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India’s Big Cats – the Asiatic Lions of Gir

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One of the juvenile lion cubs looking thoughtful an Image captured during the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

Julianne joined us for the second week of our Indian photography tour to photograph the Asiatic Lions of Gir. She was looking to hone her composition skills & hopefully capture some stunning images of the majestic residents of the Gir forest, the Asiatic Lion.

Whilst her first day drew a blank for lion sightings, Julianne was lucky enough to spend time with a mother jackal & her adorable young pup.

A Jackal mother & one of her cubs photographed during the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

In fact, Julianne proved to be extremely lucky on her first day when during the afternoon game drive, whilst trying to get a good angle on a buzzard in a tree, she encountered a leopard lounging in the bushes. In her own words “I have been trying to get great leopard photos for a decade & this is THE best encounter!”

One of Gir's Leopards sat in the foliage capture whilst on the NaturesLens Asiatic Lions of Gir Photography Holiday

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Jayne reports back from our Indian Wildlife Photography Holidays

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Dotty looks back, she is one of the new mothers of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve captured during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday

My first visit to India was in April 2016, also with NaturesLens, & I absolutely fell in love with the place, we had some awesome tiger sightings in Tadoba, but let’s just say I came away with some ‘unfinished business’ so it didn’t take much persuading to book myself onto the Indian Wildlife Photography Holidays that NaturesLens had arranged for May 2017.

In the weeks prior to our trip there had been many posts on social media showing some amazing tiger sightings so the anticipation grew, & Bandhavgarh didn’t disappoint. It has to be said, however, that nothing is guaranteed – we heard of a few people who had seen very little but NaturesLens put everything in place to give their clients the absolute best opportunity, securing top class drivers & guides, who, over our time in Bandhavgarh, became part of our ‘Team Tiger’ group.

When I refer to ‘sightings’ I really mean ‘photographic opportunities’ not a shadow in the bush which is hardly distinguishable or a bum shot! When I say ‘photographic opportunity’, I mean time to capture an image of quality that meets my own personal standards & that I would be happy for others to see. In total, over the week the group encountered 17 different tigers, some shared moments with numerous other folk & some very special exclusive moments with no one else around other than one Gypsy vehicle – just you & the tiger – those really are moments to treasure.

This image is very much one shared with practically everyone else on safari. For several days Kankatti & her cubs visited the waterhole at pretty much the same time each day so naturally, everybody gathered to witness this special event. We sat & we waited for over an hour in the blazing heat – about 45˚ – & then suddenly the sound of camera shutters. I couldn’t see anything to start with thanks to a beautiful growth of bamboo but then the family appeared, walking around the waterhole & bathing in just the perfect spot.

Kankatti and cubs a regular sight in Bandhvagarh in May 2017 captured during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday

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£1250 off to photograph the Asiatic Lions of Gir

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We have a very special offer – we have three places available to join us in India in 2017, after our Tigers of Bandhavgarh visit, a trio of us are continuing on to photograph the Asiatic Lions in the Gir Forest National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary which is found in the Gujarat region of India.

For the Gir element of our Indian visit we will be spending 7 days in the region, with of 4 1/2 of those photographing the Asiatic Lions of Gir.

Gir Forest - Asiatic Lion

The special offer for this is the price, when we run this trip in subsequent years, it will likely be costing £3250 per person, for the 2017 departure, we have three places available for £2000 per person – over 33% discount.

This includes 5 nights in full board accommodation a stones throw from the entrance to the Wildlife Sanctuary itself, 9 safaris in Gir Forest photographing the Asiatic Lions, airport transfers.

Camera fees, international flights & an internal flight from New Delhi to Rajkot are not included.

The dates for this trip are 7th May – 14th May – if you would like to take advantage of this offer of 33% off & join us to photograph the only place in the world where the wild Asiatic Lions are found, please send us an email to info@natureslens.co.uk – we will furnish you with all the information required to book your flights, which are very well priced at the moment & send you a booking form for the trip.