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Tiger Fortress - Wildlife Photography Tour
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Ranthambhore National Park
25 to 29 October 2017

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS



  • Four nights and eight safaris in one of India's greatest tiger abodes
  • Possibly excellent photo opportunities of tigers and other attractions of Ranthambhore
  • Beautiful landscape photographs of the unique semi-arid habitat
  • Extensive photography assistance both on and off the field
  • Plenty of natural history and post-processing learning with Toehold's renowned Skipper



It's summer in an ancient forest. A peacock crows his raucous call, big sambar stags stomp the ground in red alert, frogs retreat to the security of the water and chirping birds slump into a lull of silence.

A tiger walks out of the bush and strides regally across the shoreline taking your breath away.

And you have witnessed the magic of the emperor who doesn't rule merely the land but also the hearts of its inhabitants. It's a timely experience of timeless evolutionary perfection.

How is it?

Between the Aravalis and the Vindhyas in the Sawai Madhopur District of eastern Rajasthan lies the Ranthambhore National Park as a part of the greater Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. 1334km2 in area but infinitely larger in appeal, the tiger reserve is bound by two rivers and a sanctuary, and features the terrain types of both hill systems at whose confluence it nestles enticingly.

But Ranthambhore is not just the confluence of two mountain ranges, but also a convergence of the best of man, nature and her creations. Here, history and natural history jell seamlessly to form a perpetual spectacle of endless wonder.

The ancient relics left by the human kingdoms of the past, most notably in the way of arches, gates and chhatris, dot the park almost ubiquitously, now reclaimed by the protected wilderness and embraced wholeheartedly by its rightful inhabitants.

This great setting in which the masterpieces of human industry complement the products of nature's whimsical flair, gives the reserve its unique, inimitable feel and charm that have propelled it to one of the best places on Earth in which to witness some of the world's most beautiful animals enjoying unmolested lives.

The invaluable jungles of Ranthambhore bear the distinction of being India's largest expanse of dry deciduous Anogeissus pendula forest, Rajasthan's only habitat in which a viable tiger population currently survives, a critical water catchment area, and an important bio-diversity hub supporting endangered megafauna. And with its rugged hills, steep valleys, rakish ravines and grass-covered plateaus, Ranthambhore makes tiger-watching a joy nonpareil.

What you will see and photograph:

The royal Bengal tiger, true to the prevailing ambience, is particularly royal here. A true emperor of all it surveys, the tiger makes its life much more public here than in most other reserves, offering a wealth of precious opportunities to observe and photograph Ranthambhore's most charismatic tenant and implicitly its greatest guardian in all its glorious individuality.

But the tiger is certainly not Ranthambhore's singular attraction. For where the apex of the food chain dwells, a whole healthy ecosystem thrives and thus abounds a great variety of watchable wildlife.

Felines hogging a smaller share of the limelight include the leopard, which is sometimes seen straddling the rocky cliffs and steep ridges under the perilous shadow of its larger cousin; the elusive caracal with its long, tufted ears; the fascinating jungle cat and the diminutive rusty-spotted cat.

Notable ungulates apart from the ubiquitous sambar and chital are India's largest antelope, the nilgai or blue bull and the infinitely graceful and rare chinkara or Indian gazelle, which are the kinds of subjects that make photography such a rewarding vocation.

Sloth bears, jackals and Indian foxes are in attendance and a burst of fortune can lead to explosively exciting encounters and while Indian and palm civets, ruddy mongooses and the striking striped hyena are not easy to see, their pursuit in the interests of a photographic pay-dirt will keep you very keenly interested.

And over 320 species of birds in attendance, including francolins, quails, thicknees, sand grouses and partridges in the ground to minivets, flycatchers, tits, orioles, green pigeons and parakeets in the trees, the avifaunal siege is bounteous enough to keep you riveted as you snake through its magical alleyways in the quest of the king.



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    Please note: The Tour starts at Ranthambhore after 12 noon on 25 October 2017, and ends at Ranthambhore after the morning safari on 29 October. Transfer from and back to the nearest airport or railway station will be at an additional, actual cost. Assistance in cab-pooling will be provided but please talk to us for further help and specific needs.

  •   DAY 1   25 October 2017, Wednesday:  Arrival and Afternoon Safari; Overnight in Ranthambhore

    You arrive at the lodge in Sawai Madhopur by lunchtime and check in. Shortly, the Skipper will facilitate a round of mutual introduction over buffet lunch and orient you to the features and the rules of the park.

    Soon, it's time for the exciting first safari. A dash of beginner's luck can yield the coveted sight of a tiger early on the trip, getting the event off to a rollicking start, but even if feline fortune doesn't shine through, the beauty of the park is bound to enthrall us with plenty of time remaining on the Tour to see and photograph the principal object of our pursuit.

    We return to the lodge by around 6:00 p.m. and after refreshing ourselves with some hot tea, take our seats for the Tour's first interactive ChaayaaChitra
    ChaayaaChitra: Photography Techniques, Tips, Tricks
    session. These unique Toehold sessions, which are highly fruitful and great fun, are reported by earlier participants to be as enjoyable as the safaris themselves and should entertain as much as educate you.

    Having spent a noteworthy day replete with exploration, photography and frolic, we enjoy a scrumptious supper before hitting the sack for the night with dreams of what lies ahead.


  •   DAYS 2 to 4   26 to 28 October, Thursday to Saturday:  Morning and Afternoon Safaris and Overnight in Ranthambhore

    Over the next three days, we pursue photo opportunities and hopefully make plenty of images of many of Ranthambhore's resident wild inhabitants. Each morning we start early and spend ample time during the golden morning hours, returning for a scrumptious hot-breakfast.

