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Nursing Journey to India, led by Dr. Bobbie Berkowitz

CNE Credits

8.0 Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours are being sought for this journey.

** Nanda Journeys and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing are collaborating to provide this educational activity.  A maximum of eight (8) hours of continuing nursing education contact hours will be awarded for this journey for nurse participants completing all requirements. The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) (PO229). **

Day 01: Depart for India

Depart from New York today and make your way to India.

The bustling metropolis of Delhi has been invaded, destroyed, and rebuilt countless times in its 5,000-year history. Today, it is a sprawling urban center unofficially divided into two parts: Old Delhi: the classic Indian experience of colorful, crowded streets and historical monuments: and New Delhi, India’s capital, a city of wide avenues and government buildings that the British began erecting in the early 1900s.

Day 02: Delhi
Arrive this in Delhi, India this afternoon or evening. Upon arrival the group will be met and transferred to your local hotel for check in. Relax this evening and settle into your lovely hotel.
Depending on flight arrival time, dinner is on your own tonight (if not provided in flight).

Overnight:  The Palms (or similar)

Day 03: Delhi - Exploring the Old & New

All travelers will gather this morning with your national guide and receive further information on the program and today’s activities.

Explore the unique and defining characteristics of Old Delhi and New Delhi. Contemplate the impact of Mahatma Gandhi’s life at the Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to the legendary icon of non-violent civil disobedience. Hop in a rickshaw for a view of the Red Fort, the imperial residence of India, and the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in the country.

Discover the garden tomb of Humayun, built by the widow of the second Mughal emperor. Continue to the imposing India Gate, the parliament buildings, and the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the residence of the president and largest structure for any chief of state in the world.

This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with fellow travelers.
Overnight:  The Palms (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Delhi - Career Enrichment
Today the professional members of the group will meet with nursing/medical counterparts in the morning and afternoon. This will include meetings with nurses from facilities such as Maulana Azad Medical College and associated hospital complex. Interact with your professional counterparts while exploring India’s healthcare system.

The primary professional objective of this journey is to enhance your understanding of India’s health system including the prevention of illness and the management of chronic disease along with the role of nursing and other health professionals in providing health care. You will develop an appreciation of India’s response to health challenges through a mutual exchange with representatives of India’s nursing practice and healthcare systems.

Guest program:

Accompanying guests will explore the National Gandhi Museum which has a very rich collection of original relics, books, journals and documents, photographs, audio-visual materials, exhibitions, art pieces and other memorabilia closely connected with Mahatma Gandhi, Kastur Ba and Indian Freedom Struggle. Stop for a photo opportunity to also see the Lotus and Laxmi Narayana Temples today.

Lunch will be provided today at a local restaurant and dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense) this evening.
Overnight: The Palms (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05: Travel to Jaipur
This morning transfer via bus to the Pink City of Jaipur, known for the terracotta plaster that coats buildings in the old part of the city. Lunch will be provided this afternoon in route to Jaipur (approximately 4-hour drive). Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in at your local hotel and have dinner on your own.​
Overnight: Golden Tulip (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

​​Day 06: Professional Program - Jaipur
This morning you will continue your professional interaction during a visit to a local hospital or clinic Share your insight with their team and learn more about their public health system and have a roundtable discussion on how nursing practice is changing in the future.

After lunch, the group will meet with representatives of a facility such as Disha: Resource Center for the Disabled. Interact with the staff and patients today to learn how they provide an opportunity for children with multiple disabilities to develop to their true potential.

Guest program: Accompanying guests will enjoy a visit to Sanganer that takes you through two triple gateways to explore palace ruins and the city's exquisitely carved Jain temples. Learn about Rajasthani art from local masters before a stop at the Lakshmi Narayan temple, situated below Moti Dungri .

This evening enjoy dinner and a local dance or music performance.

Overnight: Golden Tulip (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: History of Jaipur & Home Hosted Meal
Embark on an extensive exploration of the monuments of Jaipur's golden age. First travel as the Maharajah's did by elephant to the Amber Fort, a beautiful complex of palaces, halls, pavilions, gardens and temples. Once inside the citadel, stroll through the sprawling palace and courtyards to admire the grand architecture and delicate carvings. En route, visit the Palace of Winds, also known as Hawa Mahal. Its elaborate façade with more than 900 windows once served as an observation point for the ladies of the court.

After lunch on your own, continue to the City Palace composed of a vast mosaic of exquisite palaces, gardens, and courtyards and the Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory. This stone observatory (the largest in the world) is one of five built by Jaipur’s founder, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Experience some of the traditional arts of Rajasthan as you watch craftsmen create block prints and jewelry.

