India: Bengal Tigers & Temples
Three Different National Parks
April 5 - 15, 2020
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
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)
- 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
$800 (Double Occupancy)
$1,200 (Single Occupancy)
Full payment due by January 15, 2020 (payable by check)
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.
When: April 5 - 15, 2020
Who: Oliver Klink, Harsh Aggarwal, Arti Aggarwal, Local guides
Airport: Delhi (DEL)
Weather: 70 – 100F. Moody Sky
Cost: $7,200 (+$800 single supplement)
Workshop details for India “Bengal Tigers and Temples”