Current Photo Tours 2018/2019 Schedule 

- Galapagos Islands Photo Tour Nov 30th to Dec 11th, 2018

- Macro Workshop January 5th, 2019

- Adobe Lightroom Workshop Jan 14th to Feb 11th, 2019

- Talks with Trekkers Photographers Series  Next Jan 29th, 2019

- Costa Rica Photo Tour February 6th to 15th, 2019

- Bulgaria Photo Tour May 30th to 11th, 2019

- Galapagos Islands Photo Tour June 14th to 25th, 2019

- Our 2019 Tour Brochure available for download


   India Tiger Expedition Photo Tour - 

"India a living heritage"


 Photographing the the Tiger in India 

                 "Incredible India - Incredible Tiger"
 
      Returning to India for another great experience ... this time Trekkers is offering a photo adventure in the wild. Join me as we explore India’s national parks and jungles to photograph the tiger. On this tour we will be exploring Sariska and Ranthambore National Parks. This is the perfect time of year for tiger photography as the jungle floor is drying waiting for the June rains. We will also be photographing at Keoladeo National Park one of the world's most important bird breeding and feeding sanctuaries. 
     No visit to India would be complete with out a touch of culture, as we journey across the country we will be visiting Jaipur, the Taj Majul and the old walled city in Delhi.  I look forward to sharing this tour experience with you.                          

                                                                                                 James Cowie

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Download our India Tiger Expedition Tour Brochure

Your expedition team and how we met ...

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During a warm April morning in Ranthambore National Park in 2012, park naturalist and tiger specialist Daulat Singh, tour guide and naturalist Dinesh Durani, and Trekkers photographer and travel host James Cowie met for morning tea. Their location, the ancient Ranthambore Hunting Lodge. During their time together they discussed creating a multi park trek combining their knowledge of the tiger habitats, best times to locate, visit and photograph, thus creating our Tiger Expedition Photo Tour.  We are pleased to introduce you to our Expedition Team.  - More about the team.


 This tour is sold out with existing group space. You may still request space for this tour and acceptance is based upon us being able to secure reservations. If interested in this tour please contact James Cowie at james@tourcanvacations.com or Padma Rao at Padma@tourcanvacations.com.


 India Tiger Photo Tour - April 29th to May 13th, 2018

Day One: Sunday April 29th, 2018 : Our motor coach departs late afternoon from London with pick-ups offered in Woodstock and enroute to Pearson International airport. Guests from GTA will meet up with the group at the airport. Our Air Canada direct flight to Indira Gandhi International Airport India departs at 10:15 p.m. 

Day Two:  Monday April 30th, 2018: Arrival Delhi, Indira Gandhi International airport.  We will be met by our local host and guide and transfer to our hotel. While in Delhi we will be staying at the Radison Blu Dwarka Hotel. 

Day Three:  Tuesday May 1st, 2018: Breakfast. Welcome to Delhi, India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Amidst the spiraling skyscrapers are remnants of a bygone time with many old monuments standing as reminders to the city’s ancient legacy.  

We will pass through Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. We will visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, then Chandi Chowk, and spend some time photographing the  bustling and colourful market of the old city. Next a visit to Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi. Later in the afternoon we will have a chance to visit President’s House, which was once the Viceroy’s Palace, Parliament House and Secretariat buildings. Late afternoon return to our hotel with time to freshen up before our welcome dinner. Overnight Radison Blu Dwarka (B,D)

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Father and Cub - Ranthambore National Park
 

Day Four:  Wednesday May 2nd, 2018:  Breakfast, check-out and begin our drive to Sariska. Sharp cliffs of hills and narrow valleys of the Aravalis dominate the landscape of Sariska, who’s forest is dry and deciduous. Within the Sariska wildlife sanctuary there are the ruins of the medieval temples of Garh-Rajor, belonging to the 10th and 11th centuries. A 17th century castle on the hilltop at Kankwari, provides a panoramic view of flying Egyptian vultures and eagles. The area was declared a sanctuary in 1955 and became a National Park in 1979. On arrival we will check into our hotel Tiger Heaven and enjoy some time to freshen up prior and relax. This evening a pre safari talk with James and Dinesh and dinner dinner. Two nights Tiger Haven (B,D)

Day Five: Thursday May 3rd, 2018:Early morning departure for our first jungle safari in the park via our private jeeps. Sariska National Park is home to numerous carnivores including Leopards, Wild Dogs, Jungle Cats, Hyena, Jackals, and of course the Tiger. They feed on an abundance of prey species such as Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Chausingha, Wild Boar and Langur. Sariska is also well known for its large population of Rhesus Monkeys, which are found in large numbers around Talvriksh. After our morning drive, we will return to the hotel for breakfast. Then have some time to relax and enjoy our surroundings, lunch and then in the evening we will have another opportunity to photograph the tiger during our 2nd safari of the day.  Dinner after sunset and overnight Tiger Heaven (B,L.D)

