Kaziranga, India

Giants of the Floodplains

What do you call a sanctuary that has the world's largest population of the great one-horned rhino, the planet's highest density of tiger, is India's biggest conservation success and a UNSECO World Heritage Site?

You may call it an idyll. Some call it a marvel of the Northeast. The world knows it as Kaziranga National Park.

And stepping into its core, this guided Tour will unravel the many facets of the wondrous site, and around its sinuous swamps and surreal mist-shrouded vistas, introduce you to a world of endless opportunities.

Dates:

21 to 28 January 2018

Skippers:

Sachin Rai

Why go on a Toehold Tour?

Planned to maximise

photo opportunities

Led by ace

photographers

Over 100 years'

collective experience

Hands-on assistance

on and off the field

Image reviews

and presentations

Photography gear

on rent

Tour Highlights

  • Seven nights and eight days in Kaziranga, Nameri and Gibbon
  • All road transfers included in the Tour cost
  • Guidance of India's finest natural history photographers
  • Likely excellent images of the great one-horned rhinoceros in picturesque environs
  • Opportunities for pictures of other attractions of Kaziranga, Gibbon and Nameri
  • Extensive photography guidance through interactive sessions and on-field assistance
  • A wealth of post-processing and natural history learning

How is it?

Giants in a giant landscape.

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What you will see and photograph?

Charismatic large mammals, little-seen primates, and birds of all sizes.

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About your Skipper

Sachin Rai

An uncompromising reverence for nature and an unfailing eye for unique perspectives underline Sachin's journey as an ace naturalist and eminent wildlife photographer with over a decade's experience in excellence.

We had a lovely time during the trip. Thank you for all the efforts in making it memorable and fruitful! We look forward to being on another photo tour with you soon! - Ashwin Kumar N, Mumbai
Thank you so so much for everything; you guys are the best skippers ever! I had an absolutely amazing time on the trip; everything was so well organised and taken care of. Can't wait to go for the next one! - Neelu Pilania, Singapore
Every impression I had of the north-east was superceeded by visuals seen on this tour. Thanks to Toehold to have helped me bring back these visuals. - Krisha Murali, Bengaluru
Being my first wildlife tour, I was not only enjoying the game but also the immense confidence build that Toehold influenced when it comes to photography. - Supriya Pathak, Mumbai

NAMERI

DAY 1   21 January 2018, Sunday: Arrival and Overnight in Nameri

We assemble at Guwahati by noon and the group will leave for Nameri. After a drive of around five hours, we settle down in our lovely camp, which is at at the edge of the forest and many species of birds, including the Oriental Hobby and the brown hawk owl, are seen nearby. Reptile lovers will be delighted by the enchanting sight of the endemic tokay gecko, a very big Gecko that resides in the banyan trees nearby.

In the evening over dinner, we get introduced to one another and then hear the course of action for the next few days from the Skipper, before we retire for the day.

DAY 2   22 January, Monday: All-day Birding and Overnight in Nameri

In the morning we take the kilometre-long walk to the river and cross by boat to the midst of the pristine forest, where we venture on a longer walk enjoying the habitat and pursuing bird sightings and photo opportunities.

We return for lunch, and after the meal, go back to the river making our way through shrubs to see small pratincoles and ibisbills as hornbills fly overhead.

KAZIRANGA AND GIBBON

DAY 3    23 January, Tuesday: Morning in Nameri; Transfer to and Overnight in Kaziranga

After enjoying a final birding session or an optional raft ride in the river photographing the waterfront birds found here, we check out of our camp at Nameri and are transferred to Kaziranga, where we reach in the evening.

Shortly after, we discuss the course of action before enjoying a scrumptious supper and retiring.

DAY 4    24 January, Wednesday: Morning and Afternoon Safaris and Overnight in Kaziranga

We enter the forest early in the morning and reach the gates of one of the zones of this beautiful park, aiming to get some evocative pictures of rhinos in the mist. As the mist lifts, the beauty of the magical swampy grasslands will become evident. After a fascinating ride, we return to the resort and breakfast, after which we discuss our first morning safari.

In the late afternoon we leave for the second safari, hoping to make images of the other magnificent wildlife seen here. A stimulating ChaayaaChitra session will ensue before dinner, with a view of helping us make the most of the forthcoming safaris.

DAY 5    25 January, Thursday: Morning and Afternoon Safaris and Overnight in Kaziranga

We follow the same schedule as on day 2 and explore some other forested areas of the park too, choosing our zones according to the group's preference between mammal and bird photography. In the evening, another highly insightful session we call, ChitraTantra will help you have your images reviewed and incorporate necessary improvements into your photography and processing.

DAY 6    26 January, Friday: Half-day Visit to Gibbon and Overnight in Kaziranga

We visit the beautiful Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary and spend half a day watching and photographing primates. A combination of patience and luck should yield opportunities to watch hoolock gibbons at length.

In the evening we return to Kaziranga and after an informal discussion about the finds of the day or a session reviewing pictures, call it a productive day.

DAY 7    27 January, Saturday: Morning and Afternoon Safaris and Overnight in Kaziranga

We venture into the National Park for two more safaris to try our luck with large mammals and rare birds. By now, we will have spent ample time both in the field and off it learning a lot about both photography and animal behaviour, which should help us make the most of the opportunities that come our way. In the evening we enjoy a Charchaaloka session from the Skipper.

DAY 8    28 January, Sunday: Checkout and Dispersal

After an early breakfast we check out of our lodge in Kaziranga and are driven back to Guwahati. Having enjoyed an eventful trip filled with learning, adventure, fun and memorable experiences, we part and return home, bustling with stories to tell and pictures to share.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who should participate in this Tour? Are there any eligibility criteria? Anybody with an interest in wildlife, photography or birding will thoroughly enjoy this Tour. And although this Tour is optimized for photographers, non-photographers are most welcome too. There are no eligibility criteria except that you must be over 18 unless accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
  • 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, in order to make the most of the Tour photographically, we suggest you be familiar with at least the basics of photography. If you are not, please consider signing up for a Art and Science of Photography Workshop first.
  • 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.
  • What equipment do you suggest on this Tour? For rhinos 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 should 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 enjoy a 10% discount on all equipment hired for our Photo Tours!
  • By what mode will we explore the forests on this Tour? We will do our photography from an open safari vehicle in Kaziranga Tiger Reserve, but on foot and by raft in Nameri Tiger Reserve, and on foot in Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary. Due to this, we require that you have a requisite level of fitness.
  • 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, on each safari.
  • 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 of specific species are guaranteed.
Individuals
INR 58,500 *
Couples ††
INR 1,15,000 *
Toehold Patrons
INR 57,000 *

* 5% GST Extra

Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation

†† Per Couple on Twin Share Accommodation

  • 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) for Tour duration
  • Road transfers between Guwahati, Nameri, Gibbon and Kaziranga
  • All excursions and entry fees
  • All airfare and travel expenses between your home and Guwahati
  • Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals and beverages 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)
  • Anything that is not included in the Inclusions list
  • All applicable taxes
  • At least INR 10,000 for provisional reservation
  • At least 50% of the Tour fee by 15 November 2017
  • Remainder (100%) of the Tour fee by 15 December 2017 for final confirmation of place on the Tour
  • 10% on or before 3 December 2017
  • 25% between 4 and 10 December 2017
  • 50% between 11 and 17 December 2017
  • 75% between 18 and 24 December 2017
  • 100% on or after 25 December 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.
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