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India – Tigers of Central India Photo Tour 2026

US$9,895 person sharing

Spaces Available

 

Please note that costs & dates for 2026 are subject to change as not all our partner properties and local airlines have released their rates. Should we need to revise costs, we will endeavour to keep fees & dates as close to the original.

08 April 2026 – 16 April 2026

Home to arguably the world’s richest cultural landscape, India is of course also famous for its iconic mammalian megafauna, foremost of which is the regal Bengal Tiger.

 

Our photo tour spends time in both Pench & Bandhavgarh National Park, which is arguably two of the best places to photograph the Royal Bengal Tiger. With Tiger numbers booming in these  parks, there will be no shortage of striped beauties.

 

Our sessions in the park will give participants unbeatable opportunities to capture a diverse portfolio of Tiger images (all the while not forgetting the other resident wildlife), and we invite you to join us on this unforgettable celebration of India’s most iconic mammal!

Why this Photo Tour is for You

Destination Allure

Our photo tour spends time in both Pench & Bandhavgarh National Park, which is arguably two of the best places to photograph the Royal Bengal Tiger. With Tiger numbers booming in these parks, there will be no shortage of striped beauties.

Month of Travel

Our tiger photo safari 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 more likely than not to stay near to water sources to stay cool, even Tigers!

Number of Species

Other than the “Lord of the Jungle”, Pench & Bandhavgarh plays host to a variety of wildlife, including the Sloth Bear, Chital, Peacock and if you're lucky, the elusive Leopard.

Small Group Departures

Travel on this tiger photography tour 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.

daniel bailey

ORYX LEADER
Daniel Bailey 

9 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
Classic
Wildlife
  • Destination
  • Departure
    New Dehli
  • person sharing
    US$9,895
  • Single Supplement
    US$3,080
  • Photographic Highlights
    Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bear, Chital, Leopard, Asian Elephant, Indian Peafowl
  • Guide
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Day 1: Arrival in New Delhi

Today is set aside as an arrival day in New Delhi, and after arrival and having negotiated passport control and collected luggage, you will be met by an ORYX representative directly outside the arrivals hall and transported to your hotel, a short distance from the airport. This evening, you will have the opportunity to discuss your upcoming adventure with your ORYX photo tour leader.

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Day 2: Flight Delhi to Nagpur. Road transfer to Pench. PM game drive

This morning we will take a flight (time TBA) to Nagpur. Upon arrival we will transfer to Pench (approximately 3 hours) by road.

Pench National Park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura hills is named after Pench river which flows from north to south through the Pench National Park. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh. Recently in 1992, Pench has been included under the umbrella of "Project Tiger" as the 19th Project Tiger Reserve. The Pench National Park is very rich in fauna and a number of endangered species have made it their habitat. There are aroung 55 tigers under this umbrella of the Park. 39 species of mammals, 13 species of reptiles, 3 species of amphibians and over 210 varieties of birds have already been listed. In the afternoon we will embark on our first game drive exploring the wonfers of this magnificent National Park.

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Day 3 & Day 4: Pench – AM & PM game drives

A total of 758 Sq. kms of this Southern Indian tropical moist deciduous forest has its extent mingling with the tropical dry deciduous teak. The area is crisscrossed by a number of streams and 'nallahs' most of which are seasonal. Though the Pench River dries up in April end, a number of water pools locally known as 'dohs' are found which serve as water holes for the wild animals. The Pench Reservoir at the center of the park is the only major water source during the pinch period.

As a prey concentration is high along the Pench River, tiger usually inhabits frequents this belt. Leopard though generally operates in the peripheral areas but are occasionally seen in the deep forest also. Jungle cats are commonly seen. Leopard cats, small Indian civets and palm civets are common but seen rarely. In Pench, Cheetal, Sambar, nilgai are commonly seen grazing on the open sites on roadsides and banks of river & reservoir. Jackals can be seen in search of food anywhere in the Park.

Sloth bear occupy hilly, rocky out crops and favour mahul bel infested forest. Chnkara is present in very small numbers and is found in open areas around Turia, Telia and Dudhgaon villages. Langurs are very common in Pench, whereas the Rhesus monkeys may be seen occasionally on the fringes.

