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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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David Boyles Oct 02, 2015 at 11:20 PM

Looking forward to India North-South trip in the Oct. 19-Nov. 8 group. Still trying to sort out SIM card options. I have a phone what will work fine (I believe). Trying to buy a SIM card in the U.S. before I go, rather than hassle the options in India (two more color passport photos; copies of travel documents; proof of "residency" in India (letter from the hotel), and activation times that seem to range between a couple of days to up to four days, depending upon the online resource I'm reading, etc., etc. If anybody has suggestions for SIM card purchase in the U.S. before the trip starts, I'm all ears and most appreciative. Looking forward to meeting fellow travelers. -- DaveB/Riverside, Calif.
Marshal Blumstock Oct 02, 2015 at 11:34 PM

I use AT&T as my provider for my IPhone. They have a passport plan for text, phone and data. quite reasonable and works well al over the world. No sim card or any of the dilemmas you've described. Check with your provider for a plan before you leave the states. Happy trails.
David Boyles Oct 03, 2015 at 02:40 AM

Hi Marshal, thanks, I was just looking at the Passport plans from AT&T; looks like an option. I also discovered a little while ago that my Consumer Cellular phone, on airplane mode and using Wi-Fi, along with Google Hangouts, may enable me to make free calls (!) to friends and family in the U.S. We will see. More research coming. Thanks for your helpful reply. -- daveb

Elizabeth Dobbs Oct 01, 2015 at 11:12 AM

I met yesterday with a colleague from Delhi who mentioned a couple of things she does when she visits India. These might be helpful for us. She packs 3 or 4 bottles of water in her checked bag, so she can ease into the bottled water in India, and she takes about $300 cash in case there's a problem with an ATM machine. I'll see all you folks on the Oct. 19 trip soon!
Jane Stewart Oct 01, 2015 at 04:04 PM

I am looking forward to the trip.
John Kristofic Oct 01, 2015 at 08:22 PM

Thank you Elizabeth. I will do that. Have a wonderful trip.

John Kristofic Oct 01, 2015 at 04:08 AM

Dolly and I are prepping for the January 13 departure. It looks exciting but a bit daunting. Anybody else going?
Theodore Wendel Oct 01, 2015 at 04:42 AM

John, Do you mean the October 13th trip and if so, my wife and I are on that one.
John Kristofic Oct 01, 2015 at 08:23 AM

No, We have to wait until January. Please share your experience when you return. Bon Voyage!
Theodore Wendel Oct 01, 2015 at 08:46 AM

Will do

Theodore Wendel Sep 19, 2015 at 07:51 AM

Jane, I received an email from RS that showed a message from you to me but it does not appear on this board. In that msg you commented about your upcoming trip and asked if we are interested in outdoor type activities which we are. In looking at your earlier posts I get that your trip is the one after ours as we depart on October 13th but do corrected me if I am wrong about yours. I have not heard from anyone doing my dates. My wife and I are looking forward to our next experience and taking in all that our tour offers. Best, Ted
Jane Stewart Sep 20, 2015 at 05:18 PM

Unfortunately we are not on the same trip.

Jane Stewart Sep 11, 2015 at 11:01 PM

I am unable to purchase Rupees.
Jane Stewart
Jane Stewart Sep 13, 2015 at 08:45 PM

T.Wendel, I am unable to view your reply. Which Bank was able to sell you Rupees?
Theodore Wendel Sep 14, 2015 at 12:34 PM

My local bank, Citizens First Bank' the Villages, Fl told me that they could order them for me but after reading varies posting on travel site regarding bringing Rupees into and out of India, we will wait until we arrive in-country and find a reasonably secure ATM.

Marshal Blumstock Sep 01, 2015 at 08:35 PM

Since polio is reoccurring in Southern India we chose to get a polio booster. We also had the typhus innaculation and chose to take malaria pills.

Jane Stewart Sep 01, 2015 at 07:41 PM

I don't think we need any inoculations.

David Boyles Aug 29, 2015 at 04:21 PM

From David Boyles (Oct. 19 trip): I am curious what advise folks are getting about inoculations. I gave the official "CDC recommended list" to my long-time family doctor and he said "you don't need anything." I had gotten some Hep and other shots in 2000 for a trip to Turkey and he said they were still good. I asked about malaria pills and all the rest and he just said, "nope, you will be fine." Are you guys all getting lots of shots?? Appreciate any feedback. -- daveb
David Boyles Aug 29, 2015 at 04:21 PM

David Boyles Aug 29, 2015 at 04:24 PM

I meant "advice"
David Boyles Aug 29, 2015 at 04:26 PM

How do you post comments using your name; I try but I keep being identified as "Premium Email Subscriber"
Mazel Pernell Aug 29, 2015 at 04:53 PM

After you log in, click on My Account on the right at the top of the screen. Then click on My Social Network on the left. You should then see Edit Profile and Privacy Settings on the right. At that point you should be able to change your Profile Name, add a picture, etc. Let me know if this works for you. Looking forward to meeting you. Regarding your question about inoculations, I already the usual travel shots and they're all up to date. I plan to pack medication for intestional upset and maybe some rehydration medicine. I've not seen any postings on this site that would suggest I need anything else.
David Boyles Aug 29, 2015 at 05:54 PM

Thanks, Mazel, for the info. It worked, re the Edit Profile; thnx. -- db
David Boyles Aug 29, 2015 at 05:59 PM

And, yes, looking to meeting you as well, thanks. -- daveb

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