KAZIRANGA National Park Photography Tour, Assam

Wildlife Photography workshop conducted by Bharat Goel. Supported and recommended by Munish Khanna.


wildlife photography workshop


Number of Seats: 8 (maximum)                 12 - 17 November, 2013

Lying in the pockets of the far North East of India, beside the great Bramhaputra river, Kaziranga is one of the most successful examples of wildlife conservation in India and one of the largest strips of protected terrain in the sub-Himalayan belt. The park, which celebrated its first cenetary in 2005, has an area of 430 km², mostly covered with marshlands and elephant grass. Thereby, making it the ideal habitat for Kaziranga’s most famous resident - the Indian One-horned Rhino. The population of One-horned Rhinoceros had reduced to only 10 to 15 in 1905 and acting on feelings of Mrs. Curzon who could not see rhino but their footprints, it was converted into a reserved forest and later (1940), to a wildlife sanctuary. Now, the population of rhino has exceeded 2000. Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary - a minuscule 21 km² sanctuary inhabited by India’s only ape, the western hoolock gibbon is also very near to Kaziranga National Park. Apart from gibbon, pig-tailed macaque, stump-tailed macaque, slow loris and three other species of primates are found here. The forest also houses the Malayan giant squirrel as well as leopard, pythons, king cobras and over two hundred bird species, thereby making it a "biodiversity hotspot". Not only the government of Assam expends a huge sum to protect its precious and rare ecosystem but the people of Assam have also contributed to the cause of conservation. Lot of foresters have devoted their lives to protect it. Thereby making it is one of the most thrilling wildlife destinations in India and abroad.

Trip Highlights:

  • Twin sharing accommodation in comfortable rooms at resorts.
  • Jeep safaris, elephant ride, birding in tea gardens, nature walk.
  • 4X4 Gypsy which is Ideal for observation and photography.
  • Vehicles driven by experienced drivers / guides familiar to working with photographers.
  • Sessions on photography & nature study.
  • Photography assistance on and off the field.
  • Accompanied and guided by a Wildnest member throughout the trip.

Kaziranga National Park Photography Tour, Assam

Kaziranga has a varied composition. From swamps to tall elephant grass and dense tropical broadleaf forests, from four big rivers, including the Bramhaputra, to little ponds made by floods (bheels), the park has it all. Chapories or elevated regions are also present. Quite a few of them had been artificially made with the help of the Indian Army, to safeguard animals from the frequent floods that occur. Regarded as the heaven of northeast, the park is very dear to the hearts of people of Assam. That is why it continues to survive the wounds inflicted by both, mankind and nature. Initially exploited by hunters and wrecked by naxalites, the park is now being plundered by poachers who have their eyes on the horns of the rhinos – each one worth more than gold. If you thought only humans are to blame, you’re wrong. Nature charts its own course of destruction. Every year, the Bramhaputra river floods and some animals drown while the others migrate to higher ranges because their natural habitat is destroyed. Yet, its triumph lies in the extensive footfall of tourists, environmentalists, conservationists and ornithologists to see the one-horned Rhino, elephants, wild buffalos, tigers and swamp deer and more than the 500 birds that take refuge here. Some of the birds that can be found here include: the Himalayan Griffon, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black-Shouldered Kite, Brahminy Kite, Black Kite, White Tailed Eagle, Pallas's Fishing Eagle and the Grey-Headed Fishing Eagle. During winters, the lakes and marshes of Kaziranga are a sight to behold. Migratory birds like Bar-Headed Geese, Greylag Geese, Ruddy Shelduck, Falcated Duck, Gadwall, Northern Shoveller and Red-Crested Pochard, can be spotted in the sanctuary. By the end of February, grasslands are burnt and new grass starts growing, so the visibility of Rhinos and other mammals is fantastic in March. The sanctuary truly transforms into a paradise.

