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TIGERS OF INDIA, 3 MARCH - 13 MARCH 2018


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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

INFORMATION & BOOKING
  3 MARCH - 13 MARCH 2018   FULL

MINIMUM 5 - MAXIMUM 7

€ 3.795 *

€ 735

ALL FOR NATURE NATURE TRAVEL

* Exclusive of international flights.
* The prices of the domestic flights may vary to the time of booking and are subject to the time of application.
 
All for Nature - Copyright Martin van Lokven

TOFT Tigers

IN  SEARCH OF STRIPED CATS

The metronomic call of a coppersmith barbet sounds from the treetops, when suddenly nearby the alarm call of a Sambar deer shells through the jungle, immediately followed by the alarm call from a Grey langur. A leopard or a tiger has been spotted!
    
The Photo Tour 'Tigers of India' in 2018 will visit two of the most beautiful national parks parks of Madhya Pradesh, also two of the best parks for seeing tigers. Tiger sightings are as good as guaranteed.


PROGRAM

Day 1 - Flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Delhi
On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, we are warm welcomed by a representative of our local agent. With a transfer we drive to our hotel for two nights, in the Defence Colony, South Delhi.

Day 2 - Excursion to Old and New Delhi

After breakfast you will be picked up and together with photographer Martin van Lokven you visit both the walled Old Delhi and the New Delhi city. Two fascinating worlds, which give a good impression of present urban India. A great opportunity to try your camera.

Old Delhi
Experience the energy, colors and bustle of the bazaar with its little streets, hear the sounds and enjoy the odors India has to offer. You visit the Jama Masjid mosque with its pointed minarets and beautiful marble headers. You will experience the culture on-site during an adventurous rickshaw ride over the famous market in the old town center.

New Delhi
New Delhi is a city with wide boulevards and is famous for its formal parks, the beautiful parliament building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan - the official residence of the president of India - and India Gate. You also visit Qutab Minar, the 72.5m high tower dating back to the 13th century and the tomb of Humanyun, built in the 16th century and architectural the forerunner of the Taj Mahal.

Day 3 - To Bandhavgarh National Park
You will be taken early to the airport for your flight to Jabalpur on the way to Bandhavgarh National Park. You will stay for the next 3 nights at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge based on full board activities. In the afternoon you have your first short game drive.

Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge
The Badhavgarh Jungle Lodge is within walking distance of the main entrance of the Badhavgarh National Park. There are thirteen 2-personed houses with thatched roof surrounding a courtyard and two separate villas with each rear room. Guests can enjoy homemade, freshly prepared Indian food and continental cuisine in the spacious, rooftop dining room. At the campfire you can relax and enjoy the many stars. The lodge has strong principles in the field of environment and every aspect of the development and operation of the lodge is aimed at conserving nature. Solar energy is used to heat and boil water. There is a pleasant cooperation with local people and forest management. This lodge is run by Amit Sankhala, the grandson of the well-known nature conservationist Kailash Sankhala. Kailash was at the base of Project Tiger, the program started in 1973 to protect tigers in India.
Because of the location near the national park you hear the sounds of the jungle, your backyard. In the morning you wake up with a symphony of singing birds, while you hear at night the deer warn each other for a lurking tiger.

Day 4 and 5 - Bandhavgarh National Park
In the morning you will be awoken early. Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or Indian tea and the sounds of early birds just before the early morning jungle safari. You are divided into groups of 4 per jeep so that everyone has enough space to photograph. Martin and a nature guide will switch car per game drive.

Bandhavgarh National Park
Located between the Vinhyage Mountain in Madya Pradesh lies Bandhavgarh. It consists of a core area of 105 sq km and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km of topography varies between steep ridges, undulating forest with bamboo and open grassland areas. About 150 species of birds, spotted deer and gaur have their habitat here. The density of tigers is the highest known in India, on average one tiger per 3.5km2.
Marking point in the park is the Bandhavgarh fortress. At the foot of the fort is a ten meter long image of Vishnu worth a visit.

After the morning game drive you will have enough time to enjoy the lodge and a warm lunch. Later in the afternoon you will have your second game drive.

On Wednesday afternoon the park is closed. On the last afternoon, we will go on foot in the Panpatha zone. Here you will learn about life in the villages at the edge of the park. You get an understanding of the difficult situation they are in with the tiger in the back yard and the problem with which the national park is confronted with the pressure on the park with their agricultural activities.

Day 6 - Bandhavgarh to Kanha
In the morning you can choose to have a little rest and breakfats at the lodge or a last game drive. For this last gamedrive, an additional charge of € 100 per person is required for at least two persons, to be specified in advance at the time of booking. After the u continue to Kanha National Park. A nice drive of 5-6 hours, where you will be surprised by everyday life and the presence of holy cows in traffic. In Kanha you will stay four nights at the Kanha Jungle Lodge full board including all activities.

