Wildlife & Bird Photography tour to Hampi & Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary

About Hampi Wildlife Tour :
The UNESCO world heritage site of Hampi town is also a hidden treasure for some rare, endemic and endangered wildlife along with the heriatge monuments. For years this graslass and scubland habitiat had been out of sight from bird watchers and wildlife photographers until it caught the limelight for sloth bear photography throgh a photography hide and regular close distance photography of some key bird species. The bird species like yellow throated bulbul, white browed bulbul, painted francolin, painted spurfowl, sirkeer malkoha, blue faced malkoha, blue rock thrush, grey naked bunting, Indian eagle owl are always high on a birdwatcher’s list and wildlife photographers list, however there are hardly any places that provide a great upclose photography opportunities of these wonders. Hampi is certainly a place if these key species along with 50+ other grassland birds and hide photography of sloth bears can be accompanied! Cherry on the cake can be sighting of rare smooth coated otters swimming and fishing on the baks of reservoirs in Hampi. Join in for this one of a kind expedition where we unfold the natural wonders of this heritage city and you will surely be rewarded with experience of a lifetime.

Photo credit: Mr. Malemath

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  1. OUTING DATES

    Batch 01 : 3rd – 5th January 2020 

  2. SHORT INFORMATION

    Category : Wildlife
    Type : Wildlife Photography Tour

    Duration : 2 Nights / 3 Days

    Travel Suggestions :
    Mumbai/Pune to Hospet :
    Multiaxel AC Volvo bus reaching Hospet before 8 am

    Hospet to Mumbai/Pune :
    Multiaxel AC Volvo bus departing Hospet after 5 pm

  3. ITINERARY

    Day 0 :
    Overnight Journey towards Hospet.

    Day 1 :
    Assemble at Hospet by 8 am. We will travel by road to Hampi and shall take breakfast en route. We should reach our homely bungalow stay at around 10 am that has a beautiful touch of authentic countryside life. After room allocation and freshening up we will have a small orientation session about the terrain, species and how next days will be like. The first session of the tour will take you to the mesmerizing landscapes of Hampi to observe and photograph bird frenzy. As the golden evening light starts to set in we will focus on spotting and photographing a variety of bird with focus on our key species. Late evening return back to our stay. Dinner followed by discussion of today’s sightings and lights off.

    Day 2 :
    The day begins early as we prepare ourselves to head to second bird-watching session before the early morning light hits the Hampi rocks. We will be scouting vast distances to spot and photograph raptors like harriers and eagle owls. Early morning is an ideal time to find birds while most of them are in feeding or hunting mood. Post session, back at base for lunch we will discuss the outcome, learning and challenges of previous two sessions.

    This evening is a special treat to any wildlifer. Post lunch we shall get transferred to the photography hides and settle down with our gears awaiting the subject to appear. This particular hide is created keeping in mind the objective to observe and photograph the sloth bears from close distances which is the prime attraction of Hampi and Daroji sloth bear sanctuary. Every afternoon to evening sloth bears visit this area in search of their food and the unique topography makes the overall set up as the best one to capture sloth bears at an eye level without disturbing the animal. Along with sloth bears chances of mongooses, foxes and key bird species are high here.

    Note: Admission to Daroji sanctuary core area and sloth bear photography hides is subject to permission received on that very day from forest department. We shall try our best to get the permissions on any of the 3 days and our success ratio is 99.9% so far. In case of non permisison we shall continue with bird photography in various areas

    Day 3 :
    Early morning wake up and a head out for our fourth birding session and try to make the most of this last day of the trip. We may checkout rooms post breakfast however our cars are going to be with us throughout the day and wildlife photography shall continue till 4 pm. We may dedicate a few hours from this session to track, observe and photograph the Indian eagle owl in rocky terain or Smooth coated otters along with migratory birds in nearby reservoirs.

    Around 4 pm head back to Hospet with amazing memories, experience, stories. Reach Hospete by 5 pm to start our return journey.

    Tour concludes with Happy memories 😀

    NOTE :
    1. Wildlife sighting is a matter of luck, so enjoy the overall forest as a whole with all mammals and birds you sight during the tour.
    2. Pricing might increase at the last minute if there are any changes made in fee structure by Forest department.
    3. Batch Size 6 travellers + 1 leader

  4. PRICE

    Tour Price : Rs.19,700/- per person + Tax as applicable
    For Lifetime Members : Rs.19,200/- per member + Tax as applicable

    For Lifetime Membership details (Rs.1000/- Only), Click Here 

    Discounts :
    Group Discounts : For booking of 4 or more travellers : Rs.1000/- off per person on the tour amount.

