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The Best of India: Treasures of the North and South

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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.
Jay from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 11/08/14
Great programming. like fireworks going off all day long. Crammed full of the unexpected as well as the expected. Beautiful buses and hotels. The survey of north and south India led by a cheerful happy guide very knowledgeable who was thrilled to show us India and introduce us to local guides just as special and enthusiastic.

Conice from Helena, MT Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 11/08/14
First, I want to say that Shagzil Khan, our tour guide, was exceptional. He is very intelligent, very funny and took exceptional care of us. India is covered in garbage. Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in the world. We stayed in mostly gated hotels. The tap water is not safe to drink or even brush your teeth. Have toilet paper and hand sanitizers at the ready while traveling in the country. Most toilets are disgusting. You will spend a great amount of time on the bus. Those are facts. India is profound and thought-provoking and mind-bending. I'm so glad I went, as I see life with entirely different eyes. To have the opportunity to spend time in a different culture is an experience not to be missed.

Cheryl from Pacific City, OR Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 04/10/14 - 04/30/14
This trip is fabulous! I didn't know much about India before coming, and now all I want to do is return and travel more. And I can't praise the food enough. Wow! Indian restaurants in America do not begin to do it justice. Before this trip I was a bit intimidated by India's size, and now I am fascinated by the history and diversity and eager to learn more. Before the trip I was concerned about the poverty I would see; now I am impressed by the changes taking place in India, and the spirit of the people and place as they enter the 21st century as the world's largest democracy. I strongly encourage others to give India a chance.

Andrew from Los Gatos, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/10/14 - 04/30/14
This trip is highly under marketed! There were too many surprising and wonderful things we saw and did to list! A bonus is the guide we had, Gopal, is an excellent teacher and organized lecturer. India herself is a blooming flower not to be missed. The food alone has me aching to go back! Fun and educational trip, highly recommended.

Bruce from Markdale, ON Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 03/19/14 - 04/08/14
While we have visited India on a number of occasions since 1966, this trip provided excellent coverage of a variety of dimensions of Indian history & culture. The trip provided a good introduction to the Mogul& Rajput architecture of the North, the temple architecture of the southwest as well as the differences in the culture between the two regions. The home visits, accommodation in both big city hotels & smaller more remote resorts, visits to unusual sites such as the step well in Rajastan, a village school, a temple festival in the south & the Jewish area of Kochin provided a well rounded experience. A superb tour leader, Gopal Singh Naruka, contributed immensely to the success of the trip. His lectures were excellent & usually very amusing and certainly broadened our appreciation of Indian history, society, religion and mythology. The material progress in India over the past 45 years is quite profound, although many distributional issues still exist .

Gale from El Cerrito, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/19/14 - 04/08/14
The best part of the trip was getting to experience both northern and southern India. The southern state of Kerala was a real eye-opener: prosperous and politically left-leaning with 100% literacy and a preponderance of women. It's very unlike the north, and no one who travels to India should miss it. Our marvelous, forthright guides dispensed fascinating, useful information and insights about their culture, and Gopal, our main guide, generously went out of his way to provide us with fascinating additional experiences beyond our planned agenda. My only criticism is that most of our hotels were located outside the main areas of interest, and at especially first I felt cocooned in excessive luxury and isolated from the India I'd come so far to see. But fortunately, I soon hooked up with several like-minded friends and the extensive explorations we made on our own helped turn a good travel experience into a truly great one.

James from Hayward, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/19/14 - 04/08/14
Wife and I went on the 3/19 to 4/9 dates. While the first 2 weeks weather was very good, the last week is too hot, in 90s. First two weeks were find visiting the historic sites, and last week in 3 resort was a little too slow. Overall, we saw a lot of India and very amazed at the resiliency of the people in a developing, but still very poor country with many problems. Still recommend this trip to see both north and south of India. Educational material was just right and excellent tour leader. Jim & Gingee Huen, San Francisco Bay Area

Wendy from Shaker Heights, OH Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/19/14 - 04/08/14
I learned a great deal about India on this program. The activities were diverse and interesting and the leader was superb.

