India Safari 2019

Tigers

Taj Mahal

May, 10 days
19-28, 2019

Leader : Panos Laskarakis

Introduction - The eye of the Tiger

This is the most passionate, adventurous and above all tailored to your dreams photographic safari
directly into the untamed India! Unlimited safari of the wild tiger of the most famous National parks in the world, where you can see the great Bengal tiger.

In nature we cannot always have 100% of sightings but during our all excursions the opportunities to see the wildlife are hug, especially in our days, when the numbers of these beautiful felines in India have increased 30% at the last 3 years.

Taj Mahal under the full moon completes this trip, combining the two major diamonds of India front your eyes…

Participation - Is This Trip For You?

This trip is for everyone!

-Participation applies to passionate wildlife photographers of every skill level
-wildlife video filmmakers
– BUT also to every traveler, who has true passion for nature, adventure and culture. Safari is a unique activity for everyone and of every age! After your first safari you couldn’t help falling in love with nature and wildlife  as well!

Highlights

  • An Exclusive, Compact, Tiger-Focused Itinerary with 10 tiger Game Drive- which has been designed to maximize success in best zones of the Bandhavgarh and Panna National parks, which is the best tiger sightings in the world.
  • The incredible safari team of Teetath Quick search and locate technique used by the team fetches results faster to maximize shoots accurately.
  • Boat tiger safari
  • Luxurious suites on the trees
  • Private open vehicles throughout the entire safari, with only 1 person per row of seating (the vehicles have 2 rows behind the driver).
  • Hence enough space for movement in all direction besides comfort and room for equipment. You’re guaranteed a window seat in the open 4x4s for unimpeded camera access!
  • With all travel needs and necessities taken care of in advance you have to just shoot with the camera in extreme comfort.
  • Taj Mahal view at night with full moon!

Travel information

I highly recommend you to arrive one day before the trip, relaxing at Holiday Inn airport hotel at Delhi!
Day 1
19/05/2019 -Arrival Delhi

Our meeting will be 9.00, 19 May at arrivals of the airport Indira Gandhi International Airport. Gurgaon. After our meeting we will reach Agra (3 hours driving). Overnight at Agra at DoubleTree Hilton Garden.

 

 

Day 2
20/05/2019 – Taj Mahal sightseeing

Morning photo ”safari” around Taj Mahal at the key locations before sunrise with an experienced local guide!The same at night with full moon.
Full day sightseeing in Agra Taj Mahal and other palaces in Agra night stay in Agra at DoubleTree Hilton Garden.

 

 

Day 3
21/05/2019 – Agra – Delhi – Jabalpur – Khajuraho – Panna

Early morning drive to Delhi to catch your domestic flight for Khajuraho arrival in Khajuraho meeting with our team and transfer to Panna National Park for a boat tiger safari, night stay in Panna at
Ken River Lodge.

 

 

Day 4
22/05/2019 – Jungle Safari – Khajuraho

After morning Jungle Safari drive to Khajuraho sightseeing in temples in Khajuraho, night stay in Panna at
Ken River Lodge.

 

Day 5
23/05/2019 – Jungle Safari in Panna

Morning & Evening Jungle Safari night stay in Panna at
Ken River Lodge

 

Day 6
24/05/2019 – Panna to Bandhavgarh

Early morning after breakfast drive to Bandhavgarh check into the hotel, Evening Jungle Safari night stay Bandhavgarh at
Tree House Hideaway.

 

 

 

Day 7-9
25,26,27/05/2019 – Jungle Safari Bandhavgarh

Morning & Evening Jungle Safari night stay Bandhavgarh at Tree House Hideaway

 

 

Day 10
28/05/2019 – Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur Airport – Delhi

Morning drive to Jabalpur for the domestic flight, from Delhi International Airport flight to home.

Cost:

3995 EUR Double Sharing per person
Single Sharing per person – 1250 EUR Supplements

 

Deposit:

1000 EUR per person sharing
1500 EUR per person single

 

  • Please notice! The deposit is not refundable!
  • Please notice! The outstanding balance will be requested 90 days before the trip
  • If you are a single person who wants to share the room with someone else ( in order to have the sharing price) please let me know.
  • But in case that someone else takes your place after you cancel your workshop
    booking, I will be complacent to fully refund your money!

 

Exceptional Value for Your Travel:

Get the most out of your trip – thrills, frills and adventures bespoken
While we are coming at the optimal time to see tigers, this is otherwise an off-peak trip, meaning your cost is lower than for most India tours. Take advantage of great value pricing for an exceptionally high-quality small-group trip—when tiger sightings are best!

There is limited space available for this workshop only 6 persons, so if you are excited of
becoming a witness of this trip you have to hurry!!!

