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Tiger, Taj & Tempel

Exclusive India Photo Tour

India Photo Tour

This unique photo tour combines fantastic opportunities to photograph tigers in the wild and visit some of India's iconic highlights.

Ranthambore National Park offers currently the best opportunities to observe and photograph tigers and other wildlife in India. The photo tour takes place in the end of February. From our point of view the ideal travel time for tiger watching. The dry season is already in full swing. This increases the chances of tiger sightings. At this time of the year the light is still nice and soft in the early morning and late afternoon and it is also not unbearably hot like in April and May.

The attractive program also includes a visit to the impressive Taj Mahal in Agra and the "Pink City" Jaipur with its lively bazaars, colourful squares and impressive forts. Another highlight of this tour is a visit to Varanasi, the oldest city in India and the cosmic centre of Hinduism. You will have a chance to photograph colourful and radiant Hindu ceremonies on the banks of the river, impressive portraits of Sadhus and pilgrims and to take a boat trip on the holy river Ganges.

26.2. – 10.3.2021

13 days / 13 nights from/to Delhi

Maximum 7 participants

Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore National Park – Jaipur - Varanasi -Delhi

German- and Englishspeaking photo guiding
Photographical highlights of this tour:
  • This tour combines extensive wildlife viewing opportunities with beautiful nature and vibrant cities.
  • Observe and photograph the king of the jungle, the tiger, and other animals such as leopards, sloth bears, and many more in the beautiful animal kingdom Ranthambore National Park.
  • 2 full days game drives. Spend two full days in the National Park and maximize the chance of great sightseeing.
  • Only 2 guests per safari vehicle in Ranthambore National Park!
  • Experience the impressive Taj Mahal and photograph it during sunrise and sunset in the most beautiful light.
  • Dive into the lively and vibrant "Pink City" Jaipur and visit colourful bazaars, impressive forts and stately palaces. You will be thrilled.
  • Experience the impressive pilgrimage streams and radiant Hindu ceremonies at the holy river Ganges in Varanasi.
  • Accompanied by Amazing Views and very experienced local professional photographers, safari guides and naturalists.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Delhi
After your individual arrival in Delhi, you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel. The flight with Swiss International Air Lines arrives in Delhi at midnight, at around 00:45.
Day 2: Vibrant Delhi
As a start for the tour you will visit Old and New Delhi with its many sights. After breakfast you will first discover New Delhi, e.g. the Quatab Minaret, Humayans's Tomb, India Gate and later you will continue to Old Delhi, where you can devote yourself to street photography.
Day 3: Fabulous Taj Mahal
After breakfast you will be driven to Agra (about 4 hours’ drive) and check into your hotel. Before sunset you will be in time for the fabulous Taj Mahal, where you can photograph this impressive monument in the beautiful soft light.

The great mogul Shah Jahan had this impressive building built as a mausoleum for himself and his wife. Everyone who enters the garden for the first time is enraptured by the perfect harmony that results from the symmetry and detail that has been executed down to the smallest detail. Both the Red Fort and the Taj Mahal are monuments of the UNESCO World Heritage.
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Day 4: From Agra to Ranthambore
In the morning you will visit again the Taj Mahal to photograph it in the best light for sunrise. Later the journey continues towards Ranthambore. On the way you will stop in Bharatpur for a short break. In the evening you will reach Ranthambore and check into your hotel. In the evening there will be a presentation with tips & tricks for wildlife photography.
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Day 5-8: Ranthambore National Park
During the next days you will go on a game drive in the park in the morning and in the afternoon. Only two of you will share a safari vehicle. This enables enough space to take pictures. The enchanting landscape of woods and grassland offers excellent opportunities for game viewing. With a little luck you will soon see and photograph the first tigers or other wildlife.

The Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest national parks in India. It is known for its regular and spectacular tiger sightings. In addition, many other animal species and more than 300 bird species live in the park. Ranthambore was the hunting ground of a Maharajah until 1970 and since then it is a protected area. The beautiful nature and landscape dotted with old, dilapidated Maharajah palaces combined with the incredibly rich fauna has something magical about it. Some places remind one of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book. We have purchased full day permits for the game drives in the national park for two days. You can be in the parks from sunrise to sunset and will have an excellent chance to get unique wildlife images.
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With 2 full day permits you maximize your chances
In Ranthambore National Park you will benefit from full day permits for two days. This means you stay in the park all day and have the greatest potential for tiger sightings. Furthermore, only a very limited number of such permits are issued per day and there will be practically no vehicles on the road between the official game drive times.
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Day 9 and 10: Jaipur the "Pink City"
In the morning a last game drive takes place in the Ranthambore. Afterwards the journey continues towards Jaipur. During the afternoon you will arrive in Jaipur and check into your hotel. Discover this vibrant city with your camera and take pictures of colourful bazaars, palaces and temples in the best light. Jaipur is also known as "Pink City". On the occasion of a visit by Prince Albert of England in the 19th century, all the houses in the old town had to be painted in the traditional colour of hospitality.

