[email protected] | +230 452 3731

India – Wildlife & Cultures of Northern India 2025

US$13,063 person sharing

Spaces Available

 

Please note that costs & dates for 2025 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.

21 Mar 2025 – 3 Apr 2025

ORYX is proud to present a carefully crafted tour to key sites in Northern India, with Senior Photo Tour Leader Penny Robartes.

 

ORYX’s new product, have been designed to offer guests with a thirst for exploring exotic destinations with camera in hand the ability to travel together. These tours are designed to allow like-minded individuals to learn, have fun and feel empowered to be creative in an environment of camaraderie and support of fellow photographers.

 

Our Women Only Photo Tours cater to photographers of all skill levels. Penny will use her extensive photographic experience to teach you how best to utilise your camera and capture your photographic vision while you are immersed in the spirit of the destination.

 

Our tour to magical India takes place in April which is the beginning of spring and is a great time to photograph the magnificent Bengal Tiger. India of course has many highlights, but the Bengal Tiger is unquestionably one of them! As spring progresses, temperatures in Ranthambore National Park rise and animals, most notably tigers, seek out water sources to slake their thirst and stay cool in the ever-growing heat. In addition to game drives to search for Bengal Tiger and other wildlife, working the waterholes is a good way locate our primary quarry. We also visit the iconic Taj Mahal and colourful Varanasi on this tour, both of which add an exotic blend of cultural elements to the wildlife highlights of Ranthambore and truly offer an amazing overview of India.

 

Why this Photo Tour is for You

Destination Allure

Our India photography tour spends time in Ranthambore National Park, which is arguably the best place to photograph the Bengal Tiger, while providing a culturally enriching experience at Varanasi, the world famous Taj Mahal and 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, spring rains typically haven’t kicked in yet, meaning foliage has not yet sprouted and visibility is good. 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 famous 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 Tour

Joining a small group tour filled with other creative individuals is motivating and empowering as you learn about your camera while experiencing an exotic location with like-minded individuals.

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
Culture
Wildlife
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Dehli
  • person sharing
    US$13,063
  • Single Supplement
    US$1,540
  • Photographic Highlights
    Cultural and wildlife elements including Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bear, Indian Peafowl, the people and buildings of Varanasi, and the iconic splendour that is the Taj Mahal.
  • Guide
1

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

Today is set aside as an arrival day in bustling New Delhi – India’s second most populous city, and one of the most densely populated on earth. You will be met by an ORYX representative and driven through to your lovely accommodations for the night. This evening during dinner ORYX Tour Leader Penny Robartes will discuss the upcoming India photo tour in detail.
2

Day 2: Fly Delhi to Varanasi

This morning we will head to Indira Gandhi International Airport for our flight to Varanasi (approximately 1,5 hours). After arrival in Varanasi, and baggage collection, an ORYX representative will meet you before transporting you to your hotel.

After check-in and lunch 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. Hindus believe that one who is graced to die on the holy land of Varanasi will attain salvation from the cycle of birth and re-birth.

 
3

Day 3: Varanasi

During our time in Varanasi, we will enjoy an early morning boat ride on the river Ganges to witness the sunrise over the river and Ghats (the broad flight of steps leading down to the water) and also to observe the devotees taking a holy dip and offering morning prayers.

The city is an experience the likes of which you will find nowhere else in the world! It is also one of India’s most photographed cities, particularly its Hindu pilgrims, worshipers and bathers on the Ghats situated along the banks of the Ganges (Ganga) River.

According to legend, the city was founded by the Hindu deity Lord Shiva several thousand years ago, thus making it one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the country.It is also a general held belief that it stands on the weapon “The Trishool” (Trident) of Lord Shiva. It is one of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus, and many Hindu scriptures, including the Rigveda, Skanda Purana, the Ramayana, and the Mahabharata, mention the city.

A dip at any of the 84 sacred Ghats of the Ganges is believed to wash away the sins of mortals. The city is a centre of learning and civilization and for over 3000 years Varanasi has been a symbol of Hindu renaissance.

Knowledge, philosophy, culture, devotion to gods, and Indian arts and crafts have flourished here for centuries, and it is aptly called the “Cultural Capital of India”. Varanasi was previously an industry centre famous for its muslin and silk fabrics, perfumes, ivory works and  sculpture, while today it is a noted centre for fine silks and brocaded fabrics, exquisite saris, brassware, jewellery, woodcraft, carpets, wall hangings, lamp shades, masks of Hindu and Buddhist deities, Zari work, stone inlay work, glass beads and bangles.
4

Day 4: Fly to Delhi

After a final morning’s photography and breakfast we will fly back to Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.