    Inclusions:
    1. Transfers from Hospet to Hospet in private vehicle
    2. Accommodation on Twin sharing basis at Hampi with hot-cold running water & western closet – Homestay / Bunglalow accommodation
    3. All Veg meals for 3 Days (Day 1 Breakfast to Day 3 Lunch)
    4. Total 04 Wildlife Watching and Photography Sessions in private cars or with maximum 4 participants per vehicle for better photography opportunities. Every participant will be given a separate window for photography.
    5. Permits and Forest Department Entry charges wherever applicable are inclusive
    6. Services of an expert naturalist from Mumbai Travellers team
    7. Services of a local wildlife expert

    Exclusions:
    1. Air/Train/Bus Tickets to and fro Hospet / Hampi
    2. Camera fees if any
    3. Beverages, personal orders, laundry etc
    4. Personal Expenses, camera fees, tips and gratuities
    5. Anything other than mentioned above
    6. Taxes as applicable

    Cancellation & Refund Policy :

    • If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 90 days of Tour/Event/Activity 80% of total price will be refunded.
    • If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 60 days of Tour/Event/Activity 60% of total price will be refunded.
    • If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 30 days of Tour/Event/Activity 40% of total price will be refunded.
    • If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 15 days of Tour/Event/Activity 20% of total price will be refunded
    • If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 14 days or less of Tour/Event/Activity No refund will be provided.
  5. THINGS TO CARRY

    1. Poncho / Raincoat / Jacket (as per season).
    2. Umbrella (as per season)
    3. Torch (optional)
    4. ID Cards Compulsory

    Some Do’s :

    * Carry clothes according to the season of the visit. Carry clothes that will help you camouflage with the surroundings.
    * Always carry Original Identity Proof.
    * Carry a fragrance-free Sunscreen.
    * Always keep your phone on silent or airplane mode when entering forest.
    * Cover your face with a scarf to protect it from dust.
    * Also carry extra batteries, memory cards for cameras and cover it to protect the camera from dust,rain etc.
    * Always remain calm and composed when any sighting takes place.
    * Your guide/mentor and locals know the area inside the forest better than anyone, so do cooperate with them.
    * Do follow strict timing as given by your team leader to avoid delay in any activities as safaris are group events.
    * Always respect your local guide/driver and their knowledge about the forest during an safari.
    * For herping/monsoon wildlife tours, always carry wind-cheaters, proper clothing and shoes, water-proof bags. Also get rain proof covers for your cameras/binoculars etc.

    Some Don’ts:

    * Do not litter in forest and surrounding areas
    * Do not throw anything out of the gypsy.
    * Don’t yell,scream or wave at the animals.
    * Do not wear brightly colored clothes or apply any kind of perfumes or deodorant
    * Never feed any animals
    * Do not play any loud music in vicinity of the forest area.
    * No one is allowed to get down from the gypsy inside the forest.
    * Do not argue with any person like forest guards, guides, locals or even travellers from another gypsy during the safari.

  6. FAQS

    FAQ’s For WILDLIFE SAFARI:

    1. How many people will be there in Gypsy for a safari tour?
    – All wildlife safaris will have 6 pax in one gypsy (Unless otherwise mentioned particularly regarding 4 or 3 sharing)

    2. Can I get a Safari on 4 sharing basis?
    – Definitely yes, but it will be on extra cost and you need to inform us well in advance.

    3. What is the Child policy for Wildlife Safaris?
    – A child above 05 years of age is considered as an adult for any safari permit all over India. Children below 05 years of age exempted from any safari costs and can travel free of charge.

    4. Are Wildlife Safaris safe?
    – Absolutely! Even if all the safaris are carried out in an open gypsy, there is hardly any danger from wildlife when travellers are siting inside the vehicle. Plus on every safari we would have a Forest guide with us along with the gypsy driver and our expert who will help out if any unwanted situation arises.

    5. What are the safari timings?
    – Safari timings change from season to season in different National Parks depending on the Sunrise and Sunset. Usually a safari lasts for 3-4 hours morning and evening.
    Approximately the timings are:
    Morning: 6.00 am – 10 am
    Afternoon : 3.00 pm – 6 pm

    6. What is a Core zone and Buffer Zone ?
    – A tourism zone in any National Park is divided into two zones: Core Zone and Buffer Zone. Buffer zone lies around the periphery of core forest area. Most of the tourism/safaris takes place in core zone.

