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Location

Lakhimpur

Duration

4D/3N

48,000 52,000

48,000₹ 52,000

Overview

3 nights 4 days of Wildlife Photography Masterclass Expedition at Dudhwa National Park. 

DCP Experts

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About The Tour

The terai arc located in the state of Uttar Pradesh is today one of the last remaining pristine tall wet grassland habitats in the upper Gangetic plains near Indo-Nepal border. The vast alluvial plane is probably the last prominent remnant of the Terai ecosystem with its high forest interspersed with grasslands and swamps. The region is home to one of the finest forests in India with an extremely diverse floral and faunal heritage. 

Our expedition aims at exploring Dudhwa National Park(Dudhwa and Sathiyana range) and Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary through gypsy safaris and will give participants a one of a kind opportunity to understand and photograph this unique ecosystem.

Quick Information

Route:

Dudhwa

Start Point:

Dudhwa

Duration:

3 nights 4 days

End Point:

Dudhwa

Inclusions

  • Travel between Lucknow and Dudhwa/Pilibhit by A/C SUV. 

  • Stay at a privately owned wildlife lodge with all meals(APAI) on a twin-sharing basis. 

  • Safaris(6 safaris in various zones of Dudhwa and Kishanpur WLS), camera and guide charges.

  • All park charges, entry fee etc.
  • DCP photography expert for 4 days.

Experts

How To Reach

Nearest Airport is Lucknow airport, Innova or equivalent vehicle can be arranged at an additional cost for convenient pick up and drop. 

Nearest station is Lucknow station, Innova or equivalent vehicle can be arranged at an additional cost for convenient pick up and drop. 

Innova or equivalent vehicle can be arranged at an additional cost for convenient pick up and drop. 

Getting Ready

Things to carry:

1.Two camera bodies, both full frame and/or crop sensor bodies are ok. Telephoto lenses – preferably above 300mm(more the merrier in this case as birds would be most comfortably photographed at 500-600mm) is going to be your primary do it all lens here. A 70-200mm and a 24-70mm or equivalent is going to be your main storytelling lenses. 

2.Carry fully charged batteries for your camera / flash.

3.Carry battery charger. 

4.Carry extra pack of camera batteries. 

5.Carry backup memory cards / HDD storage drives, Laptop. 

6.Carry a bean bag to stabilize your gears while shooting from a safari vehicle. 

7.Carry a big towel / cloth to protect your gear from dust. Carry a big cloth / bandanna / scarf to protect you from the dust. Sun screens are very important.

It is advisable to carry basic first aid along with you, we would be having basic medicines and first aid with us too.

8.Please carry mosquito repellents to keep you protected from mosquito bites.

9.Carry a pair of good binoculars. 

Itinerary

For all outstation participants, we recommend reaching Lucknow on Day 1 before 9 a.m. It will take around 4.5 hours to reach Dudhwa National Park which is about 222 kms from Lucknow. We will be travelling by road and will have refreshments on the way. After reaching our lodge which is located closest to the tourist entry gate, we will have time to have our lunch and prepare for our first safari. The evening safaris start at 2:30 pm and will mark the start of our nature extravaganza. We will be exploring the wild Sal forests of Dudhwa National Park trying to make images of the charismatic habitat and wildlife including the Bengal tiger.

 

After the safari we return to the lodge and have our evening refreshments, discuss the day’s experience and set the tone and expectation. Work on the images made on Day 1 and move for an early dinner.


 

Wake up call at 5:00 a.m. Have your morning tea and get ready for the morning safari, we set out by 6:30 and will be going through the interiors of Dudhwa National Park on the morning safari. You will be having your breakfast inside the park during the safari. 

 

Dudhwa is the first National Park in Uttar Pradesh which lies at the Indo-Nepal border and is a hotbed of rare and elusive faunal diversity including tiger, leopard, greater one-horned rhino, Indian elephant, sloth bear, fishing cat, swamp deer etc. and it is more often than not the ultimate place for making dreamlike images which stand-out in the crowded image space of today. Post safari return to resort and take rest before meeting up to discuss any technical hurdles faced while photographing the subjects encountered. 