 

Included:
  • Meet and assist by company representative in each destination.
  • Accommodation on 01 double room in each hotel.
  • Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the travel plan.
  • Nice and comfortable A/C TOYOTA for all transfers & sightseeings.
  • Daily buffet breakfast in all hotels as listed below.
  • Entrance, monuments fees are included.
  • Internal air tickets for the domestic flight is included.
  • Mineral water in the transport during the whole tour.
  • Toll taxes, driver allowance, and parking are included during the tour.
  • All prevailing taxes like luxury tax in all hotels and expenditure tax wherever applicable.
  • Private professional wildlife photographer & guide Panos Laskarakis
  • Full day private driving-boat safari in Bandhavgarh and Panna NP.
  • Camera Charges, Forest Entry Fees, Guide Charges, Jeep Charges In National parks

 

Excluded:
  • International airfare and other transportation between your home and Delhi, India.
  • Any kind of personal expenses, extra meals, starters & Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated etcetera)
  • Visa, travel insurance.
  • Any kind of optional tours.
  • Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls.
  • Anything not mentioned under the category “PACKAGE INCLUSIONS” Optional pre-/post- safari tours and meals or accommodation before or after the safari (we would be happy to arrange any and all additional overnights or extensions).
  • Any lunch, accommodation and transportation to Holiday Inn airport hotel at Delhi in 18 May 2019

Be ready

Leader: Panos Laskarakis
Locations: Agra-Panna National park and Bandhavgarh National Park
Duration: 9 nights (10 days)
Dates: 19/05/2019 to 28/05/2019
Domestic flights: Delhi to Khajuraho and Jabalpur to Delhi
Group size: Min 2 Max 6 persons
Arrival & Departure: Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi

 

Climate:

Dry season, the temperature touches the high of around 40°C and the low 25°C but from my personal experience the temperature inside the park is 3-4 degrees lower

 

Camera Gear:

Must have telephoto Lens mostly but you need lens from 16 to up 1000mm with converters! If you have 2 camera bodies is better. One crop and one full frame with High shutter speed and high ISO. About compact camera I recommend big zoom and High shutter speed as well. Except the tripod, I highly suggest monopod and bean bags.

 

Backpack:

This should be able to carry all of your camera gear.
Do not forget your Laptop.

 

Clothes:

It sounds strange but early morning in the jungle you will need a light fleece. The rest clothing must be very light , short and white , durable in dust , in UV rays and absorbent to the sweat. I suggest very light not open shoes or light boots! Summer hat and sun glasses are necessary as well as sunscreen and moisturizing creams! For the night we will need only anti mosquito creams and… swimwear for the pool!

  • I highly recommend you to have travel insurance and cancelation insurance as well.
  • Please let me know about your international flight details
  • Check out for your visa.In order to issue your visa , your passport must be valid at least for 6 months
  • Should be useful while your arrival at the Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi to convert some money in Indian rupees (50 rupees and 100 rupees bill).

Tiger Photography at Bandhavgarh National Park

Whence discovering the striped stalker is concerned there is no better place than Bandhavgarh National Park in Central India. The habitat is picturesque and unique with abundant prey base for tigers to survive. The ever changing scapes offer fantastic opportunity to photograph wild life in varied settings and provides ideal background to film and photograph tigers in the wild as well. Especially in our days when the numbers of these beautiful felines have increased 30% at the last 3 years ! Hence all prominent and expert tour organizers prefer Bandhavgarh for tiger photography.

Apart from availing excellent tiger images the park offers a large and diverse base of life forms to capture in the camera. Besides the Tigers , the deer family, lesser carnivores, Indian foxes Jackals, wild boars, primates, bison , huge variety of birds , final less seen, Leopards , Sloth Bears , Striped Hyenas and nocturnal animals are within the framework of the expeditions.

The park is more green in winters with spectacular sightings in scenic settings. But the best time to see the wildlife in less green landscape is during the dry season in April and May. Despite the dry season , the park has many green spots with streams and lakes! The extended sunlight and shortage of water elsewhere draws animals closer to remaining water holes and rivulets providing ample opportunity to photograph and film the magnificent creatures. The canopy also becomes less dense hence provides more scope for capturing the illusive beasts. It the best time to see the tigers hunting as well.

The expeditions are challenging since the terrain is varied steep hills, marshy grasslands Sal and dense mixed forests.

Except the view of nature, an another wonderful feeling is the sounds of the jungle composing a impressive symphony of nature drifting you deeper. The historical settings dateing back two thousand years add to the esoteric charm making a photographing expedition unique like nowhere else.

It’s located in the north eastern border of Madhya Pradesh at the central part of India 23°30′ to 23°46′ N and 80° 11′ to 36°E.

Panna National Park

Panna is an unspoiled and tranquil park in the North of Madhya Pradesh, very close to the temple town of Khajuraho. The park is well known for its tiger sightings and it’s a great introduction to the Indian wilderness, with a chance to see other cats as well such as leopard and jungle cat. Panna is a fantastic birding destination with over 200 species and great water birds along the Ken River. Panna is in the Vindhya Hills and spreads over the Panna and Chhatarpur districts in the northern part of Madhya Pradesh. Panna National Park is the most important protected area in the north-central highlands of
India, as it links the eastern and western populations of wild animals through the Vindhya ranges. Situated just 31 km from the world famous temples at Khajuraho, Panna National Park is on the banks of the Ken River. The park, with its deep ravines, cascading waterfalls and thick teak forests, is predominantly a plateau, with sprawling flatlands punctuated by hills, deep valleys, and gorges. The terrain is rocky and uneven with mixed dry deciduous forests with short grasses and open woods.

