Monsoon Magic - Macro Photography Bootcamp
Amboli, Maharashtra Amboli, Maharashtra Amboli, Maharashtra Amboli, Maharashtra

Amboli, Maharashtra
20 to 23 July 2017
Bookings Closed: Please note that bookings for this Tour have been closed. Please get in touch with us if you have questions.


  • An authentic three-night, four-day monsoon expedition to a place teeming with wildlife
  • A Photography Tour replete with exploration and adventure and organized to perfection
  • Quite possibly excellent images of several amphibian, reptilian, insect and botanical species
  • Extensive learning on photography in general and macro photography in particular
  • A wealth of natural history learning from ace Toehold Skipper Sachin Rai

Of the many mysteries that cosily subsist in the Sahyas is a hill station at 690 metres that's home to unusual flora and fauna, and waterfalls and temples.

And it calls out to the explorer in you. To croak with its frogs, slither with its snakes, flutter with its butterflies, and revel in its sunsets.

How is it?

The lush-green rainforests of the Western Ghats in Amboli, mist-cloaked and moss-ridden most of the time in the year, are still relatively unexplored, thus waiting with many-a-song of nature in its chest waiting to be sung.

Amboli isn't a place that'll make it to the popular-places chart, but that's precisely a part of its charm. For it's a marvel that fills your senses to the brim with natural beauty that only the keenly observant and careful seeker can discern.

For those who feel the hum of the forest as a faint echo in their ears whenever they think of one, the emerald-draped Amboli, with its many waterfalls generously used as pearly embellishment on the fabric she wears, is heaven.

What you will see and photograph:

When you find yourself in the winding paths of Amboli forests, searching for the little wondrous creatures such as insects, snakes and frogs, you are in all likeliness to find them in good number as they happen to be the primary subjects of macro photography. The place is also known for a variety of flora, and you can always expand the range of subjects you can make pictures of.

Snakes may include the green vine, the Malabar pit viper, the bronzeback tree snake, and the olive forest snake, while the amphibian starcast may feature celebrities like the Malabar gliding frog, endemic specialties like the Amboli toad and the Amboli bush-frog, and understated beauties like the Dobson's burrowing frog and an assortment of wrinkled frogs.

The forests patches, coffee plantations, grasslands on hill slopes and streams afford ideal opportunities to photograph various subjects including wild flowers, many species of mushroom and fungi, snails and crabs.

This colourful pre-eminence of lesser-known wildlife constitutes the unique versatile attraction of this marvellous land which will let you take a plunge into a bottomless ocean of macro photography.

All along the way, the Tour Skipper will ensure that the intricate and often abstruse concepts of macro photography in the wild, whose complexities compound with variables like weather, subject and light, are demystified.

During the breaks, you can relax reflecting on the pretty view of the hills, trek up to the nearest waterfall, watch birds or veer off on a nature-trail, all of which will conspire to cast a web of fascination so you return with experiences and pictures as diverse as the ecology of Amboli itself!

Please note: Although the focus of this Tour is on photography, non-photographers are most welcome.



At Toehold, we are passionate about photography just as you are, which lets us understand your travails and needs perfectly. And we use this insight to specially design our Photography Tours so they give you a toehold to excel at the art and set you up for success.

The Toehold team at your disposal will keep you tuned and geared, so you come in empty-handed but go out with bagful of images and tales of an experience that is better lived than heard.

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Please note: This Tour begins at Amboli on the morning of Thursday, 20 July, and end after breakfast on Sunday, 23 July. Travel between your home and Amboli is not included in the Tour cost or itinerary. Road transfers between the closest airport (Goa) or railway station and Amboli will be arranged at extra actual cost.

  •   DAY 1   20 July 2017, Thursday: Arrival and Check-in, Evening Walk and Overnight in Amboli

    After reaching Amboli and settling in, the Tour Skipper will facilitate a mutual introduction and serve an orientation to the Tour. That evening, we walk into the wild to get acquainted with the terrain and the weather, and the creatures we will probably encounter over the subsequent days.

    We then return to camp and treat ourselves to a delicious dinner and hit the sack with the forest sounds lulling us to sleep.

  •   DAY 2   21 July, Friday: Morning and Evening Exploration; Overnight in Amboli

    This morning we will start early and go out in Amboli for a walk. The forest patches are a great place to see many waterfalls and insects. You will return by breakfast and rest till lunch, and after the afternoon meal, set out looking for more insects and flowers and various other creatures that would make ideal subjects for macro photography.

