Thoughts on revisiting india, now as a limited-mobility senior.

#1 Feb 1st, 2016, 01:09
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Yeah, I was there back in the day, OH my! But nevermind all that.

Arriving Mahabs in about a week, but after a few days, I will do something or other for a month:

Plan: not much of one, lol
I know I want to see my BFFs in BLR, and I want to photo essay Somnathpur in Mysore, and I know I want to spend some time in one of the game parks. Those are my commitments.
From Mahabs, Iíd love to temple crawl down to Rameswaram from Mahabs. Iís also tempting to take one of the Madras-Bombay trains and get off in Solapur, whence Iíd drift down to BLR hitting the usual spots. I doubt I can do both, nor do I wish too travel that fast.

What I donít know is how I will respond physically. I can only walk short distances- 100 meters at a time. What I donít know is how to book a train in this modern age, but Iím working on it, lol. I estimate I am good for about 4 hours on a volvo bus, so that makes a crawl through TN very doable. I am also prepared to throw money at this, meaning hire cars. I have a portable wheelchair- about 18lbs in a small duffle bag which also has wheels, and I expect ďthe boyĒ will make some cash shoving me around temples and such. I leave from Madras on 7 march.
I want to watch the sunrise on the beach and feel the breeze from the Bay of Bengal on my face. After that itís all gravy , really.
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#2 Feb 1st, 2016, 06:11
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"bijapuri", Wonderful to see you back on Indiamike. I always enjoyed your posts in earlier years. Better still, the news that you are soon to revisit India.

I'm little help regarding limited-mobility questions. I'm past seventy but can move about well enough. As you mention that you can pay for services you should be OK.

Indian trains and railway stations are still very awkward for the less agile. Might be worth obtaining a personal porter/companion but I don't know how. I have little experience with buses. The local buses routinely depart packed full.

I have found train bookings, in person, most convenient at the few stations that have Foreign Tourist booking offices. Otherwise, I use local travel agents. Trains can be booked online but there are many conditions that make it a bother for foreigners. This subject is frequently discussed here in Indiamike.

I suspect domestic airlines look after people with wheelchairs. Indigo seems to be the best organised/reliable in general these days.

My best wishes for a great trip.
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#3 Feb 1st, 2016, 07:52
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Originally Posted by unclelach View Post "bijapuri", Wonderful to see you back on Indiamike. I always enjoyed your posts in earlier years. Better still, the news that you are soon to revisit India.
Bijapuri stopped posting in 12/2011, and while there are some similarities in the personal and medical history, I doubt that this is the same person with a new username.
#4 Feb 1st, 2016, 08:37
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Originally Posted by RPG View Post Bijapuri stopped posting in 12/2011, and while there are some similarities in the personal and medical history, I doubt that this is the same person with a new username.

Check the personal info. Same person, different name. And welcome back Bijapuri. I remember your posts!

Your from Santa Cruz, no?
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Originally Posted by ananda2193 View Post Same person, different name.
Well spotted, guys! Welcome back Bijapur
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Awww, thanks, old and new friends! I couldn't figure out how to log in after years, so went with new twist on my name. I am definitely going in 5 days! MY rehab has taken years. I just stayed local for a few years after 2 back surgeries, but picked up a MA degree to while away the time. Then I reclaimed my ability to tour the beyootiful SW of america in my pickup truck last year. Now comes Ma India. since my forst visit as a teen, I have had to make many adjustments over the years in how I experience Bharat. This one is just the latest. My first trip we used art history books as Lonely planets!
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I am definitely going in 5 days!
Do tell us the story after, if not as, it unfolds
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Buen Viaje!

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