5

Day 5: 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 approximate 4-5 hour drive. Agra is the home of arguably the world’s most famous and spectacular historic building, the Taj Mahal! This morning we will visit this architectural masterpiece, the name of which literally means “Crown of Palaces”. This tour highlight is a World Heritage Site and is famous for the elegance of its design, its extraordinary translucent white marble dome, its mathematical symmetry and the immense numbers of intricately carved and inlaid semi-precious stones that adorn its walls. Begun in 1632, tens of thousands of architects and labourers, and over a thousand elephants, toiled for more than 20 years to complete this breath-taking edifice, which was commissioned by the grief-stricken Shah Jahan after his third wife died during the birth of their 14th child. This is without a doubt one of India’s most iconic and impressive sites, and this afternoon we will take advantage of the soft afternoon light, which is optimal for photography.

6

Day 6: Taj Mahal & Agra Fort

This morning we will again visit the Taj Mahal as the sun comes up for golden hour photography.

Today we will also explore the fabled Agra Red Fort, located in the centre of the city and serving as a monumental reminder of the fascinating history of the region.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is more accurately a 94 acre walled city and was constructed in the 16th century. Visiting this architecturally spectacular complex is fascinating and from here we will also be able to enjoy views of the shimmering marble Taj Mahal.

In fact, Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal in memory of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal, spent his final years here at the Agra Fort as a captive of his son Aurangzeb who deposed him.

Shah Jahan apparently died here whilst imprisoned in a tower with a view of the Taj Mahal.

Our final day in Agra concludes as we embark on one last sunset photography session at the Taj Mahal.

7

Day 7: Drive Agra to Jaipur

Our journey continues as we travel from Agra to Jaipur, which is an approximate 4 hour drive. The afternoon is set aside for some relaxation at the hotel (activities to be confirmed).

8

Day 8: Drive Jaipur to Ranthambore

This morning your local guide will collect you from your hotel where you will depart Jaipur for Ranthambore, which is approximately a 4-hour drive. Upon arriving, we will check in and after lunch, make our way into the park for afternoon game viewing

Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of south-eastern Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park is one of India’s largest parks, protecting over 380 square kilometres (almost 1400 square kilometres including the buffer zone).

Dominated by the 10th century Ranthambore Fort, which sits atop a plateau 700-feet above the plains, this scenic reserve contains good concentrations of herbivores such as Spotted Deer, Sambar and Wild Boar; which are the Tigers primary food source.

Although the Tiger population of the park is small, quite a few are habituated to the presence of tourists, and this afternoon will be our first opportunity during this tiger tour in India to photograph this cat, often regarded as the most spectacular of all the world’s felines!

 
9

Days 9 to 13: 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 such as pugmarks or scat in the road and will be ever alert for the alarm calls of Sambar, Spotted Deer (Chital) and Hanuman Langur.

With luck, these signs will lead us to a Tiger padding along a dusty track or sprawled out in the dappled sunlight of a bamboo thicket. Looking into the amber eyes of this, the largest of all the cats, undoubtedly ranks as one of the world’s ultimate wildlife experiences.

If we are exceptionally lucky, we may even be able to see (and photograph!) a Tiger on the famous Fort at Ranthambore!

Besides the main target of obtaining an unforgettable Tiger experience, Ranthambhore hosts an exciting cast of supporting mammals. The Leopard population is healthy and although they can be harder to find than Tiger, we hope to be able to view these beauties. Striped Hyaena prefer the park outskirts and areas nearer to our lodge and we will make an effort to find them. Sloth Bears roam the park in small numbers, and we may be fortunate to encounter these versatile creatures. Other predators include Indian Wolf (rare), Golden Jackal, Indian Fox, Jungle Cat, Ruddy, Indian Grey and Small Indian mongoose.

The default herbivores are the elegant Spotted Deer or Chital, and much larger Sambar. Less common are Indian Gazelle or Chinkara, and Nilgai. Sounders of Wild Boar are frequently encountered as are the dainty Indian Palm Squirrel and troops of often tame Southern Plains Grey Langur, and we can dream of spotting an Indian Pangolin.

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!

10

Day 14: Ranthambore to New Delhi

Today, our wonderful photographic tour sadly comes to an end. After a final morning’s photography and breakfast we will fly back to Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi as we will where this photo tour concludes.

    Our mailers are sent once a week at the most, and promise to deliver inspiring wildlife, culture and landscape photo tours. Please uncheck this if you don't want to receive mailers.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
You don't have permission to register