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Program #18716RJ
21 Days | 20 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Karen Glaser Sep 19, 2014 at 01:26 PM

anyone taking side trips before and after the December 1 trip?? and has anyone booked train trips in India Thanks
Karen from Vancouver Washington

Evelyn Isaac Aug 26, 2014 at 09:46 AM

I am traveling solo on the 10/19 trip. Are there other participants out there traveling alone?
Conice Hensley Aug 29, 2014 at 01:34 PM

Hi Evelyn, I'll be on the trip and don't think i know any of the participants yet. My name is Kriss and i live in Helena, Montana. In June i went to Alaska with RS and soon had 23 instant, wonderful friends ... so I am reluctant to say I'm alone. I am sooooo excited about India! How about you?
Evelyn Isaac Aug 29, 2014 at 03:38 PM

Hi, Kriss,
Evelyn Isaac Aug 29, 2014 at 03:39 PM

Hi, Kriss, Good to hear from you. I , too, am looking forward to this trip. It is my first trip to India.
Conice Hensley Aug 29, 2014 at 03:57 PM

Are you taking the Air India flight from JFK on October 19? Wow, very long flying time to Delhi. I need to get some compression socks. :-)
Evelyn Isaac Sep 06, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Hi,Yes, I am on that flight. Compression socks are a good idea. Are you getting any special shots or taking any specila meds with you?
Conice Hensley Sep 08, 2014 at 04:53 PM

Hi Evelyn,
Conice Hensley Sep 08, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Evelyn Isaac Sep 19, 2014 at 01:29 PM

Hi, Kriss,
Evelyn Isaac Sep 19, 2014 at 01:32 PM

Hi, Kriss,I got my typhoid and Hepatitis A shots yesterday and Ihave to pick up the malaria pills. I guess I'm almost ready. I also bought 2 of the books recommended. Now comes the difficult part:deciding what to pack. How are you doing? Regards, Evelyn

Nancy D Aug 24, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Any thoughts on the anti malaria medication ?
Arlene and Lee Taylor Aug 24, 2014 at 05:12 PM

We took this tour in December 2013. This was not mosquito season in Southern India and we did not take anti-malarial medication, unlike Africa where you take medication unconditonally. If you ask your physician they are obliged to advise taking the medication in India, lest you become ill. We think it is necessary when it is necessary, best to bring along antibiotics for GI outbreaks which are more common.
Nancy D Aug 25, 2014 at 11:04 PM


Jay Ells (Elz).com Aug 19, 2014 at 09:50 AM

Just checking out this disc.brd. Seeing how it works as I dont see my name and pic yet. Looking to discuss and also query roommates.

Nancy D Aug 05, 2014 at 05:51 PM

Yes! It's official. My friend and I have received our India visas and paid for the tour. 10/19/2014. Flights are booked. Excited here in Canada! Anyone else?

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!

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