HIGHLIGHTS

Hey moms and dads! Make the Summer of 2019 the most memorable one yet, for your kids!!

Introduce your children to India’s wild and natural history. Stoke their curiosity and nudge them toward new experiences. A “roaring” destination for tiger sighting and shooting, Tadoba is the place to be. And May is a great time to catch the top cat scouting for its meal and drink, as the summer heat coaxes it out of its confines.

This tiger-centric trip balances fun and games with lessons about nature, amidst pristine settings. Wildlife-themed games will keep them enthused and engaged in the resort. While creative sessions will give them a chance to express their experiences in pictures and words. The icing on the cake? Photography lessons from Sudhir to give them a strong foundation to build upon. Not to forget, a chance to make new friends, a whole bunch of pictures and lots of memories…

*The target age group for kids is 7 to 14 years. But do tell us if your little one or not-so-little one is on either side of this age bracket. If you strongly feel they should tag along, we would be happy to accommodate. For, after all, mom & dad know best!!

Your Tour Buddy: Swaroop Gokhale

Mom of 2 kids and a Post Graduate in Environmental Sciences from the University of Pune, Swaroop adores nature and travel. After completing her Masters, she worked with Bharati Vidyapeeth University as an Education Officer. Her job role involved extensive travel across Maharashtra and Goa, to spread nature conservation awareness in schools and other institutions.

Swaroop worked in the wildlife travel industry for 3 years before joining SSP. During her stint there, she has conducted tours to a wide range of destinations, Sunderbans being her all-time favourite. She has also lead environmental education workshops for kids of all ages to create awareness about nature and its denizens. As a part of these educational tours she has guided participants to write blogs, articles and poems about the places they visit.

Photography sessions will be conducted by Sudhir Shivaram.

SPOTLIGHTS

Airport/Railhead

The nearest airport is Nagpur. 3-hour drive to Tadoba. Chandrapur Rly Stn is about 1-hour drive.

Ideal Flight Timings

Book your first flight to Nagpur on day 1 of the workshop so that you can reach the resort by lunch time. On last day of the workshop book any flight after 5pm from Nagpur.

Last Mile

We will coordinate with you for your pickup/drop from/to airport/rly station. We generally do car pooling of participants arriving at around same time.

Recommended equipment

Kids and Parents can get any DSLR with a combination of 55-250mm lens or the 100-400 range or the 150-600mm lens. You are also welcome to get the long tele photo lens like 500mm or 600mm.

Duration/Stay

3 nights/ 4 days @ The Pugmark Jungle Lodge, Moharli Gate, Tadoba

Check-in/Check-out

Check-in: Anytime post noon on day 1 of the workshop and Check-out after morning safari on last day of the workshop.

Safari

Total safaris - 4. The morning safari is at 5:30am to 10:00am and evening safari is from 3pm to 7:00pm.

Weather/Temperature

Max temp: 45°C and Min temp: 30°C.

Key Subjects

The key species we can sight during the workshop are Tigers, Sloth Bear, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Wild Pig and some common bird species.

Things to Carry

You can get Camera-lens, binoculars, bird book and essential medicines.

“For in the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.”
– Baba Dioum

This thought moved us so much that we had to act on it. And we realised that the last line melded beautifully with our philosophy – “for the love of learning.” We then rethought our most popular photography tours and redesigned them to be kid-centric. These specially curated tours, in the lap of nature, are a great way to engage, enthuse and empower kids toward the conservation cause.

With a focus on experiential learning, we have planned the activities to ensure a mix of indoor-outdoor, theoretical-hands-on, group-individual exercises. Children will be encouraged to discover newer dimensions and facets to their abilities and personalities. The jungle will act as the perfect backdrop as they pick up the rudiments of photography, look up the right words for their blogs and along the way make new friends and merry memories.

These early experiences will stay with our children to make them more sensitive and responsible while sparking their interest in nature and wildlife conservation. The photography and blogging angle to these tours will further excite them and in the process, give them powerful tools for self-expression. And who knows, present a very attractive career option in the years to come!

SSP KIDS’ WORKSHOP VALUE SYSTEM

– To build awareness about our natural resources and wildlife
– To treat nature with respect and dignity
– To take fierce pride in our planet’s biodiversity
– To thank the earth back via efforts to protect and conserve nature/wildlife
– To strive to tread softly on this earth – focus on eco-friendly choices
– To practise ethical aspects of wildlife photography

OUR USP

– Experiential learning
– Unique blend of indoor-outdoor activities
– A perfect mix of theoretical and hands-on sessions
– Well-designed group and individual exercises
– Powerful tools of self-expression – photography and blogging

KIDS’ WORKSHOP KEY TAKEAWAYS

Wild encounters – the safari experience
Nature nurture – a peek into the natural world – introduction to tree/bird/animal species
Photo op – photography as a form of self-expression
Blog on – pen down experiences, encounters, emotions
Fun games – to foster team-building
– A chance to have photos and blogs featured on sudhirshivaramphotography.com and possibly in print magazines too.
– Certificate of participation – a keepsake of all the fun had!