Kanha Jungle Lodge
The Kanha Jungle Lodge is also owned by Amit Sankhala, the grandson of Kailash Sankhala. The lodge is situated in sal forest and wild boars, grey langurs and other jungle inhabitants visit the lodge regularly. The manager Tarun has a true passion for nature with more than twenty years of experience in wildlife tourism. He takes much pleasure in accompanying you on park safaris. An encyclopedia of knowledge with a particular interest in tigers and birding, he is an incredible source of information. Lady of the lodge is his wife Dimple, a self-taught naturalist with a keen interst in butterfly's and the first person to publish a book on Kanha wildflowers. When she isn't taking you on a bird and butterfly stroll, she is showing you the wonders of stars through her telescope, teaching you how to savour the flavours of Indian cooking and relax your mind and body through yoga.

Kanha National Park
The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel 'Jungle Book'. Kanha National Park was declared a forest reserve in 1879 and revalued as a wildlife santuary in 1933. Its position was further upgraded to a national park in 1955. The park is spread across the area of 940 sq km and by bringing up the buffer and core zone together, the Kanha Tiger Reserve has the total area of 1945 sq km.
Kanha is famous for its tigers and swamp deer or barasingha. Spotted deer, sambar, gaur, slothbear and wild dog or dhole florish here.

Day 7, 8 en 9 - Kanha
Every morning you are woken up for a cup of coffee, tea or Indian tea. Together with Martin, the "naturalist" of the lodge and a ranger of the park, you are looking for tigers and other special animals. There will be a number of beautiful locations with bush, bamboo and grassland in the park and you will be able to take great pictures of the residents of the national park.

The morning and late afternoon are the most suitable times to look for the tiger and other wildlife. The temperatures are then quite pleasant and predators and prey animals are more active. The decor in her beautiful morning and evening light is breathtaking.

During the morning gamedrive you have a picnic breakfast in a central spot in the jungle. After the game drive you will return to the lodge to enjoy the morning. A well-deserved Indian lunch is ready and you can take a rest break or see the photos of the morning gamedrive. Martin is happy to help you with tips for the next game drive or tips for editing the photos.

At the end of the afternoon there is time for a game drive. The animals are becoming more active and especially around the water pools is great activity. Time for beautiful pictures.

In the evening enjoy a delicious dinner under the starry sky. Martin will discuss pictures on some evenings, give tips and tell about wild India.


Day 10 - Kanha and transfer to Delhi
In the morning you can choose birdwatching in the park's buffer zone, walking from the lodge or a last game drive. For this last gamedrive, an additional charge of € 70 per person is required for at least two persons, to be specified in advance at the time of booking.

There are about 175 species of birds in Kanha, and during the walk you will see many colorful birds in and under the trees and along the river. Common birds in the park are green avadavat, lesser adjudant, painted francolin, white-eyed buzzard, shikra and Indian pondheron.
Kanha is a perfect park to spot birds and many birdwatchers are attracted to this amazing bird paradise.

At the end of the morning you will drive to Raipur in about 5 hours for your flight to Delhi, where you arrive in the evening. At the airport, we have reserved a day room at the Holiday Inn Express, where you can refresh and rest before your international flight leaves.


Day 11 - Flight back and end of tour
In the night you will fly back to Amsterdam or Brussel where you will arrive early in the morning.


RANTHAMBHORE NATIONAL PARK EXTENSION

At this moment - May 2017 - we are working on an extension to the also tiger rich Ranthambhore National Park. Some information is already online ...

SEE HERE FOR THE RANTHAMBHORE EXTENSION


INCLUDED


• professional photographer and tour leader Martin van Lokven
• domestic flights
• transfers as described in itinerary
• accommodation, 11 nights
• meals, full board
• 10 gamedrives in gipsy jeep with only 4 guests
• naturalists in the parks
• local driver/guides
• park entrance fees
• contribution to TOFTigers, 10% of the sales, your travel expenses, back to nature conservation projects
• instructions
• image reviews
• meeting before the tour (for Dutch clients)
• meeting after the tour (for Dutch clients)

NOT INCLUDED

• international flight(s)
• drinks
• gratuities
• personal purchases
• visa
• insurances
• vaccinations & medicines
• two extra game drives, to be specified in advance when booking


INFORMATION AND BOOKING

For more information and booking you can contact Annemiek van Gijn of All for Nature Travel through:
T +31 (0)348 448 146
E info@allfornaturetravel.nl.
 
Adult tigress in Bandhavgarh National Park - India - Copyright Martin van Lokven

Gaur in Bandhavgarh - Copyright Martin van Lokven

Tigress with three cubs in Bandhavgarh National Park-  Copyright Martin van Lokven

Young Grey langur - Copyright Martin van Lokven

Young male tiger approaching bull Gaur in Bandhavgarh National Park - India - Copyright Martin van Lokven

Spotted Owlet in Bandhavgarh National Park - India - Copyright Martin van Lokven

Peacock displaying in Bandhavgarh National Park - India - Copyright Martin van Lokven

Grey Langurs in Bandhavgarh National Park - India - Copyright Martin van Lokven

Female tiger cub in Mukki zone in Bandhavgarh National Park - India - Copyright Martin van Lokven

Swamp deer or Barasingha - Copyright Martin van Lokven

Gaur in Kanha National Park - Copyright Martin van Lokven

Tigress Arrowhead T84 in Ranthambhore National Park - Copyright Martin van Lokven