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Day 5: Pench – AM game drive. Road transfer to Bandhavgarh

Today we will venture out into Pench for a final morning’s photography, before making our way to Bandhavgarh National Park by road (approximately 7 hours). Set in the rugged Vindhya hills of central India’s Deccan Plateau, Bandhavgarh National Park protects a rich mosaic of deciduous woodland, bamboo thickets, meadows and marshes. This wonderful reserve contains high concentrations of herbivores such as Spotted Deer, Sambar and Wild Boar, and it is this abundance of prey species in turn that supports one of the healthiest populations of Bengal Tiger. Locating these magnificent cats requires a combination of skill and patience, with a bit of luck thrown in.

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Day 6 to 8: Bandhavgarh National Park

14th April 2024 – AM & PM game drives 15th April 2024 - Full day game drive 16th April 2024 - Full day game drive Although the relatively open nature of the terrain accounts in part for Bandhavgarh’s high rate of Tiger sightings, we would have to be very lucky to find Dhole (also known as Asian Wild Dog) or the sought-after Sloth Bear in the reserve where they occur in very small numbers and co-exist with the much more frequently encountered Jungle Cat.
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Day 9: Bandhavgarh – AM game drive. Road transfer to Jabalpur. Fly to Delhi and Depart. End of Tour

Today is our final morning game drive in Bandhavgarh National Park. After your morning safari and breakfast you will depart Bandhavgarh to Jabalpur by roaf transfer. Upon arrival in Jabalpur, you will check-in and fly back to Delhi where this incredible Indian photo tour sadly comes to an end.
Private IndiaLauren Cohen, USA

In any event we had the BEST photo tour ever! I had questioned prior to the trip if it made sense to be going back to India a second time with Marius, given all the places we want to visit, and I can unequivocally say it was ...and then some! Every stop of the tour offered unique and interesting experiences and photographic opportunities and with Marius as our "fearless leader" we were able to capitalize on the environment in a way we would never be able to do without him. We walked the back slum alleys of Jodhpur capturing the daily street life...sat in the sand dunes while camels ran up the dunes...photographed mating leopards in the magical rocky setting of Jawai.. visited with the local tribal chiefs as they prepared for a family wedding ...and found a path to a front row seat to photograph drinking tigers with full reflections (a personal bucket list item for me!)

All along the way we laughed and learned and shared in the enthusiasm exuded by Marius and just had so much fun!

Photographically we continue to learn and grow from our time with Marius "in the field" as he inspires us to see things from a new perspective with the use or our camera. He helps create magical moments for us to capture, teaching us more about light and shadows and composition. We return home after each trip more excited about our photography, as we practice our editing skills in search of creating better and more interesting images. Yes was a magical two weeks and I am only sorry it had to end!

India – Tigers of IndiaLorinda Steenkamp, South Africa

Andries and I would like to thank the ORYX team for a memorable India photo tour. The tour was exceptionally well planned. The only hassle we as guests were left with was to try and get the best photo of a tiger. We can only but highly recommend ORYX Photo Tours and will not think twice about using their services again in future.

India – Tigers of IndiaLorinda Steenkamp, South Africa

Dale Morris was an excellent tour leader. Apart from being a very pleasant person, he also went out of his way to share his wealth of knowledge on photography with us. We started the tour with our photos looking like normal holiday snap shots, and ended up taking some pretty professional images. Thank you Dale for your patience and willingness to help us.

India – Tigers of IndiaAlan & Michelle Hinde, Australia

We are writing to provide some feedback on our short trip to India with ORYX Photo Tours, to visit several game parks with Tiger spotting a priority. We  had a small group of 4, ably led by Dale Morris, a genuinely friendly and helpful leader. Dale is a skilled and award winning photographer whose enthusiasm for photography was infectious.  Dale was a delight to travel with and ensured that everything worked as planned.  We managed to see quite a few tigers and also enjoyed the classic sights of the Taj Mahal.

India – Tigers of IndiaCody Linde, USA

Thank you for another great photo safari! It was a fantastic time in India, and although I’m very glad to be home, I already miss it.

It was great getting the opportunity to meet the other clients, and Dale did a wonderful job as our guide and I really appreciate all of his hard work and dedication both in and out of the field, and I loved his willingness to engage in personable conversations at the dinner table. He was very willing to listen and learn about the world through someone else’s perspective. He also taught me some new tricks with my camera that I had no idea about, but they made life so much easier.

Thanks again for everything!

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