Wild West – Wildlife Photography Tour of Kutch

Wildlife Photography Tour of Kutch - December 23-27, 2017

This tour is SOLD OUT! You could also join us on our popular Tal Chapar Photography Tour on November 23-26, 2017.

  • Pink hues of flamingos, flocks of cranes taking off, mighty eagles waiting for the meal of the day, pelicans with their large beaks swimming gracefully with the much smaller ducks, harriers flying gracefully over the grasslands, herds of Wild Asses running in the vast desert, and foxes scuttling away with food for their playful kids. Welcome to India’s Western-most wilderness – Rann of Kutch. Photograph the various habitats of Little Rann of Kutch that offer almost endless opportunities to watch and photograph wildlife.

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  • Tour Dates: Dec 23-27, 2017


    Tour Price: ₹34,450/-


    Max. Group Size: 8


Overview

The Rann of Kutch are India’s Western-most wildernesses. During the dry months of winter and summer, the cracked earth shows up in one of the most evenly flat and dry landscapes on earth. In fact, it is so flat that you can see the horizon all around you in the Rann!

There is one more secret this desert holds. In winter, many birds migrating from Europe and Central Asia make this beautiful place their home. The water bodies dotting the borders of the Rann are painted pink and white by Flamingos, Ducks, Geese and Pelicans. Magnificent raptors – eagles, harriers, buzzards and falcons – are often encountered. The wide-eyed Short-eared Owls are wonderfully camouflaged in the scrub. Flocks of Common and Demoiselle Cranes fill the sky at dawn and dusk. The visibly arid deserts of the Rann are home to the rare Greater Hoopoe-lark. Many rarities and endangered birds are also seen here, including Sociable Lapwing, Macqueen’s Bustard, Pallid Scops-Owl, Merlin, Desert Courser and Greater Hoopoe-lark.

It’s not just the birds that are of interest here. Herds of the Gudkhur (or Indian Wild Ass) – the beautiful sandy coated animal – can be seen foraging in the grasslands around the Little Rann of Kutch. In fact, this is the only place on earth where these magnificent mammals are found. Desert Foxes, Indian Foxes and Jackals are often encountered on drives early in the morning and late in the evenings, as are Jungle Cats and Desert Cats. And the sunsets here add a golden touch to the long days out in the field photographing the wildlife of India’s Wild West!

Itinerary


Day 1 – Dec 23: We reach Ahmedabad and drive to the land of the Indian Wild Ass – Little Rann of Kutch. After lunch, we have an introduction and orientation session on Little Rann of Kutch. It’s now time to head out on our first foray into the Rann. With the light slowly turning golden, we’ll explore the Rann for wildlife that are enjoying the last rays of warmth. As the sun goes down the horizon, we return to our resort for a sumptuous dinner. The mentor will review your photographs and advise you on the tips and tricks to make the best of the next 3 days.

Day 2 to 4 – Dec 24 to 26: The days begin early, as we leave the resort before daybreak. The aim would be to reach the Rann as the golden rays start emerging on the horizon.  We’ll explore different areas of the Rann on different days, aimed at covering all the habitats here. Depending on our excursion for the morning, we’ll either carry packed breakfast with us or return to the resort for breakfast.

Around lunch, we’ll spend some time reviewing photographs or going over sessions on wildlife photography.

During the evening safaris, we’ll try out different photography techniques like photographing silhouettes of the Asiatic Wild Ass. It is also a great time to see harriers as they settle down on the open Rann to roost.

Day 5 – Dec 27: After the excitement, it is now time to bid goodbye to the wonderful place that is Kutch. We head to Ahmedabad after breakfast from where we’ll take our respective modes of transport back home. The memories will linger on in the many photographs that we’d have captured during this time, along with friends that we’d have made on the journey and the adventures we’d share with them.

In addition to the above, the accompanying Darter Photography Expert would help you with:

  • On-field assistance during the safaris from a photography as well as a naturalist’s perspective
  • Sessions on photography that would help you get good photographs during the tour
  • Photography review sessions to give you feedback on your photographs

Please note that the itinerary above is subject to fair weather and other factors. Darter Photography reserved the right to make  changes to the above itinerary at any point of time.

Is This Tour For You?

Wild West is designed for photographers of all levels of expertise – amateur and serious – who would like to photograph the wildlife of Little Rann of Kutch. As in all our tours, the group size would be limited so that the Darter Photography Expert can interact closely with every participant.

Wildlife enthusiasts who are not photographers, but are keen to see and experience Kutch, are also welcome to join this group. This extensive trip, covering most of the habitats in Kutch, will keep you enthralled from start to finish.

Our tour is designed in such a way that we

  • work closely with every photographer
  • help beginners understand the basic nuances of photography and get beautiful images
  • facilitate expert photographers to visit and capture the various habitats of Kutch, assisting them further when necessary
  • allow wildlife enthusiasts to explore the biodiversity of Kutch.

Tour Cost

The cost of the Wild West tour is Rs.34,450 per person (inclusive of all taxes).


The cost includes

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis at Little Rann of Kutch
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on all days starting with lunch on Day 1 and ending with breakfast on Day 5
  • 7 Safaris in Little Rann of Kutch
  • Forest entry and still camera fees
  • Photography sessions, on-field assistance and image reviews
  • All applicable taxes

The cost does not include

  • Transport from your location to Zainabad (location of resort at Little Rann of Kutch) and back. We’ll facilitate cab-pooling from Ahmedabad to Zainabad and back.
  • Additional beverages, snacks and mineral water ordered at the resort
  • Medical costs
  • Tips and other expenses not mentioned in the includes list above

Please note that the above is subject to favorable weather and other conditions. In case of any obstacles, we will do our best to make alternate plans. The cost of the tour or any part of it will not be refunded in the event of unfavourable conditions during the tour days.

Join This Tour

To register for the tour or for more details, please email us at register@darter.in or call us at +91-9740083260 (Shreeram M V) / +91-9880006460 (Arun Bhat).

Alternatively, you could fill in the form at the end of this page and we’ll get in touch with you.

Photography Expert

Shreeram M V

 Shreeram is a professional wildlife photographer and passionate naturalist. He has photographed wildlife across multiple habitats across India, including rainforests, high-altitude deserts, grasslands, coasts, islands and deciduous forests. His approach to wildlife photography is to bring back photographs that tell stories – about the place and its habitats, the diversity of flora and fauna and human interactions with the wilderness. He’s an avid birder and bird photographer, and has been partial to India’s grasslands and desert eco-systems.

Shreeram has visited both Little and Greater Rann of Kutch many times. His understanding of the place and its natural history is immense. Wildlife photography enthusiasts who have travelled with him in the past have always been enthralled by the magnificence of Kutch, the long bird lists (averaging around 175 species of birds on tours) and the personal attention that he gives to every participant to ensure that they end the year with a bang!

See his photographs at Visual Quotient

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Registration Details

Contact us at the email/numbers below to book the tour.

email: photography@darter.in

Tel: +91-98800 06460 (Arun) / +91-97400 83260 (Shreeram)

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