Facts

  • Location: Golaghat and Nagaon districts, Assam, India
  • Reserve Area:  It has an area of 430 km².
  • Established: In 1905
  • Nearest Cities: Jorhat (90km) & Guwahati (240 km)
  • Best Time to Visit: From October to March
  • Fauna: The big five would be Great one-horned rhinoceros, Asian elephant, Asiatic wild buffalo, swamp deer, Royal Bengal tiger. Other animals include the hog deer, hog badger, jungle cat, fishing cat, civet cat, leopard, sloth bear Leopard, ruddy mongoose, porcupine.
  • Flora: Mainly four types of vegetation can be found in the park: the alluvial savanna woodlands, alluvial inundated grasslands, tropical semi-evergreen forests and tropical moist mixed deciduous forests.Near the Panbari, Kanchanjhuri and Tamulipathar blocks, thick evergreen forests are found. These forests contain trees such as Talauma hodgsonii, Aphanamixis polystachya, Dillenia indica, Ficus rumphii, Garcinia tinctoria, Cinnamomum bejolghota, and species of Syzygium. Areas near the Baguri, Bimali, and Haldibari blocks have tropical semi-evergreen forests.Common trees and shrubs are Albizia procera, Lagerstroemia speciosa, Duabanga grandiflora, Mallotus philippensis, Crateva unilocularis, Grewia serrulata, Sterculia urens, Bridelia retusa, Leea indica, Leea umbraculifera and Aphania rubra. Common tall grasses are elephant grass, spear grass, the common reed and sugarcanes.

Getting there

  • By Air: Closest airports include: Tezpur Airport at Salonibari (100 km), Jorhat Airport at Rowriah (97 km), and Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati (217 km). The airport at Guwahati receives flights from all major India cities.
  • By Train: The nearest railway station is at Furkating (75 km). Other stations through which Kaziranga can be reached, include Jorhat (114 km) and Guwahati (213 km).
  • By Road: Buses, both private and state-owned, run from Tezpur (51 km) and Guwahati (217 km). Drive from Tezpur takes nearly an hour, while the drive from Guwahati will take around six hours.

Kaziranga National Park Photography Tour, Assam

Tour starts from and ends at Guwahati

Day 1 – Departure from Guwahati

  • WELCOME! We are pleased you chose to come on this trip and hope that you will have a lot of fun. It’s 11 AM and we’ll shortly be leaving Guwahati. Since Kaziranga is a 6 hour drive from Guwahati, we expect to reach there by the evening.
  • Lunch time! We are stopping over at an excellent restaurant for you to stretch your limbs and fill your stomachs. (Please note that the lunch is not included in the tour package.)
  • It’s evening and what a beautiful evening at that! The wild never fails to charm. We will now hold an introductory session where we give you an overview of the jungle. Excited? We are definitely!
  • And now it is time for a special hot supper. Mmmmmm.

Day 2 – Elephant ride (optional) and Safaris in the morning to the central range and the evening to the western range.

  • Good morning! It is going to be an exciting day. Are you excited? Yes? YES! Today, we will be going for an elephant ride (optional). Those of you who want to enjoy a nice, royal ride on the back of the elephant can do it at  5:30 AM.
  • The first Safari of the day will begin at 7:30. We visit the central range of the park in our first Safari. During a stopover, we will have our breakfast.
  • Back to the resort. And what an exciting Safari that was! If you are famished, rush to the dining table at 12:30. But better hurry up, for we will soon be leaving for another safari.
  • Time to go for another safari. This safari is being conducted at 1:30 because the sunsets quite early (5 PM!). We will start our expedition with exploring the western region of the park. We are to witness nature’s glory at its best. Needless to say, take out those cameras and click to your heart’s content.
  • Folks, we are back after two tiring but rejuvenating safaris in the wild amidst scores of animals, birds and trees. We are sure you have a hundred questions in mind and want to get certain pictures reviewed. Fear not! Our brave Wildnest warriors will come to your rescue. A late evening session on photography is being conducted today. Make sure you attend it!
  • Following the session, are dinner and a cultural show that will leave you spellbound. Are you ready to be charmed?

