Cub at Bandhavgarh - Walter Shepherd photo

Come And Join Michael Snedic On This NEW Photo Safari And Experience India's Best Wildlife Highlights!

Date

1st to 13th of December 2018

Price

Pay $9425 AUD per person (twin share)

*Single Room Supplement: $3 999 AUD

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT now available for bookings before 30th of June 2018

 

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Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

langur monkeys Image: © Georgina Steytler
Image: © Georgina Steytler

Witness with your own eyes, India’s breathtaking  wilderness visiting 3 Premier National Parks in North, Central and South India.

Our 13 Day Wild India Photo Safari Group Tour takes you to Ranthambhore, Tadoba and Nagarhole Tiger Reserves, to experience India’s Incredible wildlife.

We will visit teak forests, bamboo and grasslands areas as well as riverland areas.

We will go on safari to seek out the big cats—tigers and leopards—as well as monkeys, crocodiles and a huge number of bird species.

Explore India’s biodiversity

Ranthambhore National Park is India’s most famed National Park located in the state of Rajasthan. Stretching across over 1334km on the eastern edge of the Thar Desert, Ranthambhore was once a hunting ground for the Maharaja of Jaipur, today it is a protected Tiger Reserve and most famous for it’s BBC Documentaries on the healthy tiger population it currently boasts.  

Ranthambhore is home to tigers, leopards, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, march crocodile,wild boar, sloth bear, and over 300 species of bird.

Sloth Bear Georgina Steytler
Image © Georgina Steytler

Experience the richness of Ranthambhore with one of India’s finest Naturalist, Salim Ali, a local of Ranthambhore and the key naturalist for the BBC documentaries shot in the area.

Click HERE for a Youtube preview one of the docs Salim worked on

Tadoba National National Park, in the state of Maharashtra is the oldest and largest, over 1727 square kilometres , primarily of teak forest – and is considered one of India’s finest tiger reserves.

At Nagarhole National Park, located in the Southern Indian state of Karnataka, we explore Kabini River. This area is home to the largest concentration of the Asian Elephant in Asia.

Game drives provide the best opportunities for all types of wildlife viewing and for having a chance encounter with a big cat. We explore, mostly by jeep, looking for some of India’s most exciting wildlife including: tigers, leopards, sloth bears, wild boars, rhesus monkeys, langurs, hyenas, wild dogs, pangolins, marsh crocodiles, and many species of bird.

Black Panther

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Accommodation:

We will be staying in a beautiful Palace, Boutique lodges and tented camps along the way.

Itinerary

DAY 01 - 1 Dec. - Sat

Arrive in Delhi.

Our Mantra Wild Representative will meet and greet at airport. You will be transferred to your hotel with assisted check in.

Delhi is the capital of India, and it`s also the travel hub of northern India. Discover the inner peace of a city rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep with history and totally addictive to epicureans.

The remarkable Indian Capital was architecturally designed by the British architect Edwin Lutyens and was named after him. It has a pleasant contrast to the twisted streets of Old Delhi. Enriched with history and culture, the impressive avenues and imperial buildings of New Delhi are included in the list of attractions.

Overnight at Taj Mahal Hotel / Taj Palace / Oberoi
Meals: None

kingfisher

DAY 02 - 2 Dec. - Sun

Delhi - Ranthambhore (By Train)
(Golden Temple mail - 07:20am / 12:50pm)

Morning breakfast.

After breakfast, transfer to railway station to board your train to Sawai Madhopur.

Pick up at the railway station on arrival and transfer to your lodge.

Rest of the day at leisure.

The Ranthambhore National Park stretches across an area of 1,334 sq km on the eastern edge of the Thar Desert. Once the hunting grounds of the erstwhile ruling family of Jaipur, today it is one of the last sanctuaries of the big cat, the Royal Bengal Tiger.

The Ranthambhore National Park stretches across an area of 1,334 sq km on the eastern edge of the Thar Desert. Once the hunting grounds of the erstwhile ruling family of Jaipur, today it is one of the last sanctuaries of the big cat, the Royal Bengal Tiger.

