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India: Bengal Tigers & Temples

Three Different National Parks

April 5 - 15, 2020

10 People


India is known for its culture, landscape, heritage, and its rich wildlife. During this workshop, we will focus on photographing the Royal Bengal Tigers in three different National Parks (12 game drives), local villages, temples, and the Taj Mahal. This is a feast for a photographer!

We are going to visit three National Parks (Kahna, Bandhavgarh, Panna) so we get a different feel of where the tigers live. Tigers in India and other parts of Asia are rare and tend to be secretive. By having 12 game drives (early morning, late afternoon), we increase our chances of spotting tigers and photograph them in idyllic lighting conditions. Our game drives are lead by local experts and are in jeeps.

Kahna park has a significant population of the Royal Bengal tiger, Indian leopards, the sloth bear, barasingha and Indian wild dog. The forest depicted in the famous novel by Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book is based on jungles including in this park.

Bandhavgarh has a large biodiversity. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India. The park has also large breeding population of leopards, and various species of deer.

Panna was given the Award of Excellence in 2007 as the best maintained national park of India by the Ministry of Tourism of India. Among the animals found here are the tiger, leopard, chital, chinkara, nilgai, sambhar and sloth bear. The park is home to more than 200 species of birds including the bar-headed goose, honey buzzard, king vulture, blossom-headed parakeet, changeable hawk-eagle and Indian vulture.

When we travel between the National Parks, we will visit local villages, temples, and the Taj Mahal in Agra. The Taj Mahal, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”, is a truly spectacular monument. It represents a pinnacle of human achievement and one which epitomizes the romantic India of a bygone era. The riches accumulated by the Moghul emperors were used to build awe-inspiring strongholds and some of the most fabulous palaces and monuments ever constructed.

The workshop is led by three instructors (Oliver, Harsh, Arti) and expert wildlife guides specialized in each of the national parks. We stay in resort near the National Parks to minimize travel time. We travel by coach between National Parks, and in jeeps inside the National Parks.

This is a unique opportunity to discover the wildlife and lesser known culture of India. All in country lodging, meals and transportation (including internal flight) are included.

See you in India in April.


Photographs © Harsh Aggarwal
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Registration: $7,200 (10 people)
Single supplement: $800

Select Deposit

Balance payment due by January 15, 2020

Questions: email Oliver Klink or call (408-910-6701)

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Oliver Klink has been photographing in Asia for the past 15 years. He has visited many minority cultures and wildlife in Mongolia, China, Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka and more. He received the coveted 2018 Best B&W photographer of the year by Dodho Magazine and has published an award-winning book, Cultures in Transition. “Sri Lanka is a really unique place. It offers multitude of photo opportunities, cultural enrichment and wildlife sighting. Truly truly one of kind places.”


Harsh and Arti Aggarwal are based in Agra (Taj Mahal), India. Harsh is a professional photographer and Arti a coveted travel logistician and tour guide. In 2012, they got married. Harsh has many interesting tales to narrate about this wedding shaped by the tourism industry, and of course, it includes hilarious stories about shopping experiences with his mother in law. A duo team, Oliver has traveled with for the past few years.”Sri Lanka is such an incredible place, that we could retire here!” .”

Local staff members (Guide, drivers, helpers) who enrich our stay with the most current information, special activities, and “ways in” to places you only dream about!



- Photographing the Bengal Tigers in three National Parks
- Wildlife, culture, landscape
- Photographing daily “life” at local cultures
- Capturing the mood of Indian temples
- Daily review of images (emphasis on “what else can I do”)
- Brainstorming sessions (theme, story telling, portfolio, hero shots)
- Post processing and workflow (efficiency, accuracy, quality)



Included:
- 11 days of guided photoshoot
- Accommodation, Meals, ground transportation, internal flights
- All entry fees to temples and National Parks
- Instruction booklet emailed before the workshop
Not Included :
- Transportation to and from Delhi (DEL)
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Delhi
- Tips to local staff



Double Occupancy: $7,200
Single Supplement: $800

Deposit (non-refundable):
$800 (Double Occupancy)
$1,200 (Single Occupancy)

Full payment due by January 15, 2020 (payable by check)



Registration: $7,200
Deposit: $800 ($1,200 for single)

Terms and Conditions




- Weather can be challenging. Be prepared for moody sky.
- We are eating freshly cooked local cuisine with local meat, vegetables, and soup (not spicy).
- We are traveling on highways and local unpaved bumpy roads.
- However, the photographic opportunities are incredible. It is an amazing adventure and photographic experience.





