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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

Vinod Suchak Aug 29, 2015 at 03:04 PM

My wife Connie and I are on the Sept 18th - October 8th trip. We live in Orchard Park, NY (Suburb of Buffalo). We are looking forward to our trip and want to know who else is on this trip. Sounds like weather may be quite hot. Anyone who has been on this trip in Sept/Oct have any advice on clothing?
Vinod Suchak Aug 29, 2015 at 03:42 PM

Another question: How's the Internet Connectivity in hotels? Is WI-FI good? Did anyone look into getting a SIM card in India?
David Boyles Aug 29, 2015 at 04:30 PM

Hi Vinod: I have the same questions about workability of phones, so hopefully you'll get some answers. Don't know how safe hotel wi-fi is; I've never used it, believe it or not. Only recently obtained smartphone. Re clothing, what I've read so far is that long-sleeve shirts might be best; all-cottom in the heat might be OK. I'm getting some "travelers shirts" from JC Penney that are said to be easily washable on the go and they dry out quickly.
Marshal Blumstock Aug 29, 2015 at 04:34 PM

Marshal Blumstock Aug 29, 2015 at 04:44 PM

I was on the same tour in February 2015 but have also been in India the time of the year you are going. You will be there towards the end of monsoon season (meaning rainy and hot. I suspect it will be hot for you north easterners. I live in Hawaii and it was hot for us. Advise: Polution in Delhi and the big cities was terrible. We wore masks. The good news for you is the rains may mitigate some of that. Wi-fi varies from hotel to hotel. Some will charge for it. I had at&t passport international program and had good experience. Clothing, light and loose. Happy travels. India is fascinating. Food was great..
Marshal Blumstock Aug 29, 2015 at 04:45 PM

Elizabeth Dobbs Aug 27, 2015 at 01:27 PM

I'm on the 10/19-11/8 trip and took my application for a visa to Cox and Kings in Chicago (I live in Iowa and could have mailed the application in, but preferred to hand it over physically). I turned it in at 10 AM on August 18, and by noon on August 20 my passport with visa arrived in Iowa via FedEx. The cost, including the FedEx, was less that $150.

Jane Stewart Aug 27, 2015 at 12:30 PM

The Best of India 10/19-11/8. I am a birder and will be on this trip. I will take my bins and Birds of India. I will share the field guide; no sense more than one of us lug this tome. Jane Stewart

David Boyles Aug 05, 2015 at 01:36 AM

Going to India Oct. 19 to Nov. 8 (Treasures North-South). The GenVisa system seems mind-numbingly complicated. I've looked over the stuff and I have at least three or four official "numbers" on the forms; they want bank statements (?); it seems I have to fill out an online form and sign (no experience signing an online form, sorry; is there anything just plain easy and simple? I also don't understand costs. Some India visa apps seems to want $100 or so; GenVisa wants $202 with all kinds of extra fees if you want it done within a month, or two months; otherwise it's eight weeks almost up to the deadline for leaving. Anybody have any suggestions?
Marshal Blumstock Aug 05, 2015 at 02:37 PM

I took this trip last Feb. and used GenVisa. Unless you can walk you're request directly to the Indian Embassy I'd go with them. I'm going back to India next January and am using them again. Call them they will walk you through the paperwork . It's simpler then it appears at first sight.
David Boyles Aug 29, 2015 at 04:18 PM

Thanks, Marshal. I did get a notice that my paperwork appears to have moved from GenVisa over to the Cox-Kings entity; they notified me by email that they had now "collected" my paperwork; of course, when I typed in the code number they gave me to "track" the status the computer program told me they had never heard of this number. However, it does seem that I have landed with the right visa people and they say it takes 5 to 7 days to process everything, so I remain hopeful. -- david boyles (Oct. 19 trip)
Marshal Blumstock Aug 29, 2015 at 04:31 PM

Happy to hear you're Visa is on the way. As I wrote before I have used GennVisa again. Got my passport with a 10 year visa back a little over two weeks from starting the application
Marshal Blumstock Aug 29, 2015 at 04:32 PM


Sook Hee Scheibner Jul 05, 2015 at 11:53 PM

Anyone signed up for the Dec. 1-21, 2015 trip yet? This will be our 3rd RS trip. Did Galapagos and Machu Picchu in 2012, and Independent Barcelona in 2014.
Cheryl Reitz Jul 25, 2015 at 12:21 PM

Hello Sook Hee, yes I'm doing the Dec. 1-21 trip.

