”   Bridget J

“We travelled with Janette Hill on a Tiger Safari to India.  The organisation was fantastic, everything fell into place perfectly.   I would highly recommend travelling with Janette, especially if you are travelling alone”   Cynthia T

“From the onset of hitting the tarmac at Delhi it was a fantastic journey across India by car which cannot be repeated.  There was so much to see.  A most wonderful experience so well organised by Janette who also arranged for 8 tiger sightings!  Probably my best holiday even though I have been to Africa and other places”.     Chris G

 

 

 

 

Client Testimonials

What You'll Learn

  • About Ranthambhore and its family of Bengal Tigers
  • Photography hints and tips
  • About Indian Culture
  • About the mammals and birds of Ranthambhore

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Client Testimonials

  • Alex

    “I actually met Janette as a guest + tour leader in Zambia and thought  right away that she would be a great person to travel with, so when she mentioned that she led tiger trips to Ranthambhore, India, I was immediately ‘in’.  I’ve had so many friends go it alone there, ending up on large  cumbersome trucks with multiple other folks, and seeing very little,  so figured the only way to do it properly and see tigers and be able to photograph them successfully etc was to go with an expert.  This all turned out to be true, and the trip exceeded all expectations.  Janette has sourced the best guide and driver team in the park, who laughed at me saying at the start that I’d be happy seeing one tiger – they delivered 20 sightings, of 12 different tigers. Amazing !!  Still can’t believe my photographs, even as a rank amateur,  completely without eye wateringly expensive lenses.  The whole trip was just terrific – the accommodation at the Ranthambhore Regency Hotel perfect – a lovely spot with incredibly kind and accommodating staff who couldn’t do enough for us,  Janette totally organised and ever helpful and flexible with all our needs, and having done these trips for so many years now, knowing all the ropes (including all the tigers + their cubs !) which is exactly what you need. I can’t recommend this trip enough – if you really want to fully enjoy the whole tiger experience, you are in the right place ! Many many thanks to Janette, the wonderful Ash and Sajjid.  Truly a trip of a lifetime.”

  • Sue

    “Terrific Tigers and superlative Sloth Bears, what more could one ask for from a trip to Ranthambore ? I cannot  praise Janette’s Bengal Tiger Trip enough.  Janette is highly- organised ( in a good way)  and the whole trip was perfectly choreographed from start to finish so one  could just relax and enjoy the wildlife and photography.  Ash our guide and Sajid our driver were simply the best and managed to get us a number of fantastic Tiger encounters . We saw a wide variety of Tiger behaviour , including a Tigress devouring her Prey , a mother with her three cubs bathing in the water  and a huge male wallowing in a waterhole to cool down.  I had set my heart on seeing a Sloth Bear and the team certainly delivered as after hard search they found me a mother with her two cubs which for me was one of the highlights of the trip.  In addition to the large mammals there is a cornucopia of wildlife in the park: Golden Jackals, Wild Boar,  Parakeets, various Owls , Palm Squirrel and Langur Monkey , all in incredibly beautiful settings.  We paid extra for a half day permit in the park which if one can stand the heat I would recommend as one can go anywhere in the park and as there are so few  of these permits issued one  gets very private encounters with the Tigers.

    You do not have to be an experienced photographer to enjoy this trip.  I am a beginner but with Janette’s  advice on settings and endless patience and kindness in helping me with the  camera’s mysterious  workings I achieved some great  photos.  I would return in a heartbeat and will definitely be  going on another adventure with Janette as this was such a wonderful experience.”  Sue

  • Richard

    “Although my wife had been on a photographic workshop in Devon, Ranthambore was our first joint trip with Janette.  Seeing tigers in the wild had been on our bucket list for a long time.  Other Safari experiences have taught me that where wild and elusive animals are concerned there can be no guarantees but Janette’s web-site held out hope that we wouldn’t be disappointed.  Ultimately, however, the trip far exceeded my expectations in terms of both the number and the quality of the animal sightings.

