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Program #18716RJ
21 Days | 20 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Jill L. Jul 07, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Thanks you to all who responded to my query about the rigors of the India trip. We probably will not go as standing seems to be the big issue and although my husband can walk OK, he cannot stand for long of periods of time.


Jill L. Jul 06, 2014 at 01:16 PM

Considering the Treasures of India North and South as a Christmas present for my husband who has always wanted to go to India. BUT, he has MS and although he walks quite well with a cane, he cannot walk long distances without a rest stop and high heat really wears him our. Could he do this trip? How far does one have to walk at a time? are there places to sit down and rest? This would be trip of a lifetime for him but I am concerned about his stamina. Any comments? Does the guide make allowances for disabilities? Could we opt out of an excursion if it looked like the walking would be a problem? Comments please from those who have taken this trip. Thanks.
Elinor Horvath Jul 06, 2014 at 01:47 PM

I, too, long looked forward to a trip to India. My problem is that I have a problem walking without shoes. I wish I had looked into that ahead of time. But the trip was wonderful, the food divine (and that requires no walking) and I loved every minute. See if there are opportunities for a wheel chair. Every walk is less than a mile, most only short distances, not speed. There are a lot of broken sidewalks.
Rhoda Draws Jul 06, 2014 at 01:47 PM

I urge you to discuss these issues frankly with the RS organizers. I took this trip recently and we had a couple with similar problems. They had to go home within the first week. There is a lot of walking on uneven ground, and climbing steep stairs required, as well as heat. Yes, there are resting places, but you really need to be able to keep up with the group.
James Huen Jul 06, 2014 at 06:22 PM

To Premium Subcriber - you have not told us your husband's age or what his MS condition is, i. e. light, moderate, etc. My wife and I took this India tour in mid-March to first week April. There were 20 of us, and most were ages 70-80, but all in very good health. But there is a lot of walking while touring the many palaces, forts, museums, with up and down stairs, and many uneven grounds. The walks are not strenuous, but there is a lot of standing, stop and go. If you have been on tours to other countries with lots of walking, then you should be ok. But if this is the first time, with lots of walking, you may re-consider not going. Weather is good from November to Feb. Anything after is very warm or hot. Daily tours start from 7:30AM or 8AM and end about 5pm to 6PM. I highly recommend good health and able to walk with little rest stops.
Helen Baker Jul 06, 2014 at 07:03 PM

Unfortunately, I must agree with the previous commenters that this is not a suitable trip for those with mobility limitations or heat sensitivity. There are no extraordinary distances walked, there are a lot of unsaved or rough surfaces, broken pavement, stairs, and standing for long periods with few predictable spots to sit and rest. Nit is necessary to keep up with the group, and these are jam-packed days.
Helen Baker Jul 06, 2014 at 07:03 PM

Unfortunately, I must agree with the previous commenters that this is not a suitable trip for those with mobility limitations or heat sensitivity. There are no extraordinary distances walked, there are a lot of unsaved or rough surfaces, broken pavement, stairs, and standing for long periods with few predictable spots to sit and rest. Nit is necessary to keep up with the group, and these are jam-packed days.


Helen Baker Feb 26, 2014 at 01:20 PM

My mother, Jane Norris, and I are flying nonstop on Air India from Chicago to Delhi and hopefully arriving shortly after the group flight from JFK. So excited about this trip! Did RS send out a list of partcipants? I did not see one.
Catherine Cook Feb 26, 2014 at 03:31 PM

RS does not provide that - ever. it's all very hush hush. I went on this trip last Sept. and loved it. You will have a wonderful time.
James Huen Feb 26, 2014 at 03:37 PM

Hi Helen - RS informed me you posted and your are the only one to respond and will be on same 3/19 trip And you have visited India before. RS does not give out number of people signed up; I like a large group. My wife and I are retired and seniors. We arrive 3 days early in Delhi. and then staying 2 days later in Cochin, flying directly from San Francisco. We stay in Connaught Hotel, then taxi to Suryaa Hotel See you on 3/ 20!! Regarding not seeing tigers, we went on 2 weeks African safari last year in Kenya & Tanzania, that is enough wild animals to last several lifetimes!!
Helen Baker Feb 26, 2014 at 04:09 PM

I had not recalled that about RS--I guess it was through other tour companies that I had received lists of participants. James, looking forward to meeting you and your wife in Delhi!


James Huen Feb 19, 2014 at 06:29 PM

My wife and I are going on the 3/19 trip. We are from San Francisco area, flying on Emirates to Dubai. then Delhi. We are going 3 days early and staying 2 days later in Cochin. I'm just very curious why other travelers are not posting to get to know fellow travelers before trip. Just a thought. See my earlier post of 1/22/14 below.
Arnold Gass Mar 01, 2014 at 08:50 PM

I just returned from the 2/5 trip, James. You are wise to arrive early--as I did-- and stay late. If you enjoy shopping, you will be pleased to spend extra time in the shops at Jew Market in Kochi. Happy travels!
James Huen Mar 02, 2014 at 11:51 AM

James Huen Mar 02, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Arnold - thanks for the reply and happy to hear from one who just returned. I love to hear about your experiences, pros and cons. Please call my cell to discuss: 510-363-0183 or e-mail jhuen@sbcglobal.net. We are not big shoppers, just little souvenirs. Hope you reply back, call me anytime, retired in San Francisco East Bay. Thanks!!


Elinor Horvath Feb 16, 2014 at 02:01 PM


when deciding the date for my trip, I asked my Indian doctor what the best date would be. Without hesitation she said, "November." The weather was nice, not too hot, it rained only once (on the houseboat segment in the evening).
Enjoy your trip and enjoy the food!
Nancy D Feb 17, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Thanks!


Janet MacDonald Feb 15, 2014 at 08:54 AM

We're considering this trip. Any comments out there about best weather month(s)?
Nancy D Feb 15, 2014 at 10:32 AM

We were also wondering about the best weather months so we asked Road Scholar and we got a good response. 'For the weather in India, according to World Weather information for Jaipur, for instance, average precipitation in October is 23.3 mm (or 0.92 in.) compared to 7.5 mm (or 0.30 in.) in January. Compared to the rainiest month in Jaipur, July, which gets 214 mm (or 8.4 in), the difference in precipitation between October and January isn’t terribly significant. These statistics are for Jaipur, but World Weather has many other cities if you’d like to research Indian weather more.'
Janet MacDonald Feb 15, 2014 at 03:59 PM

Thanks Nancy!


Frances Wolff Feb 11, 2014 at 11:57 AM

This is probably way too early to post for this trip . . . I have signed up for Jan. 9-29 2015 and am interested in seeing what others are saying about their trip.
Gayle Ashton Feb 11, 2014 at 12:15 PM

I liked it so much I would take it again.


Isabelle Buonocore Jan 30, 2014 at 08:32 PM

My husband Mark and I are going on the Feb 5-25 trip, leaving from JFK airport. We're staying at the Garden Inn & Suites on Baisley Blvd, Jamaica NY, the night before; anyone staying there? Mark and I are from Philadelphia.


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