Join Eagle Eye Safaris on an Endangered Species Trip to INDIA!
Charge your batteries and get some extra memory cards, because Eagle Eye Safaris is going to Bandhavgarh National Park in India to search for the national animal of India: Royal Bengal tigers! We are inviting you to join us for this incredible 8-day trip.
We’ll meet in Delhi, and the next morning we’ll start with a train ride to Agra to visit to the Taj Mahal. This UNESCO world heritage site is also one of the Seven Wonders of the World because of its beauty. It was built between 1631- 1648 by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan to honor the memory of his wife and Queen, Begum Mumtaz Mahal. It’s a must-see if you are going to India, so it’s on our trip! We’ll explore, then wait for the beautiful evening light for gorgeous photos of this iconic place.
From Agra, we’ll travel south by train to Bandhavgarh National Park to begin our quest for the largest, most photogenic cat on earth. Then, it’s 4½ days of tiger drives as we explore the Jungle Book stomping grounds of Mowgli on our quest for Shere Khan, watching for Riki-Tiki-Tavi along the way while we search for these beautiful big cats. (If you haven’t read anything by Rudyard Kipling lately, you might want to brush up before we go!) Ernest Porter and Karen Blackwood will be by your side, ensuring your camera settings are right, helping you capture all of the memories of this incredible experience.
Our local guide has been tracking tigers for many years. He knows all of the best spots, and he’s a cracking good photographer too, so you will have plenty of photography help. Even if you aren’t a photographer, you are going to have a wonderful time if you love nature and adventure.
April is the end of the dry season. It’s the best time to see tigers in this verdant park, the former hunting grounds of Maharajas. The weather is getting warm and tigers like to stay cool, so we often find them soaking in water during the day. We will be looking for tigresses with cubs and young tigers, as well as seasoned adults. There are less than 2,500 tigers remaining in the wild in India.
While we are primarily after tigers, Bandhavgarh is also home to Sloth Bears and Leopards, both of which are frequently seen on safari. We’ll look for Gray Langurs and Rhesus Monkeys. The jungle is full of antelope and deer species that you won’t find on other continents. We’ll watch for shy Jungle Cats, Caracals, Jackals, Hyena, Wild Boar, and of course, Riki-Tiki-Tavi—the mongoose. We’ll search the trees for birds, bats, and chameleons. If you are a birder, you are sure to cross a few lifers off of your list—and if you are not, you’ll see a variety of colorful and unique avians you’ve never seen before! Who knows? Maybe you’ll start a list!
Bandhavgarh also the site of an archeological treasure: an ancient fort that pre-dates Christ, believed to be a gift from Lord Rama to his younger brother Lakshmana. We’ll try to make time to explore it!
We’re staying at the Bandhav Villas, a lovely complex with beautifully appointed rooms, indoor/outdoor showers, a spa, relaxing gardens, an inviting pool, peaceful water features, a top chef, and a welcoming, attentive staff.
Itinerary (7 – 14 April, 2021):
Day 1 (7 April) – You’ll be picked up at the Delhi Airport and transported to our hotel. We’ll brief over dinner and get ready for an amazing trip. (Holiday Inn Lemon Tree)
Day 2 (8 April) – Wake up! It’s time to go to Agra, where the Taj Mahal awaits. We’ll start with coffee or lunch at Sheroes Hangout, entirely staffed by brave survivors of acid attacks. Then, we’ll explore the Taj Mahal complex, and we will wait for beautiful evening light to photograph this Wonder of the World. We’ll grab a packed dinner and take the overnight train to Bandhavgarh. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 3 (9 April) – We arrive around 07:00, then it’s a 2-hour drive to the hotel where we will enjoy a wonderful breakfast. We’ll have time to relax, but be sure to charge your camera batteries—we’re heading out for the afternoon game drive at 3 pm! (Bandhav Villas; breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 4 – 7 (10 – 13 April) – Our daily itinerary: we’ll be up early to for game drives from about 6-11 am, searching all of the hot-spots for tigers. Our drivers know where these amazing cats hang out, so we have a terrific chance of sightings. We’ll spot and photograph unique birds and animals during our search for tigers; we might even have time to explore the ancient Fort on one of our safari days. After our morning game drives, we’ll head back to the hotel for lunch and relaxation, or mini-photography and Lightroom lessons if you’d like some help. We’ll go back out around 3 pm for the 3-hour afternoon game drive to see if the tigers are preparing to hunt. As we lose the light, we’ll head back to the Lodge for a delicious dinner. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 8 (14 April) – We never like this part…we have to leave. We have a little free time in the morning, and after breakfast we are flying back to Delhi. We’ll check into the hotel so you can have a nap if you are flying out tonight, and we’ll have one last dinner as a group to reminisce about this incredible experience. End of Safari (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
If you are staying an extra day or arriving early, ask about adding a tour of Delhi, including Old and New Delhi, Raj Ghat, (the memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi), Humayun’s Tomb (the first garden tomb on the subcontinent, tom of the Mughal Emperor Humayun), India Gate, President House and Jama Masjid (Mosque).
