Situated in remote Central India in the Vindhyan Hills Bandhavgarh is a paradise. It is a paradise for tiger photographers who come here with great hope and do not go back disappointed. The whole ecosystem thrives with life and if your pick is only tigers you have plenty of them. For those who wish to fetch wider array of mammals and birds under the scope of their, lens Bandhavgarh is the place.
The dense forest canopy and swampy grasslands with hills and valleys in the background offer ideal habitat mix up with the main subject. Yes, you get the best in composition and robust light for the best image to the surface. Pristine Bandhavgarh is a National Park as well as a tiger reserve under the Project Tiger Program a Government of India initiative.
Bandhavgarh is the best place for tigers and hence photography. This has been time tested by a lot of erstwhile visitors and among loads of cameramen. Due to a robust population of the big cats and econiches that support them, visibility is very high in spite of the dense canopy. The big cats are not at all shy here and are used to the jeeps with tourists enabling capture of moments which would otherwise be not possible in case of shy and elusive animals. The reserve is a successful breeding ground hence you can photograph tiger families in different settings. What more do you wish for?
Bandhavgarh is an impressive hub of diverse flora and fauna elements in India. It is home to 22 Central India mammalian species and more than two hundred and fifty avian species. Among major mammals tiger, leopard, bison, sambar deer, Nilgai, barking deer, sloth bear, wild dog, and the ubiquitous Hanuman or gray langur. Wild boar, macaque and spotted deer are a common sight.
Among the birds paradise flycatcher, Malabar pied hornbill, Indian pitta, scimitar babbler, kingfishers, owls, parakeets, passerines, raptors, minivets, babblers are the much sought after species.
Our guides are trained with years of experience they understand the habitat very well. They are expert in trekking tigers and other big game. They understand the animal movements well and can lead you to the right place at the right time. Their knowledge of the habitat and behavior of the animals will help position the jeep at the right spot. This is important and elusive and shy animals may not accord a long time for delayed action.
Our guides are well mannered cultured and have a friendly way with guests from all over the World. Being local they can converse well with everyone and make you comfortable in an exotic environment.
At Bandhavgarh, Full Day Safaris are available, especially for the wildlife photographers. This offers an ideal opportunity to shoot in different light conditions. Another benefit is the length of time allows guides and experts to quickly surmise the movement of the tigers and reach there inappropriate time without having to leave the reserve during the interval.
If you have a permit for a full day safari you are not restricted to any particular tourism zone hence you can search all the zones. You also get entry half an hour early before other jeeps make a beeline for the reserve and in the late hours whence it is time for tourist jeeps to come out you get an extra half an hour. The first few minutes of entry and the late-exit counts, especially for tigers.
The entry into the reserve is limited and is divided into different zones. Hence it is advisable to book the permit well in advance in order to make an entry in places of your choice. This will also assure that you will not sit empty-handed lacking a proper permit. We are there to assist you in bookings but you should be well in time to contact us.
Online bookings are also available at MP Online website in case you wish to book yourself.
We provide accommodation in best of the lodges that follow responsible tourism guidelines. The choice provided is between high-end luxury and high-end star hotels and resorts. Usually, we organize to stay in trusted lodges which have proven right in the due course of time. In case you wish for some other lodge as per your preference we will organize your stay there. Food preferences, room choice and any other nitty-gritty will be taken care.
Our representative will be there at the airport and lead you to the waiting taxi. After freshening up at a luxury hotel we will drive straight to Bandhavgarh National Park. It is a four-hour drive and our representative guide will offer an interpretation of the mind-boggling country that is India, upon reaching the reserve you will check-in at the chosen accommodation.
First full day safari in Bandhavgarh begins today this will be an introduction to the park. The search for tigers begins as well. The enchanting paradise is a composition of steep cliffs, rivulets, swampy grasslands, and dense forests. We will enter the folds of Charanganga a rivulet that on the passage out creates swampy grasslands which is where we will meet our first tiger. The search is on and our photography session begins. The guide is all eyes and ears as he notices telltale signs of the big beast. As the day proceeds, we have enough to track down the predator. The whole day is spent photographing the big cats as an when we encounter them. Birds and animals abound and this is the first introduction to the ancient relics of erstwhile civilizations that flourished here. A day is well spent in the Tala Zone.
Some of the interesting places here are the Chakradhara grassland, Siddha Baba Lingam, Badi Gufa, Sesh Shaiyya or reclining Vishnu Idol near the brook, Badi Gufa (Cave) and the sight of Bandhavgarh Fort.
This day we will explore Tala again search begins immediately in order to unearth more felines. The day begins much early at predawn whence we are more likely to be surprised by a big cat. A refreshing breakfast follows and then the search continues.
Photographing felines occupies most of the times. A brief interval for lunch takes place at a designated place usually called the center. After the repast, we move on as per the instruction of the naturalist guide we will discover more tigers. He has all the telltale signs in his mind and guides accordingly.
We will see many tigers that frequent Tala Zone and will also capture lovely images of their families with small cubs which are always an extreme delight for the lens men. The day ends with a joyful note after a successful day at Bandhavgarh.
Albeit the routine is the same exploring new zones at Bandhavgarh offers sighting of different felines as well as many birds and mammals. Today we will be photographing tigers of Magdhi Zone. This zone comprises of many water bodies and extensive grasslands and is famous for sightings of families of big cats.
Much preferred by lens men for its enchanting landscape Magdhi like Tala is much on the cards of professionals and amateur holidaymakers alike. Sightings are frequent and opportunity to film and photograph the big cats is ample.
Our expert guide sees to it that we get the finest moments to capture lucid images of the tiger. The whole day is spent on photographing the animal in focus. We will also come across the wild dog, sloth bear and the bison. Common animals are all around the lens men can pick the lovely avian as well as their subject.
Magdhi is few km from Tala Gate where we fulfill all the entry formalities. It was made famous by a tigress with cubs. The zone equals Tala Zone and offers the best for capturing images of big cats. Although we are in the same zone as yesterday we will be exploring different jungle roads for econiches harboring tigers and other animals and birds. While on a photography tour the professionals must enjoy the serene and enchanting landscapes which are part of the whole expedition. A holistic experience is what we are looking for.
Interesting places of Magdhi Zone are the Rajbohera Meadow, Sehra Dadra, Patiha Camp, Badbada grassland and Dhuauha Tower.
Another place to experience full-day safari today is the Khitauli Zone. The beautiful Umrar rivulet twists and turns through the dense forests creating an enchanting spectacle. Tigers here are shyer but offer ample opportunity to photograph them. They have been seen to be more aggressive hence offer greater expressions and postures.
While capturing images of big cats with assistance from the naturalist guide we also keep an eye on other mammals and avian species. A photographic expedition is incomplete without it being holistic. By this time we have captured images of tigers that we always yearned for. More the merrier hence the efforts continue.
Interesting places are Chakri Dongri, Nigahi Nala (stream), Marjadgarh Tower, mammal rich Tadak Munara meadow.
Early morning we will have sumptuous breakfast then leave for Jabalpur to catch the flight onwards this the photographic mission will be a successful one with many scintillating images captured at the right moments. Well besides memories that you carry of Bandhavgarh National Park will last forever.