Gain authentic cultural insight during an evening spent enjoying a home-cooked meal with a local family.
Overnight:  Golden Tulip (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 08: On to Agra and the Taj Mahal
Today the group will say farewell to Jaipur and drive with your guide to Agra. The drive is about 6 hours (240 kms).

Lunch will be provided in route with dinner on your own arrangement this evening.

On the way visit Fatehpur Sikri, a spacious red sandstone city built in the 16th century by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. The architecture combines Hindu and Moghul styles, expressing Akbar’s vision of synthesizing the cultures. The onetime capital was deserted after only 12 years, but the audience halls, palaces and mosques are still perfectly intact.

Overnight:  Crystal Sarovar (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 09: Cultural Exploration
Explore Shah Jehan’s monument to love - the Taj Mahal. A mausoleum built by Shah Jehan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is said to have taken 22 years and 20,000 craftsmen to construct. Its perfect proportions and minutely detailed marble inlays will astound you. It is renowned for its perfect proportions with rich, exquisite marble inlay with minute details and executed with great skill.

Lunch is by individual arrangement today. Say farewell to Agra and drive back to Delhi this afternoon.

Day use rooms are reserved at an airport hotel for your comfort since departure from India is very late this evening. Dinner is by individual arrangement (meal service usually provided in flight).
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Return to Delhi - Time to say goodbye

Arrival will be this morning back in the U.S.

Professional Participants - As this Nanda Journey is focused primarily on professional development, costs associated with your participation on the program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Consult with a tax professional to determine eligibility.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.

What's Included

Detailed Itinerary

You are invited to become part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a custom-designed introduction to healthcare and nursing in India traveling October 2018. India is one of the most dynamic and eclectic countries on the planet. Representing diversity in all its forms—people, religions, traditions, clothing, dialects, and habits—this remarkable country links East Asia and Europe, but belongs to neither. From the exquisite majesty of the Taj Mahal, to the pink allure of Jaipur, to the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, India exudes a sense of mystery and promise. Join Dr. Bobbie Berkowitz and fellow colleagues to develop an appreciation of India’s response to health challenges through a mutual exchange with representatives of India’s nursing practice and medical education system. Hosts may include Maulana Azad Medical College; visits to a local nursing school, such as Mahatma Gandhi University Nursing College, to speak with students and instructors; and nurses and other medical providers from local hospitals and clinics. Giving back and engaging with the local community is an important part of your journey. Spend time with a facility dedicated to giving back like Disha: Resource Center for the Disabled. 

India: Delhi, Jaipur, Agra | 10 days | October 6-15, 2018 | $4,499


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Dr. Bobbie Berkowitz
Bobbie Berkowitz is currently the Dean and Mary O’Neil Mundinger Professor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing and Senior Vice President of the Columbia University Medical Center.  She holds the title of Professor Emerita at the University of Washington where she was the Alumni Endowed Professor of Nursing and Chair of the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health and Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. She also served as a Consulting Professor with Duke University and the University of California at Davis.  Dr. Berkowitz directed the NIH/NINR funded Center for the Advancement of Health Disparities Research and the National Program Office for the RWJF funded Turning Point Initiative. She joined the faculty at the University of Washington after having served as Deputy Secretary for the Washington State Department of Health and Chief of Nursing Services for the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health. 

Dr. Berkowitz has been a member of the Washington State Board of Health, the Washington Health Care Commission, and chaired the Board of Trustees of Group Health Cooperative. She currently serves on the boards of the American Academy of Nursing, Public Health Foundation and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. She serves on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice, and as Associate Editor of Nursing Outlook. Dr. Berkowitz is an elected Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and elected member of

the Institute of Medicine. 

She holds a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from Case Western

Reserve University and Master of

Nursing and Bachelor of Science

in Nursing from the University

of Washington. Her areas of

expertise and research include

public health systems and health


IncludedNot Included
Information and support  to aid in your travel preparation

Costs to obtain a passport

Exclusively developed professional program in collaboration with Journey leader

International airfare (from designated US gateway city)

Airfare for domestic flight to gateway city

All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)

Accommodations in four to five star hotels

24/7 professional English speaking guide

Individual departure taxes (where applicable)

Fees for all services, most tips and taxes

Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details

Travel insurance

Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary

10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country

Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession

Unique insight and knowledge about current issues and challenges related to your profession

24-hour support from US Nanda Journeys office and in-country support

Partnerships in every country to which we travel