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India Tiger Tour

India – Best of Northern India Photo Tour 2020

India – Best of Northern India Photo Tour 2020

US$9,975 per person sharing

Spaces Available

12 April – 25 April 2020

Home to over a billion people in arguably the world’s richest cultural landscape, India is a country with no equal. This great nation boasts a staggering geographical diversity ranging from deserts and forests to tropical, palm-lined shores and snow-capped peaks. India is of course also famous for its rich avifauna and iconic mammalian mega fauna, foremost of which is the regal Bengal Tiger. This India photo tour visits some of remarkable highlights of this huge country, including the paramount Taj Mahal, the wildlife saturated Ranthambore National Park and colourful Varanasi. With an exotic blend of cultural and wildlife elements, this contrasting photo safari promises to be a trip of a lifetime!

Why this Photo Tour is for You

Destination Allure

Our photography tour spends time in Ranthambore National Park, which is arguably the best place to photograph the Royal Bengal Tiger, while providing a culturally enriching experience during a Varanasi photo tour and visits the world famous Taj Mahal, as well as the Agra Fort.

Month of Travel

Our India Photo Tour takes place at the beginning of spring when hot temperatures begin to set in. Although winter would have passed, no spring rain means foliage has not yet had time to sprout, leaving no ample shade or thick brush. Animals are guaranteed to stay near to water sources to stay cool, even Tigers!

Wildlife & Culture Photography

This expedition visits some of remarkable highlights of this huge country, including the paramount Taj Mahal, the wildlife-saturated Ranthambore National Park (think Bengal Tigers, Sloth Bear and more) and colourful, spiritual Varanasi. With an exotic blend of cultural and wildlife elements, this contrasting tour promises to be a trip of a lifetime!

Small Group Departures

Travel on this India photography tour to this exotic location with like-minded individuals and share your bucket list together.

Guided experience

Local knowledge of the region and its wildlife is key to crafting the ultimate photography tour experience. Combined with the photographic expertise of your ORYX Photo Tour Leader, and you are in for an adventure that will further fuel your excitement for photography and the destination.

Penny Robartes

ORYX LEADER
Penny Robartes

14 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Dehli
  • Per Person Sharing
    US$9,975
  • Single Supplement
    US$1,055
  • Photographic Highlights
    Cultural and wildlife elements at Ranthambore National Park, Varanasi and Taj Mahal. Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian wildlife and birdlife. People and buildings of Varanasi, and the iconic splendour that is the Taj Mahal
  • Guide
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Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

Today is set aside as an arrival day in bustling New Delhi for our India photo tour.
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Day 2: Drive Delhi to Agra, sunset session at Taj Mahal

After breakfast, we will hit the road as we drive from Delhi to Agra, which is the home of arguably the world’s most famous and spectacular historic building, the Taj Mahal!
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Day 3: Taj Mahal & Agra Fort

This morning we will again visit the Taj Mahal as the sun comes up for golden hour photography and also explore the fabled Agra Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Day 4: Drive Agra to Jaipur

Our India photo tour continues as we travel from Agra to Jaipur and the afternoon is set aside for some relaxation at the hotel.
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Day 5: Jaipur to Ranthambore

This morning on your Ranthambore tiger tour, your local guide will collect you from your hotel where you will depart Delhi by way of train for Ranthambore. From the station, you will depart for your accommodations, and after lunch will make our way into the park for afternoon game viewing.
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Days 3 to 7: Ranthambore National Park

We will use open-top jeeps to explore the park for Tigers, enjoying the prolific bird life of the area as we explore. The rangers will be on the lookout for telltale signs and with some luck on our Ranthambore tiger photography tour, these signs will lead us to a Tiger padding along a dusty track or sprawled out in the dappled sunlight of a bamboo thicket. Photographic opportunities in Ranthambhore National Park abound and range from spectacular scenery, impressive Banyan trees, ancient forts and ruins, Tigers and other wildlife, to birds that are often comically tame!
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Day 8: Ranthambore train to New Delhi

This morning on your Ranthambore tiger tour, you will have a further opportunity to photograph game within the reserve, where after you will board the train bound for an overnight stay.
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Day 9: Fly Delhi to Varanasi

This morning at a time to be advised, we will head to Indira Gandhi International Airport for our flight to Varanasi (approximately 1,5 hours). We will explore and photograph Varanasi (Benares or Kashi), the oldest living city in the world and the city that has been the ultimate Hindu pilgrimage for ages.
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Day 10: Varanasi

Today, our wonderful Varanasi Photo Tour sadly comes to an end as well as our India photo safari.

