13 Days
Duration
2/5
Physical Rating
8
Group Size

India

1 April – 13 April, 2017

Join us for an exotic, colorful adventure as we search for the majestic Bengal tiger. We will make our way to Ranthambhore National Park in the state of Rajasthan. Although the elusive cat will be the main highlight of our expedition, we will also come to experience some of the many tastes and sights of India. We will pay a visit to the unforgettable Taj Mahal, and then travel through Rajasthan where we will spend several days in the incredible pink city of Jaipur and blue city of Jodphur.

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$7,950 USD India per person sharing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $1,046 USD  Single Supplement

 

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE LOCATION Indira Gandhi International Airport, India
ARRIVAL TIME 1st April
INCLUDED
Accommodation for 12 nights on twin/single-share room basis with private facilities.
All surface transfers by air-conditioned private cars in Central India and mini bus in Northern India.
Accompanying local guides for the Ranthambore sector
12 game drives & 2 full days by exclusive 4 wheel drives at the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
All activities as outlined in itinerary
English speaking local naturalist/guide services inclusive of park and monument entry fees
Assistance on arrival and departure at each destination.
NOT INCLUDED
Any expenses of personal nature such as telephone calls, beverages, liquor and wines
International airfare
Tips/ gratuities paid to naturalists, drivers
Cost incurred in obtaining visa
International departure tax

Additional information

AccommodationPer Person Sharing, Single Supplement

Letters correspond to points on the map in the map tab.

A

Day 1, April 1st: Arrive in Delhi

After arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, we transfer to the Claridges Hotel for our dinner and overnight stay.

B

Day 2, April 2nd: Our First Game Drive

After breakfast, we transfer to the train station to board the 07:30 train for Sawal, Madhopur. We arrive at the lodge, check in, and have our first game drive in the National Park. Overnight stay at Ranthambhore Bagh.

C

Days 3-7, April 3rd-7th: Ranthambhore National Park

We spend the next 5 full days in search of Bengal tigers. Because there is so much wildlife in the park, there is no shortage of prey for the tigers. We should be able to photograph various species of ungulates such as sambar, chital, nilgai, muntjac, chinkara and the world’s only four-horned antelope, the chausingha. We may also be able to find sloth bears, jungle cats, mongoose, palm civet, wild dog, Hanuman langurs, rhesus macaques and other mammals as well as some of the over 300 species of birds. If we are extremely lucky, we may even be able to spot a leopard. This a wildlife photographer’s paradise with so many different species to be captured by our cameras! Overnight stay at Ranthambhore Bagh.

D

Day 8, April 8th: Bharatpur, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra

Day 8 AM: One last morning game drive before we transfer to the train station to travel to Bharatpur. We arrive in Bharatpur in time for lunch.

E

Day 8 PM

After lunch, we drive approximately one hour before we arrive in Agra after a stopover en route at Fatehpur Sikri, the city-sized fort built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th Century. We continue on to Agra and check into our hotel. Overnight at the Trident Agra.

F

Day 9, April 9th: Agra

Day 9 AM: We have an early morning visit to the Taj Mahal in soft morning light. We will then visit the Agra Fort, built of red sandstone with a Pearl Mosque enclosed within its walls.

G

Day 9 PM Agra to Jaipur & Day 10, April 10th: Jaipur

Day 9 PM: We depart for Jaipur. Upon arrival in Jaipur, we check into our hotel and then visit the City Palace. Overnight at the Jai Mahal Palace.

H

Day 11 & 12, April 11th-12th: Jodhpur

Day 11: This morning we depart for Jodhpur. After we check into our hotel, we visit the local bazaar around the clock tower, an iconic centerpiece of Jodhpur’s old city. It is surrounded by the chaotic Sadar Market. Bustling with life, you will find traditional, intricately carved havelis, street vendors selling leather, spices, fabrics and local crafts. The market is a swarming mass of rickshaws, scooters, cattle and people. Overnight at the Ajit Bhawan.
Day 12: Jodhpur is a 15th century city built on the fringe of the Thar Desert, dominated by the gigantic Mehrangarh Fort, one of India’s largest forts set on a hill above the city. We spend a large portion of the day exploring the fort, leaving time to photograph the sprawling Blue City below. Overnight at the Ajit Bhawan.

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Day 13, April 13th: Jodhpur Then Fly to Delhi

Day 13 AM: We have this morning free to photograph around the Blue City, perhaps at one of the bazaars or the havelis.
Day 13 PM: We transfer to the airport to board our return flight to Delhi. We arrive in Delhi and transfer to a hotel near the international airport. We can rest here to prepare for our international flights home.

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EXPEDITION LEADERS

THEO ALLOFS

“When I was a young boy my parents took me to a zoo where I saw my first tiger. Since then there hasn’t been another animal that has captivated me as much as this magnificent and beautiful cat. I have been very fortunate to fulfill my dream and see and photograph tigers in the wild on many trips to India.”

JAMI TARRIS

“India does more to the senses than any other country that I know. It is filled with colors, tastes, smells (some not so good), noise and life. But being in the presence of the regal Bengal tiger is about as exciting as it gets. They are one of the most charismatic animals I have ever photographed.”

Tour Reviews

5 based on 2 reviews
April 26, 2017

This is my third expedition with Theo and Jami of Focus Expeditions. Although I have enjoyed all my trips, this adventure was the perfect combination of wildlife and culture. During part of the trip we were tracking tigers through the Ranthambore National Park and the other part, we were immersed in a a whirlwind of colors, sights, sounds, and smells of India.

What makes Focus Expeditions unique is the knowledge of these leaders and their passion for photography. Whether you are a novice (like me) or a serious photographer, Theo and Jami work as a team to expand your skill level and ensure that each person has an opportunity to take the best possible photos.

One of my most memorable experiences was the day our group climbed to the rooftop (during the early morning hours) to photograph the Blue City (Jodhpur). Through their personal contacts, Jami and Theo were able to gain access to this perfect spot for capturing the first glow of light on the city below. Pure magic!

As I review my photos, I still can’t believe that I was actually in India to partake in this incredible adventure. Truly a life changing experience! Thank you Jami and Theo for the opportunity to see another part of the world through your eyes!

April 29, 2017

I have to say this trip to India will go down as one of my favorite trips of all time. This will now be my 4th trip with Focus Expeditions and I enjoyed the variety it provided. I enjoyed the game drives, but this one provided a very well rounded view of India. The people, the culture, the history, the diversity it provided was just what I had hoped for, but didn’t know it. My memories are more vibrant then some of my other trips just because of this alone. I will forever be in AWE of the engineering of the Forts and buildings such as the Taj Mahal. The people of India are inspiring.
And shopping on an afternoon in the markets showed me just how similar the women of India are to the those of my country – rooting around for the best deal and quality.
I hope to return to India one day. I would never have known how much I would truly appreciate this wonderful country until I came this first time.
Thank you Theo and Jami for this experience. I will never forget it.

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