$2500. This includes your kayak and gear, hotel stays for three nights in Rishikesh and two nights in Varanasi as well as all of your meals, catered food during the pilgrimage, 2nd Class overnight train, and all in-country transportation.
No. You are responsible for getting yourself to the New Delhi airport on January 27th.
Additionally, we will have transportation ready to bring to you Rishikesh from the airport on January 27th. If you want to come earlier, you are responsible for your own transportation to Rishikesh (unless you arrive at the airport for the transport we've arranged).
All tourist visas processed in the United States are handled by a 3rd-party company called Cox & Kings Global Services. The application process is a little confusing, but once you place your deposit we are happy to guide you through it.
We follow the CDC recommendations, with a particular emphasis on making sure you are up to date with your Tetanus, Measles, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Typhoid. Many people also bring Malaria prophylaxis with them.
We will have a full medical kit with us and India has very high-quality pharmaceuticals and medical care.