February 1st - 7th, 2022

Join Dan and Tanya for an opportunity to photograph the largest of the wild cats, the beautiful Bengal tiger! Bandhavgarh National Park is home to the world’s largest population of tigers. We’ll spend three full days on special photo permits that give us unrestricted access to all zones and routes within the park! Lush forests, hills, grasslands, springs, and marshy meadows with elephant grass create an ideal habitat for this regal feline. Bandhavgarh is considered the premiere location to spot tigers in all of India.

While seeing tigers is our main goal, other wildlife and the Indian experience are just as inspiring. Bandhavgarh is home to dozens of mammal species including common langurs, rhesus macaques, Asiatic jackals, sloth bears, striped hyenas, leopards, dholes, and nilgai antelope, just to name a few. Hundreds of bird, butterfly, and reptile species also inhabit the area.

Join us on this photographic safari! Experience Indian’s wildlife in the world’s renowned Tiger Kingdom…

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  • 2022 Bandhavgarh Tiger Photo Extension Travel Plans

    Tuesday, February 1 (D)

    Arrive at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi, India, any time of day, or continue on from the Natural Exposures Snow Leopard Photography Tour. Our VIP concierge service will greet you upon arrival and Fast Track you through customs. After luggage collection, transfer to the nearby Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport hotel. We’ll gather for a group welcome dinner tonight.

    Wednesday, February 2 (B, L, D)

    After breakfast, we’ll depart for the airport and board our flight to Jabalpur, located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Upon arrival, we will organize into private air-conditioned vehicles and drive to Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge, our home for the next four nights.

    Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge is located at the entrance of Bandhavgarh National Park. Hear the sounds of the jungle in your own backyard! Fourteen spacious cottages are equipped with modern amenities. Indian and continental cuisines are served in a spacious thatched dining room, which is also the basecamp for activities like campfire performances, lectures, and star gazing.

    We’ve organized our travel/arrival day to be on Wednesday, the day of the week all National Parks in Madhya Pradesh are closed. Once we get settled into our rooms, the remainder of day can be spent enjoying activities around the lodge, or take a little time to relax. Feel free to wander the lodge’s courtyard, organic farm, and medicinal plant garden. Take a nature walk. Butterflies, birds, and other animals, including spotted deer, mongoose, jungle cat, wild boar, porcupine, and langur monkeys frequent the lodge and a nearby watering hole. In the evenings, use the lodge telescopes to marvel at the galaxy of stars above.

    Thursday, February 3 – Saturday, February 5 (B, L, D)

    In the early morning, before the sun rises, we’ll drive into Bandhavgarh National Park in our 4×4 jeeps and begin tiger tracking.

    Set among the Vindhya Hills in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh consists of approximately 170 square miles of very biologically diverse habitat and boasts one of the highest concentrations of Bengal tigers in the world. Its dense forest, vast grasslands, and perennial streams provide critical habitat for the tigers. In turn, the majestic, solitary apex predators play a pivotal role in the Park’s ecosystem, helping to balance and support a rich abundance of wildlife and vegetation.

    Absorb the sights and sounds of the vibrant forest. Keep your eyes open for one of many species of mammals such as Bengal fox, sloth bear, leopard, dhole (Indian wild dog), and various ungulates including wild pig, spotted and sambar deer, nilgai antelope, and gaur (Indian buffalo). Birds, butterflies, and reptiles are also plentiful. But most of all, we hope for awe-inspiring encounters with the magnificent Bengal tiger, an emotional experience you will never forget!

    A naturalist guide and driver will escort us on daily tours, sharing their knowledge of the Park. Each open-air 4×4 jeep will host 2-3 guests per vehicle.

    Bandhavgarh is very popular with tourists and tightly controlled. Our special full day access permits will give us the best chance of spotting tigers and staying with them all day.

    Our special full day access permits are expensive, yes ($750 per person, per day), but extremely beneficial. Here’s how they work:

    Usually, safari vehicles entering the Park must abide by strictly enforced operating times (7:00am-10:30am and 2:00pm-5:30pm) and stay in an assigned safari zone route. With our permits, we have the privilege of entering the Park early, staying all day (if we wish), and staying later. We’re allowed unrestricted travel in all the three safari zones (Tala, Magdhi, and Khitauli).

    Return to the lodge in the evening, after sunset. A delicious dinner will be served by the resident chefs. Well fed and relaxed, take some time to reminisce by the campfire, curl up with a book in the library, or spend some time stargazing in the canopy of galaxies above. Overnight Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge

    Sunday, February 6 (B, L)

    Today we drive back to Jabalpur to board our flight back to Delhi. Day rooms are provided for you to freshen up and repack before your evening flight home. Overnight or stay until your late night flight departs Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport

    Monday, February 7 (B)

    Transfer to Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) for your flight home today.

