The Best of India wildlife and Tigers photography tour

Tigers of India

The Best of India Wildlife and Tigers Photography Tour
with Kevin Dooley
May 2023

 

Adventure into Tiger country with wildlife photographer Kevin Dooley. Explore, Photograph, and experience the amazing wildlife of wild India. The best of iIndia wildlife and tigers tour will take us to three of Indias top tiger reserves. Each day on safari, we take in an early morning and afternoon of game viewing into some of India’s most famous national parks. Among the sal and bamboo forests and grassy meadows, search for the elusive Bengal tiger. You may also encounter chital, blackbucks, gaurs, leopards, hyenas, sloth bears, barasingha and a host of exotic bird species. We will stay in some of Indias finest safari lodges where both food and comfort are top quality. Other opportunities will include a visit to the Taj Mahal at sunrise, the Red Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri

 

Kevin Dooley is an award-winning Wildlife and Wedding Photographer who grew up in Placitas, New Mexico. At the age of 18, he enlisted into the Navy and served on an aircraft carrier. After he completed his service he returned to New Mexico and opened his own photography studio in Albuquerque which is still running 37 years later. His passion for wildlife photography and Africa, led him to his safari adventures and he eventually opened Idube Photo Safaris. Kevin is a certified FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa), Wildlife Guide, a PPA Master Photographer and takes guests from all over the world on amazing photographic safaris in Africa, Alaska, the Amazon, India and the Antarctic. He also teaches wildlife and wedding photography workshops

Kevin Dooley

Kevin Dooley Photographer
Wild Tigers of India
The Best of India Wildlife and Tiger photography Tour


Your First Night In India
Taj Palace Hotel

  luxury hotel located close to International Airport, with a variety of quality restaurants.  

Additional nights can be reserved prior to the start of the safari at Additional cost. We will offer several day trips starting at least two days prior to the commencement of the safari.


Your first safari lodge
Kanha Earth Lodge

The Best of India Wildlife and Tigers photography Tour

 

Amenities in the Bungalows
  • Dressing Room
  • Reclining lounge by a window with a view
  • Writing desk with a comfortable chair
  • Sprawling veranda where you can sip your cuppa and savour the sights, or just meditate
  • En-suite bathrooms with double vanities
  • 24-hour power back up
  • Air-conditioning
  • Wardrobe and safe
Common areas
  • A plush lounge area and bar
  • Nature library cum presentation room
  • Infinity pool by the fringe forests
  • A Victorian style multi-cuisine dining hall
  • Outdoor portico and sit-out for star gazing
  • Private terrace for barbeques
  • Organic vegetable garden

Dining

Our multi-cuisine dining hall serves and curates an array of regional, Indian and continental flavours, rustled up by our expert chefs. Our dishes are made from locally sourced, fresh food produce. Tantalise your taste buds with the unique flavours of Tikkar Roti (flat bread oven roasted in camel foot leaves), Lamb Booti curry, Chakri, Basil Ice cream and an exclusive variety of other dishes.

Tigers of India


Overnight Taj Palace Hotel


ITC Mughal
Over night Agra
Red Fort and Taj Mahal


Vivanta Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge
2nd Safari Lodge

 

LVIVANTA . AS IT WAS. WITH A FRESH NEW VIBE. There’s a new roar in Sawai Madhopur. Less than 3 kilometres from the Ranthambore railway station. Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge, the only heritage hotel, is one of the best resorts in Ranthambore. The original lodge was built over 80 years ago and not much has changed.  What is now one of the top luxury hotels in Ranthambore, was once a hunting stop for the Maharaja of Jaipur. Tents were pitched on the vast grounds and the royal family camped here often. The original art deco styled lodge still houses the original dining hall, bar and lounge. The veranda added later also remains with all its grand style. The tents however, have made way for luxurious rooms and suites. And, while the spirit of the lodge remains, it is a new spirited style that makes its presence felt. Feel the vibe of Vivanta. A fresh new vibe that complements tradition

The Best Of India wildlife and Tigers Tour


Itinerary

May 16th-30th 2023

 
 

 

         14 nights / 15 days (Search of Royal Bengal Tigers and other wild life)

 

                

Date

Itinerary

Remarks

May 16, 2023 Tuesday

Arrive Delhi

 

May 17, 2023 Wednesday

Delhi to Jabalpur by flight, drive to Kanha – approx 3h30m

Kanha np is closed every Wednesday evening throughout the year for safaris.

