Wildlife of India Photo Tour 2017

indian rhino

Photograph the Wildlife of India in 2017

Join us in April 2017 on a fifteen day tour of India to photograph its wildlife. This trip has been designed so that we can see and photograph as many species of Indian wildlife that is possible in two weeks, and in Kaziranga, Satpura and Bandhavgarh we can achieve just that.

Note: You can combine this tour with Tigers of India
This tour immediately prepends Tigers of India. You can combine both for a three week wildlife and tiger experience. Please see below for a special cost which incorporates both tours.

We will spend three to five nights in each of India’s best parks for wildlife, at Kaziranga where we will see and photograph Asian elephant and the endangered Indian one horned rhino, Satpura is known for leopard and sloth bear, and Bandhavgarh hosts one of the highest densities of tiger in India for virtually guaranteed encounters. We travel at the best time of the year for photography, in April and May when tigers and leopards are easier to find and photograph.

Other wildlife await us too, langur, macaque, dhole, gaur, water buffalo, as well as sambur and spotted deer and nilgai antelope. Of course there will also be birds; the great Indian hornbill, and it will be the courtship season of peacocks to see their mating ritual and tail feathers on full display.

I will lead this tour with the very reputable Karan Rana of Pugdundee Safaris. Karan is a guide with over twenty years experience of Indian parks and its wildlife. We employ some of the best driver guides that India can offer and our vehicles are especially adapted to accommodate photographers, with no more than two photographers per vehicle. We also stay in luxury accommodation throughout to ensure comfort, good food and excellent service.

To reserve your spot on this safari please email me at

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Tour Highlights

We cover as much of India’s wildlife as possible in our two weeks. We have excellent chances of seeing Bengal Tiger, Asian Elephant, Indian One Horned Rhinoceros, Hoolock Gibbons, Wild Dog (dhole), Jackal, Sloth Bear, Gaur, Wild Water Buffalo, Wild Boar, Langur, Macaque, Mongoose as well as several kinds of deer, and many birds.

Photographers of all levels are welcome. We are professional photographers with great experience in the field as well as in guiding and photographic instruction. Each tour offers a small client-leader ratio that allows for personal attention and customized guidance on photography.

Guides and Drivers
Our guides and driver know the Indian parks well with over twenty years of guiding and driving experience. Our drivers have driven BBC documentary and National Geographic crews. They have experience driving photographers so that know just what to expect from us.

We use gypsy cars, which are popular in the wildlife parks in India. Ours will be specially adapted for photographers and we will only carry two photographers per vehicle, or a row of seats each, to maximise opportunity and space.

We stay in luxury accommodation, from our initial stay in Delhi and for each of our stays in the parks. Good dining accompanies the accommodation and the cottages are large with separate bedroom, bathroom and balcony.

Daily Image Reviews
After our drives we have optional discussions on photographic technique and post-processing while we review our images. Our goal is for you to make the most out of your experience and to take home pictures you’ve long desired.


Where We Go

Kaziranga National Park
A World Heritage Site, Kaziranga has been a reserve forest for more than a hundred years and lies in the flood plains of the Brahmaputra River, covering some 430 square kilometres. Harbouring the world’s largest population of Indian rhinoceros, Indian elephant and tiger, Kaziranga has a breathtakingly varied landscape with extensive grasslands, densely forested tropical areas, streams and numerous small lakes. The park also hosts 35 other major mammals and more than 400 species of birds.

Satpura Tiger Reserve
Satpura is spread over 1427 sq km and was formed in 1981 after joining Satpura, Pachmari and Bori sanctuaries and the altitude ranges from 300 to 1,352 metres (980 to 4,436 ft). The park is known for a variety of animals and birds including tiger, leopard, sloth bear, crocodiles and over 300 species of birds.

Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh was established in 1968 as a National Park, and is spread over an area of 1150 sq. kms. It was declared as a tiger reserve under Project Tiger in 1993. It is predominantly covered with vegetation like sal, salt, dhobin and has vast stretches of grasslands spread over 32 hills, the region though smaller than other wildlife parks has one of the highest density of tigers in the world.

Tourist traffic in Bandhavgarh, Satpura and Kaziranga
In recent years, the wildlife parks have been restructured significantly with the aim of protecting the parks and its wildlife. There are strict restrictions now on the number of vehicles allowed in the parks, and gone are the days where we see dozens at a time. Internet stories of traffic congestion there are likely to be before that time. On our reconnaissance tour in April and May 2016, we rarely encountered more than four or five vehicles on any sighting in any of the parks that we will be visiting on this tour.


Where We Stay

Radisson Hotel guests can spend their day in New Delhi shopping at nearby destinations like Ambience Mall and in the on-site spa, featuring a fitness studio, a hydrotherapy lounge and a beauty salon. In the evenings, they can enjoy a delicious meal at The Great Kabab Factory, then drift off into sleep in one of the 261 hotel rooms and suites which offer spa-inspired bathrooms and free high-speed, wireless internet.