Airport pick-up/drop-off, 8 nights accommodations during safari, meals during safari as noted, transportation during the safari including train from Agra to Katni and airfare from Jabalpur to Delhi, drink and snacks as provided, game drives, professional driver and local guide, photography coaching from Ernest Porter and Karen Blackwood
Travel to/from India, entry visa, alcohol, personal purchases/expenses, lodging/meals before or after safari, gratuities (a guideline will be provided), extra tours, Travel/Health Insurance (recommended), anything not mentioned as “included.”
Mammals (over 40 species):
Predators such as Tigers, Leopards, Sloth Bears, Jungle Cats, Caracals, Civets, Asiatic Jackals, Bengal Foxes, and Striped Hyenas;
Deer and antelope such as Sambar Deer, Chital (spotted deer native to India), Blackbuck, Nilgai (the largest Asian antelope), Chinkara (Indian gazelle), Barking Deer;
Monkeys including Common Langurs, Rhesus Monkeys;
Plus other species such as Indian Wild Boar, Yellow Bats, Porcupine, Gerbils, Common Yellow Bats, False Vampire Bats, Flying Foxes, Long-eared Hedgehogs, Honey Badgers, Small Indian Mongoose, Common Mongoose, and more.
Reptiles (over 35 species):
Snub-nosed Marsh Crocodiles, Cobra, Monitor Lizards, Tortoise, Banded and Common Kraits, Ganga Soft-Shelled Turtles, Indian Pythons, Indian Chameleon, frogs and toads, and more.
Birds (over 150 species):
Raptors such as the Crested Serpent Eagle, Indian Scops Owl, Crested Honey Buzzard, King Vulture, Spotted Owlet, Brown Fish-Owl, Eurasian Kestrel, Asian Palm Swift, Nightjars, Long-Billed Vulture, and Black Kites;
Water birds including Wooly Necked Stork, Black Stork, Lesser and Greater Flamingo, Purple Heron, Tufted Duck, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Gray-lag Goose, Lesser Whistling Duck, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Painted Stork, Dalmatian Pelican;
Colorful or unique birds such as Hoopoe, a variety of Kingfishers, Little Green Bee Eaters, Cuckoos, Alexandrine Parakeets, Ibis, Pittas, Orioles, Minivets, Drongos, Flycatchers, Indian Gray Hornbills, Indian Roller, Painted Sandgrouse, Plum-Headed Parakeet, Indian Paradise Flycatcher, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, and more.
Please email us with questions at info@EagleEyeSafaris.com
Double Occupancy: $ 4950
Single Occupancy: + $ 500
2nd Payment: 25% – 180 days prior to Safari
Final Payment: 25% – 90 days prior to Safari
* Max Clients Per Vehicle: 3 + Ernest Porter or Karen Blackwood
* Max Clients on this trip: 9
1-3 Clients: Ernest Porter
4-9 Clients: Ernest Porter and Karen Blackwood
* Photographic skills level:
Beginner to pro. Ernest Porter or Karen Blackwood will offer personal attention and coaching to help you get the best photos possible. Non- photographers are welcome!
* Fitness Level:
Average. Some walking, including the Taj Mahal, and sitting in the safari vehicle
* Expected Weather:
April is the beginning of summer. We expect temperatures to be in the mid- to high-80’s. This is a perfect time to go, because tigers like to stay cool, thus they are frequently found in waterholes in April, yet it’s not too hot for humans.
* Health Considerations:
You may need a Yellow Fever vaccination to enter the country. Malaria is present in India, consult with your doctor about preventatives and a current tetanus vaccination prior to travel. We strongly advise Travel/Medical Evacuation insurance for any trip.
In India, the power plugs and sockets are Type C, D, and M. The standard voltage is 230V and frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in India if the standard voltage in your country is between 220 – 240 V (UK, Europe, Australia, most of Asia, Africa). If your standard voltage is 100V -127V (US, Canada, South America), you need a voltage converter in India. You can use a combined power plug adapter/voltage converter.
Be sure to order your Eagle Eye Safaris T-shirt and hoodie prior to this trip by clicking HERE. We have a selection of fun images so you can safari in style!
Bandhav Villas (Safari Accommodations)