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Bandhavgarh is home to a large amount of wildlife here is a baby Langur Monkey cradled in it's mothers arms image captured during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of India Photography Holiday

Peter’s review of our Bengal Tigers of India Tour

In the beginning of May 2017, it was time for us to make our second attempt to capture images of the impressive Bengal Tigers of India, when I write second attempt it’s because Linda – my wife – & I, had previously been to Bardia National Park in Nepal for the very same reason,  but, because the tigers in Nepal are much wilder, it was difficult to get as close to them as we would like.

So, on this occasion, we joined NaturesLens on a trip to Bandhavgarh National Park in India. Bandhavgarh is one of the best tiger reserves in the world, with the highest population of Bengal Tigers, so the odds seemed good & the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of India Photography Holiday looked to tick all the boxes of what we hoped to achieve.

We met with Pui Hang & David of NaturesLens in New Delhi airport, also with them were Jayne & Simon, two guests from the UK, meaning that we had a nice little group of 6 persons in total.

The flight from New Delhi to Jabalpur is a relative short flight in a small plane. Getting the gear to fit in the overhead luggage compartment could have been a problem, but it turned out to be no problem at all, even David managed to persuade the cabin crew with a rather loud “IT WILL FIT” that his bag would fit, & it did!

After the flight & a drive, we arrived to Tala & our wonderful accommodation, which would be our base for the next 7 days. & a very nice base it was, large rooms, nice bathrooms, &, of course, a pool to cool off in.

The stunning accommodation that is used whilst staying in Bandhavgarh during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of India Photography Holiday

The lodge which stay at during the the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of India Photography Holiday is luxurious and has a large pool during

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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

Jayne reports back from our Indian Wildlife Photography Holidays

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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Join our Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday with £250 discount

After being declared a national park in 1968, & with numerous conservation efforts going on in the area, Bandhavgarh has fast become one of the best reserves in the world for nature & wildlife photography. Join us in 2017 to experience Bandhavgarh for yourself & better still, there are 3 places available on our 2017 Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday with a £250 discount – which means you’ll pay £3049 instead of £3299. These places are limited however, once they are gone, they are gone! The headline features of this photography tour, which is has a special price of £3049, are as follows:

  • To be conducted between the dates of April 18, 2017 – April 26, 2017.
  • Lead by Pui Hang Miles.
  • 11 morning & afternoon safaris providing photography of the Bengal Tigers & other wildlife of Bandhavgarh National Park!
  • Included all day safari, which is an opportunity to explore the park & capture images at a time when the park is not open to the public.
  • Like most of our tours – No single supplement!
  • Easy flights into & out of New Delhi.
  • All meals, airport transfers, accommodation & activities whilst in Bandhavgarh are included.
  • Tuition on an as-needed basis from Pui Hang.

A Bengal Tiger Cub photographed on a NaturesLens Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday in India

Our Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday is lead by photographers, drivers & guides experienced in the park & the region as a whole to help you extract the maximum creativity & photographic opportunities from the experience.

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Reminiscing on the Tigers of Bandhavgarh