Rhoda from Mill Valley, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/12/14 - 03/04/14
The "Best of India: Treasures of the North and South" truly lives up to its name! Experience amazing contrasts, from the exquisite Taj Mahal to the "controlled chaos" of a Delhi street corner. You'll learn fascinating history as you visit temples, mosques and palaces. Share the streets with bicycle rickshaws, camels, water buffalo, elephants and monkeys. Then unwind at a spa and a healing center. Finally, enjoy a relaxing cruise on a houseboat before returning home with your luggage stuffed with souvenirs and your head packed with unforgettable images.

Mark from Potsdam, NY Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 01/30/14 - 02/19/14
A marvelous introduction to the variety of sights and experiences of India. The itinerary is judiciously chosen to assure that we saw the major monuments as well as sampling village life and meeting gracious local hosts for revealing conversation. The accommodations were all good, ranging from the luxurious to the merely comfortable (which gave us access to experiences that we valued). The food was plentiful and interesting and the inevitable long bus rides provided a good sense of much of the varied Indian countryside; you can see a lot of life along the roads. We owe much to our wonderful guide Anurag Srivastava, who was informative, articulate, resourceful, efficient and sensitive to our wishes. He was generous in sharing his life experiences to give us an enhanced understanding of the lives of ordinary Indians. He wove our rather diverse group into a "family". We would love to see Anurag again.

Joan from New Ulm, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 12/01/13 - 12/21/13
We were very satisfied with all aspects of India North and South. Our guide, Shagzil Khan was exceptional. In addition to his knowledge of the country, history and culture, he had excellent knowledge of the animals, birds and plants of the region. The program was well organized. The variety of activities helped to give a broad perspective of India. I would recommend this program to those looking for an in depth introduction to India. You will not be disappointed!

Arlene from Berkeley, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 12/01/13 - 12/21/13
India North and South exceeded our expectations. The skills of our tour guide, Shagzil Khan and the itinerary plan and execution were flawless.

Sarah from Cambridge, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/18/13 - 10/08/13
If you are interested in exploring the ins and outs of a continent such as India's country, India North and South is the perfect one! Attention to detail, excellence in accommodations and a superb guide (Shagxil Kahn) makes it the perfect way to go.

Virginia from Harlingen, TX Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/13/13 - 11/02/13
THE ACTIVITY RATING FOR THIS TRIP IS ACCURATE. THERE IS ALOT OF WALKING AND YOU ARE BUSY EVERY DAY. BRING BINOCULARS (BECAUSE THERE ARE BEAUTIFUL BIRDS TO SEE), SUN TAN LOTION, MISQUITO DETERENT. HAT, TOILET PAPER, RS 1 RUPEE NOTES FOR THE BATHROOM STOPS, TOWLETTES TO WAS YOUR HANDS, PURELL WORKS TOO, KLEENEX, AND MAYBE PROBIOTICS AS YOU WILL ENCOUNTER STOMACH PROBLEMS BECAUSE OF THE SPICESS, THEY ARE POTENT AT TIMES.

Alan from Goleta, CA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 09/18/13 - 10/08/13
If you've thought about the subcontinent and wondered what it's like (do the Taj, see the sights, learn a bit) this is the best primer you can get. India is vast and overwhelming. After this trip you will have a toehold...

Marika from Montreal, QC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/18/13 - 10/08/13
The treasures of North and South India is a trip in a lifetime. It will be a rare voyage that you can see so many splendours of the past..not just the Taj Mahal...so many of the sites we visited are in the process of becoming world heritage sites...once you see them you will wonder why they have not been there before. I highly recommend this trip. I can state unequivocally that everyone in the group felt is was well worth the time.

