Wild Escapes – Kaziranga

Wildlife Photography Tour to Kaziranga

Date

Jan 25 - 29 2022

Location

Kaziranga

Participation Fee

Standard: ₹49000
Single Supplement: ₹15000

Overview

A National Park, A Tiger Reserve, and a World Heritage Site, all rolled into one, Kaziranga is India’s Pride as it houses the largest no of Indian One-Horned Rhinos in the world.
Situated in the North-East Indian state of Assam, it is a sought-after destination for both tourists and wildlife lovers as it falls within the second largest biodiversity hotspot of the world and has a lot to offer in terms of scenic beauty and species count.
In this tour we will be visiting three to four ranges of the National Park on jeep safaris, to capture images of rhinos, tigers, elephants, wild Asiatic water buffaloes, deers, sloth bears, and several other animals and birds (resident and migratory).


Structure

Pre Tour Analysis:
Each registered participant will be requested to submit their landscape / portrait related images. Our panel will analyse each image to see how to guide each individual during the tour to help them enhance their skills.  We will also provide individual feedback to their each submitted image and suggest improvement points.

During the Tour:
Based on the analytical data available with us post “Pre Tour Analysis” we will provide individualized attention to all and ensure they work on their weaknesses and enhance their skills. Evening Gup Shup sessions will be learning oriented and practical tips will be provided based on the mistakes committed by participants during the day.
We shall also have atleast one evening session dedicated to post processing workflow to help them become a complete photographer.

After the tour:
Each participant will be required to submit 3 of his or her best images from the tour. Each image will be analysed and constructive feedback will be provided. Best of the lot will make it to our website and blog; and will be aggressively promoted on FB.

Your Mentors

Himadri Bhuyan

Jassi Oberai

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1, Jan 25: Arrive Guwahati and Transfer to Kaziranga
The participants are expected to arrive at Guwahati by the morning flights so that the team can have lunch in Guwahati itself and move towards Kaziranga. We spend our evening enjoying the welcoming traditional/cultural performances at the hotel and discussing the tour and individual requirements.

Day 2, Jan 26: Eastern Range
We start our safari from the Eastern Range of the NP and do both the safaris at the same range. With the prevalence of both woodland and wetland ecosystem, this range offers photo ops of both birds and animals in abundance. As we end our safari for the day, we are greeted with an amazing sunset across the wide-open wetland in the front and the Karbi Anglong Hills at the backdrop

Day 3 Jan 27: Western and Central Ranges
We start our safari for the day in the Western Range of the NP and exit it just before noon. After lunch, we visit the Central Range of the NP. Grassland ecosystem is widespread in the Western Range and it offers photo ops of mammals more than birds here. The Central Range is a mix of grassland, wetland, and woodland ecosystem and hence offers a good sighting of mammals, birds, and herpeto fauna. As we end our safari for the day, we witness a beautiful sunset beyond the wetland from Daflang Tower.

Day 4 Jan 28: Burhapahar Range / Central Range / Western Range – Transfer to Guwahati
On this last day of the Kaziranga safari, we either visit the Burhapahar Range of the NP or return to the Central Range or Western Range for the early morning views and animal/bird activities. If we are lucky, we get to see the ice-capped peaks of the Arunachal Himalayas as well and that makes for a stunning backdrop in your images, which is possessed by only a few photographers.

After lunch, we leave for Guwahati and stay at the heart of the city overnight.

Day 5 Jan 29: Morning Exploration of City
Depending on the flight timings of the participants, a morning visit to Kamakhya Temple can be arranged. Alternatively, other photo opportunities can be explored depending on the requirements of the participants, before they leave Guwahati.