The recent spate of enquiries about our photographic holiday to India to photograph the Royal Bengal Tiger has got me reminiscing about our last visit to India & why this tour is one of my favourite trips. Young Bengal tiger walking in the long grass - photographed on a NaturesLens Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday I know I keep saying this but seeing a wild Bengal Tiger really is something very special. The first time I saw a wild tiger, I almost forgot to breathe because I was so spellbound by this majestic big cat. I can still remember seeing the pug marks in the soft sand before B2, Lord of Bandhavgarh, strode into view & lay just a few feet away from our car. We choose to visit Bandhavgarh because it has the highest density of tigers of all the national parks in India. As with all wildlife photography, there are no guarantees but one can always stack the cards in one’s favour by choosing the right time of year to visit. In our case, we choose to visit during the height of the Indian summer because the wildlife has to come to water. Bengal tiger and her cub walking through Bandhavgarh National Park - photographed on a NaturesLens Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday Our Tigers of Bandhavgarh India workshop is probably one of our toughest due to the searing heat but at the same time, it’s also one of our most relaxing workshops thanks to the luxurious accommodation we have chosen for our downtime. And what an awesome base we have chosen! Bengal Tiger walking along a rocky outcrop inside Bandhavgarh National Park - photographed on a NaturesLens Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday Each person or couple has their own villa measuring a minimum of 1000 sq. ft. Each villa has a bedroom, a dressing area, spacious bathroom, private courtyard with rain shower (perfect for cooling off after a hot game drive) & a private deck. The rooms are air-conditioned with TV, mini bar. safe, phone, wifi, hair dryer, basically all the modern conveniences that you may expect to find in a modern hotel. The courtyard at night - as found at the accommodation used on the NaturesLens Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography HolidayBandhavgarh Bedroom - as found at the accommodation used on the NaturesLens Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography HolidayVilla bathroom leading to outdoor rain shower - as found at the accommodation used on the NaturesLens Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography HolidayThe Pool - as found at the accommodation used on the NaturesLens Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday A typical day starts at 4am when we make our way to the jeeps for the short drive to the entrance of Bandhavgarh National Park. Once we have been assigned our naturalist & route, we head into the park. In May, the landscape of the park is probably at its most diverse with areas of arid dry grassland, pretty meadowland & pockets of lush green jungle, reminiscent of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. As you will see from the photos, all make fantastic settings for a Bengal tiger. Wildlife aside, there are also some fantastic architectural photographic opportunities such as the 35 foot long statue of Vishnu, carved out of a single piece of sandstone which is located halfway up to Bandhavgarh Fort. The path leading to & the area where the statue is located looks like something out of an Indiana Jones movie with water falling into a pool just below the statue & monkeys chasing each other across the statue. Giant statue of Vishnu hidden in the indian jungle of Bandhavgarh where you can also photograph Bengal tigers - photographed on a NaturesLens Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday Man-made caves that were once used as stables, guard rooms & justice courts also make for great images, especially if a Bengal tiger happens to wander in front of them. One such cave is home to hundreds of bats which can be photographed if you are brave enough to enter. The morning safari typically ends around 10am when the heat is starting to become uncomfortable. After a refreshing cool shower, breakfast is served as we talk excitedly about what sightings we had achieved. I remember one morning drive where my guest & I had no tiger sighting BUT we managed to grab photos of a sloth bear & her cub. We watched with much amusement as David & the rest of our guests sympathised about how my guest & I had not managed to see a tiger, that is, until they saw the back of our cameras. Sloth bear sightings are incredibly rare & definitely trump tiger sightings! Sloth Bears in Bandhavgarh National Park, where you can also photograph Bengal Tigers - photographed on a NaturesLens Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday After breakfast, the rest of the morning is at leisure for you to either catch up on some sleep, go through the morning’s images, take a dip in the enormous swimming pool, take advantage of the massage or therapy rooms or all of the above! A light lunch is served around noon if you fancy a bite to eat & we head out for the late afternoon/evening safari around 3pm. Whilst our target species is the Royal Bengal Tiger, there is also a wide variety of colourful birds & other wildlife such as Sambar, Spotted Deer, Langur monkeys, Gaur & wild boar. If we are lucky, we may even see Leopard, Sloth Bear & Asian Wild Dog. We leave the park as the sun goes down to head back to our villas. The evening meal can be served either indoors or outside under a star strewn sky. The cuisine is truly international with all requirements catered for. One evening, David had a hankering for fish & chips & that evening, he got exactly that for dinner! Nothing is too much trouble for the staff. Bengal Tiger Cub sat in long grass - photographed on a NaturesLens Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday Our Safari tour is based on the use of private jeeps & expert local naturalists. These guys really know their stuff & are excellent trackers. One morning, we were lucky enough to photograph a tigress emerging from the jungle because our naturalist had heard her sneeze & was able to judge where she would emerge! With just two people per jeep, there is plenty of space for camera equipment, tripods & for you to move around. David & I can offer one to one sessions to anyone who wants it. The Tigers of Bandhavgarh India Photography Holiday will run from 28th April to 7th May 2015. We have just one place left on this tour so if you are interested, please use our contact form to register your interest. Please note that all bookings have to be made by 28th December 2014 to guarantee the game drives.

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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

India’s Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday

NaturesLens offers you the opportunity to journey into the heart of India, in the pursuit of capturing the elusive Indian tiger on camera as it thrives within a protected national park. Open to both amateur & semi-professional wildlife photographers, the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday has been designed to offer guests unrivalled opportunities to photograph these amazing animals within Bandhavgarh National Park, whilst also looking out for other native species; such as the Indian gaur & langur monkeys.

We have created a package which includes full board accommodation, jeep fees, park fees & airport transfers to make things as straightforward for you as possible, to ensure that you can make the most of this unique wildlife photography experience.

