Day 2 (Mar 26 in Delhi)
Participants arrive in Delhi, India. On your arrival at the international airport in Delhi, and after clearing customs and immigration, our representative meets you for the transfer to our hotel.
A pair of tigers in IndiaDay 3
Following breakfast we depart for the airport for our flight to Jabalpur in the center of India. Arriving in the afternoon, we drive (by air-conditioned cars) to Bandhavgarh. During the 3-hour drive we pass through the bustling villages and countryside of Madhya Pradesh. (BLD)
We photograph for seven days in Bandhavgarh National Park. We have obtained three days of exclusive pro photography permits allowing each participant three full days of access on roads throughout the park. On those three days (probably consecutively) four photographers—in two vehicles—have full access to the park—no zone or route restrictions. The other four photographers—in two vehicles—follow a typical national park track, assigned each morning by the park service.
Those participants using pro permits have an early breakfast and head to the park gate where they are allowed entry 15 minutes before the gate opens to all others—just prior to at sunrise. Participants following the assigned game drive routes leave at the same time to get in queue for the morning route assignment, with lunch and break at the lodge. The potential for photography, tigers and especially other wildlife, is also quite good on the tourist tracks.
Monkey with young, IndiaOn our seventh shooting day we maintain the schedule for half the day following assigned national park tracks. The national park is closed to all on Wednesday afternoons. Later in the day we review and critique trip photos on our laptops. (BLD)
Day 11 (Apr 4 in Delhi)
In the morning we return to the park for a final morning of wildlife photography. Following lunch we drive to the airport and fly to Delhi later in the afternoon. Dayrooms are provided at an airport hotel. After dinner we transfer to the international terminal to catch onward flights for home. (BLD)