Tigers

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
    • 8 days / 7 nights, with 6 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. The largest cat in the world, 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 8-day adventure, we’ll delve deeper into the world of wild tigers, guided by seasoned experts who ensure unforgettable sightings and unrivaled photo opportunities. These guides are not only adept at tracking tigers but also deeply passionate about their conservation. Rising early each day, we’ll venture into their habitats, where the golden light of dawn bathes the landscape, capturing intimate moments of tiger behavior and witnessing the intricate dynamics of their ecosystems.

Along the way, we’ll encounter a diverse array of wildlife, from playful langurs leaping through the treetops to elegant peacocks displaying their vibrant plumage, and graceful deer grazing in the meadows. With each sighting, we’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness within this amazing ecosystem. This journey promises to be a transformative experience, leaving you with extraordinary memories, captivating photos, and a renewed commitment to the conservation of these magnificent cats.

2025 Dates: April (Coming soon!)

Tour Leader: Zac Mills

Group size: 5

Price: Coming soon

Price includes: All meals, accommodation, fees, and guiding from Jabalpur

Accommodation: Single

Start/End: Jabalpur, India

Fitness Level: Easy

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REASONS TO CHOOSE THIS TOUR

Thriving Tiger Population: Bandhavgarh 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 ancient Bandhavgarh Fort, dating back over 2,000 years, provides a glimpse into the region’s storied past and mythology. Additionally, numerous caves within the park feature inscriptions and rock paintings that date back to the 1st century BC.

Diverse Ecosystem: Beyond tigers, the park is home to a range of wildlife such as sloth bears, leopards, elephants, langurs, 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, which provide a stunning backdrop for wildlife viewing and photography.

ITINERARY

The tour departs from Jabalpur, India, which can be easily accessed via a direct flight from Delhi. Please plan to arrive in Delhi at least one day before the start of the tour. If you need assistance with your flight arrangements, please free to let us know.

Day 0 • Arrive in New Delhi, India

Please plan to arrive in New Delhi, the capital of India, at least one day before the start of the tour.

Day 1 • Transfer to Jabalpur

You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to Jabalpur. Upon arrival, we will drive approximately four hours to our hotel near Bandhavgarh National Park, where we will have dinner. Depending on the flight’s timing, we may even be able to enjoy our first afternoon tiger safari.

Day 2-7 • Tigers

For each of the next 6 days, we start early for our 5:30am 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. 

Day 8 • Transfer to Delhi

On our last day, we will embark on our final morning safari. Afterward, we will gather our belongings and begin our return journey to Jabalpur, where we will bid each other farewell.

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WHAT’s INCLUDED?

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

WHAT’s NOT INCLUDED?

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

THE HOTEL

Escape to the serenity of Bandhav Villas, where luxury meets wilderness in the heart of Bandhavgarh National Park. Nestled amidst lush greenery, the villas offer a sanctuary for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Indulge in exquisite accommodations, impeccable service, and modern amenities, all while immersing yourself in the captivating sights and sounds of the jungle. 

WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY?

4:45am: depart for morning tiger safari

5:30: morning tiger safari starts

8:30am: breakfast

11:30am: morning tiger safari ends

1pm: lunch

3:30pm: depart for afternoon tiger safari

4pm: afternoon tiger safari starts

7pm: afternoon tiger safari ends

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, and while we aim to spot at least one each day, sightings cannot be guaranteed. Our tour dates are strategically set during the optimal time of year to maximize the chances of tiger 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 Jabalpur?

Most international airlines operate flights to New Delhi. From there, several airlines offer daily fligts to Jabalpur. 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. Remember that you can only fill out the form within 30 days of your flight’s arrival in India. If you need any help, please let us know.

What focal range do you recommend?

A longer focal range is generally preferred for capturing tigers, as our jeeps are confined to designated roads within the park. However, some of our favorite photos were taken at focal lengths of 200mm or less. Therefore, it’s advantageous to have a variety of focal length options available.

Will there be cell service or WiFi at the lodge?

Cell service at the hotel is reliable, while sporadic coverage is available throughout the park. Additionally, the hotel provides WiFi for your convenience.

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.

HOW HOT WILL IT BE?

In April, the weather in Bandhavgarh National Park can be quite hot and dry, with temperatures typically ranging from 25°C to 40°C (77°F to 104°F). The heat during the daytime can be intense, especially in the afternoon. However, early mornings and late afternoons tend to be more bearable for outdoor activities such as tiger viewing safaris. It’s essential to stay hydrated, wear lightweight and breathable clothing, and apply sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun’s rays. We provide ample water during the safari, and our vehicles are open, so it’s crucial to take precautions such as wearing a hat and sunglasses to shield yourself from direct sunlight. Despite the heat, April and May are the best times to view tigers, as they frequently visit the watering holes for water, offering excellent opportunities for sightings.

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 Bandhavgarh 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, another tiger park in India, 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

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  • Rare Bears: Himalayan brown bears are a rare and majestic species, offering a unique wildlife viewing experience in the Himalayas.
  • Breathtaking Scenery: The opportunity to see these bears amidst the stunning backdrop of the Himalayan mountains adds an extra layer of awe and beauty to the experience.
  • Conservation Awareness: Observing Himalayan brown bears in their natural habitat fosters appreciation for wildlife conservation efforts and the need to protect these endangered creatures and their fragile ecosystems.

Snow Leopards

  • The Grey Ghost: Witness the unparalleled grace and beauty of the snow leopard, as it navigates its rugged mountain terrain with effortless agility.
  • Diverse Wildlife: See the Himalayan blue sheep, ibex, golden eagles, and various endemic flora and fauna, enriching the wildlife experience and providing insight into the intricate web of mountain life.
  • Cultural Richness: Many regions where snow leopards reside are steeped in rich cultural heritage, offering a chance to immerse oneself in the traditions and customs of local communities.

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.