Tour Ends

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What's Included

• GST @5%
• Twin-sharing accommodation in comfortable rooms
• All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and hot beverages (coffee and tea)
• All safaris and entry fees (5 Safaris in total))

What's not Included

• All Airfare and transfer expenses
• Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals and beverages ordered
• Insurance, laundry and phone calls
• Bottled water and soft drinks
• Alcoholic drinks
• Camera fees if any (participants will be advised of the estimated fees in advance)
• Anything that is not included in the Inclusions list (see above)

Events Terms & Conditions

Though at “Xploring Light” we take extra care in choosing the right team and itinerary to maximize chances of Tiger sighting but we take no guarantees of the same and should not be held responsible in any way for the same.

P.S: It’s our endeavour to make this the best possible trip that it can be, but we would not be liable for delays/cancellations due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Limited seats on first come first serve basis.

All prices and fares are quoted in Indian rupees.. The rates are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, we reserve the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing. Current GST is @5% and is a part of the listed price. Any subsequent change of Tax by Govt. before the final execution of tour resulting in higher price will have to be paid by the participant before the tour commencement.

Terms & Conditions

  • Photographs shot on the tour are properties of the photographers.
  • Photographers abide by the rules and regulations explained by the mentor on the tour and will abide by rules that disallow cameras to be used during specific times of the schedule. (Ex. While another photographer is in action)
  • The Management of Xploring Light has every right to ban and deport participants who do not abide by the rules and respect the models and crew. No refund will be given to participants who will be deported back in such eventuality.
  • Xploring Light shall not be responsible for injuries, damages, or losses caused to any participant 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 our control.
  • All participants attending Wild Escapes – Kaziranga Photo Tour organized and conducted by Xploring Light must complete and sign a reservation form and the “Registration and Disclaimer” form.

Payments, Cancellation and Refunds 

To reserve space on a Xploring Light Group or Private Tour, 50% amount is required at the time of your booking.

You can pay using online payment link on website or ask for account details to make NEFT transfers.

Your reservation may be cancelled if full payment has not been received by the last date specified and communicated.

All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark (standard mail or electronic).

Cancellation deductions will be as per following policy:

 

15% : Between 30 and 45 days from date of departure
50% : Between 7 and 30 days from date of departure
90% : Between 2 and 7 days from the date of departure
100% : NO Refund within 48 hours from date of departure

Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy.

The Tax component will not be refunded.

Leaving a tour in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a tour.

We reserve the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate enrolment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants.

If a tour is cancelled prior to departure, Xploring Light will provide you with a full refund of money paid to us; except in the event that the cancellation is due to a significant event that makes it infeasible to operate the tour as planned, in which case Xploring Light will provide you with a refund and/or credit toward a future Xploring Light’s Tour, Workshop or Private Tour equivalent to the amount paid to us.

All refunds will be processed within 7-10 business days. We strongly suggest travel insurance to protect your investment.
Accommodation booked on your own behalf is excluded from this refund policy.

Responsibility
By registering for an Xploring Light Tour, Workshop, and Private Tour, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants; and they are aware of any associated risks created by field locations, activities and weather; that they agree to follow the instructors’ directions, particularly in matters of personal and group safety, including but not limited to the importance of hydration, need for nutritious snacks, altitude sickness, exhaustion, leave no trace, sunscreen, bug dope, the danger of overhangs, footing, vehicle safety, boat safety, hot air balloon safety, helicopter safety, ferry safety, common-sense safety, respect for others, etc.

Xploring Light and its designated tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a Xploring Light’s Tour. Workshop or Private Tour.

Xploring Light and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants.

Neither Xploring Light, its designated tour operator, nor its tour administrator shall be liable for any air carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non refundable ticket to or from the participant’s Xploring Light’s Tour, Workshop or Private Tour departure city.

Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.

 

Eligibility:
Participants in Xploring Light Tour, Workshop and Private Tour must be 18 or over. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire journey.

Hotel Accommodation
Prices are per person, based on two people sharing with a private bath or shower. In some specific tours like Iceland, Norway, Slovenia, or Faroe Islands, proper hotels are not available as we move interiors and we book cottages which have multiple rooms. These rooms may have varied bed arrangements with some even having bunk beds. In such scenario the bath and/0r shower will be shared by all occupants of the cottage.

