AMBOLI

Amboli ghats, relatively unexplored and hence quite possibly mystic in its evergreen mossy environs is a place filled with thriving populations of unique flora and fauna. Cradled by the Sahyadri range and surrounded by dense exuberant forests and crystal clear waterfalls, the forest of Amboli is overflowing with plentiful small yet vibrant lives such as frogs, snakes and insects.

This Macro Photography Tour lets you let loose with your macro lens to help create stunningly detailed pictures of the intricate designs and patterns that are seldom obvious to the naked eye but beautifully captured. From endemic species such as the Amboli toad and Amboli bush-frog to the more famous Malabar gliding frogs, Dobson’s burrowing frog and more, we are bound to come across an assortment of these gentle creatures on our Tour. Snakes may include Malabar pit vipers, green vines, bronzeback tree snakes etc..

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3 nights and 3 days exploring the incredible forest of Amboli Ghats
  • 5 walking sessions for macro photography
  • Gives ample opportunities to photograph frogs, lizards, insects and if lucky, snakes.
  • A whole array of other endemic fauna and flora
  • Expert natural-history and photography guidance by photography mentor Sachin Rai

DEPARTURE

Date: July 15th to 18th
Aug 5th to 8th

Mentor: Sachin Rai

TOUR ITINERARY

Please note: This Tour commences at  Amboli on 15 July / 5th August and ends at the same place after breakfast on 18 July / 8th August

Arrive and check-in at the property in Amboli, followed by a mutual introduction and briefing by the skipper about the tour. After a delicious lunch, Sachin will spend time with the participants explaining the dos and dont’s on the walks and will have a detailed session on frogs of Amboli. We will then get ready for the most awaited and exciting activity, the first night walk! To explore the rich biodiversity of Amboli Ghats.

We wake up in the morning, have our breakfast and depart for our morning session. This will be a long session understanding macro photography and how to work with the subjects and background. Amboli provides lot of photo opportunities for a macro photographer.

After a long walk and a productive session, we will come back to the property for lunch and relax for a few hours.

Another the local delicious lunch, we will proceed for our second night walk. The previous days night walk would have helped us understand the night life better and you would soon start spotting subjects on your own. Armed with torch lights, we will be walking in the night looking for anything that will help us understand about the forests and the denizens of the forest and if possible document it too.

We will come back for dinner after yet another productive night walk and call it a night.

Post breakfast, we will walk around to a close by stream to see if we can get some slow shutter speed shots of the stream with some steady subjects. Today, we will repeat what we did the previous day. Equipped with more information and knowledge on how to use lights, angle and depth of field in macro photography, you will be able to spend time practicing and improving your images that you had made the previous day.

We will come back to the property for a hot lunch and then again relax for a few hours before we depart for our last night walk. Our night walks wont necessarily be only about photography, but it will be lot of learning and will sure be educational as well.

We wake up at leisure, have hot breakfast and discuss about the learnings one last time before we leave for our rooms to pack up.

Making new friends and memories we bid adieu to the enchanting ‘Amboli’ until next time.

COST AND TERMS

INR 31500

Individual

Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation

INR 61000

Couples

Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation

INR 29500

Patron

Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation

All prices above are excluding taxes. 5% GST would be applicable.

Patrons: Guests who have travelled with us on at least three photography tours.

Foreign nationals please contact us at contact@sachinrai.com for a quote.

  • Twin-sharing accommodation in comfortable lodges for three nights
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Guide and Photography Skipper services
  • Permits and guide fees
  • Any airfare
  • Camera fees
  • Travel to Amboli and back from your respective place, closest airport or railway station.
  • Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals and beverages ordered
  • Insurance, laundry and phone calls
  • Bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Vaccination, visa and insurance expenses
  • All applicable taxes
  • Anything that is not listed under ‘inclusions’
  • 100% of the Tour fee as booking amount (non-refundable)

All figures per person.

  • 100% of the Tour fee on or after 31st Mar 2021

Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Anybody above the age of 5 (accompanied by an adult) and interested in nature and wildlife photography will enjoy this Tour thoroughly.

Of course! This Tour is meant for newbies as well as experienced photographers. Beginners will get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from the photography mentors. In fact if you are a fresher, you should jump on this great photography learning opportunity and sign up right away!

Since guests of our Tours travel from different parts of the country by different modes (road, rail and air) as per their preferences, it is convenient for the Tour to start from the destination. We will however provide the assistance you need in arranging your pick up and drop.

Since the tour is about walking in the forest (even in the night), it is never easy to commit to sightings. But considering that the photography mentor has travelled there multiple times every year for many years now, his in-depth knowledge of that place will surely help us get good opportunities. Amboli is known to be one of the finest places in India for amphibians and reptiles and for macro photography.

We will try and restrict the group to 8 or 9 participants. This will ensure that everyone will get decent opportunities to make pictures of a subject without disturbing them much.

Absolutely yes! We will be happy to customise this tour for you based on your preferred dates. Kindly write to us and tell us your preferred time of travel and we shall get back to you with a tentative itinerary and quote. This tour can be with or without a photography guide.

BOOK YOUR TOUR

    Dates don’t work for you?

    In case these dates do not work for you and you would wish to travel on your own at your own convenience dates, then do write to us.

    We will customise a tour for you on your preferred dates. This can be with or without a photography guide. We would ensure you have the best drivers, guides and will also suggest properties based on your preference.

    We have close to two decades of experience in the wildlife travel sector and will be able to guide you based on our own experience.