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India Tiger Tour

India – Women Only Northern India Photo Tour 2021

India – Women Only Northern India Photo Tour 2021

US$9,975 per person sharing

Spaces Available

12 Apr 2021 – 25 Apr 2021

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

 

ORYX’s new product, “Women on Safari”, has been conceptualized and designed to offer women who lust for exploring our wild destinations with camera in hand a selection of tours that brings the excitement into traveling to new areas to learn and master how to best utilize your camera and capture your photographic vision, all in an environment of support and comradery.

 

Whether solo or traveling with another, joining a tour filled with other independent, creative women is motivating and empowering as you share, learn and create experiences, memories and photographs together.

 

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 Women’s only Photo Tour is for You

Destination Allure

Our women only 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!

Women Only

Whether solo or traveling with another, joining a small group tour filled with other independent, creative women is motivating and empowering as you share, learn and create experiences, memories and photographs together. 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
Culture
For Women
Wildlife
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Dehli
  • per person sharing
    US$9975
  • Single Supplement
    US$1075
  • 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 – 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 you will dine with Penny and the rest of the group. During dinner she will discuss the upcoming tour in detail as well as answer any questions you may have. Your exciting India photo tour kicks off tomorrow! india photo tours
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Day 2: Drive Delhi to Agra, sunset session at Taj Mahal

After breakfast, we will 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 India Photo 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.  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.india photo tours
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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. 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. Our final day in Agra concludes as we embark on one last sunset photography session at the Taj Mahal.
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Day 4: Drive Agra to Jaipur

Our India Women's photo tour 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).
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Day 5: 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 train ride. Upon arriving, we will check in and after lunch, make our way into the park for afternoon game viewing.india photo tours
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Days 6 to 10: Ranthambore National Park

For each morning and afternoon game drive will use open-top jeeps to explore the park for Tigers and other wildlife that live here. 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.  
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Day 11: Ranthambore train to New Delhi

This morning on your Tiger photo 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 12: Fly Delhi to Varanasi

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.
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Day 13: Varanasi

This morning, we will enjoy an early morning boat ride on the river Ganges to witness the sun rising 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. After capturing the many sights in the beautiful morning light, we will continue on by foot as we photography the many streets and sights in Varanasi. We will return to the hotel for a late breakfast and have time to relax, editing our images and enjoy your accommodations before we head out on our evening excursion to photograph the Ganga Aarti. Ganga Aarti is an ancient ritual of offering prayer to the Ganges river and is held daily at dusk. Aarti brings eager devotees and spectators across the city to witness the awe-inspiring and spiritual ritual.
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Day 14: Fly to Dehli and depart

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 and this is where our photo tour concludes.
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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