Passports, Visas and other Entry/Exit Requirements

All guests including children must be in possession of a machine-readable passport valid for 6 months after their trip return date along with applicable visas. Due to government imposed security/ immigration measures, passport and emergency contact information is required for all guests prior to the start of tour. It is the guest’s sole responsibility to secure and/or pay for any and all visas, reciprocity fees, affidavits, immunizations, etc. that are required to be permitted entry into each destination. In some countries you may be subject to entry (reciprocity) fees and/or departure taxes/ exit fees which will be collected at the airports upon entry/departure by local government authorities. Please note that entry to any country may be refused even if the required information and travel documents are complete. For up-to-date detailed information on travel documents and visas, entry/exit taxes and further information on entry and exit requirements please check with your Travel Agent or local consular services. Obtaining and carrying these documents is your sole responsibility. Xploring Light bear no responsibility for such information and will not be responsible for advising and/or obtaining required travel documentation for any guest, or for any delays, damages, and/or losses including missed portions of your vacation related to improper documentation.

Weather:
We reserve the right to cancel, reschedule or re-route the Xploring Light Tour, Workshop, Private Tour up until last minute, due to inclement or unsafe weather conditions, safety or other uncontrollable circumstances. A full refund of the tour costs will be given. Accommodation booked on your own behalf is excluded from this refund policy.  All refunds will be processed within 7-10 business days.

Travel Insurance:
Xploring Light strongly recommends purchasing travel insurance that protects you and your investment in the event of a sudden emergency before or during your trip and coverage for trip cancellation or interruption, illness, injury, and damage, loss or theft of baggage, as well as emergency assistance.

Important:
The itineraries and staff presented on this website are subject to modification and change by Xploring Light or its designated tour operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent. Xploring Light makes every attempt to provide photographic opportunities during the best possible light, but this is often compromised by daily itineraries and travel schedules. Since the best light is just after Sunrise and just before Sunset when the Sun is low, it is impossible to visit all locations during these limited hours. Xploring Light makes every attempt to instruct throughout the tour. It is important that you arrive with a working knowledge of your cameras settings. Xploring Light does not provide any classroom instruction on the basic camera operation. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek out your mentor when you need help.

Health Requirements:
You must be in good physical and mental health. You must be able to maintain the pace of the group throughout the tour. Any physical condition, diet, or treatment requiring special attention must be reported in writing when you register. Failure to participate in daily activities due to physical or mental health will not result in any refund. For special dietary requirements, we do our best to convey this information to restaurants and food establishments, but communication of these requirements to restaurants and food establishments is ultimately your responsibility.

Xploring Light do not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention must be sought at a local facility, if available, at the guest’s expense. Xploring Light is not responsible or liable for losses or costs incurred due to unavailability of medical services, or medical services obtained while on vacation, or for the quality of the care or services received. Medical care in other countries is not always comparable to care that you may receive in your local area. You are encouraged to purchase medical insurance that will cover you while on vacation. Your regular health insurance benefits may not apply abroad.

In purchasing your photo tour, you attest that you are physically fit for it. If you have concerns, please request additional details about your journey from your Travel Agent or Xploring Light.

Behavior

We are here to provide the best services possible but in doing so we will not tolerate abusive or aggressive behavior from our Guests. We will refuse to deal with and may terminate the photo tour of guests who assault our Company Representatives or who are abusive or aggressive. When you make a booking, you accept responsibility for the proper conduct of all members of your party including yourself during your stay. We reserve the right at any time to terminate the travel arrangements and/or cease to deal with any party member(s) whose behavior, in the reasonable opinion of us or our suppliers, may cause danger, upset, disruption or distress to anyone else or damage to property. Full cancellation charges will apply and no refund will be made. We shall have no obligation to pay compensation or meet any costs or expenses (including but not limited to alternative accommodation and return transportation arrangements) guest may incur as a result of the travel arrangements being terminated.