    After a brief rest, we meet for a ChitraTantra
    ChitraTantra: Photo Principles, Reviews, Critique
    session before lunch and set out for the afternoon safari later. In the evening, another engaging session, which we call Charchaaloka
    Charchaaloka: Presentations, Lectures, Discussions
    and where we review the experiences of the day and discuss all matters photography and natural-history, will call a fittingly erudite end to the productive day.

  •   DAY 5   29 October, Sunday:  Checkout and Dispersal

    After enjoying a final morning's safari at Ranthambhore, we breakfast, take the customary group picture, check out and disperse with many images to show and many an enthralling story to tell to our loved ones.

Individuals
INR 49,000
5% GST Extra
Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation
Couples
INR 97,000
5% GST Extra
Per Couple on Twin Share Accommodation
Toehold Patrons
INR 48,000
5% GST Extra
Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation
Toehold Patrons: Customers who have participated in at least three previous Toehold Photo Tours
Foreign Nationals: Please contact us for a quote or please fill out the form here.

Inclusions
  • Twin-sharing accommodation in comfortable rooms unless single occupancy purchased at extra cost
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and hot beverages (coffee and tea)
  • All entry fees, guide fees and safaris
Exclusions
  • Any airfare
  • Transfers from the nearest airport or railway station and back
  • Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours or extra meals ordered
  • Insurance, laundry and phone calls
  • Bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Camera fees if any (participants will be advised of the estimated fees in advance)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • All applicable taxes
  • Anything that is not included in the inclusions list
Payment Terms
  • At least 50% of the Tour fee as booking amount
  • 100% latest by 15 July 2017
Cancellation Fees
  • 50% of the Tour fee on or before 21 July 2017
  • 100% of the Tour fee on or after 22 July 2017

Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Participants who have a medical history of blood pressure, heart-related problems or asthma are advised to seek medical advice before enrolling for this Tour.
  2. Fitness to complete the Tour is the only criterion for participation.
  3. Toehold Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. shall not be responsible for injuries, damages, or losses caused to any traveller in connection with terrorist activities, social or labour unrest, mechanical or construction failures or difficulties, diseases, local laws, climatic conditions, abnormal conditions or developments, or any other actions, omissions, or conditions outside the travel partner's control.
  4. All clients travelling with Toehold Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. must complete and sign a reservation form and the "Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk & Arbitration Agreement" form.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who should participate in this Tour? Are there any eligibility criteria?

    Anybody over the age of 18 (unless accompanied by an adult) and interested in nature and wildlife - specifically tigers - and/or photography will enjoy this Tour thoroughly. There are no other eligibility criteria.
  • I am a newbie in nature photography. Am I eligible?

    Absolutely! This Tour is meant for fledgling as well as experienced photographers. Beginners get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from Toehold's eminent Skippers. In fact if you are a newbie, you should jump on this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away! However, to make the most of the Tour, we suggest you be conversant with at least the basics of photography. If you aren't, we strongly recommend that you consider signing up for a Art and Science of Photography Workshop first.
  • How many people can I expect to share my vehicle with on safari?

    Our Photo Tours are designed to provide you sufficient space for comfortable photography without being excessively taxing on your pocket, so you can expect a maximum of three other people (including the participants and the Skipper) apart from the driver and the mandatory forest department guide.
  • Why aren't onward and return journeys included on this Tour?

    Since participants of our Tours travel from various parts of the country by different modes (road, rail and air) as per their individual preferences, it works best to originate Tours from the destinations. We, however, provide all the assistance you need in arranging your logistics.
  • How different are your Photo Tours from ordinary tours?

    Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven't experienced themselves, Photo Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. The common ingredients in all our Photo Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are photography enthusiasts, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focussed.
  • How sure are you about photographing wildlife on this Tour?


    Considering the meticulous attention to timing we pay while scheduling Tours and the local expertise we leverage, we believe that it would be extremely unfortunate if our sightings and photography were unsatisfactory. However, since we will be in an uncontrolled environment, we do not claim that sightings - especially of big cats - are guaranteed.
  • What equipment do you suggest on this Tour?

    For tigers and other mammals, a telephoto zoom lens in the range of 70 to 200mm/300mm or 100 to 400mm works very well. If opting for a fixed ('prime') lens, the 300mm focal length on a cropped sensor body with a 1.4x extender ('teleconverter') is the best compromise, although lenses of longer focal length can be used to good effect as well, especially on 'full-frame' bodies. For birds, a lens with a focal length of at least 400mm is essential. A wide-angle or normal zoom to capture landscapes or creative perspectives of wildlife is recommended. And since the light conditions in Indian jungles can often be challenging, an image-stabilized lens and a camera body that performs well at high sensitivities are boons.
  • I do not have the requisite equipment. What do I do?

    If you do not have appropriate equipment, there is no need to fret. Toehold offers an exhaustive array of cameras and lenses for hire, so you can always hire what you need. Click here to see what we offer. What's better, you can enjoy a 10% discount on all equipment hired on our Photo Tours!




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Ranthambhore National Park

QUICK INFO

  • Date: 25 to 29 October 2017

  • Tour Cost
    Indian Individuals:
    INR 49,000 + 5% GST
    Per person

    Indian Couples
    INR 98,000 97,000 + 5% GST
    Per couple

    Toehold Patrons:
    INR 48,000 + 5% GST
    Per person

    All fares excluding travel to and back from Ranthambhore

  • Skipper: Phillip Ross

DISCOUNTS ON RENTALS

Did you know? Photography enthusiasts joining this Tour and every other Toehold Photography Tour are eligible for a nett discount of 10% on all equipment rentals. Talk to us to avail of this offer!

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