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Accommodation TBA

Denwa Backwater Escape is located overlooking the mesmerizing backwaters of a dam built on Denwa River in Satpura National Park, the area is popularly known as Madhai.It is built on 10 acres of forested land along the river and across the river lies the national park which is approached by a boat and then by jeeps to go deeper into the forest. The lodge offers stunning views of the Denwa River, grasslands and rolling Pachmari hills.

den back water escape satpura

den back water escape satpura

Kings Lodge is nestled between Sal forested hills of Bandhavgarh National Park in a large natural forested estate of 14 hectares in Rancha village. The lodge is in the heart of the wild country and only a ten minutes drive from the Tala gate of the national park. Our guests benefit from our incredible location, an outstanding hospitality and an experienced naturalist team, and our commitment towards conservation and local communities. The lodge has 10 cottage rooms and 8 stilt cottage rooms with en-suite modern bathrooms spread accross a natural forest offering great ambience and privacy.

kings lodge bandhavgarh

kings lodge bandhavgarh

Our Philosophy

Our aim is for you to leave a better wildlife photographer than when you first arrived. The photography of our guests come before our own, and while we also take pictures, we will always ensure our guests have the right of way.

As in any natural environment, the wildlife comes first, we come second. We abide by guidelines which ensure that the welfare of the wildlife is not compromised or impeded by our presence.


The cost of this all-inclusive safari is $7600 per person. Bookings are secured with a $500 deposit per person, with the balance being required 12 weeks before. Payments to be made in $US.

A optional single supplement is available at $2600 extra. Single supplements are for single travellers who want their own room. Otherwise single travellers are paired with another traveller of the same gender.

This safari can be linked to our 8 day Tigers of India Photo Safari. If you join us for both, then the cost of Tigers of India becomes $3200 and the single supplement becomes $1600.

17th April – May 1st, 2017

Financial Protection
Payments for all safaris are made through Steppes Travel which means you have the financial protection of booking through a registered tour operator. Your money is 100% safe and if one of our suppliers goes bust, your money is fully protected. Steppes Travel can also book your flights for full financial protection.

Please download our terms and conditions here.

What’s Included?

  • All accommodation in hotels and lodges
  • All internal flights
  • All airport transfers
  • All meals at lodges
  • All park fees
  • Exclusive vehicles and qualified driver guides
  • What’s Not Included?

  • International flights
  • India visa
  • Alcoholic and non-local alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities for camp staff and guides
  • What People Have Said
    Read more about what people have said on the testimonial page here.

    Photo Safari Gallery
    For more pictures taken on this safari go to: Wildlife of India Photo Safari Gallery

    How Do I Book?

    Our tour group is small (a maximum of 7 participants with 2 co-leaders) so space will be limited.
    To reserve your spot in this tour please email me at


    Day 1: Delhi
    Meet and transfer from the airport to the hotel, rest of the day at leisure, overnight stay at the hotel.

    Day 2: Kaziranga
    Transfer to airport, to board the connecting flights to Johrat, later drive to the Lodge (83 Kms, 2.5 hrs)

    Day 3, 4, 5: Kaziranga
    Morning and evening safaris in the National Park.

    Day 6: Delhi
    Early breakfast and transfer to Guwahati, flight to Delhi, and transfer to Hotel (220 Kms, 4.5 hrs).

    Day 7: Satpura
    Transfer to airport in the morning to board the flight to Bhopal, followed by transfer to Denwa Backwater Escape (120 Kms, 3.5 hrs), Lunch followed by an evening boat ride.

    Day 8, 9: Satpura
    Morning and Evening Jeep safaris, Breakfast overnight stay at the lodge

    Day 10: Satpura/Bandhavgarh
    Morning Safari, followed by Transfer to Bandhavgarh National Park (450 kms, 7-8 hrs)

    Day 11, 12, 13, 14: Bandhavgarh
    Morning and Evening Jeep safaris, overnight stay at the lodge.

    Day 15: Delhi
    Breakfast, transfer to Jabalpur to board the connecting flight to Delhi, transfer to the Hotel.

    Guide Biographies

    We are a small team of award winning wildlife photographers and experienced photography tutors in the field of natural history. We have won awards in Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Nature’s Best and GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and our work is published regularly. Our photographic experience extends back to the days of film, paper and manual focus cameras.

    David Lloyd is an exhibiting wildlife photographer, having won awards for his work which favours a fine art style in both colour and black & white. David has been awarded twice in Wildlife Photographer of the Year and in 2011, his image A Flick of the Tail was chosen as the cover of that year’s prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year portfolio.
    His images have been published widely in the press and several photographic monthlies, in both the UK and abroad. David also holds exhibitions of his work, most recently at there Royal Geographic Society in London in 2014. His long awaited debut book As Long As There Are Animals was published in late 2014.

    Karan Rana heads the naturalist team at Pugdundee and keeps a keen eye on operations of its lodges. With an experience of more than 20 years with Tiger Tops as a manager, he joined Pugdundee in 2004 and has continuously trained and lead the naturalists at all our lodges. Karan also leads various specialist groups including the mobile and walking safari. He has contributed his pivotal jungle skills for the successful launch and progress of our walking safaris in Central India. Coincidentally, the role of wearing many hats has seeped into his personality as he is never seen without a hat in real life too!