Tigers & Sloth Bears Photo Tour

Eye to eye with tigers

    • Best location to see and photograph tigers
    • Chance to see sloth bears, leopards, and a wide array of bird species
    • Premium guide to guest ratio with just 2 guests per jeep
    • 9 days / 8 nights, with 7 days of photography

Time stands still as you watch in awe. The tiger’s fur is a vivid tapestry of colors, every stripe and pattern a masterpiece of evolution. Its muscles ripple beneath its fur as it prowls silently through its domain, every movement a testament to its predatory prowess. The sheer majesty of this apex predator is both humbling and exhilarating.

During this 9 day adventure, we’ll enter the world of wild tigers, led by top-notch guides who ensure incredible sightings and photo opportunities. These experts are not only skilled in tracking tigers but also passionate conservation advocates. We’ll rise early to explore their habitats, capturing intimate moments, learning about their vital role in ecosystems, and gaining insights into conservation efforts. This journey will leave you with extraordinary memories, captivating photos, and a renewed commitment to tiger conservation.

Tour Highlights: Incredible tiger photography with the chance for sloth bears

2025 Dates: 

* Coming soon

Tour Leader: Zac Mills

Price: Coming soon

Price includes: All meals, accommodation, fees, and guiding from New Delhi

Accommodation: Single

Start/End: New Delhi, India

Fitness Level: Easy

REASONS TO CHOOSE THIS TOUR

Thriving Tiger Population: Ranthambhore National Park in India is renowned for its successful tiger conservation efforts, and offers visitors a rare and impressive opportunity to observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

Historical Setting: The park is situated around the historic Ranthambhore Fort, adding an extra layer of cultural and historical significance to your tiger-watching experience. 

Diverse Ecosystem: Beyond tigers, the park is home to a range of wildlife such as sloth bears, leopards, sambar deer, and a myriad of bird species, providing a comprehensive safari experience.

Scenic Landscapes: The park’s landscapes are varied, encompassing lush greenery, lakes, and rugged terrains. 

Conservation Impact: Tiger Watch is an organisation of committed individuals who are re-defining wildlife conservation in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve and its environs. We are proud to donate a portion of the proceeds from this tour to this grassroots organization.

ITINERARY

The tour departs from New Delhi, India. Please plan to arrive in Delhi at least one day before the start of tour. If you need any help making your flight arrangements, please let us know.

Day 0 • Arrive in New Delhi, India

Our photo tour starts in New Delhi, the capital of India, where you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to a boutique hotel to spend the night. 

Day 1 • Transfer to Ranthambhore

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Sawai Madhopur, the gateway to Ranthambhore National Park, where we will spend the night. 

Day 2-7 • Tigers

For each of the next 6 days, we start the day with an early breakfast and then embark our morning tiger safari. Afterwards, we will return to the lodge for lunch and a short rest before we head back out for out afternoon tiger safari. We will then return to the lodge for dinner and a good night’s rest. Each safari lasts approximately 3 to 3.5 hours. 

Day 8 • Transfer to Delhi

On our last day, we will have our final morning safari. Afterwards, we will return to the lodge for lunch and then collect our belongings for our return journey to Delhi, where we will say good-bye. 

New Delhi

WHAT’s INCLUDED?

• Photography instruction
• Park fees
• Accommodation
• All transportation
• All meals and drinks during the tour
• Laundry

WHAT’s NOT INCLUDED?

• Flights to New Delhi
• India Tourist Visa
• Tips for guides
• Travel medical insurance (required)

WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY?

6am: wake up

6:30am: breakfast

7am: morning tiger safari starts

10:30am: morning tiger safari ends

1pm: lunch

2:30pm: evening tiger safari starts

6pm: evening tiger safari ends

7pm: optional image review

8pm: dinner

 

* Actual times may vary. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many tigers will I see?

Tigers are among the most elusive of the big cats. We hope to see at least one every day and the tour dates are set at the best possible time to maximize sightings. 

What other wildlife will I see?

We have a great chance to see sloth bears, leopards, sambar deer, kingfishers, and a variety of other wildife.

How do I get to New Delhi?

Most international airlines fly to New Delhi. If you need any help making your travel arrangements, please let us know.

How do I get an India e-visa?

Acquiring your visa is a straightforward online procedure. Kindly follow the steps outlined in the following link: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html.

What focal range do you recommend?

Generally a longer focal range is better for tigers since our jeep must stay on the designated roads within the park. However, some of our favorite photos were taken at 200mm or less. Therefore, it is best to have a variety of focal length options at your disposal.

Will there be cell service or WiFi at the lodge?

Absolutely. We will lose this connectivity however once we enter into the park.

More Questions?

Send us an email and we’ll be happy to arrange a time to chat through everything with you and answer any questions you may have.

CHANCE FOR SLOTH BEARS

With their shaggy coats and iconic white chest markings, sloth bears are truly exceptional creatures, celebrated for their distinctive appearance, unique feeding habits, and cultural significance. What sets them apart is their atypical diet—primarily termites and ants—which they extract with remarkable precision using their specialized adaptations. Their elusive and nocturnal nature adds an air of mystery, making encounters with them in the wild particularly special.