Day 3 – Morning Safari to the eastern range and evening Safari to the central range

  • It is day 3 already and there’s still so much to be seen. The two safaris hope to cover all the things left to be explored and seen. We hope that you’ve had a pleasant stay so far and participated actively in our discussions about wildlife.
  • Our first Safari starts at 7:30 and like yesterday, we shall be having our breakfast amidst our animal and bird friends. This visit is to the eastern range of the park. We must keep our eyes peeled to the ground.
  • To provide a much needed energy boost, lunch will be served at 12:30. Delve into your plates and devour!
  • The central range of the park is our next destination. Hopefully the sights you encounter today will leave you awed and render a permanent impression on you, one you retain for a lifetime. The interactive session following this Safari will require you to reflect on your experiences so far and participate enthusiastically. Keep those energy levels up!
  • We know it’s been a long day, albeit an interesting one, and your batteries need to be charged. Hence, tonight we’re serving dinner with some great music and dance. These folk dances will definitely help you unwind and bring us to the end of yet another wonderful day.

 Day 4 – Visit to Hollongapar and evening Safari to the eastern range

  • If you thought the last two days were full of surprises, you’re in for another surprise. Today we are visiting Hoollongapar in the morning. As mentioned earlier, the Hoollongapar sanctuary hosts India’s only ape, a gibbon. The tiny sanctuary is situated amidst picturesque tea gardens and small villages. Click away!
  • The end of another thrilling safari. We will now satisfy those growling stomachs with some mouth-watering dishes. But don’t let time get the better of you. We are leaving for the evening safari in approximately 30 minutes.
  • All aboard? Great! We’re going to the eastern range again. And why wouldn’t we? The region is fascinating. On ever nook and corner, we’re greeted by surprises. It only makes sense to visit it once more.
  • We know you are a little exhausted by now so we depart for some well-needed rest. The little siesta is succeeded by an evening review session and a discussion. Our tireless Wildnest warriors are there to offer tips and suggestions regarding your pictures. Make the best use of this opportunity!
  • Dinner bells are ringing! It’s time to eat and clap loudly for the performers staging tonight’s show.

Day 5 – Nature Walk in tea gardens and evening Safari to the western range

  • Today we decided to start our morning differently. Instead of a Safari, we shall be going for a nature walk in the tea gardens. Accompanying us will be an expert naturalist, who shall speak to us about the various species of birds found here. The breakfast will be had during a short break in between the session.
  • LUNCH TIME! No time to savor and relish. An evening Safari is coming up shortly.
  • We are leaving for our last Safari of the trip. Are you feeling the buzz in the air? The last one is like a Pandora’s box – anything can turn up. Keep your eyes and eyes open.
  • Was the Safari eventful? Yes? YES! Share your experiences with each other and us. Let us know how you felt when you first encountered the rhino or the ape, how the trip changed your perspective about something, you favorite moments. For those who want our guides to look at their pictures, please feel free to ask for a review. We’d be glad to help!
  • Another last is coming up – the cultural show! This one promises to be bigger and better than the others.
  • Dinner shall be soon served.

Day 6 – Departure from Kaziranga

  • After an exciting five days at Kaziranga, we wake up for our last breakfast at the park. Let’s say our goodbyes. We hope you’ve had an excellent stay and go back with tons of memories. It’s time to leave for Guwahati.
  • We will stop over for lunch sometime in noon. (Please note that the lunch is not included in the tour fare.)

 


Cost

For Indian Nationals:  INR 23800/- per person(Twin sharing basis) For Foreign Nationals: Kindly mail us at munishkhanna@hotmail.com

Terms & Conditions

Inclusions:

  • Twin sharing accommodation in comfortable rooms at resorts.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the tour.
  • All Ground transfers.
  • Camera fees(still)
  • All Jungle safaris, Elephant safari, Forest fees.
  • All applicable taxes.