    Staying at the Ranthambore Regency Hotel you will discover that there are other companies who offer a very similar holiday i.e. early morning and afternoon drives in a small open-topped jeep from a comfortable but not luxurious base. What sets Janette’s trip apart is that she has secured the services of an outstanding guide, Ashlesh, and an equally accomplished driver, Sajid.  Time after time we found ourselves hurtling along rough tracks to reach a tiger sighting before any other vehicle.  Occasionally arriving after the rush, mysteriously they always seemed to have the authority to push through the crush to get the best viewing point possible.  Local knowledge like this is priceless: on one occasion we left a crush of vehicles jostling for position on a narrow track, trying to catch sight of a female tiger and her three cubs walking through woodlands.  We drove to the top of a cliff nearby where 15 minutes’ later we were the only ones able to have the perfect view from overhead.

    This is a holiday mainly devoted to tiger-viewing but anyone with wider interests is not forgotten.  Other large mammals had been very scarce in recent weeks but we had a good sighting of a leopard on our first drive and then, towards the end of the week, an extended sighting of a female sloth bear and cubs followed the next day by one of a lone male.  Throughout the week, whenever there was a quiet moment Ash pointed out indigenous birds and I recorded 67 new to me.  For the record, we saw 16 different tigers on 22 separate occasions, including all bar two of our 11 drives, with 10 alone on one half day drive.  A week full of amazing and unique experiences: we will never forget it.”

     

  • Trevor D

    “Having just returned from my second tiger tour with Janette once again I was not to be disappointed.

    Again a superbly organized trip, this year as it was just Janette and myself we were a bit more selective on the tigers and cubs we were trying to photograph and again with the skills of Ash our park guide we managed to find the tigers we were looking for.

    Ranthambhore National park really does seem to offer the best place possible for tiger sightings”

  • Cynthia T

    “We travelled with Janette Hill on a Tiger Safari to India. The organisation was fantastic, everything fell into place perfectly. I would highly recommend travelling with Janette, especially if you are travelling alone”

  • Chris G

    “From the onset of hitting the tarmac at Delhi it was a fantastic journey across India by car which cannot be repeated. There was so much to see. A most wonderful experience so well organised by Janette who also arranged for 8 tiger sightings! Probably my best holiday even though I have been to Africa and other places”.

  • Trevor D

    “Just back from a fabulous trip.   18 sightings of 9 different tigers plus an abundance of other wildlife far more than I ever ever hoped to see.  The sight of seeing your first wild tiger walking up the road 30ft in front of you is one that will stay with me for a long time.  Everything about the trip, transport, hotels, flights, game drives etc etc all organised and run perfectly. And of course not forgetting the company of my fellow photographer’s”

  • Jeff A

    “I have just come back from a trip with Janette that took me to Ranthambhore NR, India in order to see the Bengal Tiger.  From start to finish I can highly recommend Janette’s Company, Natural Wonders Photography.   With first class company, accommodation, advice, knowledge, which were all superb, all aspects of my trip were very well planned with no issues, food and all travel very well sorted and catered for without any problems.  Janette’s guide for my trip was superb, with great knowledge and experience which helped make my trip such a great  success, so anyone that wants to see the magnificent Bengal Tiger truly in the wild should look no further, with a small party which gives you hands on, plenty of jeep space and more importantly intimate trip togetherness which I thought was just wonderful, which a small trip party offers.  So as said – Bengal Tigers in the wild, this trip is a must, thoroughly  recommend  without any hesitations.”

     

  • Bridget J

    “Fabulous!  Lots of sightings with plenty of time to sit, watch and listen.   Meticulously organised.   Well done and thank you”

  • Sara M-G

    “The trip to Ranthambore was amazing!  Our ranger on the game drives was very knowledgeable about the park & the wildlife & on every drive we saw something different – monitor lizard raiding a stone curlews nest, a croc walking up the road & of course tigers. The accommodation was comfortable & relaxing with very good food & service. A trip that I would highly recommend!”