    In the evening, we will explore the area for creatures that are active in the night, returning by dinner time. We watch in amazement the wonderful adaptation of many beautiful frogs to life in the rainforest, and hear their calls from vantage points in the bush.

  •   DAY 3   22 July, Saturday: More Exploration and Photography; Overnight in Amboli

    With a similar agenda as day two, but with the added programme of landscape photography, we spend time picturing waterfalls and streams using slow shutter-speed and other techniques.

    In the evening we enjoy another herping session, particularly after dark, looking to make the most of our time. The Tour Skipper will assist extensively in dealing with the enormous challenges of photographing the subjects in dark conditions.

    Back in the camp, we enjoy a final interactive session with the Skipper and have our images reviewed if desired before dining and putting our heads to them pillows.

  •   DAY 4   23 July, Sunday: Post-Breakfast Checkout and Dispersal

    On this last morning we will check out after breakfast and return home with an experience to cherish, much learning to remember and use, and many pictures to process and share!

INR 22,500
5% GST Extra
Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation
Toehold Patrons
INR 21,550
5% GST Extra
Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation
Toehold Patrons: Customers who have participated in at least three previous Toehold Photo Tours.

  • Accommodation for Tour duration on twin-occupancy
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and hot beverages (coffee/tea) for Tour duration
  • Any entry fees and other expenses for forest exploration and treks
  • All interactive sessions with the Tour Skipper
  • Transport from your hometown to Amboli and back
  • Bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Any extra meals or snacks ordered
  • Medicines and other incidental expenses
  • All applicable taxes
  • Anything else not expressly listed under inclusions
Payment Terms
  • 50% booking amount for provisional reservation
  • 100% payment latest by 16 May 2017
Cancellation Fees
  • 10% on or before 17 May 2017
  • 25% between 18 and 24 May 2017
  • 50% between 25 and 31 May 2017
  • 75% between 1 and 7 June 2017
  • 100% on or after 8 June 2017

  • Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of 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 can participate in this Tour?

    This Tour is open to everyone above the age of 18 (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian). If you are younger than 18 and can't bring an adult guardian, please talk to us to find out if we can accommodate you.
  • What are the requisites?

    Apart from nurturing an interest in forests, wildlife, lesser fauna, flora, photography or any combination of these, participants should be fit enough to walk moderate distances in sometimes slippery and wet habitat for up to four hours at a stretch. If you are unsure of your fitness level or suffer from known illnesses, kindly consult your physician before signing up for the Tour.
  • 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 recommend that you be familiar with the basics of photography. If you're not, we suggest you sign up for a Art and Science of Photography Workshop first.
  • What physical challenges can be expected on this Tour?

    Apart from encountering rain and consequent wet and slightly slippery terrain, the presence of leeches can be bothersome. Although leech bites are entirely harmless, they can be a pestilence, since nobody likes to be bitten! As a remedy, Toehold will provide you with special socks that offer effective protection from leech bites.
  • Is it safe to venture out at night? How will we manage to take photographs?

    Tour Skipper Sachin Rai carries a wealth of experience doing photography in these conditions and will lead Tour participants in a safe and organized manner. Photographs of fauna will be taken without using camera flash and with the help of a spotlight in a manner least stressful to the animal being photographed.
  • What equipment do you suggest on this Tour?

    Apart from the obvious macro lens offering a focal length of around 100mm, you may bring along a macro lens of a longer focal length if available. The habitat, especially in the monsoon and at night, poses lighting challenges, so it is a boon to have a camera body that performs well at high ISOs and a lens that has a large aperture (f/2.8 or f/4) and/or image stabilization. For birds, a focal length of at least 400mm is ideal. A wide-angle or normal zoom to capture landscapes or creative perspectives of wildlife is recommended. However, 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 hire what you need. Click here to see what we offer.
  • 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, and wildlife encounters are subject to prevailing weather and other vagaries, we do not claim that sightings are guaranteed.
  • 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.
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Amboli, Maharashtra


  • Date:
    20 to 23 July 2017

  • Tour Cost
    Indian Individuals:
    INR 22,500 + 5% GST
    Per person

    Toehold Patrons:
    INR 21,550 + 5% GST
    Per person

  • Skipper: Sachin Rai


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