Formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, the Keoladeo National Park is recognized as one of the world’s most important bird breeding and feeding grounds. It originated as a royal hunting reserve during the 1850s and was a game reserve for Maharajas and the British. In fact, Lord Linlithgow, Viceroy of India from 1936 to 1943, shot over thousands of ducks with his hunting party in a single day! In 1982, Keoladeo was declared a national park and then later listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO 1985. The park is home to over 370 species of birds and animals such as the basking python, painted storks, deer, nilgai, and more. Noted Indian ornithologist and naturalist Salim Ali used his influence to garner government support to create Keoladeo National Park. It was also known as the breeding ground for the rare and elusive to spot Siberian crane. Keoladeo National Park offers well-defined treks which can be covered on either foot or cycle or rickshaws. In fact, the park management has trained the rickshaw pullers in bird watching and they make for extremely knowledgeable guides.
A magical morning from Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
Keoladeo National Park is a perfect place for practicing bird photography, action photography, and implementing creative experiments. Because of the abundance of subjects you get many opportunities during your visit to do trials and errors. It is heaven for bird enthusiasts. You can just sit silently at any corner of the park and enjoy the flocks of birds around you. Magical dusks & dawns are not to be missed. You get plenty of time with different subjects and Pratik for reviews and suggestions.
In this workshop, I'll teach you the thought process I always have when I go out in nature and take creative pictures. Understand the kind of preparation that is needed to be able to consistently create some fresh perspectives of nature. I will share all my photography learnings from the past 15 years.
So, don't miss your opportunity and join me in India's bird photography heaven !!
* 4 Days/ 3 Nights at an incredible Keoladeo ghana national park.
* 2 full days in the park & 2 half days in the park for photography.
* Gives ample opportunities to photograph birds, mammals, reptiles, etc. in the wild.
* Expert guidance of an award-winning nature photographer Pratik Pradhan.
Reach the hotel in the morning at around 9-11 am. After lunch first small introductory visit to the park.
Enjoy shooting birds at sunsets.
Day 2 & Day 3
Morning 6:30 to Evening 6:30 in the park. full-day photography.
Lunch break in the noon. Packed lunch will be provided inside the park.
In the evening, photography sessions/reviews by Pratik Pradhan.
Morning short visit to the park by breakfast and check out from the hotel.
Depending on your return flight/train booking timings you can wait inside the park for photography.
twin sharing basis
* 4 Days/3 Nights at the magical Keoladeo ghana national park/ Bharatpur bird sanctuary.
* Stay & all meals during the trip.
* Park Entry fees & charges.
* Separate cycle rikshaw for each participant.
* Any airfare / Railway Tickets.
* Camera fees if any.
* 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.
* Anything that is not listed under ‘inclusions’.
Full amount to be paid 60 days prior to the workshop starting date.
50% of the Tour fee between 90-120 days before departure.
75% of the Tour fee between 89-60 days before departure.
100% of the Tour fee between 0-59 days before departure.
(Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for the calculation of the cancellation fees.)
HOW TO REACH HERE
The nearest airport is situated at Agra, which is 56 km from Bharatpur. Delhi is 184 km from Bharatpur. Regular rail services connect Bharatpur with all the major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, and Agra. The Bharatpur railway station is about 5 km from the park/bird sanctuary.
Picture gallery from Keoladeo ghana National Park
DSLR or Mirrorless camera body.
Any telephoto lens above 300mm.
400mm, 500mm, 600mm, and 800mm would be ideal lenses.
wide angle lens.
extra batteries and memory cards are mandatory.
Portable Dehumidifier if you have one.
"I learned from BBC “Planet Erath” about Fan-Throated Lizard, then knew Pratik from the lizards. When I asked Pratik whether he could make an arrangement for both me and my wife to take pictures of Fan-Throated lizards of running and fighting, his answer was positive. He had not only made a good arrangement for our photo tour, but also make us try variety tastes of India food, culture and so on. He tried his best to make arrangement to satisfy us. Our goals to India could not fulfilled without help from him. This was an extraordinary trip for us, the memory will last the rest of our life."
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