Miriam David Apr 08, 2015 at 11:54 PM

I have travelled all over the world and India is on my bucket list. I was considering an OAT trip but this sounds better to me. I will need a roommate and haven't decided on a date yet, probably December or January. anyone who is interested in sharing can contact me at miriamjd1@yahoo.com
Miriam David Apr 08, 2015 at 11:56 PM

I think I would fly out of Chicago. I live in Oregon and would use some frequent flyer miles to get to Chicago.
Cheryl Reitz Jul 25, 2015 at 12:20 PM

Hello Miriam, are you doing December trip, and have you found a roommate yet? I might be interested. I'm from Vancouver, but will be in India a month before the trip (all of November) visiting my son in Pune.
Miriam David Jul 25, 2015 at 12:39 PM

I cancelled not sure when I will gonow. I found a cheaper trip with another company so may dothat sometime in future

Mazel Pernell Mar 21, 2015 at 06:10 PM

I read a number of posts on this board about getting the India visa and wanted to share my own experience. Even though I'm booked on the October 19 Best of India departure, I wanted to start the process early just in case I ran into delays as some others have mentioned.
In the USA, the Indian embassy has outsourced visa processing to Cox and Kings Global Services LLC (CKGS) which has an office in Washington, DC that is convenient to where I live. I logged onto the CKGS site at http://www.in.ckgs.us/ and completed the Visa Application Form. To avoid penmanship issues, I downloaded the forms with the Adobe reader and typed the information directly into the form. I double and triple checked my input to insure that I had provided all of the requested information. After printing the form, I signed it in every space requiring a signature and keeping the signature within the space allowed. Using the provided Checklist, I ensured that I compiled all required forms and copies. Two copies of the ticked checklist must be included in the application package.
I made an appointment online for Tuesday morning. During my 11:00 am appointment I delivered the application package along with my passport to the WDC office. I was finished and on my way out of the office by 11:10 am. The entire staff was efficient and extremely friendly. By mid-afternoon that day, I received an email stating that my application had been forwarded to the Indian Embassy. On Thursday I received another email that my visa and passport had been picked up by FedEx. They were delivered to my home on Friday. Four days from start to finish far exceeded my expectations.
Just a few other thoughts – 1) Even though the application process shows a one year visa option, CKGS informed me that the embassy does not offer a year visa. Since I had applied more than six months before my travel date, I opted to get a five year visa rather than fill out the forms again and coming back in a couple of months as would be required to obtain a six month visa. 2) If you’re not near one of the CKGS offices, the application package can be delivered to them and/or returned to you via FedEx for a reasonable price. Instructions and office addresses are on the CKGS site. 3) All fees including the FedEx delivery fee can be paid online at the CKGS site. Be sure to print copies of all payment receipts.
Good luck to all choosing to step out on your own to obtain your visa. With a great deal of attention to details, the process can be quick and painless.
Theodore Wendel Apr 12, 2015 at 06:04 AM

Mazel - I am in the process of filing out the Visa application. What should I list at the local contact information? Thanks, Ted
Mazel Pernell Apr 12, 2015 at 02:12 PM

I used New Friends Colony, the contact info listed for the Suryaa New Delhi hotel, lodging for our first night. Not sure if that was correct, but I got the visa. Good luck with the visa application.
Theodore Wendel Apr 17, 2015 at 09:10 AM

Thanks Mazel for the info. I completed the form and mailed it off on Friday. It is now in the hands of the VISA spirits. I did take out the offered passport insurance and hope I don't have to use it. I was somewhat surprised with the types of questions asked (religion and military service) but answered them because they control issuance of the Visa
Mazel Pernell Apr 17, 2015 at 01:57 PM

I concluded that some of those questions are more relevant for travelers from countries other than the US. Good luck with the visa application.
Edda Duff Jun 09, 2015 at 04:46 PM

Mazel, Your information about the visa is very helpful, thank you. We also made an appointment and my question to you is, do we pay at the office for everything or do we pre-pay before the appointment. Thanks so much.
Mazel Pernell Jun 09, 2015 at 09:21 PM

I paid all fees online. But the Mandatory Document Checklist shows the option of including your payment in the application package (money order, cashier's check or bankers heck only).
Elizabeth Dobbs Jul 03, 2015 at 01:03 PM

Hi Mazel, this option of using CKGS has saved me! Because I'm about to travel to Great Britain, I can't send my passport anywhere until I'm back in the States in mid-August (about 8 weeks before our trip). CKGS, which has an office in Chicago (about a 5-hour drive from me), promises the visa in 15 days tops. Thanks!
Mazel Pernell Jul 03, 2015 at 05:31 PM

Great. Enjoy your trip to Great Britain. Looking forward to seeing you.

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