 Day Six: Friday May 4th, 2018: Early morning depart for another game drive in Sariska. Mid morning we’ll return to our hotel for breakfast, check-out and begin our journey to Ranthambore. Ranthambore National Park. Ranthambore was once the hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The tiger is of course is our main attraction at Ranthambore; the national park also offers up numerous species of birds and other animals in the reserve include leopards, caracals, hyenas, jackals, jungle cats, marsh crocodiles, wild boars, bears and various species of deer. Check-in, time to freshen up from our drive and relax. The next 4 nights we will be staying at the Tigress Hotel (Royal Suites) (B, L, D)

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Herd of camels as we traveled to Ranthambore National Park

Day Seven: Saturday May 5th, 2018: Ranthambore, Early morningproceed for our first jungle safari in Ranthambore National Park. Returning mid morning to our hotel for breakfast, then some leisure time and lunch. Meet for coffee and then again in late afternoon we have another opportunity to see the tiger, during our next safari at Ranthambore, each time we visit the reserve we will visit different regions of this vast park. Overnight Tigress Hotel (Royal Suites) (B, L, D)

Day Eight:  Sunday May 6th, 2018: Once again early morning proceed for our next jungle safari in Ranthambore National Park, returning mid morning to our hotel for breakfast. Later this morning we will have some leisure time and opportunity to review images with James. Late lunch then later in the afternoon meet for coffee and then again head out for another opportunity to see the tiger, during our next safari at Ranthambore. This evening a presentation on the tiger and Ranthambore National Park. Overnight Tigress Hotel (Royal Suites) (B, L, D)

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Elephant ride - Amber Fort, Jaipur
 

Day Nine: Monday May 7th, 2018: Our final early morning game in Ranthambore National Park, returning mid morning to our hotel for breakfast. As with our previous days we will have some leisure time and another opportunity to review images with James. Lunch then late afternoon meet for coffee and head out for our fianl safari and opportunity to photograph the tiger. Return to our hotel for dinner and time to relax and pack up for our Journey to Jaipur on Tuesday. Overnight Tigress Hotel (Royal Suites)(B, L, D)

Day Ten: Tuesday May 8th, 2018: Breakfast, check-out of our hotel. Meet our coach and proceed on our drive to Jaipur the capital city of Rajasthan, also known as the “Pink City”. Jaipur is an abode of extensive boulevard and beautiful gardens. Jaipur was founded by Sawai Jaisingh II, in 1727 AD, but still preserves its glory of rich history and culture. The past comes alive with Jaipur’s impressive forts, majestic palaces and in its royal building which for centuries were the home of royal families. Rajasthani jewelry, art and fabrics maintain an ageless feature and are surely a treasure-trove for visitors. Upon arrival to Jaipur check-in at our hotel freshen up and lunch. This afternoon we will do some urban photography while starting our exploration of Jaipur. Two nights Royal Orchid (B, D) 

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Day Eleven: Wednesday May 9th, 2018: Breakfast then meet in the lobby to travel by coach to the Amber Fort. Here we will ascent to the fort by Elephant or Jeep. This is  the former capital of the Royal Rajputs. Few fail to be moved by the dramatic grandeur of this hilltop fortress-palace  which is located 11-km north of Jaipur. Amber Fort is a photographers paradise set on the dry wrinkled hills, and surrounded by fortified battlements, the palace straddles two sepia-hued tundra hills overlooking Maota Lake. 

This afternoon we will visit the Palace of the Winds, the City Palace and the Solar Observatory, an astronomical treasure house showcasing devices that give accurate predictions to this very day. The unique structures of the City Palace and Observatory will make for an great afternoon of photography. Late this afternoon return to our hotel for dinner. Overnight Royal Orchid (B, L, D)

Day Twelve: Thursday May 10th, 2018: Breakfast, check-out and drive to Bharatpur our drive today is approximately 185 kms and will give us another opportunity to experience and photograph India countryside. Mid afternoon arrival and check-in to our hotel The Birder’s Inn. We will be in Bharatpur for one night. The gardens are beautiful and we will have some time for close-up photography. This afternoon and into evening sunset we will spend time photographing the birds at Keoladeo National Park. As we travel through the park we will ride 3 wheel rickshaws. Keoladeo bird sanctuary and national park has long been recognized as one of the world’s most important bird breeding and feeding grounds. The marshland is a wintering area for aquatic birds, migrating from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia. Overnight Birder’s Inn. (B, D,)

Day Thirteen: Friday May 11th, 2018: Sunrise return visit to Keoladeo National Park for one more opportunity to photograph the birds. Later in the morning we will return to our hotel for breakfast, check-out and begin our drive to Agra. enroute we will visit Fatehpur Sikri the red sandstone fortress. Built by Mughal Emperor Akbar during 1564 A.D. 