Location

Tigers & Varanasi 2019Astrid Van Zyl

Dear Penny

Thank you so much for leading the most exceptional photo journey to India …. it more than met my expectations of a happy and productive trip.

Thank you also to Marius for organising this personalised trip with a group of ladies who have met each other along the way in various other travel scenarios. It was so good to reconnect! Strong friendships of like minded people from different parts of the world were built which lent to a most entertaining and happy journey. Besides the group getting along famously, a huge thank you also to Bablu for looking after us so well and always watching our backs, collecting forgotten items and generally smoothing the way ….. his photography skills are totally amazing too!

Also not forgetting the team of guides and drivers….exceptional! Fun, fun, fun …..and some photography too! The team always had our best interests at heart and made every minute happy! What an amazing team!

Ranthambore and the photography opportunities was an adventure on its own….it is very hard to describe the tiger encounters, not to mention sloth bears!!!, each and every one took my breath away! The scenic and historical part of Ranthambore lent to the total magic for me! My trust and faith in our driver and team getting us to the right place at the right time was both exhilarating and I appreciated their dedication and care.

Varanasi was an experience second to none. The feel of India there for me was palpable. The way we were active on foot, in rickshaws by day and night in the hub of the Ganges River area gave us the true feel of noise, hustle and bustle, hoot and more noise! As well as serenity and calm! Again the chaos of the city worked!

Penny, thank you for your patience, kindness and co-ordinating the Bandit Queens ….. a group of strong minded, middle aged women all with a dry sense of humour ;), not an easy task! It truly was one of the best photographic journeys I have been on and the mix was totally right! By the sounds of the laughter echoing through the valleys ….. its got to have been a great trip!

Thank you! May we all share many more happy journeys together.

Tigers & Varanasi 2019Shobha Gopinath

Is there such a thing as a perfect trip? My recent trip to Ranthambore National Park and Varanasi, India with Oryx was nothing short of fantastic and exciting! Tiger sightings in Ranthambore were spectacular and Varanasi was sublime. It was simply an unparalleled experience made all the more enjoyable as all ground arrangements from transport, hotels and local guiding were impeccable. Everything went off smoothly and without a hitch.

In no small part the trip was memorable because of our photography lead, Penny Robartes. This is the third trip I have gone on with Penny. She is just the most wonderful person to travel with. She is personable, cheerful and caring, always making sure everything went off smoothly. She is very generous with her knowledge and expertise, always patient and helpful advising us on composition, settings and editing. Her insights and instructions on photography were invaluable and my photography has definitely improved on account of her.

This was an exceptional trip and our experience was unparalleled. Thank you Oryx and Penny in particular for yet another terrific experience.

- Shobha Gopinath

Tigers & Varanasi 2019Shyam Thilagaratnam

I've just returned from another Oryx adventure - this time to Ranthambore and Varanasi. This is my second time travelling with the lovely Penny Robartes - the first being to the Mara a few years ago. Penny continues to surprise and raise the bar.

From the organisation and logistics, to the photographic opportunities and tuition from Penny, and the group that was thoughtfully put together for this trip - everything was just perfect. The itinerary was a wonderful combination of wildlife and culture. I'd never seen a tiger in the wild before and this has been on my bucket list for ages - and thanks to the ace trackers and guides I got to see a tiger on almost every drive - 14 sightings of 11 different tigers and cubs - what an adrenaline rush that was. And thanks to Penny, I think I got some pretty decent images :)

Penny is truly remarkable and a real gem, and much more than a 'photographer guide'. Her genuine interest in people and cultures is obvious and her natural good-natured curiousity made her a superstar, not just with our group but with all we met along the way. Her mad photography skills combined with her generosity in sharing her knowledge resulted in my gaining so many new photographic capabilities - I have no doubt the rest of the group felt the same.

When on game drives or walking the streets of Varanasi, Penny was always there to guide us on settings or to point out opportunities that we might otherwise have missed. In between these sessions, she was also available to each of us for some very useful editing 'tutorials'...which were always combined with so much belly-aching laughter, and conversations about life, the universe and everything in between.

I can't recommend Penny Robartes highly enough - both my trips with her were far more than 'photography expeditions' - they would be more accurately described as 'good for the soul journeys.' I've already signed up for my next trip with her. So, mega thanks Penny - you are truly appreciated!

Shyam

 

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