While Ranthambhore is renowned for its tiger population, it is a diverse ecosystem that supports a variety of wildlife, including sloth bears. Did you know that a mama sloth bear will carry her cubs on her back for their first nine months? Or that they have developed a defensive instinct to protect themselves from tigers, and it’s not uncommon to see tigers giving sloth bears ample due to their assertive nature? There are several exciting instances of such encounters available online. For instance, you can find two widely shared videos from Ranthambore National where a sloth bear successfully chases away two tigers.  

TIGER FACTS

Size and Weight: Tigers are the largest cat species, with males weighing between 200 to 680 pounds (90 to 310 kg) and measuring 8 to 10 feet (2.4 to 3 meters) in length, including their tail.

Distinctive Stripes: Tigers are recognized by their distinctive orange fur with black stripes. The stripe pattern is unique to each individual, much like human fingerprints.

Habitat Range: Tigers inhabit a variety of ecosystems, including grasslands, mangrove swamps, and deciduous forests. They are found in parts of Asia, including India, Russia, China, and Southeast Asian countries.

Solitary Nature: Tigers are generally solitary animals, with the exception of mothers raising cubs. They establish and maintain territories, which they mark with scent markings.

Swimming Abilities: Unlike many other big cats, tigers are proficient swimmers and often enjoy being in water. They can swim long distances and are known to hunt in water.

Endangered Status: All six tiger subspecies are classified as endangered or critically endangered due to habitat loss, poaching, and human-wildlife conflict. Conservation efforts are ongoing to protect and increase tiger populations.

TIGER CONSERVATION

After a century of decline, the count of wild tigers is showing signs of improvement. According to the best available information, tiger populations in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Russia, and China are either stable or increasing. The Global Tiger Forum reports that around 5,574 tigers remain in the wild, but there is a pressing need for more extensive efforts to ensure the preservation of this species in its natural habitat. In specific areas, such as much of Southeast Asia, tigers are still in a critical situation, with their numbers continuing to decrease.

One such organization, Tiger Watch, stands out as a non-profit committed to the protection and preservation of tigers and their habitats. Through a multifaceted approach, Tiger Watch addresses the complex challenges facing tigers, such as habitat loss, poaching, and human-wildlife conflict. Through these concerted efforts, Tiger Watch contributes significantly to the broader global mission of ensuring the survival and thriving of tiger populations in their natural habitats.

HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH TIGERS

Our guide on how to photograph tigers is coming soon! Tiger photography is tough because tigers can be tricky to find. That’s why we rely upon our expert guides who know tiger behavior like few others.

We also provide optional 1-1 Zoom sessions before the tour, detailed prompts and guidance when we are in the field, and optional post-processing sessions after your tour. We will do everything we can to help you become a better photographer!

PHOTO GALLERY

EXTEND YOUR STAY

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  • Unique Leopard Population: Jawai in Rajasthan, India, is home to a distinctive and abundant leopard population, offering a rare opportunity for captivating wildlife photography.

  • Stunning Landscape: Jawai’s rocky outcrops, hills, and reservoir provide a picturesque backdrop, creating visually striking compositions for leopard photography.

  • Cultural Experience: In addition to wildlife, Jawai offers a cultural immersion with rural communities, traditional villages, and historic temples, allowing photographers to capture the intersection of nature and human life.

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  • Rare and Elusive Species: Snow leopards are highly elusive and rare, making them a coveted subject for wildlife photographers. 

  • Himalayan Landscape:  The snow-capped peaks, high-altitude plateaus, and pristine valleys provide a stunning backdrop for capturing images of snow leopards in their remote and challenging environment.

  • Lungmar Remote Camp: Perched at 12,000 feet amidst 25,000 hectares of prime habitat, this remote bush camp seamlessly blends Himalayan adventure with comfort, offering a singular journey focused on snow leopards, conservation, local culture, and creating lasting memories.

Meet Your Guide: Zac Mills

As a wildlife photographer, traveler, and former World Bank economist, Zac brings a different perspective to wildlife conservation. He founded the Wildlife Collective to help others become better wildlife photographers and to use their voice for conservation. With leadership roles in several conservation organizations, Zac knows first hand that working together with like-minded individuals can make a difference. Zac hopes to entertain you with stories from the wild, inspire you to get involved in conservation, and to become the best wildlife photographer you can be.

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Why Our Photo Tours Are Different

Experience

The essence of life lies in its experiences, and it is our unwavering mission to gift you the very best of them. We strive to craft our tours with care and authenticity, making each adventure a vibrant chapter in the story of your life.

Conservation

All of our tours have a conservation focus. We will learn about the challenges facing our primary subject and ongoing conservation work. Plus, every tour makes a donation to a conservation partner.

Locations

We take you to the world’s most amazing wilderness destinations, carefully selected for their unparalleled beauty and chosen based on our commitment to providing guests with the very best wildlife experiences.

Photography Focus

We welcome all levels of photography and provide optional photography sessions before, during, and after the tour. With our hands on learning, you are going to leave our tour as a better photographer. Ask us anything at anytime!

Small Groups

We believe that small groups give the best wildlife expereinces. We do not exceed 6 clients per guide, and in most tours, the ratio will be even smaller. This ensures that you get the personalized attention that you deserve.

Best Guides

We work with the world’s best wildlife guides, who also happen to be our good friends. They are experienced, keep us safe, and put us in the best possible position to have the best wildlife experience.