Mughal Emperor Akbar had no heir. He visited holy men to enlist their prayers for his son. When he visited Sheikh Salim Chishti who was living at the village of Sikri the saint foretold the emperor that he would be blessed with a son.  When his son was born, he constructed his capital city and named it Fatehpur Sikri. Later, due to shortage of water and unrest in North-West, Akbar has to abandon this city. The beautiful marvel tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti still attract thousands who seek blessings of the revered saint. Other renowned places are Dewane-e-Am, Dewane-e-Khaas, Buland Darwaja, Panch Mahal, Jodha  Bai Palace and Birbal Bhawan. Fatehpur Sikri is about 39 K.M. from Agra.

Upon arrival in Agra we will proceed to our hotel for check-in. Agra is beautifully situated on the banks of river Yamuna. Agra achieved prominence as the capital of Mughal Emperors from the year 1526 to 1628. Sunset opportunities this evening. Overnight Clarks Shiraz Hotel (B, D)

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Star - one of the 44 plus population of tigers in Ranthambore National Park
 
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Moving on - Ranthambore National Park
 

Day Fourteen: Saturday May 12th, 2018: Breakfast then head out for our visit to the Taj Mahal. The symbol of eternal love, which stands on the banks of River Yamuna and was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in the year 1631, in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal took 22 years to complete and is recognized as the “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the masterpieces of the world’s heritage. The Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. The Taj is at it’s most alluring and best to photograph in the relative quiet of early morning, shrouded in mists and the soft red glow of sunrise. Dawn at the Taj Mahal is an unforgettable experience.

We will continue our visit in Agra with opportunity to photograph at the Agra Fort also know as the Red Fort. The city built by Emperor Akbar with palaces and gardens. The crescent shaped fort is enclosed by a 20 meter hight and 2.4 kilometer long outer walls. This is also the palace that the prince held his father (who built the Taj Mahal) captive so he would not continue spending money building another monument.

Later this afternoon we will check-out from our hotel and drive to Delhi. We will check-in to our hotel day rooms near the airport, the Holiday Inn Aerocity for opportunity to change and freshen up before our direct flight back to Canada. Our flight departs shortly after 12:10 a.m. arriving back in Toronto Pearson at 5:05 a.m. 

Day Fifteen: Sunday May 13th, 2018: Arrival at Pearson International Airport at 5:05 a.m. After clearing customs we will bid farewell to our Toronto and region guests and board our motor coach to London. We should arrive in London at approximately 9:00 a.m.

 

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Our India Photo Tour is $5889.00 plus air taxes of $584.32 per person CAD, this is based on double occupancy, single supplement is an additional $1065.00 This tour price is based on air out of Toronto. If departing from another city please contact us for pricing.

Includes:

  • Round trip transfer to Pearson International Airport
  • Departures from London, and Woodstock other pick up point may be requested
  • Round trip direct Air Canada flights Toronto / Delhi / Toronto
  • 12 nights Accommodations while in India
  • Breakfast and Dinner included each day of the tour
  • Lunch  7 days 2 in Sariska & 4 in Ranthambhore
  • Adequate packed bottled drinking water throughout the tour
  • All airport and hotel transfers and porterage at airport and hotels 1 bag per person
  • Luxury air conditioned motor coach and local guide while in India
  • Any local admissions to monuments as mentioned in itinerary
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur (elephants subject to availability)
  • Rickshaw ride on the streets of Old Delhi and at Bird Sanctuary
  • Access to hotel, prior to return flight departure
  • Tour hosted and escorted by photographer James Cowie

** Schedule may vary according to weather and travel conditions.

** Guests must have a valid passport, your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after your return travel date, and a valid India tourist visa for entry. (Visa fee extra)            

Tour Exclusions: Any item not listed on the itinerary, gratuities to India guide or driver, personal insurance coverage, alcoholic beverages, and laundry.


A non refundable deposit of $775 CAD is required at time of booking, balance is due 60 days prior to departure.  Tourcan Vacations recommends the purchase of travel and health insurance as tour takes us out of the country.


 Booking space for this tour may be done online by clicking on the registration link below.

Questions please contact:

James Cowie by email:  jcowie@tourcanvacations.com
                          phone: 1-416-391-0334 ext. 2688
                                      1-800-263-2995 ext. 2688
 
Padma Rao by email:    padma@tourcanvacations.com
                          phone: 1-416-391-0334 ext. 2672
                                      1-800-263-2995 ext. 2672
 

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