During A Portrait of the Indian Experience with John Isaac (above), clients will be able to sample traditional Indian fare such as paneer. // © 2016 iStock
Feature image (above): The 18-day itinerary includes a private jeep safari through Bandhavgarh National Park in India. // © 2016 iStock
Geringer Global Travel has announced a new package getaway with departure dates set for early 2017. A Portrait of the Indian Experience with John Isaac is an aspiring photographer’s dream adventure. Travelers will accompany the award-winning photojournalist and wildlife enthusiast on an 18-day photo expedition through North India.
Participants will find themselves in a cultural immersion experience as they follow a broad-but-comprehensive itinerary crafted by Susan Geringer, owner of Westport, Conn.-based Geringer Global Travel.
An experiential and luxury travel expert with a focus on India, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Geringer is a frequent traveler to the Subcontinent, which affords her valuable insight into the region’s premier hotel properties and cultural hidden gems. She emphasizes one-on-one interaction with a destination’s inhabitants as being a key component of the international travel experience, and creates opportunities for guests to participate in various aspects of local daily life. Geringer herself will serve as tour escort on this trip.
This package tour provides an unmatched opportunity for participants to hone their photography skills alongside Isaac, a master lensman whose artwork captures the spirit of India in still imagery. Enthusiasts of all skill levels are encouraged to attend.
“John is a very patient teacher, instructing, as he does, both adults and children,” Geringer said. “He is more than willing to offer his insights and tips to fellow photographers — from beginners to experts — on this trip.”
After a 20-year career as an award-winning photojournalist for the United Nations, during which he covered all manner of subjects in more than 100 countries, Isaac, a native of India, embarked on a new path. He left his post as chief of the U.N. photo unit to contribute his talents toward efforts to save India’s rapidly disappearing wildlife. He aims to raise awareness and appreciation of the plight of animals in the wild through his photographs.
“John loves and is very passionate about India, as is quite evident by his photography,” Geringer said. “I think it also speaks plainly to his passion project to help save the tigers of India.”
Kicking off on March 9, the 18-day journey will feature hotel stays at four- and five-star properties in Delhi, Agra, Suroth, Ranthambhore, Jaipur, Varanasi, Khajuraho and Bandhavgarh. Along the way, guests will be treated to the flavors of Northern Indian regional cuisine, which is known for its tandoori dishes, breads, curries and gravies, and features plenty of meatless fare for vegetarians.
Some standout items on the agenda include private jeep safaris through Ranthambhore and Bandhavgarh national parks — massive wildlife preserves that afford visitors among the best opportunities in the country to see royal Bengal tigers.
Other highlights of the tour include a sunrise boat ride down the Ganges to view a few of the thousands of temples that line the sacred river, and to observe the life that teems along its banks; visits to the Taj Mahal at both dawn and sunset to capture the white marble monument in varying lights; and the opportunity to celebrate the spring festival of Holi — the most boisterous and wildly colorful of the Hindu holidays — among the villagers of Suroth.
Geringer says the fun includes folk dancing, fireworks and plenty of food.
“Members of our tour can participate in the celebrations or watch and take photos,” she said. “It’s certainly an amazing photo op.”