India’s jewels are the parks, palaces, temples, bazaars and, of course, the wild animals which define her exotic past. On this photographic safari we spend a week in the renowned Bandavgarh National Park, one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India that houses the Royal Bengal Tiger. The parks of central India were the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, and all of the animals described in the books are to be found here. Bandavgarh, a relatively smaller park with stunning landscape, has the highest concentration of wild tigers per square mile. We have ample time to thoroughly explore and photograph wildlife in exclusive 4-wheel drive vehicles.
Before reaching the tiger park, we delve into ancient India visiting religious Benares (also known as Varanasi). Built on the banks of the holy river Ganga (Ganges), Varanasi is the “oldest” living city of the world and could well be thought of as the “Soul of India.” Also visit the millennium old intricately carved temples at Khajuraho.
Although their emphasis is on photography, our photocultural tours are suitable for any adventurous traveler looking for a vacation that is out of the ordinary.
Day 1 Arrive Delhi
Welcome to India! Arrive and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 Fly to Varanasi
Varanasi is a holy city and is the center of Hindu culture. Visit the ghats for which the city is so justly famous and enjoy a sunset boat ride on the Ganga River.
Day 3 Explore Varanasi
Rise early for a sunset boat ride before exploring the streets and temples of Varanasi. Drive to Samath later today.
Day 4 Fly to Khajuraho
Enjoy a final photo shoot on the banks of the Ganga before flying to Khajuraho, now a quiet town but once the religious capital of the Chandela kings.
Days 5-11 Bandavgari National Park
Enjoy six full days at this fantastic wildlife park where daytime sightings of tiger are more likely here than at any other preserve in India.
Day 12 Drive to Jabalpur and Fly to Delhi
Enjoy one final early morning excursion before flying back to Delhi where you will spend the day and evening.
Day 13 Departure
Most flights will depart shortly after midnight. Departing India, you arrive in the U.S. later the same day.
About Your Trip Leader: Lewis Kemper
Lewis Kemper has been photographing the natural beauty of North America, and its park lands for over 29 years specializing in nature and outdoor photography. His work has been exhibited and published in magazines, books, and calendars worldwide. Lewis is widely recognized as a photographer, writer, and instructor, lecturing throughout the United States. He currently is a Contributing Editor to Outdoor Photographer. He was the photographer for “Ancient Ancestors of the Southwest,” published by Graphic Arts Center Publishing. Kemper’s monograph, “Capturing the Light” won the People’s Choice Awards in Fine Art in the 2009 Photography.Book.Now competition. His publication “Photographing Yosemite Digital Field Guide” was voted in the top 20 field guides. Lewis’ DVD, “My Stretch of the River: A Photographer’s Journal,” features a year’s worth of photography and journal entries on the American River in Sacramento, CA. His latest publications are photo guide apps, “Yosemite National Park SNAPPGuide” and “Yellowstone National Park SNAPPGuide.” An excellent photographer, Lewis is a skilled teacher, and will assist you in every way, enabling you to bring home wonderful memories suitable for framing.
Trip Dates & Pricing
Dates:Apr 24, 2018 - May 6, 2018
6-9 participants: $5945 per person/double occupancy
10-12 participants: $5600 per person/double occupancy
$360 per person