Ranthambhore is the favourite haunt of wildlife buffs and professional wildlife photographers from around the world who come to see tigers, panthers, wild cats, hyena, jackal, marsh crocodile, wild boar, bears, many species of deer and a rich birdlife of over 300 species, including the great Indian horned owl.

Stay at the boutique lodge – Khem Villas. Please note this is a vegetarian property. It is the closest lodge to the national park owned by son of Fateh Singh Rathore – a famous conservationist of Ranthambhore.

Overnight at Khem Villas (Luxury Tents)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Kabini Experiences Vehicle Safari

DAY 03 - 3 Dec. - Mon

Ranthambhore

Early morning jeep safari followed by breakfast.

What to wear: Earth colours, jacket, scarf, beanies for early morning safaris as you will be in an open jeep.

Before afternoon safari, optional visit Women’s Coop - Dastkar for clothing, textiles, and ornaments or Ranthambhore Fort.

Depart for afternoon safari at 2:30pm

Overnight at Khem Villas (Luxury Tents)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 04 - 4 Dec. - Tue

Ranthambhore

Early morning jeep safari followed by breakfast.

Depart for afternoon safari.

Overnight at Khem Villas (Luxury Tents)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 05 - 5 Dec. - Wed

Ranthambhore

Early morning jeep safari followed by breakfast.
Depart for afternoon safari.

Overnight at Khem Villas (Luxury Tents)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 06 - 6 Dec - Thu

Ranthambhore – Delhi (By Train - Kranti Express Train – 0630am - 1100am) – Delhi Airport - Nagpur – Tadoba (By Car)

Delhi – Nagpur – Departing Del at 15:00 Arriving in Nagpur 16:45
(114km/ 2.5 hour drive to Svasara Lodge)

Early morning departure for Delhi. (Lodge will provide packed breakfast).

Pick up on arrival at railway station in Delhi, transfer to Delhi Airport and board your flight for Nagpur.

Overnight at Svasara Lodge (Cottage)
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Spotted Owl - Vanghat
Image © Georgina Steytler

Elephant - Kabini

DAY 08 - 8 Dec. - Sat

Tadoba

Early morning safari followed by breakfast.
Relax after your morning safari, then lunch.
Afternoon safari.

Overnight at Svasara Lodge (Cottage)
Meals Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

DAY 07 - 7 Dec - Fri

Tadoba

Early morning safari in Tadoba National Park

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is a tiger reserve in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra state in Central India. It is notable as Maharashtra's oldest and largest National Park. It is one of India's 41 "Project Tiger" - Tiger reserves.

Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve area constitutes a unique ecosystem, comprising, wide variety of flora and fauna including diverse and rich avi-fauna with unique natural scenic beauty.

Known for its rich biodiversity, Tadoba National Park is nothing less than a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. Owing to the presence of the big cats, the park was announced as the 41st Tiger Reserve of India. Along with the tigers, the park provides a home to the Wild Boar, Leopard, Spotted Deer, Rusty Spotted Cat, Indian Mouse Deer, Sambar, Gaur, Sloth Beer, Four Horned Antelope, Flying Squirrel and more.

Overnight at Svasara Lodge (Cottage)
Meals Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

DAY 09 - 9 Dec. - Sun

Tadoba – Mysore ( with flight to Bangalore)
2.5 hour drive to Nagpur Airport

Jet Airways Depart Nagpur 14:55, via Hydrabad, Arrive Bangalore 18:45

Transfer to Mysore (3.5 hour drive)

Morning breakfast
Morning at leisure then depart for Nagpur airport.
Meet at greet at Bangalore airport then transfer to Mysore

Overnight in Mysore at Heritage Boutique hotel
Meals: Breakfast

India Safari - changeable hawk eagle

ranthambhore tiger Image: © Reena Tory

DAY 10 - 10 Dec. - Mon

Mysore/ Kabini (2 hour drive)

Morning breakfast.
Mysore Walking Tour

This is an exploration of Mysore’s stately buildings and bazaars, for an introduction to the very best of the city’s culture and heritage. We will see not only the royal buildings commissioned by the Wodeyars, but also British administrative buildings and the educational institutes that the city is famous for. We will walk through local markets, taking in the colour and bustle of vendors selling everything under the sun. We will also stop to taste some of the city’s famous delicacies.

