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Program #18716RJ
21 Days | 20 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s 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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Theodore Wendel Feb 06, 2015 at 03:15 PM

My wife (Joanne) and I (Ted) just registered for the October 13 thru November 2, 2015 trip. India has been our our must see list for some time. Would like to hear from others going these dates.

Frederick Cowles Jan 30, 2015 at 05:52 PM

We're enrolled in March 17-April 4th program and working on visas. Road Scholars suggested Gen Visa, but they tell me they need EIGHT WEEKS (no longer enough time) and it costs extra. Gen Visa suggests we do it in person in NYC, but even that approach requires giving up possesion of our passports for several days and at least two trips into the City. The Indian government promotes an on-line "visas on arrival" approach available for US citizens arriving in Delhi (our case), and we don't give up passports. Anybody out there taking this approach, or successfully (or not)doing it on previous trips with Road Scholar? Fred Cowles
Minna Greene Jan 30, 2015 at 11:36 PM

No, I am using GEn Visa and had to pay extra to speed up the process.. I haven't received my visa and passport back yet.
Minna Greene Jan 30, 2015 at 11:36 PM

Yvonne Porter Feb 01, 2015 at 09:32 AM

Yvonne Porter Feb 01, 2015 at 09:39 AM

I just got home from this program (1/9-29, 2015), and did the visa in the fall. I used GenVisa (and you still have to do the online visa app to get the paperwork to send to GenVisa), but I was very careful to be accurate with my application and had my passport back with the visa in approx 3 weeks. GenVisa was very helpful over the phone answering my pre-app questions, and emailed the tracking info for when they sent me back my passport. I did not expedite (since I did this in October and had plenty of time). I don't know if I hit them in a quiet time but I had no problems, nor did I hear of any from my group. Personally, I would not do the 'at airport' option, having now been through the bureacacy and lines at the Delhi airport - I wouldn't add another layer of paperwork to be done onsite.
Minna Greene Feb 01, 2015 at 07:01 PM

Three weeks. That is amazing. I sent Gen Visa my visa application on December 22nd along with $265 to expedite the process and I still have not received my passport and visa . I plan to call them again next week. Minna Greene

Minna Greene Jan 23, 2015 at 10:22 AM

I wondered if anyone going on the February 20th trip to India was leaving from Ohare Airport in Chicago. It would be fun to connect.
Don Janke Feb 16, 2015 at 10:13 AM

Yes, we are going on the Feb. 20th trip leaving from Chicago O'Hare. We live in Michigan.

mark wiger Jan 20, 2015 at 02:32 PM

Preparing for the program begining January 31, 2015 I would like to use my cell phone with a sim card purchased in Delhi. It sounds like I need to provide documentation and there may be several days turn around time to complete the process. Has anyone had experience with this? Is it possible for Road Scholar (or perhaps the Delhi hotel) to assist allowing me to get a head start on the application process?

Linda Kime Jan 13, 2015 at 05:52 PM

There are four times when we have a home-hosted meal. Should we bring hostess gifts (as is done in OAT and GCT)?
Mary Ellen Lyons Jan 14, 2015 at 03:20 PM

Gifts are not expected at all, yet if you care to bring I am sure they would be graciously received by the hostess.
Ignazio Macaluso Jan 14, 2015 at 04:28 PM

Yes, as Mary explained, you can bring them a gift if you want to, but it is not expected and please don't feel obligated.

Juliet Sutherland Jan 06, 2015 at 03:59 PM

I'm signed up for the Feb 5 trip and am looking for a room mate. If I don't find someone, I assume that RS will just assign someone?

This is my first Road Scholar trip and my first time to India.

Linda D Jan 06, 2015 at 04:19 PM

RS is very good about locating a roommate if you indicated that you would like one (and roommate matching is available on this trip). If you signed up as a "single" they will not look for a match and you have to pay the additional cost of a single. So call and tell them you want a roommate!

Carl Smith Jan 06, 2015 at 11:38 AM

My first Road Scholar trip, and first time in India.Looking forward to meeting so many seasoned travelers. I'm a single (gay) senior,would be happy to have a compatible room-mate. Interested in learning more about modern Indian life as well as sightseeing.
Are shorts appropriate in some situations? Hoping to buy some lightweight clothing there.
Flying in from New Mexico to New York,looking forward to meeting you all.
Carl Smith
Marshal Blumstock Jan 06, 2015 at 12:31 PM

Check with your Doc. We had a Polio booster, typhoid and malaria pills.
Marshal Blumstock Jan 06, 2015 at 12:31 PM

PS which dates are you traveling
Carl Smith Jan 20, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Feb 20-March 10, (Carl)

Georgeann Knoles Dec 07, 2014 at 07:57 PM

We would appreciate suggestions on sightseeing for up to five days in Delhi before the March 15-April 4, 2015 Best of India program starts. We have only been to Mumbai & Cochin in India before during a cruise. We would probably be more interested in touring places during the day and be back at our hotel by dinner. Any suggestions would be most welcome.
Mahedi Jiwani Jan 01, 2015 at 09:34 PM

Mahedi Jiwani Jan 01, 2015 at 09:36 PM

Georgeann, My wife and I went on this trip last February, arriving in New Delhi before the start of the official program, when we spent our time visiting the following (listed in order of our preference): Humayuns Tomb; Qutub Minar; Gurdwara Bangla Sahib (Sikh Temple); Chhatarpur Temple. The first two sites have historic significance. During the time we were on our own, we rented a car with a driver from Savari Rental. We found this car rental company by doing a Google search. We found the car rental arrangement to be quite good and was a cheaper option than rental thru the hotel. We made the car rental arrangements on the web before we left home. We had made a recommendation to Roads Scholar that they incorporate Humayauns Tomb and Qutub Minar as part of their program, and it could easily be done during the one free afternoon they had then allowed in the scheduled time in New Delhi. Apparently they have chosen not to take up our recommendation. You could also check out Trip Advisor for tourist attractions in New Delhi. I am sure they will have additional suggestions for you. Good luck on your trip. I am sure you will enjoy it, as we did. Medi & Suzanne Jiwani

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