Small group, fully escorted; maximum of 8 travelers plus tour guides
This tour is designed for:
1) Bird and Nature Photographers
2) Bird and Nature Watchers
3) Birders with a Camera
Suitable for photographers of all skill levels; for bird and wildlife photography, a minimum of 300mm lens needed for good photography; 400-600mm lens strongly suggested.
Our local nature guides are intimately familiar with the birds and wildlife of these areas and ensure that we find, identify, and photograph many, many species! Bring more memory cards than you think you’ll need!
Was $4,203 FLASH SALE - NOW$3,573(double occupancy)
Single occupancy supplement: $519
Multiple Tour Discounts available
Fully escorted upon arrival in Mumbai
11 nights lodging
All meals beginning with lunch on Day 1 and ending with lunch on final Day 12
Travel insurance (optional, but strongly encouraged)
Visas (approx. $100 for US citizens)
LAST DAY TO BOOK THIS TOUR IS 1 OCTOBER 2019
DAY 1 - January 7, 2020
Mumbai to Dandeli
We meet as a group and fly together from Mumbai to Goa; then make the four hour drive to our lodge in Dandeli. We’ll stop along the drive for chai and enjoy the views of the Western Indian countryside. Upon arrival, we’ll settle into our lodge and enjoy dinner together while talking about the birds and wildlife we’re likely to enjoy together in the next few days.
DAY 2 & 3
January 8 & 9
Dandeli Birding & Photography
Dandeli is a relaxed and easy introduction to the birds of India; get ready to photograph dozens of specials and add many new additions to your life list. We’ll begin our birding/photography early in the morning, return to the lodge for lunch and enjoy another birding/photography session in the afternoon. There are also numerous opportunities for bird watching and photography right on the grounds of our lodge.
Among the birds often seen in this area: Brown Cheeked Fulvetta, Dark Fronted Babbler, Yellow Browed Bulbul, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Indian Yellow Tit, White Bellied Flycatcher, White Bellied Blue Flycatcher, Flame Throated Bulbul, Rusty Tailed Flycatcher, Grey Wagtail, Orange Headed Ground Thrush, Oriental White Eye, Magpie Robin, Black Napped Monarch, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Grey Fronted Green Pigeon, Puff Throated Babbler, Orange Minivet, White Rumped Shama, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Blue Capped Rock Thrush, and Malabar Trogon. We’ll also seek out the Malabar Pied Hornbill, Great Indian Hornbill, and Malabar Grey Hornbill. Each day ends with dinner where we’ll relive the day’s highlights and anticipate the birds and wildlife we’ll see the next day.
Dandeli Birding & Goa
We’ll start the day at Dandeli with a morning birding/photography session, then drive several hours to Goa, check into our lodge and enjoy an afternoon birding and photography session, after which dinner will be served.
DAY 5 & 6
January 11 & 12
Birding and Photography in Goa
We’ll do at least two birding/photography sessions per day, returning to our lodge for lunch. Our small group gives us the flexibility to go where the birds and animals are most abundant.
Among the birds around our lodge include: Malabar Trogon; Malabar Parakeet, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Malabar Wood-Shrike, Nilgiri Flowerpecker, Flame-throated Bulbul, Crimson-backed Sunbird, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, Forest Wagtails, Western Crowned Warbler, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Nilgiri Flowerpecker, Western Crowned Warbler, Collared Kingfisher, Osprey, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Black-capped Kingfisher, Lesser Adjutant, and Greater Crested Tern.
Birding and Photography in Goa, Travel to Mumbai
The day begins with one last morning birding session in Goa. Then we’ll return to the Goa airport and fly back to Mumbai, where we will stay overnight.
Travel to Nagpur and Tadoba
In the morning we will fly to Nagpur, then drive on to Tadoba, to prepare for our tiger, birding and wildlife safaris.
DAY 9, 10 & 11
Wildlife Safaris at Tadoba Tiger Reserve
We’ll take a morning and evening Open-Jeep Safari at Tadoba Tiger reserve each day. We’ll view the habitat of wild animals like the tiger, leopard, sloth bear, wild dogs, panther, barking deer, wolf, and many more, taking photos along the way.
We’ll also seek and photograph birds in the reserve; which include Orange-Headed Thrush, Indian Pitta, Crested Treeswift, Stone Curlew, Crested Honey Buzzard, Paradise Flycatcher, Bronze-winged Jacana, Lesser Goldenbacked Woodpecker, Warblers, Black-Naped Blue Flycatcher, Oriental Honey Buzzard, White-eyed Buzzard, Pariah Kite, Eurasian Sparrow Hawk, Black Shouldered Kite, Shikra, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Bonelli's Eagle, Common Kestrel, Open Bill Stork, Black Ibis, Bar Headed Goose, Black Stork, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Brahminy Duck, Comb Duck, Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Large Egret, Median Egret, Indian Shag, Purple Heron, Banded Bay Cuckoo, White-breasted Water Hen, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, River Tern, Painted Sand Grouse, Jungle Bush Quail, Indian Peafowl, Spotted Owlet, Forest Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, House Sparrow, Indian Robin, Indian Roller, Ruby Throat, Blue Throat, Black Redstart, Grey Tit, Common Stonechat, Brahminy Myna, Asian Pied Starling, House Crow, and Large-billed Crow.
Wildlife Safaris at Tadoba Tiger Reserve and Return to Mumbai
We’ll enjoy our last Open-Jeep Safari in Tadoba, drive to Nagpur, and fly back to Mumbai, where our tour ends with happy memories and great photographs!
Travelers continuing on our next WildLensIndia tour departing 20 January can remain in Mumbai. WildLensIndia will be happy to help with these arrangements, and set up local guides for tours of the city.
On your flight home, you'll have hundreds - if not thousands - of photos to look at while you enjoy the memories of the great birds and wildlife that we saw, and hopefully you will have made a new lifelong friend or two on our WildLensIndia Tour!
PACING: Relaxed-moderate. Early starts are necessary on most days since we want to be out at first light for great photography conditions. There is quite a bit of automobile travel on our itineraries, but the landscapes and people of India are part of the experience of traveling in this incredible country. Most meals will be sit down affairs, but there will be a few packed breakfasts and lunches.
PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: Generally easy. Most walks are short and flat.. In some national parks, we will be confined to open-topped safari vehicles when we are inside the parks, and we will do some opportunistic photography on foot near our accommodations.
CLIMATE: In winter it is pleasantly warm and dry (mostly 71°- 90°F, 21°-32°C). Rain is usually not a problem, but may sometimes occur in the afternoons in the form of thunderstorms.
ACCOMMODATION: All accommodations have private en-suite bathrooms, full time hot water, 24-hour electricity and internet (although it can be intermittent).
PHOTOGRAPHY: These trips have both vehicle-based photography and photography on foot. There are excellent opportunities to photograph birds and mammals, with some street and landscape photography also possible.
GEAR: Long lenses (500 or 600 mm) are useful since subjects like birds can be far away. Light is generally abundant, and we won’t do a lot of night photography, so a flash is not essential. A tripod can be useful, but is not essential. There is not enough room inside of the safari jeeps to set up a tripod. Bird watchers will want to bring their binoculars!