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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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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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.
Jane


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
jane@mccombgardens.com


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

process.


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.


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