Panna is home to the tiger, leopard, wolf, hyena, jackal and sloth bear. The reserve is also well known for sightings of nilgai, sambar, chital, wild boar, and Indian crocodile.

Agra - Taj Mahal

Agra is a city, with a population almost 2.000.000 people and located 206 kilometers (128 mi) south of the national capital New Delhi which straddles a large bend along the holy Yamuna River.

It is a major tourist destination because the legacy of the Mughal empire has left a magnificent fort and a liberal sprinkling of fascinating tombs and mausoleums. Many splendid Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Tāj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpūr Sikrī, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Agra is included on the Golden Triangle tourist circuit of India.

There’s also fun to be had in the bustling chowks (marketplaces).

The great Taj Mahal described from poet Rabindranath Tagore as a teardrop on the cheek of eternity! It is a monument of love built by Shah Jehan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. She died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. For twenty-two years 20,000 men labored day and night to build this masterpiece, which has held the world of awestruck ever since.

The Taj was designated a World Heritage Site in 1983 and looks nearly as immaculate today as when it was first constructed – though it underwent a huge restoration project in the early 20th century.

For our team is the best opportunity to admire and create something very special behind from our photographic lens from the best locations at the best time of light ,even in the sunrise and even while the rise of the full moon in the background., just when the silver moonlight, illuminates nicely the white marbles and the reflections in the stillness of the waters, presents this incredible monument in all its majesty.

Professional wildlife photo tutorial fest by Panos Laskarakis

I am a professional outdoor nature photographer who cooperate with the most experienced professionals’ local guides as logistics and understands the local culture and ethics wherever I conduct tours. I have won many awards for excellence. I also specialize in organizing workshops and outdoor photography tours a learning experie nce for the amateurs and would-be lens men. Being awe stricken by India and its wild heritage I began to organize wildlife photo tours and soon mastered the endeavor.

So, I am glad to lead you as a private group of photographers or passionate travelers into the wild wonders of India and I will focus strictly on your improvement as far as wildlife photography is concerned as well as your needs, your demands and your relaxation! You don’t have to worry about anything. Just enjoy your experience. So take your passion and make it happen!

For photographers, the tutorial includes two major parts. The first concerns the outdoor wildlife photography, when I am planning to show you my new skills, techniques and my photographic behavior in the wild. The second is about the seminars in our lodge areas, during which I will share my knowledge with you on your preparation before the safari and your future wildlife photography as well. We will spend most of our time and effort on safari with new photographic activities and get qualitative images. I will make a much more enjoyable and in depth wildlife photographic experience for you.

India's Top Photography Expedition Leaders - My Tiger Safari Team

The leaders are accomplished photographers, and hence guide you throughout the expedition with bagful of coaching and timely tips to help you obtain pictures of lifetime. They are also highly trained naturalists with in-depth knowledge of the Indian jungles, diverse flora and fauna, and the creatures that live there.

Most of our guides average 15 years’ experience in the field. We know that a nature trip is only as
good as the guide, and that’s why we take pride in hiring the world’s best!

See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders. Teerath and his team ! He has been at the forefront of tiger tourism and photographic endevaours. Through constant efforts and involvement in the field he has gained expertise that has ultimately lead to great success. The momentum generated has also made him excel in organising dream photographic journeys. The trips are simply spectacular with an admixture of extreme competence, skils, luxury and learning for amateurs and professional alike. His professional networking skills results in addition of the finest naturalists and guides. They have years of experience having worked with acclaimed film makers and companies of International repute like BBC and National Geographic. In order to make expeditions luxurious and without blemish, he engages the best resorts with proven service records for accommodations. Exploration of unique tiger trails and adventure spots accord the clients to experience rare natural events involving endangered species like the tigers. This is what the lens men yearn for through their career.

Responsible Tourism - Local Communities

When you are involved in a responsible photo tour you are empowering the locals, their economy and the inheritance. These are the vital aspects of conservation anywhere in the World. From a precarious downfall to a steady rise of the wild animals population in Kenya has been an encouraging development and will lead to a permanent conservation of the species.

The biggest percent of these big cats in the wild are found in Kenya. By participating you will be auguring much needed conservation practice that will set a stunning example for the rest of the World.

Responsible tourism leads to responsible attitude that saves energy, sustains resources and augurs best practices to make a carbon footprint free world. As tour operator a great emphasis is accorded to green eco-friendly practices. Join Panos in his endeavors.

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Contact

Please do not hesitate to contact with me.

Men in charge: Panos laskarakis

Mobile phone: +372 54072874

Email : laskaraki77@yahoo.gr or info@panoslaskarakis.com

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