     

Description

We arrive at Delhi after an overnight flight and transfer directly to Ranthambhore where we check into our hotel for the duration of our stay.   The transfer is in an air conditioned vehicle and clean bottled water is supplied.  There are pit stops on the way in carefully selected locations for comfort breaks when required.   We also generally stop for lunch for a while.

At Ranthambhore we spend each morning and evening on game drives searching for the Bengal Tiger.     Ashlesh, our guide, is one of the best guides in India.   Our trips are renowned for top quality tiger sightings.   Whilst we cannot guarantee tiger sightings with every safari, we provide the opportunity to maximise sightings with our guides local knowledge and excellent tracking skills.    In 2016, for our 2 tours, we had over 3o sightings with 22 safaris, seeing 13 different tigers.   We had another good year in 2017 with sightings of leopards, sloth bears and many tiger sightings, some lasting for 2-3 hours and the joy of several cubs of different ages from 4 months to 8 months old.   There are occasions where you see the same tiger more than once but each sighting is very different with the behaviours and also the environment changing from zone to zone.    There are generations of tigers to be seen including cubs!

In 2018 we will have the chance to spend all or a half day out on safari as an optional choice.   This means that we can follow and watch (and photograph) tigers in their own environment all day or for half a day so we will see a variety of different behaviours throughout which may include hunting, eating, playing, swimming, sunbathing and the like.     It is an exiting way to watch, observe and photograph tigers in this way.    It is expensive to do this however so please, if you wish to do this, let us know and we will provide a quote for you.    Essentially we would be hiring, Jeep, Driver and Guide for a whole or half day and the necessary permit is an expensive option although can easily be arranged if you would like to do this.   If you are interested please let us know and we will discuss the options.

Almost all meals are provided throughout as are all transfers to and from Delhi and around the Park.   An optional camel cart ride can be arranged to explore the local village where the community welcome you into their homes.    You may also wish to walk up to the top of the Fort in Ranthambhore National Park.   Wednesdays are a good day to do this as it is particularly busy with locals walking to the Fort to pray as it is Garnesha day, a religious occasion very important to them.

You will also have the opportunity to photograph other wildlife including the abundant bird life and the expressive Langur monkeys.   There is an abundance of wildlife in the National Park including leopard, jackals, indian fox and sloth bears.   There are samba deer and spotted deer in abundance.  You may also see antelope along with the large variety of birdlife in the park.  Scops owls, brown fishing owls and spotted owls are often seen nesting in trees.  Peacocks are everywhere and amongst the lakes are waterfowl ranging from egrets, painted storks, cormorants, Indian darters and herons.   Birds of Prey such as honey buzzard, black winged kite, vulture and eagles are also seen.  Smaller birds include bee eaters, magpie robins, jungle babblers, parakeets and tree pies.  The roller is also a magnificent bird to see.

There will be plenty of time available each day for you to relax between game drives.  On the full day or half day (optional) game drives there will be comfort breaks and meals will be provided.    There is a swimming pool available and free wifi in the hotel for your use.    Janette will also be available to answer questions at all times.