 

We will have our lunch at the lodge and set out for the evening safari at Kishanpur wildlife sanctuary, this part of the Dudhwa landscape offers a relatively open forest facilitating great views and this is where most of the big cat sightings happen. Post safari, return to the lodge in the evening and enjoy a bonfire before having dinner.

Spend the evening by joining the group to discuss your experience and you can consult our mentor for any guidance on photography and post-processing. 

Wake up call at 5:00 a.m. Have your morning tea and get ready for the morning safari, we set out by 6:30 and will be going to Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary on the morning safari. You will be having your breakfast inside the forest during the safari. 

 

The Dudhwa landscape boasts of a very diverse avian fauna with the number of recorded species numbering upto 450, the region is home to the rare and endangered Bengal florican and hosts a flurry of migratory birds in its lakes and provide the perfect setting for the avid birder/photographer. Post safari return to resort and take rest before meeting up to discuss any technical hurdles faced while photographing the subjects encountered. 

 

We will have our lunch at the lodge and set out for the evening safari at Dudhwa National Park. The misty landscape of Dudhwa boasts of one of the last remaining large swamps in the country along with dense cane forests and grasslands which many herbivores and carnivores call home. Post safari, return to the lodge in the evening and enjoy a bonfire before having dinner.

Spend the evening by joining the group to discuss your experience and you can consult our mentor for any guidance on photography and post-processing. 

Today is the last day of our trip and it is time to bid adieu to Terai! But not before we have done one last safari at Dudhwa. So, we wake-up by 5:30 a.m and leave for the morning safari by 6:30 a.m. Post safari, return to FRH and have breakfast. We leave for Lucknow airport once we have finished the check-out formalities. Our trip ends here! 

 

Lucknow airport from Dudhwa is located at 222km(4.5 hrs) away.

 

NOTE: The plan is to make the best out of time at hand and we might make little changes as to which range/forest we will be visiting on which day based on the current sightings. For example, there is a new tigress with cubs being sighted at Katerniaghat, if her movement is detected well in advance, we will stay overnight at Katerniaghat FRH and do safaris here to maximise our chances of getting the elusive Terai tiger.

 


Field Learnings

The sole purpose of the trip will be to create images while exploring one of the least photographed wilderness regions of India, the habitats here also give you a glimpse of how the National Parks across the border in Nepal look like. We will concentrate completely on utilising light to our advantage and creating atmospheric and storytelling images from the place which stand the test of time.

Apart from covering the basic techniques like exposure control, auto-focussing, lighting aspects and utilising various shutter speeds to our advantage we will also emphasise on the creative aspect of photography which is painstaking but an extremely satisfying process. 

 

We will also be post-processing our images after shooting every day and black & white image processing will also be covered during the trip. 


Package Cost

Rs 48000 per head inclusive of all taxes
*To know charges for foreign nationals please write to info@dcpexpeditions.com

Cost includes

  1. Accommodation in super deluxe AC room on twin sharing basis in Resort for 3N/4D
  2. Veg and non-veg breakfast, lunch and dinner during the stay
  3. All park charges, entry fee etc.
  4. DCP photography expert for 4 days.
  5. All taxes and service charges

Cost does not include:

  1. Travel costs to Lucknow
  2. All expenses of personal nature- additional meals, bottled water, Soft Drinks, Laundry Charges, Phone Calls etc
  3. Any kind of insurance, Medical or/and Emergency Charges.
  4. Any payable tips and Gratuities to Guide, Driver and hotel staff etc
  5. Anything which is not part of inclusions above

Please take a note that sighting of a Tiger and / or a good photography opportunity to capture it in an ideal frame is a matter of luck. Though the possibility of sighting is high but it can never be guaranteed in the wild.


Map

Dudhwa National Park


Policies

Cancellation policy

  1. All cancellations before 30 days of the event date - 100% credit
  2. All cancellations between 20 - 30 days of the event date - 50% credit
  3. All cancellations within 20 days of the event date - No credit possible

FAQ's

Yes. Please write to info@dcpexpeditions.com as it is subject to availability.



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