May 18, 2023 Thursday

Kanha

 

AM & PM: Game drive at Kanha np

 

May 19, 2023 Friday

Kanha

 

AM & PM: Game drive at Kanha np

 

May 20, 2023 Saturday

Kanha

 

AM & PM: Game drive at Kanha np

 

May 21, 2023 Sunday

Kanha – Jabalpur drive, flight to Delhi

 

AM: Game drive at Kanha np.  Post lunch drive to Jabalpur airport in time to connect flight to Delhi

 

May 22, 2023 Monday

Delhi – Agra

 

AM: Drive to Agra – approx. 3h30 mts

 

PM: Visit Agra Fort, Taj Mahal by sunset

 

May 23, 2023 Tuesday

Agra – Ranthambore

 

AM: Visit Taj by Sunrise from Mehtab Bagh, return to hotel for breakfast.

 

Post breakfast drive to Bharatpur to connect schedule train to Sawai Madhopur en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri.

 

May 24, 2023 Wednesday

Ranthambore

 

AM & PM: Game drive at Ranthambore np

 

May 25, 2023 Thursday

Ranthambore

 

AM & PM: Game drive at Ranthambore np

 

May 26, 2023  Friday

Ranthambore

 

AM & PM: Game drive at Ranthambore np

 

May 27, 2023 Saturday

Ranthambore

 

AM & PM: Game drive at Ranthambore np

 

May 28, 2023 Sunday

Ranthambore

 

AM & PM: Game drive at Ranthambore np

 

May 29, 2023 Monday

Ranthambore – Jaipur drive, flight to Delhi

 

AM: Game drive at Ranthambore np.

 

PM: Post lunch drive to Jaipur airport in time to connect schedule flight to Delhi

Drive from Ranthambore to Delhi – approx. 7h30m. 

May 30, 2023 Tuesday

Leave Delhi or overnight and continue on to Sri Lanka add on.

 

 

 

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India Safari

Double Occupancy

Per Person
$ 6989
00
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Single Occupancy

Per Person
$ 7999
00
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Please Note. If Participant does not take part in all activities there are no partial refunds.

The Tour cost includes

  • Accommodation for 13 nights on Bed and Breakfast basis.

  • Buffet / Set menu lunch and dinner as mentioned in the itinerary – 13 lunch & 12 dinners.

  • Air-conditioned Transport: Indian coach in Delhi, Agra & drive from Ranthambore to Jaipur.

    Toyota Innova car for long drive i.e. Jabalpur to Kanha np; Kanha np to Bandhavgarh np; Bandhavgarh np to Jabalpur airport with mineral water and wet wipes (3 pax in a car)

  • 7 game drive at Kanha np; 11 game drive at Ranthambore np with Naturalist (4 pax in one jeep).

  • Camera / Video camera fees.

  • Government Taxes.

The Tour cost excludes 

    • Expenses of personal nature (like tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls etc.)

    • Beverages (alcoholic / non – alcoholic) and meals that are not included

    • Domestic and international flights and airport taxes

    • India Visa Fee and Travel Insurance

      Additional pre safari nights and tours

       


Domestic Flights For India

 Delhi to Jabalpur

Cost of economy class fare – subject to change

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Date May 17, 2023 May 21, 2023 May 29, 2023

Sector Delhi to Jabalpur Jabalpur to Delhi

Jaipur to Delhi

Flight No. Timings 6E 5002 – 13:30 / 15:00 SG 2936 – 18:50 / 20:50 6E 7404 – 20:50 / 21:55

Fare USD 135. USD 135 USD 135  

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Very Important that those who continue on to Sri Lanka Apply for a Multi Entry visa for India. Incase you need to return to India to catch your flight home.

The Wildlife of Sri Lanka Photo Safari
Add On
Join us on this wildlife adventure as we continue on from India.


The Wildlife Of Sri Lanka Wildlife Photo Safari

Join wildlife photographer Kevin Dooley on the Wildlife of Sri Lanka Photo Safaris.  Sri Lanka is an island paradise, lined with amazing golden sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters. The oceans are rich with life, and amazing coral reefs.Thedeeper waters are home to marine giants such as the Blue Whale, the largest animal to have ever lived. Sri Lanka boasts a rich natural
heritage, with amazingwildlife and biodiversity and incredibly for an island of its size can boast of iconic mega fauna such as leopards, elephants and sloth bears. The island is also
regarded as a biodiversity hotspot and teams with endemic birds, reptiles, amphibians as well as plant species found nowhere else on earth. With numerous man-made
lakes and rivers running through its interior, lush tropical rainforests, mangroves and coastal lagoons, misty highlands laden with waterfalls and dry zone scrub
jungles, Sri Lanka comprises of a wide range of picturesque landscapes and natural habitats which can be compared to that of a much larger continent.
Venture into an ancient land with thousands of years of history of ancient cities and a vibrant culture with amazing architectural monuments and incredible feats
of engineering which can be linked to the origins of Buddhism in the country with magnificently constructed stupas and the ruined remains of ancient kingdoms.
Taste the wonderful flavors of the local cuisine using fresh produce from land and sea. Boasting of a unique culinary heritage, Sri Lankan cuisine is rich in spices
with its own distinct flavour and is a fusion of traditional dishes mixed with influences from traders and colonial powers. Experience the misty highlands and tea
country and have a cup of the world famous Ceylon Tea. The real treasure of Sri Lanka are its people, a rich multi-cultural and multi religious society. The warm
hospitality and friendly nature of Sri Lankans will make anyone feel welcome. Get to know the people of this land, their ways of life and their amazing stories. Fall
in love with the land like no other. 
 