Book early to experience the Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh for yourself!

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

The magnificent Indian tiger, a creature so majestic & elusive, which has been suffering as a result of illegal poaching to the point of becoming an endangered species. NaturesLens invites you to experience these beautiful creatures first hand within beautiful & mysterious Indian parkland, in a reserve famed for having the highest density of Tigers in India. The landscape offers dense jungle environments & grassland intertwined with narrow tracks that you will navigate whilst capturing stunning images. You will encounter a range of other native species on the trip, such as leopards, Indian gaurs, langur monkeys & sloth bears as well as an array of beautifully colourful birds.

Bandhavgarh National Park is located in a region of India steeped in complex history, with evidence of the political past of the area lying in ruins & monuments within the park.

Our Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh stands out from the crowd, as we have carefully organised the schedule to allow for an optional full day’s safari in private gypsies (jeeps). Unlike the public, who are restricted to 3hr sessions in the park in the morning & afternoon, you will benefit from earlier entry & later exit, & an entire day within the park without having to leave, to ensure that you are able to make the most of the tiger photography opportunities at times when the park is quietest.

Dotty walks out of the grassland of one of Bandhavgarh's meadows captured during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday

Many wildlife photography tours in these environments cram 3 or more clients into one gypsy, forcing individuals to lean over each other to take photographs, compromising the quality of the images & the experience for individuals. However, we have ensured that only 2 guests travel in each gypsy, giving you maximum freedom of movement to capture images from the optimum angle, & space to keep you comfortable as you experience the wonders of the park over the course of the day. Photography tuition will be provided as needed by Jayne Bond LRPS, with knowledgeable wildlife guidance provided by a team of local experts. You can read Jayne’s report from the 2017 Indian Wildlife Photography Holidays on our blog.

Banbehi one of the new mothers of Bandhavgarh captured during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday

Our guests are also housed in exquisite accommodation on a full board basis, providing you with comfort & excellent hospitality when you return later on in the evening to relax, unwind, & reflect on events of the day. We have designed this tour to maximise time in the park spent spotting & capturing editorial quality photographs of tigers, whilst minimising travel time. With this in mind, airport transfers, jeep fees & park fees are also included in the cost of the tour, making things simple for you so that you can focus on making the most of your wildlife photography experience.

The splendour of India's peacocks captured during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday One of Bandhavgarh's Langur Monkeys captured during the NaturesLens Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to come face to face with the majestic Indian tiger by booking early, as our tours offer limited places.

Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh PHOTOGRAPHY HOLIDAY AVAILABILITY

5 places available

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

This list is a guide on what to take on the tour. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the items listed as it wouldn’t all fit in your luggage /camera bag anyway! Items in BOLD are classed as essentials.

Camera Equipment:

  • Digital Camera Body.
  • Spare digital camera body.
  • Telephoto lens – no shorter than 200mm, but 300mm or longer is advisable. If you have a 400, 500 or 600mm lens, bring it!
  • 1.4x Teleconverter/Extender.  If you have to buy one for this for the trip, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens. If the longest lens you have is 200mm, a teleconverter/extender is essential.
  • 2.0x teleconverter /extender.  Again, if you have to buy one for this trip, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens.
  • 70-200mm.
  • 24-105mm or another wide angle lens.
  • Sturdy tripod with a gimbal type tripod head is advised.
  • Right angled viewfinder.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare batteries.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  • Camera and lens dust cover.
  • Card reader.
  • Laptop or another type of storage device.

Camera & Lens Recommendations:

Cropped Sensor:

In general, a 500mm lens can prove too much. The ideal lens would be 300mm + 1.4x converter or/and 100-400mm f5.6 Canon or 200-400mm f4 Nikon, Nikon 80-400mm f5,6.

Full frame sensor: 

In general 500mm, but optimal would be 400mm plus 1.4x converter or 300mm with 1.4x and 2x converter. Very good lens for full frame would also be a 70-200mm f2.8 plus 1.4x converter.

Clothing:

  • Thin neutral coloured t-shirts & blouses.
  • Neutral coloured trousers.
  • Hat (a safari style hat with a broad rim all around the edge is best).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Bandana (to protect your nose and mouth from dust).
  • Sensible shoes or boots for safari.
  • Flip flops or easy shoes for the lodge.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

NaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.

The Bengal Tigers of Bandhavgarh itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 3 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.