    • Tour Extensions Available

    • Guest Limits

      4 Guests Minimum

    • Trip Cost

      7411pp, DBL occupancy

      • Includes 3 days, 750pp, per day special access permits

      Single sup: 500

      Pricing in USD

    • Deposit

      $1500 Per person due at time of booking
      Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover, or check accepted

      Deposits are non-refundable. If cancellations are necessary, we require this request in writing. We will do our best to resell your space. Only if we can resell your space, we will refund (minus deposit and discounts given to sell your space). No partial refunds are possible for unused services.

    • Installments

      April 1, 2021: $3000 per person first installment
      August 15, 2021: Final payment

      Check only for first and final installments. Please make checks payable to Natural Exposures and mail to:

      Natural Exposures

      810 N. Wallace, Suite E

      Bozeman, MT 59715

    • Included

      • Meals where indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) in itinerary
      • Accommodations as noted in itinerary (two nights in Delhi, four nights at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge)
      • Internal flights Delhi-Jabalpur-Delhi
      • Expert wildlife naturalists while on safari
      • VIP arrival airport concierge transfer, hotel transfer on departure day
      • 4×4 Jeep safaris (open vehicles) in Bandhavgarh (2-3 guests per vehicle)
      • Special non-restrictive full day permits in Bandhavgarh (no zoning or routing restrictions + early and late access as noted in itinerary)
      • National Park fees and tariffs
      • Government service tax
    • Not Included

      • International flights / departure taxes
      • Visa fees
      • Travel/emergency medical evacuation insurance
      • Miscellaneous personal expenses – laundry, phone calls, beverages, etc.
      • Excess luggage fees
      • Airport transfers on non-itinerary days
      • Any changes in permit/Park fees
      • Gratuities
      • Any changes to the itinerary out of our control
    • Flights to Book

      February 1, 2022
      Arrive in Delhi (DEL) any time of day, or continue on from the Natural Exposures Snow Leopard Photography Tour.

      February 7, 2022
      Depart Delhi (DEL) late evening February 6th or any time of day on February 7th. Checkout time from the hotel is at noon on February 7th.

    • Travel Insurance

      Travel/emergency evacuation insurance is not required for this photo tour, but we always recommend purchasing it for any trip. We recommend one or more of the following, depending on your needs:

      Global Rescue
      (use code natexp)

      Allianz Global Assistance 
      (use travel agency ID F203564)

      Insure My Trip

    • Terms & Conditions

      Natural Exposures cannot control nor is responsible for abnormal weather, natural disasters, or any other disaster that might affect the trip. Travel insurance should be purchased to cover any missed flights or medical problems that may affect/delay your travel. National Parks have the right to change our itinerary.

      By booking a trip with Natural Exposures, you agree to the following CANCELLATION AND LIABILITY POLICY

  • Accommodations for 2022 Bandhavgarh Tiger Photo Extension

    February 1 and 6, 2 nights
    Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport
    Proud recipient of Trip Advisor’s 2018 Certificate of Excellence, this business-style luxury hotel is located 10 minutes from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).

    February 2-5, 4 nights
    Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge
    Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge is located at the entrance of Bandhavgarh National Park. The lodge is built with minimum interference to the natural environment of the jungle and is managed on eco-friendly principles.

    Fourteen spacious cottages have modern amenities, including attached bathrooms. Indian food and continental cuisines are served in a spacious thatched dining room, which is also the center point for activities like campfire performances, lectures, and star gazing. Butterflies, birds, langur monkeys, and spotted deer are frequent visitors around the lodge.

  • Helpful Information for 2022 Bandhavgarh Tiger Photo Extension

    Tigers

    Patience is always needed for wildlife photography. We will try to provide guests with the best opportunities to see tigers in the wild, but we cannot guarantee wildlife. We have secured special permits that allow maximum time in Bandhavgarh, and we’ll have expert guides and naturalists who are well trained to track tigers in the wild. Look for tracks, and listen for the alarm calls of other animals. Bandhavgarh has a great variety of wildlife for you to photograph. Take advantage and enjoy it!

    Most days, there will be only two guests per vehicle while on safari. There may be three per vehicle periodically to include Dan or the group guide to help guests. It will also depend on the ratio of our vehicles to the number of guests booked.

    At times, tiger viewings can be congested with other vehicles around. This is something that is out of our control.

    Activity

    This trip is considered low activity.

    Weather

    During November through February, the climatic conditions are excellent and the Park’s vegetation is rejuvenated, along with its inhabitants. Temperatures are cooler this time of year, much more comfortable and pleasant than the hot summer months. Average daytime temps are around 65°F, while mornings and evenings can be chilly. Layer up!

    Passport and Visa (US citizens)

    Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the date of arrival into India. Two blank pages are required for the entry stamp.