Where: India
When: April 5 - 15, 2020
Who: Oliver Klink, Harsh Aggarwal, Arti Aggarwal, Local guides
Airport: Delhi (DEL)
Accommodations: Hotels
Weather: 70 – 100F. Moody Sky

Cost: $7,200 (+$800 single supplement)


Workshop details for India “Bengal Tigers and Temples”

Agenda

11 days of guided photoshoots and reviews
April 5 - 15, 2020
Note: Itinerary and activities might change based on weather conditions

Day 1 (April 5): Arrival day in Delhi (DEL)
• Transfer to the hotel
• Welcome dinner

Day 2: Travel to Kahna National Park
• Delhi to Jabalpur (Flight)
• Drive to to Kanha
• Photoshoot of villagers & landscape

Day 3-4: Kanha National Park – Game Drives
• Early morning game drive (Bengal Tigers)
• Review and brainstorm on idea to photograph Bengal tigers
• Afternoon game drive (Bengal Tigers)

Day 5: Kanha – Drive to Bandhavgarh
• Early morning game drive (Bengal Tigers)
• Drive to Bandhavgarh National Park
• Photoshoot of tribes, brick factories, village scenes, etc.

Day 6-8: Bandhavgarh National Park Game Drives
• Early morning game drive (Bengal Tigers)
• Review and brainstorm on idea to photograph Bengal tigers
• Afternoon game drive (Bengal Tigers)

Day 9: Panna National Park Game Drive
• Game drive (Bengal Tigers)
• Review and brainstorm on idea to photograph Bengal tigers

Day 10: Khajuraho temples – Train to Agra
• Early morning visit of Khajuraho temples
• Drive to Jhansi. Photoshoots en route
• Train to Agra (2 ½ hours)

Day 11: Taj Mahal – Conclusion of Workshop
• Sunrise photoshoot of the Taj Mahal
• Transfer to Delhi International Airport
• Conclusion of the workshop (7PM)

What to Bring

Upon signing up for the workshop, you’ll receive a detailed coursebook describing what to bring, recommended camera gears, booking your flight, extra activities pre or post workshop.

Clothing: (temperature ranges from 70 – 100F)
- Comfortable and layered clothes (neutral color recommended)
- Sandals, hiking shoes
- Hat, sunglasses, and sun screen
- Rain gears/windbreaker
- Knee pads for low angle shooting

Camera Equipment:
- Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
- National Parks (Bengal Tigers): 24 mm – 500mm+
- Landscape and culture: 16 - 200mm
- Telephoto lens for tigers portraiture: 400mm+
- Tripod (optional but recommended for Sunrise and Sunset shoots)

Other Equipment (Optional):
- Small notepad (notes, observations, …)
- Laptop (with power cord), memory card downloader
- Post processing software (Lightroom, Photoshop, plug-ins)
- External hard drives (backup)

Logistics

This workshop includes:
- 11 days of guided photoshoot
- Best places to photograph landscape, wildlife and culture
- Accommodation, Meals, ground transportation
- Small group (maximum 10 people)
- Daily reviews (including tips on post processing, file management, idea to build portfolio)
- Two photography instructors, one travel assistant, local guides

Not Included:
- Transportation to and from Delhi (DEL)
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Delhi
- Tips to local staff

Travel Recommendations:
- Plan on arriving in Delhi no later than April 5. Your return flight can be booked after 10PM on April 15
- We can assist with booking extra nights in Delhi (pre and post workshop) and airport transportation


Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance Suggestions:

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