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Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve
28 March to 1 April 2018

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS



  • An authentic wildlife experience over five days and eight safaris in a prime tiger reserve
  • Possibly excellent photo opportunities of tigers and other attractions of Tadoba
  • Beautiful landscape images of Tadoba's environs
  • Extensive photography assistance both on and off the field
  • A wealth of natural history learning with Toehold's Skipper
  • A fun and highly interactive environment without barriers



It is named after a goddess and a river flowing through it. Haven to over 65 keystone species, its landscapes are empyrean, as in which a hermit would love to attain his salvation. It is beautiful and alluring, and generous and rewarding.

And so if your best sighting of a tiger so far has been a dim blur lasting a few seconds, it is time to visit this Tiger Temple and be blessed.

How is it?

Large lakes lie amidst lush meadows, rustic charming paths snake sensuously through aesthetic bamboo thickets, and a serpentine river flows with silken grace through deep valleys below cliffs and caves in Maharashtra's oldest and largest National Park, the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.

Spread over 625km2 in the Chandrapur district over plains in the southern part to hills ranging from 200 metres to over 300 metres up north, the habitat is rich and varied, as befits the emperor who graces this precious land.

Predominantly comprising tropical dry deciduous forest, Tadoba is teak country, with the crocodile bark tree, tendu and mahua prominent amongst the other botanical species. From January to March, the flame of the forest tree explodes into a riot of colour, painting the tiger-downtown red. The park is rich in wetland, too, and the Tadoba and Kolsa lakes and the Andhari River support reptiles and marsh vegetation. The scene is a balm to sore eyes and a song to a parched heart, so if you love the joy of life, you will love Tadoba.

What you will see and photograph:

With an ochre form, flaming eyes, and a mystique that is a slap in the face of finiteness, the royal Bengal tiger dominates the brochure of Tadoba and nets people of all ages in its inescapable charm hook, line and sinker once you've jumped into its whirlpool of compelling allure.

The tiger here haunts the alleyways of Telia, the cul-de-sacs of Kolsa and the precincts of Pandherpauni, and often, it doesn't shy away from helping itself to some air-time with adoring audiences.

And so, whether it's a tender cub that has just met the light of the day, its sinuous single mother, a handsome adolescent or a massive male who has seen many a ruthless summer, Tadoba is just the place where you can nurture your striped dreams.

But the tiger is just the icing on a cake that has a melange of flavours.

Lower down in the food chain is a rich variety of mammals including the chowsingha or four-horned antelope, gaur and nilgai. Sloth bear and the tiger's predatory foes, the leopard and the Indian wild dog or dhole, sometimes put in a surprise-appearance, while the small carnivores include the small Indian civet and the jungle cat.

In the insect department, there is the signature spider and giant and red wood spiders, while crab, wolf and lynx spiders are on the map too.

The highlight of the reptilian family is the marsh or mugger crocodile, which finds sanctuary in the waters of the Tadoba lake, while the Indian terrapin and star tortoise give it cordial company. Avian life, as in most of India, is bountiful, with nearly 200 species recorded.

It is a full house indeed.

PHOTOGRAPHY SKIPPER



WHY GO ON A TOEHOLD PHOTO TOUR?

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: The Tour commences at Nagpur on the morning of 28 March 2018 and ends at Nagpur on the afternoon of 1 April. Group transfers between Nagpur and Tadoba on both ways in shared cabs will be arranged at extra actual cost.

  •   DAY 1   28 March 2018, Wednesday:  Arrival and Afternoon Safari; Overnight in Tadoba

    Following your arrival and a scrumptious luncheon, a round of mutual introduction will ensue, after which your Skipper will brief the group on the natural history features and tourist rules of the park and set the tone for the Tour.

    Then it's time for the much-awaited first safari, during which we acquaint ourselves with the topographical features of Tadoba. A dash of beginner's luck can yield the coveted sight of a tiger early on the trip, kicking the event off to a rollicking start, but even if feline fortune doesn't shine through yet, the beauty all around is bound to enthrall us with plenty of time remaining on the Tour to see and photograph the principal object of our pursuit.

    After our maiden foray into the forest, we return to camp, where the Tour's first interactive ChaayaaChitra
    ChaayaaChitra: Photography Techniques, Tips, Tricks
    session will ensue. 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 are likely to 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.