    7. What is the best season to do a Wildlife Safari?
    – The wildlife safari season starts from October-June. In Winter, from October to March one can have amazing birding opportunities with some migratory birds along with decent Tiger sightings and other mammals. March to May as the summer approaches one can have good tiger sightings along with other mammalian sightings and birding. So if you are a tiger centric wildlifer, we suggest you do a safari from March-May.

    8. What are chances of Tiger Sightings during the safaris?
    – Tiger sightings are dependent on tracking skills,knowledge of the forest along with luck & chance. Weather conditions also affect tiger sightings. But all our safari tours are well guided with experts and local guides who help track tigers along with other mammals and birds! This has resulted in extremely successful tiger sighting ratio for us compared to others. We also focus on overall biodiversity and hence we ensure that you take back some unique experiences with you if not tiger sightings!

    9. Why does one has to book Wildlife Tours in advance?
    – The safari permit booking starts 120 days before the actual travel date and this is governed by forest department. Plus there are limited number of gypsies that are allowed to enter each gate during every safari session. Hence securing your safari booking before others grab it is very crucial and needs to be done at the earliest.

    10. What kind of facilities will be available at the destination we are travelling to?
    – Though we are taking you to wilderness places away from luxury, we have ensured that you will get at least all the required basic comforts during the tour. Our resorts in all the wildlife safaris tours are Deluxe Category; comfortable and homely. All resorts are equipped with all amenities like comfortable bedding, hot/cold water, western toiletries, A/C facilities, laundry on request, doctor on call, mineral water, generator backup etc. Along with this, Veg-Non veg meals will be available in buffet style. Jain food provision, Wifi connection and Television is also available at most of the places.

    11. What are the camera charges for safaris?
    – Some National parks forest permit charge extra camera fees to the travellers who are carrying high-end cameras with telephoto lenses or video cameras for photography and videography. Rules are different for different forests. Eg: In Tadoba : A camera with lens of 250 mm and above is charged Rs.200 per safari.

    12. I am not a professional photographer or frequent wildlifer…can i still enroll for safari tour?
    – Yes,why not?? Every nature lover is welcomed on a safari tour! We feel every traveller must do a wildlife safari at least once in his lifetime! Its an experience that every individual must take in especially when India has such a rich biodiversity and Tiger is our national animal.

    13. What are photography opportunities for someone who is keen on wildlife photography and will he/she get guidance for the same?
    – All our safari tours are balanced providing ample opportunities for wildlife photography. It not only focuses on tigers but also on other mammalian species, birds, reptiles along with capturing beautiful Landscapes and natural beauty. Our experts also help the participants with guidance and tips for wildlife photography.

    14. What will the climate/weather be like in/around the park we will travel to?
    – The weather differs from region to region. Winters are usually cool with temperature ranging from 8-20 degrees while Summers are hot and dry with temperatures ranging from 25-45 degrees.

    Some Do’s :

    * Carry clothes according to the season of the visit. Carry clothes that will help you camouflage with the surroundings.
    * Always carry original identity proof.
    * Carry a fragrance-free Sunscreen.
    * Always keep your phone on silent or airplane mode when entering forest.
    * Cover your face with a scarf to protect it from dust.
    * Also carry extra batteries, memory cards for camera and cover it to protect the camera from dust,rain etc.
    * Always remain calm and composed when any sighting takes place. Remember patience is the only key.
    * Your guide/mentor and locals know the area inside the forest better than anyone, so do co-operate with them.
    * Do follow strict timings as given by your team leader to avoid delay in any activities as safaris are group events.
    * Always respect your local guide/driver and their knowledge about the forest during an safari.
    * For herping/monsoon wildlife tours, always carry wind-cheaters, proper clothing and shoes, water-proof bags. Also get rain proof covers for your cameras/binoculars etc.

    Some Don’ts :

    * Do not litter in forest and surrounding areas.
    * Do not throw anything out of the gypsy.
    * Do not yell, scream or wave at the animals.
    * Do not wear brightly colored clothes or apply any kind of perfumes or deodorants.
    * Never feed any animals.
    * Do not play any loud music in vicinity of the forest area.
    * No one is allowed to get down from the gypsy inside the forest.
    * Do not argue with any person like forest guards, guides, locals or even travellers from another gypsy during the safari.

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