Trip report: India Photo Tour (Feb 2018) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Lisle Gwynn. This was a set-departure tour.

India is often touted as one of the top wildlife watching and photography destinations on the planet, and for good reason. For a place that is famed for its sprawling humanity, its wild places and wildlife are unbelievably abundant. Delhi, for example, is known as the ‘birdiest city in the world’ for its birdlife. During this tour we used four different bases to explore a variety of subjects and habitats.

The winding Chambal River, expansive Bharatpur Wetland Reserve, quiet and barely touched Bandhavgah National Park and little-visited Kaziranga National Park all have one thing in common… they take you away from the masses, and show you the real wild India.
We made our way through these four areas, visiting the grand and unmissable Taj Mahal along the way, pointing our cameras at myriad subjects and sampling Indian life along the way. As a Brit, I grew up on Indian food, but 2 weeks in India will change the way you look at it forever… it’s not often a destination’s cuisine could steal the show if you let it, but India is one of those places.

Over the next few pages I present the photographic efforts of Iain Campbell and I during this tour. However, I urge you to bear in mind that the guide is always going to be the one of who brings home the least images. We spend the majority of our time ensuring that you are in the right place, at the right time, with the right settings, to capture moments. Our photos always come last in the list of priorities, often shortly after sourcing the best Masala Chai in the area to sip while shooting. This is a commitment that we all take very seriously. So, please grab your beverage of choice, or order a curry from your local Indian restaurant, and see what can be achieved, as a bare minimum, in India.

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