On the second day you will again discover the beautiful palaces and fortresses of Jaipur. In the early morning you will visit the majestic Amber Fort, which towers high above Jaipur. During the day you have countless opportunities to capture the hustle and bustle of this colourful city.
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Day 11: From Jaipur to Varanasi
In the morning you will visit a flower market and the famous Palace of the Winds in Jaipur. Afterwards you will fly to Varanasi. Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world and is considered the holiest city in Hinduism. In Hindu mythology Varanasi is considered the cosmic center of the universe. No wonder Varanasi is the spiritual capital of India and attracts countless Hindu pilgrims who bathe here in the holy water of the Ganges and perform funeral rituals. In the winding streets of the city are about 2,000 temples, including the "Golden Temple" Kashi Vishwanath, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

The American writer Mark Twain spoke of Varanasi as follows: "Varanasi is older than history, older than tradition, older than legend, and looks twice as old as all these things put together."

In the evening you will explore the alleys of the old city and take pictures of a religious ceremony along the Ganges.
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Day 12: Along the Ganges
You will spend the whole day in Varanasi and take pictures of the spectacular scenery. Among other things, you will also take a boat trip on the holy river Ganges. There will also be opportunities for portrait photography of sadhus and pilgrims.
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Day 13: End of the photo tour
In the morning you will have the last chance to take pictures along the Ganges. Afterwards you will fly back to Delhi. After arriving in Delhi, you will check into a hotel near the airport, where a day room is available.

Later you will be brought to the airport in time to start your home or individual journey. The flight with Swiss International Airlines to Zurich leaves after midnight at around 02.00 hrs.
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Accommodation

Delhi
Modern hotel in the immediate vicinity of Delhi airport. It offers you a comfortable stay and is ideally located for a night immediately before or after your flight. The modern rooms are equipped with bath/shower, desk, air conditioning, TV, telephone, multimedia station, internet access (for a fee), minibar and safe. Several restaurants provide a wide culinary range with Asian and Western menus as well as barbecue specialties. A lounge invites you to linger.
Agra
The hotel is located in the Taj Ganj quarter in Agra, only two kilometres from the Taj Mahal. All rooms have a flat-screen satellite TV and a safe. All rooms also offer a kettle, mini-bar and desk, as well as a private bathroom with care products.
Ranthambore
Small hotel with a family atmosphere and beautiful garden. The 21 rooms, each with a different colour and style, are functionally furnished and have air conditioning, TV, telephone, minibar and a bathroom with bath and a separate shower. A swimming pool and a massage tent are at the guests' disposal. Beautiful location, only a few minutes away from the National Park.
Jaipur
Our accommodation is a typical Havelihotel, in an atmospheric old merchant house, in the Pink City. The different parts of this charming boutique hotel are all located in a large garden, which forms a real oasis in the big city. The management is proud to use organic products from their own gardens and farms in the restaurant.
Varanasi
The hotel is located about five kilometres from the city centre in the middle of a large, quiet garden. The rooms are decorated in colonial style and have a bath, shower, WC; satellite TV, WLAN, safe, hairdryer, minibar, tea/coffee maker and 24-hour room service. The hotel offers a restaurant, an elegant bar and a wellness area.
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Photo guide

On this photo tour you will be accompanied by Thomas Brühlmann and another local professional from India. You will also benefit from local guides, naturalists and rangers.

Both Thomas Brühlmann and our local photo guide are excellent professionals in photography. Benefit from their know-how, both will be at your side with advice and support. You will bring home fantastic pictures from India.

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For whom is the photo trip to India suitable?
This photo tour to India is perfect for beginners as well as advanced photographers. Due to the small group size, your photo guides can cater to the different needs of beginners and advanced photographers.

Price

CHF 8'970.-

Photo tour Tiger, Taj & Tempel

  • Price per person in a double room
  • Single room supplement CHF 970.-
  • from/to Delhi
Included in the Price
  • Photographic support by a local, Indian professional photographer
  • Guiding & Support by a photo tour guide from Amazing Views
  • Guiding in English and German
  • Local, experienced naturalists / guides in the national parks
  • Permits for 2 full day game drives in the Ranthambore
  • Park admissions
  • Overnight stays according to travel description
  • All meals (full board) as per program
  • Activities / game drives according to travel description
  • All transfers from/to Delhi in an air-conditioned private vehicle
  • Domestic flights Jaipur/Varanasi & Varanasi/Delhi
  • Additional baggage on domestic flights (25 kg instead of 15 kg checked baggage)
Not included in the Price
  • travel to/from Delhi
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional transfers and excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa fees and airport taxes
  • Cancellation cost insurance, travel insurance

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Good to know
  • In Ranthambore National Park you benefit from two days of full day permits. This means you stay in the park all day and have the greatest potential for tiger sightings. Furthermore, only a very limited number of such permits are issued per day and there will be practically no vehicles on the road between the official game drive times.
  • The number of jeeps in the national parks is very limited. The corresponding permits must be booked well in advance. It is therefore necessary to book early for this trip.
  • Entry requirements for India: Swiss citizens require a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of return and a visa to enter India.
  • The photo tour does not have any particular physical demands.
  • It is strongly recommended that you take out cancellation cost insurance and return travel cost insurance, which covers evacuation from remote regions, a local hospital stay and return travel costs to Switzerland in an emergency.