Araceli from Emlenton, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/05/13 - 02/25/13
The trip to the Treasures of North and South India was an enriching and eye opening experience for both of us. We acknowledge our group leader Anurag who is most knowledgeable, thorough and great on details about the history and rich culture of India and her diversed people.He did not miss any opportunity to demonstrate to us why India is a living museum while at the same time solicitous of everyone's need in our group.He is a true ambassador who truly enhanced our understanding and appreciation of Incredible India! Araceli A. & Anand S. Kakar , Emlenton, PA. News

Gail from Boothbay Harbor, ME Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 12/01/12 - 12/21/12
India is such a non-Western, varied culture; but it was all made understandable by our amazing program guide, Shagzil Khan. Much of Indian life can be seen from the bus window; but visits to Indian homes and villages, where we could ask questions, provided much more depth. Educational components (terrific lecture on Gandhi' s philosophy), fun activities (racing through Old Delhi in a bicycle rickshaw), and different surroundings (urban centers, villages, backwaters) gave me a sample of a very diverse country in which I will maintain a new, lifelong interest.

Biv from Buffalo Grove, IL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/30/12 - 11/19/12
This was such a wonderful trip. Our guide was caring and very, very informative. We had such fabulous adventures. I would go on any other Road Scholar trip again.

Elizabeth from Sarasota, FL Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/30/12 - 11/19/12
Our travel companion John from NY has so accurately portrayed our experience in India that there is no need to repeat. Our guide Shagzil Khan was an exceptional leader, warm personality, extremely knowledgeable - the best! We give this tour at least 5 stars.

John from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/30/12 - 11/19/12
For India-philes, this is a trip not to be missed. You get to see it all. However, fearing you won’t read to the end, I’ll say first that the guide for such a tour is of the utmost importance, and ours, Zhagzel Kahn, was totally up to the task. There does not seem to be a relevant subject that he cannot speak to in absorbing detail. Exceptionally well organized, he was able to spontaneously modify the planned itinerary to maximize our experiences based on unexpected circumstances. As a native, he lives the Indian culture, knows the history and politics, and understands the psyche. Great Job!! You will see the fabulous monuments, palaces, mosques, remains of early historical and astronomical sites. Wild and crazy old Delhi and Institutional new Delhi, Agra’s great forts and monuments, colorful Jaipur. And crazy traffic, motorcycles, decorated trucks, bicycle rickshaws, 3 wheeled tuk-tuk taxis (Google India traffic!). Then on to an almost other world of the south, lush vegetation, coconut trees, rubber and tea plantations, rice fields, rivers and canals. Substantial roadside homes with vivid colors interspersed with far more modest homes, and poor tribal dwellings. Then there are an array of other interesting activities and sites; silk weaving, astounding stepwells, temples with intricate carvings of the gods, religious festivals with elephants moving giant monuments on wheels with their trunks, floor mat weavings from coconut shells, authentic dance performances upholding the traditional forms, and a great deal more. The trip ends with two restful days cruising the backwaters of Kerala, peaceful, relaxing, satisfying. One final comment. The trip is rather demanding. A lot of driving in the bus (it’s a BIG country!) Up early, eat and out. After 21 days, it gets a little old and I was ready to come home. But I am very surely glad I went!

Myung from Palo Alto, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/30/12 - 11/19/12
The trip to India was truly fascinating. We had a wonderful guide, Shakzil Khan, who was very well informed culturally and historically and gave us many, very understandable and informative talks on Indian culture and history. He was also very well organized and made the trip efficient and very comfortable, almost luxurious. I was also impressed with the efficiency of Road Scholars. They took very good care of me the whole time. Sook McIntyre

Sara from Arlington Heights, IL Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 10/30/12 - 11/19/12
My trip to India (North and South) was an adventure in travel beyond my wildest expectations. Not only did we explore the 'famous' monuments of the area we visited, but we did so much more. We walked the markets, traveled backwaters, visited villages, ate in family homes,and even saw a Bollywood movie in a local movie theather. What a great adventure we had!


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