Wildlife of Sri Lanka
Kevin Dooley is an award-winning Wildlife and Wedding Photographer who grew up in Placitas, New Mexico. At the age of 18, he enlisted into the Navy and served on an aircraft carrier. After he completed his service he returned to New Mexico and opened his own photography studio in Albuquerque which is still running 37 years later. His passion for wildlife photography and Africa, led him to his safari adventures and he eventually opened Idube Photo Safaris. Kevin is a certified FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa), Wildlife Guide, a PPA Master Photographer and takes guests from all over the world on amazing photographic safaris in Africa, Alaska, the Amazon, India and the Antarctic. He also teaches wildlife and wedding photography workshops

Kevin Dooley

Kevin Dooley


Safari Lodge

Sri Lanka Camp
Sri Lanka Camp
Sri Lanka Safari Camp
Sri Lanka leopards


Itinerary 


 2023

Day 1- Airport – Willpattu

Upon arrival you will be warmly welcomed, and transferred to Yala which is a 5 to 6 hour journey. Adequate toilet breaks will be included in this ride, along with onboard refreshments and snacks.

Reaching Willpattu, you will be welcomed at camp, you home for the next 7 nights.

A stunning luxury safari camp, designed with all luxuries and amenities taken into consideration, you will be welcomed by the camp naturalists who are some of Sri Lanka’s most experienced safari guides and escorted to your luxury tents.

After settling down, enjoy a scrumptious Sri Lankan lunch.

Enjoy dinner under the stars, and relax by the campfire, listening to the calls of the wild and thereafter rest overnight in anticipation for an exciting safari tomorrow.

Room Type- Luxury Safari Tent
Meal Plan 
– All Inclusive- 3 meals, tea/coffee, selected wines, spirits and beers

 June 1st

Day 2-7 Wilpatti

Early morning at 5.00 AM enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee with some cookies, and hop on your safari jeep with your naturalist to head into the National Park for your first game drive. The camp Land Cruiser, modified with removable seats and a forward folding windscreen, equipped with beanbags, clamps, tripods and monopods, complete with those who take photography seriously on board to make sure you have the right light and positioning.

 

You will be guided by one of Sri Lanka’s top naturalists with decades of experience in the wilds.
The Wilpatti National Park is one of the country’s premier destination for wildlife viewing. Wilpatti’s 
star attraction is undoubtedly the Leopard. Leopards however are elusive by nature and we recommend a minimum of three to four game drives to have the best opportunities for good encounters. It is also one of the few places in the country where the endangered shaggy coated Sloth Bear can be seen. Asian Elephants are also encountered; lone bull elephants, a few iconic tuskers and small herds of females and calves maybe seen. Jackal, Sambar, Spotted Deer Buffalo, Wild boar and the Grey Langur are among the other larger mammals that may be seen.
Breakfast and Lunch will be served while on safari.

Accommodation- Willpatti Safari Camp
Room Type- Luxury Safari Tent
Meal Plan 
– All Inclusive- 3 meals, tea/coffee, selected wines, spirits and beers

 June 2 – 4, 2023

 

Day 8-Airport

Today, you can opt for a morning drive if time permits. After checkout, you will journey back towards the airport (6 hours drive) where you will catch your flight back home.

Note that inclusions include

 

          1 Halfday and 6 Full day safaris in Wilpattu with picnic breakfast and lunch on full days

          Full Board accommodation with select drinks such as soft drinks, select beers , wines and spirits

          All transfers included

          *If anyone is interested 30 min from the park is Sri Lanka’s first ancient kingdom and UNESCO World heritage site Anuradhapura which one can visit instead of the safari if they wish on one of the days. Its like the Angkor Watt (Cambodia) of Sri Lanka and has some of the most impressive and iconic historic structures and monuments on the island.

          Bottled water throughout

          All taxes and levies

          Park fees

          2 Classic Wild seasoned naturalists for 4-6 clients and 3 naturalists for 8 clients 

          2 safari jeeps for 4-6 clients and 3 jeeps for 8 clients

 
Sri Lanka Wildlife

Add on to India

Double

$ 3599
00
  • Flights Not Included

Single

$ 3999
99
  • Flights Not Included