Here’s a glimpse of the kids experience from our previous workshops:

1. Indoor and outdoor photography sessions at the resort:

2. Safari experience:

3. Creative Sessions:

4. The fun part:

Do get in touch with us if you and your family want to be part of this experience.

Sun 28 April, 2019

  • Arrive and check in to The Pugmark Jungle Lodge
  • 7:30pm to 8:30pm : Welcome & Introduction
  • Agenda briefing
  • Post 8:30pm : Socialize over dinner and lights out
  • Mon 29 April, 2019

  • Wakeup call at 4:00 am
  • Depart at 5:00 am for the 5:30 am safari
  • Safari exit by 10:00 am, reach resort by 10:15 am. We carry Packed breakfast during safari.
  • Morning session from 12:00 to 1:00 pm: Photography basics by Sudhir
  • Lunch at 1:00 pm followed by a power nap
  • Assemble for evening safari at 2:30 pm
  • Safari from 3:00 to 6:30 pm
  • Return to resort at 6:45 pm
  • Session by Swaroop for kids and their parents – 'Calls of the Wild' – 7:45pm to 8:30 pm
  • Dinner: 8.30 pm onwards
  • Lights out by 9:30 pm
  • Tue 30 April, 2019

  • Wakeup call at 4:00 am
  • Depart at 5:00 am for the 5:30 am safari
  • Safari exit by 10:00 am, reach resort by 10:15 am. We carry Packed breakfast during safari.
  • Morning session from 12:00 to 1:00 pm by Swaroop – 'Treasure Hunt'
  • Lunch at 1:00 pm followed by a power nap
  • Assemble for evening safari at 2:30 pm
  • Safari from 3:00 to 6:30 pm
  • Return to resort at 6:45 pm
  • Photography Session by Sudhir for kids and parents – images review / interactive session – 7:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Creative evening by Swaroop – sketching/drawing/creative writing – 8:00 to 8:40 pm
  • Exchange safari notes over dinner: 9:00 pm onwards
  • Lights out by 10:00 pm
  • Wed 1 May, 2019

  • Breakfast, “flaunt on Facebook” group pics, goodbyes, check-out
  • So, here’s the lowdown. We have planned this one-of-a-kind tour around two segments – Indoors and Outdoors.

    The Indoors segment includes a host of interactive theme-based games. Children get to explore their creative side with fun activities like drawing, painting, and sketching. They would also be encouraged to pen their experiences in a format of their choice – stories, articles, poems. They get a peek into the wild world through short films and documentaries. These experiences would be a good first step towards a lifelong love for nature and wildlife.

    The Indoors segment would also include an introduction to the fascinating world of photography. These basic, core concepts of photography will enable the mom/dad and their little ones to wield their cameras with greater confidence:
    – Exposure Triangle Parameters of ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed
    – Choosing the correct image type and size
    – Understanding White Balance
    – Various picture styles available and when to choose what
    – Focusing Modes and Points
    – Overview on Metering
    – Composition

    The Outdoors segment comprises 4 safaris into the park, giving you ample opportunity to encounter a variety of wild subjects and wildlife moments. Not to mention, plenty of scope to apply your photography learning.

    Workshop Cost
    Rs 59,500/- (plus 5% GST )
    *Price is for mom/dad and one kid on double occupancy basis.

    Rs 74,500/- (plus 5% GST )
    * Price is for mom/dad and 2 kids on triple occupancy basis.
    * Price is for mom and dad with 1 kid on triple occupancy basis.

    Inclusions:
    – All costs are ex-Bandhav Vilas Resort at Bandhavgarh. However, at an added cost, we can arrange for transportation.
    – Accommodation and all meals for 3 nights/4 days at Bandhav Vilas Resort.
    – 4 safaris, forest entry fee, camera fee, guide charges

    *Any other expenses outside of the above will have to be borne by the participants.

    Group Size: 6 mom/dad with kids

    The Pugmark Jungle Lodge

    THE PUGMARK JUNGLE LODGE is located in Mohurli village and is just about 1 kms from the “Mohurli Gate” of the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (T.A.T.R.). We are proud to bring the much awaited and the most Luxurious Jungle Lodge, which truly and absolute comfort in Wilderness.
    Luxurious Villa’s & Cottages situated along the banks of the Irai Lake, directly overlooking the heart of Tadoba National Park.

    Terms and Cancellation Policy:

    INR 37,000 is non refundable once the payment is done.
    75% of the remaining amount will be refunded if cancellation is done 45 days prior to the workshop start dates.
    No refund if cancellation is done between 0-45 days of the event.

    Payment Terms:
    Full amount to be paid 60 days prior to the workshop starting date.

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

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