  •   DAY 2   29 March, Thursday:  Morning and Afternoon Safaris and Overnight in Tadoba

    After an early morning wakeup call opens the day, we reach the park gate at the earliest possible, with the view of being the first to enter when it opens. This will allow us to look for pugmarks and other fresh signs of any tiger movement to track the big cats, and also put us in a vantage position for viewing and photography, should a tiger materialize. Tigers are at their most active during the early hours of dawn and late hours of dusk, so we seek to utilize the first hour of the ride to the most.

    During the safari we seek to watch and photograph not only tigers but also many other inhabitants of this precious ecosystem.

    Following a brief repose, we meet for a session of ChitraTantra
    ChitraTantra: Photo Principles, Reviews, Critique
    , where your Skipper will impart a wealth of useful photography tips, tricks and techniques. Intriguing and interactive, this discussion is bound to open your eyes to many new things you can try on the rides to come.

    Lunch will be followed by the second safari. Afternoons are great for bird-watching, and while we wait for tigers to start moving, we have a great time photographing some of the winged attractions of Tadoba.

    Meanwhile your Skipper will constantly monitor the situation and strategize with the guide and the driver to maximize tiger sighting opportunities all the same.

    Before enjoying a scrumptious supper and retiring for the night, we are educated and entertained through a Charchaaloka
    Charchaaloka: Presentations, Lectures, Discussions
    session facilitated by the Skipper.

  •   DAYS 3 and 4   30 and 31 March, Friday and Saturday:  Morning and Afternoon Safaris and Overnight in Tadoba

    For the next two days, we follow the same schedule with variations in strategy and approach if and as required. Your Skipper will always be thinking a step ahead and will collaborate with the drivers and naturalists to take strategic decisions both proactively and driven by need, in an effort to achieve a rewarding time.

  •   DAY 5   1 April, Sunday:  Final Safari and Dispersal

    We venture into the park for one final throw of the dice in the way of a morning safari. Upon our return, having completed a fruitful stint in the Tiger Temple, we depart Tadoba after breakfast for our abodes with a myriad of pictures and memories.

Individuals
INR 43,500
5% GST Extra
Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation
Couples
INR 85,500
5% GST Extra
Per Couple on Twin Share Accommodation
Toehold Patrons
INR 42,000
5% GST Extra
Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation
Toehold Patrons: Customers who have participated in at least three previous Toehold Photo Tours

Inclusions
  • Twin-sharing accommodation in comfortable rooms
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and hot beverages (coffee and tea)
  • All entry fees, guide fees and safaris
Exclusions
  • All airfare and transfer expenses between your home and Tadoba
  • 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 (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% for provisional reservation
  • Remainder (100%) of the Tour fee latest by 5 November 2017
Cancellation Fees
  • 30% on or before 20 October 2017
  • 50% between 21 October and 5 November 2017
  • 100% on or after 6 November 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 interested in wildlife and/or photography and is above the age of 18 (unless accompanied by an adult) can participate in this Tour. There are no 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 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 this Tour photographically, we suggest that you be familiar with at least the fundamentals of photography. If you are not, we strongly recommend you sign up for a Art and Science of Photography Workshop first.
  • I am not into photography at all but am interested in wildlife. Can I participate?

    Even though the Tour is designed especially for photography enthusiasts, the focus of the Tour is as much on the wildlife and natural history of Tadoba as on photography. Therefore, even if you are a wildlife enthusiast not into photography, we think you will enjoy the Tour all the same and should certainly participate.
  • 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. All safaris will be in open 4x4 vehicles.
  • 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 destination. We, however, provide all the assistance you need in arranging your logistics, at actual costs.
  • How do I reach Tadoba?

    You may take a morning flight to Nagpur (from where Tadoba is 3 hours by road) or a train to Chandrapur (30 minutes to Tadoba). Various flight and train options are available depending on your city of origin. Talk to us for further advice.
  • 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 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 on our Photo Tours!


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Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

QUICK INFO

  • Date: 28 March to 1 April 2018

  • Tour Cost
    Indian Nationals:
    INR 43,500 + 5% GST
    Per person

    Indian Couples:
    INR 87,000 85,500 + 5% GST
    Per couple

    Toehold Patrons:
    INR 42,000 + 5% GST
    Per person

    All fares excluding travel to and back from Tadoba

  • Skipper:
    Harsha Narasimhamurthy

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!

PAYMENT OPTIONS

We accept all major credit and debit cards.

UPCOMING EVENTS

ART AND SCIENCE OF PHOTOGRAPHY
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