  • Included
  • All transfers in air conditioned vehicles
  • 11 Game Drives
  • Accommodation
  • All meals in main hotel
  • Guide and Guide Fees
  • Tuition
  • Park Fees
  • Taxes
  • Supply of bean bags (but generally not required)
  • Supply of clean bottled water
  • Jeep Fees
  • Supply of Cool Box
  • Excluded
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Lunch on first day in India (Delhi to Ranthambhore transfer)
  • Lunch on last day in India (Ranthambhore to Delhi transfer). Please note packed lunch is provided but most clients prefer to pay for lunch en route!
  • Dinner in airport hotel on last night
  • Tipping - expected in India for all drivers, guides, hotel etc...
  • Day 1
    • Fly to Dehli from London (overnight flight)
  • Day 2
    • Transfer to Ranthambhore direct from Dehli Airport
    • Lunch in a local restaurant carefully chosen (at own expense)
    • Settle in to Hotel
  • Day 3
    • Morning: Game Drive
    • Evening: Game Drive
    • In between Game Drives full use of Hotel facilities
    • Optional Camel Cart ride into local village
  • Day 4
    • Morning: Game Drive
    • Evening: Game Drive
    • In between Game Drives full use of Hotel facilities
  • Day 5
    • Morning: Game Drive
    • Evening: Game Drive
    • In between Game Drives full use of Hotel facilities
    • Optional Camel Cart ride into local village
  • Day 6
    • Morning: Game Drive
    • Evening: Game Drive
    • In between Game Drives full use of Hotel facilities
  • Day 7
    • Morning: Game Drive
    • Evening: Game Drive
    • In between Game Drives full use of Hotel facilities
  • Day 8
    • Morning: Game Drive
    • Transfer to Dehli and stay overnight in airport hotel ready for your flight to Heathrow (or other airport).
    • Lunch in a local restaurant carefully chosen (at own expense)
  • Day 9
    • Fly home Dehli to London (or other destination)
  • All Day Game Drives
    • If chosen as an option this will be a full day out in the National Park, tracking and photographing Tigers. Please let Janette know if you would like to do this and a quote will be provided. The number of jeeps allowed in the park all day are limited to just 5 so you will need to let Janette know as soon as possible if you would like to choose this option.
    • You will be in the park from 6am until 6.30pm.
  • Half Day Game Drives
    • If chosen as an option this will be a half day out in the National Park, tracking and photographing Tigers. Please let Janette know if you would like to do this and a quote will be provided. The number of jeeps allowed in the park for half day safaris are limited so you will need to let Janette know as soon as possible if you would like to choose this option.
    • You will be in the park from 12.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Will I get Delhi Belly?

    Not if you are careful!   It is sensible to avoid salads and tap water.  Provided you stick to bottled water you should be fine.  The food at the hotel is freshly prepared and cooked well.  Nevertheless it is advisable to take imodium in case you are sensitive to the food which may be spicy for some.

  • How long is the transfer?

    The transfer is about the same timescale whichever way we do it.  The options are train and car, plane and car or just car.   The railway station is some distance from Delhi Airport and the train journey itself is about 6 hours long.  You would then have a long drive after that also.   Simlarly if you fly from Dehli to Agra or Jaipur there still follows a long drive.    It is for this reason that we transfer directly from Dehli to Ranthambhore by vehicle which is air conditioned and with bottled water supplied.   It is comfortable and less stressful than changing planes and catching trains!   The total journey time from Dehli is about  6-7 hours with pit stops on the way for comfort breaks.

  • How many game drives are there?

    11 in total (morning and evening game drives) in the park in order that we maximise the time to see tigers in the wild.

  • What will I see?

    Hopefully the Bengal Tiger but there is an abundance of wildlife in the National Park including leopard, indian fox, jackals and sloth bears.   There are samba deer and spotted deer in abundance.  You may also see antelope along with the large variety of birdlife in the park.  Scops owls and spotted owls are often seen nesting in trees.  Brown fishing owls are also in the park.  Peacocks are everywhere and amongst the lakes are waterfowl ranging from egrets, painted storks, Indian darters and herons.   Birds of Prey such as honey buzzard, black winged kite, vulture and eagles are also seen.  Smaller birds include bee eaters, magpie robins, parakeets and tree pies.  The roller is also a magnificent bird to see.

  • What is the accommodation like?

    Clean and comfortable with hot water for showers and tea and coffee making facilities in each room.  There is also a swimming pool and free wifi.   Food is fresh and well cooked.  Rooms are air conditioned.    We stay at the Ranthambhore Regency Hotel, a luxury resort.  The staff are friendly and courteous and do everything they can to make your stay a welcome one.

  • Do I need to tip?

    It is customery in India to tip your driver and guide.   As a rough guide it is about US$10 for the driver of your jeep for each game drive per person, US$20 for your naturalist guide for each game drive per person, US$40 per person for the transfer from the airport to Dehli and return to the airport at the end of the trip. You should budget an extra US$ 400 for tips each.