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The black leopard that has made Nagarahole a great venue for photography in recent years typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

India’s Bengal Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

A flash of golden orange in the trees, somehow camouflaged amidst a canopy of jungle green, is the first suggestion that you are about to witness something truly special. The NaturesLens Bengal Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday marks a significant addition to any photography portfolio, with days spent in the heart of the leopard’s lair, waiting for a chance to capture on camera this most graceful, enigmatic & captivating of predators.

A leopard yawns whilst perched high in the jungle canopy of Kabini typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

We have created an itinerary which includes full board accommodation, jeep fees, park fees & airport transfers to make things as straightforward for you as possible, to ensure that you can make the most of this unique wildlife photography experience.

Book early to avoid disappointment!

A group of river otters, often spotted on the Kabini river that bisects Nagarahole typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

For an unforgettable photography experience, this seven-night trip to Kabini, India, ticks every box. See the amazing leopards of the Indian jungle, visit a beautiful bird sanctuary, & catch a glimpse of the famous Royal Bengal tiger, another large resident of Nagarhole.

A Bengal tiger phleming amongst the backwaters of Kabini typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

Our Bengal Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday is based around leopards of the Indian jungle – you will, hopefully, witness some of the cat world’s most fearsome & agile predators. What is more, you will receive all the guidance & tuition you need to capture the mesmerising form of the denizen of Kabini.

NaturesLens’ seven-night Bengal Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday takes in the lush, verdant environs of Nagarhole National Park in India, which is packed with wildlife. Your jeep will take you through the park as you spot leopard, bison, elephants, wild dogs & – perhaps – the Royal Bengal tiger. The trip also includes a visit to a local bird sanctuary.

After flying into Bangalore, you will transfer from the airport to Mysore, stopping en route at the Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary for a boat safari. Here the painted stork, Asian openbill stork, common spoonbill, woolly-necked stork, black-headed ibis, lesser whistling duck, Indian shag, stork-billed kingfisher, egret, cormorant, Oriental darter, & heron breed regularly.

An elephant with a young calf, found in the backwaters of Kabini typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

In the morning, continue your journey to Nagarhole National Park, which will be your base for the next five nights.

The black leopard that has made Nagarahole a great venue for photography in recent years typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

On the last day, after the morning safari, travel back to Bangalore via Somanathapura Temple for an overnight stay. The following day, transfer to the airport for the return flight home.

Airport transfers, in trip accommodation on a full board basis, jeep fees & park fees are also included in the cost of the tour, making things simple for you so that you can focus on making the most of your wildlife photography experience.

A leopard relaxes under the cool of jungle canopy within Kabini typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

Don’t miss out on this opportunity by booking early, as our tours offer limited places.

Bengal Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday Availability

5 places available

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

This list is a guide on what to take on the tour. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the items listed as it wouldn’t all fit in your luggage /camera bag anyway! Items in BOLD are classed as essentials.

Camera Equipment:

  • Digital Camera Body.
  • Spare digital camera body.
  • Telephoto lens – no shorter than 200mm, but 300mm or longer is advisable. If you have a 400, 500 or 600mm lens, bring it!
  • 1.4x Teleconverter/Extender.  If you have to buy one for this for the trip, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens. If the longest lens you have is 200mm, a teleconverter/extender is essential.
  • 2.0x teleconverter /extender.  Again, if you have to buy one for this trip, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens.
  • 70-200mm.
  • 24-105mm or another wide angle lens.
  • Sturdy tripod with a gimbal type tripod head is advised.
  • Right angled viewfinder.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare batteries.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  • Camera and lens dust cover.
  • Card reader.
  • Laptop or another type of storage device.

Camera & Lens Recommendations:

Cropped Sensor:

In general, a 500mm lens can prove too much. The ideal lens would be 300mm + 1.4x converter or/and 100-400mm f5.6 Canon or 200-400mm f4 Nikon, Nikon 80-400mm f5,6.

Full frame sensor: 

In general 500mm, but optimal would be 400mm plus 1.4x converter or 300mm with 1.4x and 2x converter. Very good lens for full frame would also be a 70-200mm f2.8 plus 1.4x converter.

Clothing:

  • Thin neutral coloured t-shirts & blouses.
  • Neutral coloured trousers.
  • Hat (a safari style hat with a broad rim all around the edge is best).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Bandana (to protect your nose and mouth from dust).
  • Sensible shoes or boots for safari.
  • Flip flops or easy shoes for the lodge.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

NaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.

The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 5 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.

BOOKING FORM