HIGHLIGHTS

Central India’s largest national park, Kanha is famed for its varied landscape comprising thick forest cover, meadows and bamboo thickets. Numerous varieties of grass abound these meadows or open grasslands, providing abundant food for the herbivores.

Hey moms & dads!! Here’s a unique opportunity to bond with your child(ren)* – while you get to indulge in your passion for wildlife and photography!

Sudhir Shivaram Photography’s upcoming Parent-Kids Workshop is at one of the most scenic and beautiful tiger destinations in India – Kanha. Experience the winter sun’s rays filtering through the vibrant foliage as we wait for the mighty tiger to make an appearance.

Gift your children a novel experience this Christmas, one that takes them to the lap of nature as they soak up the sun, the sights and the sounds.

Watch lovingly, as they play games that incorporate lessons about our natural world. Beam proudly, as they show you their near-perfect clicks.

The perfect mix of travel, fun and learning – this is one trip you shouldn’t miss!

*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

Jabalpur Airport is closest which is about 3.5-hr drive, but we recommend Nagpur Airport which is 6 hrs drive due to better flight connectivity.

Ideal Flight Timings

Arrive into Nagpur in the first available flight on Dec 22 so that you can reach Kanha by lunch time. Depart Nagpur in any flight after 7pm on Dec 25.

Last Mile

We will coordinate with you for pickup/drop from/to airport on actual cost basis.

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 @ Chitvan Jungle Lodge, Kanha

Check-in/Check-out

Check-in: Anytime on Dec 22 and Check-out: Dec 25 after morning breakfast.

Safari

Total safaris - 4. The morning safari is at 6:30am to 11:00am and evening safari is from 2:30pm to 6:00pm.

Weather/Temperature

Max temp: 30°C and Min temp: 15°C. It will be cold in December at Kanha. Get warm clothing.

Key Subjects

The key species we can expect during the safari are Tigers, Barasingha, Sambar/Spotted Deer, Wild Pig and common bird species.

Things to Carry

You can get Camera-lens, binoculars, bird book, warm wear 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 www.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.

Sat 22 Dec 2018

  • Arrive and check in to Chitvan Jungle Lodge, Kanha
  • 7:30pm to 8:30pm : Welcome & Introduction
  • Agenda briefing
  • Post 8:30pm : Socialize over dinner and lights out
  • Sun 23 Dec 2018

  • Wakeup call at 5:00 am
  • Depart at 6:00 am for the 6:30 am safari
  • Packed breakfast at at 'centre point' during safari
  • Safari exit by 11:00 am, reach resort by 11:30 am
  • 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 2:00 pm
  • Safari from 2:30 to 5:30 pm
  • Return to resort at 6:00 pm
  • Session by Swaroop for kids and their parents – 'Calls of the Wild' – 6:30 to 7:15 pm
  • Showcase of a wildlife movie/documentary 7:15 to 8:00 pm
  • Dinner: 8.00 pm onwards
  • Lights out by 9:30 pm
  • Mon 24 Dec 2018

  • Wakeup call at 5:00 am
  • Depart at 6:00 am for the 6:30 am safari
  • Packed breakfast at 'centre point' during safari
  • Safari exit by 11:00 am, reach resort by 11:30 am
  • 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 2:00 pm
  • Safari from 2:30 to 5:30 pm
  • Return to resort at 6:00 pm
  • Photography Session by Sudhir for kids and parents – images review / interactive session – 6:30 to 7:15 pm
  • Creative evening by Swaroop – sketching/drawing/creative writing – 7:15 to 8:00 pm
  • Exchange safari notes over dinner: 8:00 pm onwards
  • Lights out by 9:30 pm
  • Tue 25 Dec 2018

  • 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 61,000/- (plus 5% GST )
    Price is for mom or dad and one kid on double occupancy basis.

    Rs 75,000/- (plus 5% GST )
    Price is for mom or 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-Chitvan Jungle Lodge at Kanha. However, at an added cost, we can arrange for transportation.
    – Accommodation and all meals for 3 nights/4 days at Chitvan Jungle Lodge
    – 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: 8 mom/dad with kids.

    Chitvan Jungle Lodge

     

     

    There are three stories about the origin of the name Chitvan.

    The dense jungle there (before men started settlements there) was teeming with Cheetahs, and, the word for ‘jungle’ in Hindi is van. So, the people around started to call that locality as Cheetah-van, which was later modified as Chitvan.

    The dense jungle in the past was teeming with spotted-deer, and so they started to call it Chitri-van which gave way to the present word for the district. Chitri meaning spotted.

    As per Rigveda (an ancient Indian Scripture) life is divided into four stages, namely,

    Brahamcharya (Until 25 years of age)
    Grahistha (From 25 till 50 years of Life)
    Vanaprastha (From 50 till 75 years of Life)
    Sannyas ( 75 years of Life)

    By the end of second stage the householder is said to finish all his family responsibilities. He enters the third stage, Vanaprastha (The Hermit in Retreat) and renounces all worldly pleasures, he goes to the Van (Forest), to tame the animal forces of mind, by staying with the animals. This prepares him for the fourth stage of life, where he renunciates practically all his wants and desires and is a wandering ascetic in this stage. Chitt is a product of Mind, Intellect and Ego, Van is Forest. So Chitvan is the forest which a man in his third stage of life visits to chanelize his Chitt (Mind, Intellect and Ego).

    The idea behind Chitvan is to make it a retreat from Worldly Life, a Stage 3 retreat, where a person would free himself from all Illusions.

    Terms and Cancellation Policy:
    Rs 25,000 is not refundable once the safari permits gets done. The refund policy below is applicable to balance amount.

    80% fee to be refunded if cancellation is done 45 days prior to the event.
    No refund if cancellation is done between 0-45 days of the event.

    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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