  • Do I need waterproofs?

    In general, no.  However because of climate changes around the world there is always a possibility that rain may fall and so packing a lightweight poncho or jacket may be useful.

  • What camera equipment will I need?

    Any camera will be fine from a compact with digital zoom to a full frame DSLR with lenses.  Most images will be taken with the range 200-400mm.  If you have a 70-200mm lens I would recommend taking this also.  It is not always about zooming in tight to a subject, it is good to show the environment also.   There are lovely landscapes in Ranthambhore so you may consider taking a wide angle lens but bear in mind that you will not be allowed to leave the jeep for safety reasons so using a tripod will be extremely difficult.    Tripods are not recommended.   If you have a 300mm prime lens you will use this along with your 70-200mm in the main.     There are occasions where a longer lens is useful so if you want to take a bigger lens please do so.  Converters may also be an option.    There is enough room in the jeep for equipment should you want to take it.    Please also ensure that you have a covering for your camera as it can get very dusty on occasions.

  • What do you do during the day?

    We are up very early for the morning game drives and out again later in the day for the evening game drives.  The days are free for you to do anything you want to.

    The hotel is located in Ranthambhore and so there are plenty of opportunities to walk around and do some street photography.   You may also go on a camel cart ride and visit a local village, or you could just chill out by the pool at the hotel, it is entirely up to you.     It can get quite hot at this time of year so you might want to just spend time in your air-conditioned room!

  • How long is the flight?

    About 9 hours.  The flights are direct from Heathrow to Dehli (or a different airport in the UK if this is easier for you).   The ideal time to arrive at Dehli is at about 10am in the morning.   The flight is usually an overnight flight from the UK.

  • How much do the flights cost?

    This depends on the time of booking and on the airline that you choose for your travel.    The price varies from about £650.00 return to about £900.00 return.    Generally the earlier you book the cheaper the flight.    It is best to shop around for the best flight deals.

  • Are you able to help with booking the flights?

    Yes, we are partnered with an ATOL protected Company who can arrange flights for you for a small additional administrative fee.     We are always happy to advise on the best flights to book.

  • Are there towels provided at the hotel?

    Yes

  • What currency do I need?

    The main currency is Indian Rupees but US$ are also accepted everywhere in Ranthambhore.   For your lunch on the transfer days it is best to have Indian Rupees. You are not able to obtain rupees before you travel but you can buy some at Delhi Airport.   As a guide you do not really need more than about £30 – £40 worth of Indian Rupees.

  • How much money will I need?

    There is not a lot to spend your money on in Ranthambhore!   After the last game drive on each tour we visit a local shop where you can buy scarfs, T Shirts, fabrics, rugs and paintings etc…    They will accept US$ for payment.    It very much depends on what it is you want to buy to determine how much money to take with you. Drinks in the hotel are not included so you will need to pay for these at the end of your trip.

  • Will I need a tripod?

    It is best not to bring one.   It is more likely to get in the way than assist you.    There is also limited space in the jeep for 3 legs to be placed securely.   When a tiger is spotted you will need to be able to hand hold your camera which at times can be supported by a bean bag which is the preferred option if the situation suits.

  • Would a monopod be useful?

    Yes and no.   If we are stationary than a monopod will help with stability especially if your camera and lens is heavy.  Remember that it may also impede your usage of your camera also as you are in  a jeep.    You can always bring it along and see as it can be stored under the seats if not used.

  • What is the weather like?

    Temperatures can vary from being quite chilly first thing in the morning to extremely hot in the afternoons.   You will need a fleece for the morning drives on some days.    A hat and suncream is advisable.     The tracks in the park can also be very dusty and so a protective cover for your camera is advised also.

  • How do I keep cool?

    It can also of course get very hot at times.  It will be important for you to keep drinking water.  A cool box is provided and cold water will always be available.   It is sometimes helpful to soak and old towel or scarf in water and place it in the fridge so that you have an ice cold scarf or towel to place around your neck, just an idea but it does work!

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