Experience old world luxury as you explore India in search of the magnificent Bengal Tiger.
India is rich in photographic opportunities. Create memories that will last a lifetime as you set out to photograph the elusive – and endangered – Bengal Tiger.
With fewer than 2,500 Bengal Tigers left in the wild, finding and photographing the largest of the cats extremely exciting. While the Bengal Tiger is the main target species for this safari, India’s rich biodiversity makes it one of the finest places to photography birds and wildlife such as leopards, sloth bears, nilgais and wild peafowl.
This exclusive safari is based in absolute comfort and style. At the end of each day, return to our luxury tented camp and experience safari that takes you back in time to colonial days where sharing stories around the fire and a cold gin & tonic rounds off a fantastic day.
Every Five Zero tiger safari can be fully customized – from group size to dates and duration. For those looking to extend your stay in India, we have several options to enhance your experience. Let FiveZero help you design your dream vacation.
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Photos from previous safaris. Click to view at full-size.
Itinerary for The Tiger Safari in India
Day 1: Arrive in New Delhi
Upon arrival at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, a driver will bring you to the train station, where a lodge representative will accompany you to Ranthambore. Enjoy the journey and the views out the train windows from the comfort of a private, air-conditioned, first-class carriage. Once the train pulls in to Ranthambore station, a lodge vehicle will be waiting to take you to the luxury resort.
Following a late dinner, retire to your private, air-conditioned tent with draped canopies.
Days 2 – 7
Once the hunting ground of the Maharajah of Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1955. It has the largest population of Bengal Tigers, which is more visible and stable today due to conservation efforts and the launch of Project Tiger in 1973. We’ll set out on our morning safari in open gypsy jeeps searching for the magnificent tigers, as well as the wide variety of other wildlife that also live in the reserve. Afternoon safari’s are spent searching the forests for signs of the great cats, and, with a bit of luck, a sloth bear.
Immerse yourself in the natural and cultural surrounds of the lodge with one of the many activities available to guests. Enjoy a trek to the famous 1000 year-old Ranthambore fort overlooking the Tiger Reserve. The fort lies within the Ranthambore National Park, the former hunting grounds of the Maharajahs of Jaipur before Indian independence. Explore this ancient fort and, standing at a height of 215m, enjoy the sweeping views of the valley and jungles below. Head into the village and visit a ladies centre to see some wonderful handmade tapestry work and the opportunity to buy some souvenirs. Or, take a dip in the camp’s step-well, or bawadi. Situated within a thick canopy of trees and lined with natural sandstone, the stepwell blends into the natural setting creating a serene space.
Each night, we’ll meet for pre-dinner cocktails/drinks before continuing on to dinner. Indulge in freshly prepared Indian cuisine and a range of Western dishes made from fresh vegetables and herbs grown in the camp’s organic vegetable garden. The evening often concludes around a roaring outdoor fire where we reminisce on favorite stories from the day.
After a leisurely breakfast, a car will take you to Ranthambore train station where you will board the train back to New Delhi. From New Delhi train station, a chauffer car will bring you to the International Airport in time for your onward flight home.
Please note: The above day-by-day Itinerary is only a guideline. The daily itinerary is weather-dependent and sightings-dependent, it could vary slightly.
Extend Your Stay in India
If you would like to extend your trip, FiveZero can arrange this either before or after the above safari itinerary. Not to miss spots include:
- Tour of New Delhi
- Visit the famous Taj Mahal in Agra and take a tour of Agra’s Red Fort
- Visit the pink city of Jaipur
Highlights from The Tiger Safari in India
This is a customized safari with flexible dates from November to May.
7 nights / 8 days
Award-winning, luxury, tented camp located on the Ranthambore National Park
New Delhi – Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
Number of guests:
Maximum 4, but larger families and groups can be accommodated
All internal transfers
2 scheduled daily exclusive safari excursions
A La Carte:
Customized vacation (holiday) options/holiday extension options
Suggested activities may have additional fee
Recommended camera equipment:
Camera equipment can be rented through FiveZero. For those looking to purchase or bring their own equipment, Kurt Jay Bertels, your photographic safari host, recommends the following equipment for The Tiger Safari in India:
- D-SLR camera body
- Zoom lens Should ideally be no smaller than 300mm
- Wide angle lens 18-55mm or 24-105mm
- Memory cards and spare batteries