Exclusions:

  • Alcoholic & Non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Video Permits/fees (if any).
  • Tips and Gratuities.
  • Laundry Bills, Telephone Charges, Internet Charges, Other items of personal nature.
  • Anything that is not included in the Inclusions list.

Cancellation Fees:

  • 60 to 90 days before the trip: 25%
  • 30 to 59 days before the trip: 50%
  • 14 to 29 days before the trip: 75%
  • 4   to 14 days before the trip: 90%
  • 1 to 3 days before the trip: 100%

 

  • Participants who have a medical history of blood pressure, heart-related problems or asthma are advised to seek medical advice before enrolling for this Tour.
  • Wild Nest Travel & Photography shall not be responsible for injuries, damages, or losses caused to any traveler in connection with terrorist activities, social or labor unrest, mechanical or construction failures or difficulties, diseases, local laws, climatic conditions, abnormal conditions or developments, or any other actions, omissions, or conditions outside the travel partner's control.
  • All participants travelling with Wild Nest will be required to complete a Trip Registration Form agreeing to all the Terms & conditions as listed.
  • If Wild Nest cancels the trip for any unforeseen reason, you will get a 100% refund.

Who can join us?

Anyone interested in nature, wildlife, photography, people who love travelling or looking just for an adventure can join us. It can be group of people or individual travelers.  

I am an amateur photographer. How will this trip benefit me?

Photography enthusiasts will have immense benefit from this trip as we conduct various sessions during the trip covering various aspects of photography such as basics of photography (exploring your DSLR/compact system camera, composition, aperture, ISO, Shutter speed, focusing), understanding other equipment such as binoculars, tripod, beanbag, post processing, reviewing images and providing one-on-one tips for photography.  

What does this trip offer me apart from photography?

An experience that you will cherish for your life. Apart from photography, a complete know-how of the forest which you are visiting, information about the local fauna and flora, their habitat and behavior, interactive discussions with local naturalists and fun-filled adventure with the Wildnest team member accompanying you who will ensure your comfort in each and every possible way.  

How many participants can we expect with us in the group?

We take only small groups as to ensure the quality of the trip as our focus is on complete personalized one-on-one interaction from start to finish and therefore we personally take each tour as your expert guide and companion.  

How many participants will be sharing a vehicle during the safari?

Maximum four people apart from the Wildnest team member, the driver and the mandatory forest guide will be seated in a vehicle to ensure enough space for comfortable photography.  

How are your tours different from other tours?

Our aim is to enhance your wildlife experience by giving as much information as possible. We recognize that different people have different needs and interests and may range from photography, birding, animals, local flora and fauna to local customs etc. Together, we try to understand that need, develop it further by giving technical knowhow, holding discussions amongst ourselves and with other experts in the field. Our focus is on complete one-on-one interaction and our expert team member accompanies you throughout to make it a memorable and fun-filled experience for you.  

Does this trip provide value for money?

Your comfort is our first priority. We aim to provide you the best facilities at the most competitive price be it accommodation, safaris, ground transfers, meals etc. Factors such as four participants instead of six in a vehicle to ensure better space for photography & observation and more number of safaris increases the cost but are necessary to enhance your experience and get maximum out of the trip.  

What all is included in this trip? What is excluded?

Inclusions:

  •  Twin sharing accommodation in comfortable rooms at resorts.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the tour.
  • Bottled drinking water throughout the trip.
  • All Ground transfers.
  • Camera fees(still)
  • All Jungle safaris, Forest fees.
  • All applicable taxes.

Exclusions:

  • Alcoholic & Non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Video Permits/fees (if any).
  • Tips and Gratuities.
  • Laundry Bills, Telephone Charges, Internet Charges, Other items of personal nature.
  • Anything that is not included in the Inclusions list.

 

How much time do we spend in the safaris?

It varies from jungle to jungle. Generally there are two safaris- morning and evening. Morning safari usually lasts for two to four hours whereas evening safari usually lasts for two to three hours before sunset. [/tab] [tab title="Join us"]

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