Coverage: Big Clock - Town Hall – Freemasons Hall – Chama raja Circle – Palace Gates – K R Circle – Small Clock - Devaraja Market - KR Hospital - Mysore Railway Station – Maharani College – Maharaja College – DC Building – Mysore University

Depart for Kabini. Arrive at Lodge and check in.

About the area:
Nagarhole National Park of Karnataka serves as home to some of the most endangered wildlife species.

The term Nagarhole is a combination of two Kannada terms, ‘Nagara’ meaning ‘Cobra’ and ‘Hole’ meaning ‘River’. This National Park has been named after the river ‘Nagarhole’ which snakes through its rich tropical forests. Set up in 1955 in Coorg, in an area of 285 sq km, the park was accorded the status of a National Park and extended in 1974, with some reserved forests from the Mysore district being added, to bring the total area to the present 644 sq km. In 2000, the park was brought under ‘Project Tiger’.

The Kabini dam submerged large tracts of forest creating a huge lake, parts of which are within the national park. During the dry season, the lake dries out, leaving only the main river visible. The resulting open plain creates an abundance of fresh grass, more reminiscent of African savanna than tropical India. This unique microhabitat has proved to be a boon for the park, providing fresh grass when the rest of the park is drying out.

The river Kabini originates in the Wayanad district of Kerala, flows eastward to join the river Cauvery, which empties into the Bay of Bengal. This is the largest river in the Nagarhole National Park and was dammed in 1974 for an irrigation project. This becomes the life-giving source for the park during the summer months, attracting the largest concentration of Asiatic Elephants and other herbivores. The river separates Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks.

Depart for evening boat safari. (3:30-6:30pm)

Overnight at Evolve Back Kabini (Jacuzzi Hut)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 11 - Dec. 11 - Tue

Kabini

Early morning jeep safari.
Back to lodge for breakfast and free time.
Afternoon safari starts after lunch at 3:15pm -7:00pm

Overnight at Evolve Back Kabini (Jacuzzi Hut)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 12 - Dec. 12 - Wed

Early morning jeep safari.
Back to lodge for breakfast and free time.
Afternoon safari starts after lunch at 3:15pm -7:00pm

Overnight at Evolve Back Kabini (Jacuzzi Hut)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

wayanad elephant

Kingfisher
Image © Georgina Steytler

DAY 13 - Dec. 13 - Thu

Kabini – Bangalore (Drive) – Delhi (Air)
Jet Airways flight Dep 17:45 Arr Delhi 20:45

Morning breakfast
Back to the lodge for breakfast and then get ready to check out and transfer to Bangalore Airport.
Arrive in Delhi (International terminal) and transfer to your gate for your connecting flight back home.

End of Tour

Package Inclusions

  • Professional Photography Tuition by Michael Snedic
  • Accommodation in all the hotels on twin sharing.
  • Daily breakfast and all meals at National Park lodges (Ranthambhore, Tadoba, Nagarhole)
  • All prevailing taxes like Luxury tax in all hotels and Service tax wherever applicable.
  • All transfers to or from hotels, airport, sightseeing city tours, and drives by air conditioned Bus/coach or Minivan, depending on size of group.
  • Road tax, toll tax, driver’s allowance, parking etc.
  • Safaris as per itinerary in Tadoba, Ranthambhore and Kabini/Nagarhole.
  • Expert Naturalist in Ranthambore
  • Optional Visit to Fort and Dastkar in Ranthambore.
  • Mysore Guided Walking Tour
  • Train tickets – Delhi / Sawai Madhopur / Delhi
  • Porterage at railway station.
  • Mantra Wild representative on arrival and departure.
  • Domestic Airfare: DEL – NAG – via HYDRABAD - BLR – DEL
  • Unforgettable memories of a lifetime.

Package Exclusions

  • International airfares
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa Fees & Airport tax or Airport improvement fees.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • All Expenses other than mentioned in ‘Package Includes’.

General Conditions

  • Payment Terms: Deposit of AUD $2,000 per person is due apon acceptance of quote.
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.

Bookings

For more information, or to book your place on this very exciting, NEW Wildlife Photo Safari of India, please contact Michael via either email or phone.

email: contact form
phone: +61 408 941 965

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