If you damage the accommodation in which you are staying or any property, you must reimburse the accommodation provider or property owner concerned for the cost of the damage before the end of your stay if the cost has been established by then or as soon as it has been established if later. You must indemnify us for the full amount of any claim (also including legal costs) made against us. Criminal proceedings may be instigated. Xploring Light is not responsible for any costs incurred concerning a guest removed from a guided photo tour or aircraft, ship or train. Guests agree not to hold Xploring Light or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these terms and conditions.

Extended Stays

If you plan to extend your tour either before or after the actual tour dates, it is your sole responsibility to make travel and stay arrangements. Xploring Light does not encourage bookings through us and even if we decide to do, it will be at additional cost payable to us at the time of booking

 

Photography:
We reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any tour or part thereof and to use the resulting photography, videos, or recordings for promotional or commercial use.

By making a reservation on a Xploring Light Tour, Workshop or Private Tour, the participant agrees to allow his/her likeness to be used by Xploring Light, and authorized third parties, and the Tour Operator without compensation to the participant. If the participant prefers that his/her likeness not be used, he/she must notify us in writing prior to departure of the trip.

Copyright in all photographs, video, and related materials created by the participant (“tour Materials”) shall belong to the participant upon creation. The participant grants to Xploring Light a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable license to use any tour Materials provided to Xploring Light and/or the Tour Operator in any media for the following limited purposes: editorial use, promotion of this editorial use and promotion of Xploring Light’s travel programs

 Force Majeure:
Xploring Light will not be liable for any delay in, change to or cancellation of trips due to ‘Force Majeure’. ‘Force Majeure’ means a circumstance beyond the reasonable control of Xploring Light and includes, but is not limited to, war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, industrial or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and strikes.

Other:
Other Terms and Conditions may apply to some tours and will be provided with pre-trip emails or mailings. By registering for a Xploring Light Tour, Workshop or Private Tour, the participant agrees to the Responsibility statement and the Terms and Conditions herein.

* Pls. download the Travel Declaration. Fill, sign and submit it before start of the tour.

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Tour Fees Rs. 42500

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Available Tickets: 100
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FAQ

  • How different are tours and photo tours?
    Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday based on what is hot in that season with almost no inclination to offer you what you would want to see, Photo Tours      are innovative ways to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. All of our photo tours are fun with a loads of learning and knowledge sharing. Moreover, since the group consists of photography enthusiasts only it makes your experience your experience more focused and fun     filled.

 

  • What is the suggested equipment for this tour?
    For wild animals a mid-telephoto lens in the range of 100-400 works best. For birds however you require a longer focal length lenses but a minimum requirement is 100-400 lens. However prime lenses with higher focal lengths like 500mm or 600mm work the best, but we never advise anyone to go for those lenses just for coming on this tour. Camera bodies which work better in low light conditions and which have a crop sensor and high fps are suggested. We always advise to carry a monopod and a bean bag to stabilize your camera to get tack sharp pics. The tracks can be very dusty which can harm your camera, so we strongly suggest a dust bag to keep your gear protected when not in use.

 

  • What are the pre requisites for this tour?
    The only pre-requisites are good health and an avid interest for Wildlife photography.

 

  • I am a rank beginner in photography / I only have a simple point and shoot camera. Can I be a part of this tour?
    Oh yes very much! We always encourage every photography enthusiast whether an experienced photographer or not to attend such organized photo tours.
    Feel free to be a part of this tour and get to take valuable tips home from our skilled team of experts and other participants as well.

 

  • How many participants are expected to share a Room?
    All participants are accommodated in twin-sharing rooms. Single supplements are charged extra. Please enquire with us about your single supplement charges.

 

  • What are the chances of sighting a Tiger?
    Tiger is a wild animal and since we are not visiting a zoo, chances of sighting it will be purely coincidental. We do not have any control over it and do not take guarantees of any kind. We however will be planning to maximize sighting based on some critical movement details of this King.

 

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