    A tourist visa is required for this trip. Please visit the Indian government’s website for electronic travel authorization for additional information regarding the eligibilities and requirements for this type of visa. Visa requirements may change prior to trip time. Please visit the US Bureau of Consular Affairs – India for the most up-to-date entry requirements. Once you have received your visa, check it carefully to ensure that the type of visa and number of entries is appropriate for your travel plans.

    It is advisable to carry photocopies of the bio-data page of your passport and the pages containing the Indian visa and Indian immigration stamps.

    Please Note: Satellite phones are prohibited in India.

    Vaccinations

    Make sure you’re up to date on routine vaccines. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), and polio. Also recommended, but not required are:

    • Hepatitis A and B (combo shot series)
    • Typhoid

    Some travelers may also consider other vaccinations. Please consult with your doctor/medical professional.

    There is no risk of yellow fever in India. However, if you are arriving in India ONLY from Sub-Saharan Africa or other yellow-fever areas, Indian health regulations require that you present evidence of vaccination against yellow fever. If you do not have such proof, you could be subjected to immediate deportation or a six-day detention in the yellow-fever quarantine center. If you transit through any part of sub-Saharan Africa, even for one day, you are advised to carry proof of yellow fever immunization.

    Visit the CDC for the latest requirements/recommendations for India health information.

    Camera Gear

    Dan will phone each guest prior to trip time to discuss camera gear and make suggestions for what to bring. Please feel free to email at any time if you have questions regarding camera gear for the trip.

    Electricity

    In India, the standard voltage is 230 volts, and the frequency is 50 hertz. Power plug types and sockets used are C (also works with plugs E and F), D, and M.

    You will need a voltage converter to use US appliances such as hair dryers and electric shavers. Since the US uses a different frequency (60 hertz), a voltage converter that also converts frequency is recommended. However, these can be hard to find.

    Typically laptop, camera, toothbrush, and cell phone chargers only require a plug adapter and not a converter. Check the label if you’re unsure.

    Currency

    The Indian rupee is the official currency of India.

    Good to Know

    The left hand is considered unclean (being associated with matters in the bathroom) and is never used for eating, passing/receiving objects, shaking hands, etc.

    Cows are considered sacred in India.

    India is a conservative society. It’s best to keep affectionate gestures private. Keep clothing looser versus tight/revealing. Cover your legs and shoulders, especially when visiting temples/shrines/mosques. Ladies will want to cover their heads in these places also.

    Pay attention to your body language. Don’t point your feet/finger. A “Namaste” with both palms together is a safe alternative (especially for women) rather than a handshake.

    It’s good manners to take off your shoes before entering someone’s home, and it’s required if entering a temple/mosque/shrine. If you see shoes at an entrance, it’s a good idea to take yours off as well. Feet are typically considered unclean, so don’t touch anyone with your feet/shoes.

    Arranged marriages are commonplace. Family values are fundamental in daily life. Patriarchal families are the norm.

    Additional information will be sent closer to trip time.

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    Have a question about this tour? We're happy to answer any queries you may have.
  • Testimonials from Natural Exposures' Explorers

    • "If you ever want to travel to another country and you want to go first class, travel with Natural Exposures. They are number one in showing their guests the best time ever in the classiest way. I would recommend Natural Exposures Tours to everyone. If you want to go in style, go with NE!"

      Michelle Duggan, Massachusetts

    • "Tanya/Dan are a dynamic duo! There are not enough adjectives in the dictionary to cover the entire breath of their combined strengths. Fair, attention to detail, supportive of everyone’s needs, ability to get things done, did I mention down right good people, and on and on. We hope there will be a trip in the future that we could take advantage of."

      Corbett Alley, Arizona

    • "What a trip
      What a group
      What a fabulous everything
      To our next encounters with nature"

      Maud and Leon Soriano, Florida

    • "I just wanted to again thank you for a wonderful week of photography and relaxation away from the office. It was a really a good group."

      Sue Wolfe, Texas

    • "We have been friends and have traveled with Dan and Tanya for almost 20 years. We have had the privilege of being invited to join them on their wonderful photography adventures. Dan, a master of photography, is always willing to share his vast knowledge of cameras and photographic skills. Tanya has mastered the art of arranging great tours along with being able to please everyone involved. I keep thinking of how Dan and Tanya pass the Rotary International "Four Way Test". Is it the Truth? Is it fair to all concerned, will it build good will and better friendships and yes it will be beneficial to all concerned. We love, trust and feel safe with Dan and Tanya. Our home is filled with spectacular images we have taken on tours with Natural Exposures Photo Tours."

      Ed and Pat Nahin, California

    • "Tanya and Dan’s logistic skills provide a seamless photo tour where one can truly enjoy the experience. With unlimited photographic opportunities Dan’s instruction has taken my photography to a higher level."

      Linda Henry, Oregon

For additional information please contact Tanya at photo@naturalexposures.com or by telephone at (406) 556-8212

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