Day 01: Travel to India
Depart from New York City/surrounding area and make your way to India. The stunning beauty and friendly people alone are worth a visit! 

Day 02: Arrival in Mumbai, India
Arrive in Mumbai, India this evening. Upon arrival, the group will be met and transferred to your local hotel. Relax this evening and settle into your hotel.

Depending on flight arrival time this evening, dinner is on your own tonight (if not provided in flight).

Overnight:  Trident Nariman Point  (or similar)

Day 03: Mumbai  - Cultural Exploration

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

Late this morning the group will visit the Gateway of India, Mumbai’s principal landmark, and explore the Hanging Gardens on the slopes of Malabar Hills. Explore the Prince of Wales Museum, whose wide-ranging collection is especially notable for its superb sculpture and miniature paintings.

Finish the day up with a stop at the Gandhi Museum, residing in the simple two-story building that served as Mahatma Gandhi’s Bombay headquarters from 1917 to 1934. Wander through the library of approximately 50,000 books and periodicals; Gandhi’s preserved rooms on the second floor, and a picture gallery documenting important events in his life.

This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with fellow travelers. 

Overnight:  Trident Nariman Point  (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 04: Mumbai - Professional Exchange
Today the professional members of the group will meet with speech-language pathology and audiology counterparts in the morning and afternoon. Interact with your professional counterparts while exploring India’s healthcare system. This will include meetings with representatives from the Indian Speech and Hearing Association, Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities and Jaslok Hospital. We will also request a visit to a local head and neck cancer center or center for autism (time permitting).

The primary professional objective of this journey is to interact with speech-language pathologists and related professionals from a variety of facilities in both, Delhi and Mumbai. Explore India’s healthcare system including healthcare delivery, access to care, prevention, health promotion, and unique approaches utilizing the various services of speech-language pathologists across the lifespan.

Guest program:Accompanying guests will travel by boat to Elephanta Island. There, on a hill, is a set of four rock-cut Hindu temples. From the ferry landing, the caves are reached by a stairway up the hillside. Though the exact date of these temples is not known, archaeologists estimate sometime between the 6th and 7th centuries when Buddhism was declining and Hinduism gaining ascendancy in India. Later, meander through the sleepy by-lanes of Old Colaba, stroll down the age old historic Dockyard road, visit the splendid university campus. Enjoy the arcaded bazaars along the Victorian style D N Road. Enjoy shopping tour before returning to the hotel.

Lunch will be provided today, and dinner is by individual arrangement this evening.

Overnight: Trident Nariman Point  (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05: Continued Professional Exchange
Continue your meetings this morning and afternoon with Indian counterparts at a local hospital, head and neck cancer clinic or school. Develop an understanding and appreciation of the diverse issues in health care and speech-language pathology in a developing country like India to better serve increasingly diverse patients and families in your local communities.

Guest program: Accompanying guests will drive to Dharavi Slum with your guide to explore and visit the residential areas. See why it is the heart of small scale industry in Mumbai. Known to many as 'one of the largest slums in Asia', we prefer to think of Dharavi as Mumbai’s beating heart. It houses about one million of Mumbai’s inhabitants and its industries have an annual turnover of approximately US$ 665 million. You will experience a wide range of these business activities: pottery-making, embroidery, bakery, soap factory, leather tanning, and many more. People from all over India have come to live in Dharavi, making it a microcosm of India and a fascinating place to explore. Return to the hotel after lunch where you will have some free time this afternoon to relax or explore independently.

Lunch will be provided today with dinner by individual arrangement.

Overnight: Trident Nariman Point  (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 06: Travel to Delhi
Depart Mumbai for your flight to Delhi this morning. Lunch is on you own this afternoon after arrival in Delhi.

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. 

This afternoon the group will visit the Qutab Minar, built in 1199 by Qutbuddin after his victory against a Rajput King. It is the highest and one of the finest stone towers in India.

Next, you will visit the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, one of the most prominent Sikh temples. They feed more than 10,000 people every day, irrespective of cast-creed-color-religion. This is an integral part of ‘Seva’ or service, which is a highlight in the Sikh faith. The temple also organizes various other socio-philanthropic activities and its picturesque setting is perfect to calm, relax and contemplate.

Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant.
Overnight:  The Grand Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 07: Delhi - Professional Exchange
Continue your professional exchange today with your local counterparts. A meeting will be requested with Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities. Continue discussions around what speech-language, hearing and other rehabilitation services are available in rural vs urban areas of India and what types of speech, language and swallowing disorders are commonly seen in India in children and in adults.

Guest program: Accompanying guests will visit the Gandhi Museum & Lotus Temple. The temple is a house of Bahá'í Faith and is a space for people of all religions to gather, reflect, and worship. The building is composed of 27 free-standing marble-clad "petals" arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides.

Lunch is by individual arrangement today with dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: ​The Grand (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 08: Delhi - Cultural & Humanitarian Exploration

This morning the group will spend time volunteering at Deepalaya. This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to a local school in a very tangible way. We will have the opportunity to understand the educational system in India and to interact with teachers and students. The school is the largest operating non-governmental organization (NGO) in Delhi, focusing on issues affecting the development of the urban and rural poor in India, with a special focus on children. Their main areas of influence are the urban slums of Delhi, but inroads into rural development in the states of Haryana and Uttarakhand have been made as well. 

Travel by rickshaw past colorful bazaars, sacred temples, and colonial monuments through the winding streets of Old Delhi, the capital of Muslim India from the 12th century through the 19th centuries. See the sumptuous Red Fort palaces, (from outside), the symbol of Indian nationhood. Visit India’s largest mosque, the white marble Jama Masjid, and admire handmade crafts sold at the market in Chandni Chowk.

After lunch, visit New Delhi which was designed and built by the British in the 1920's. It's a city of wide boulevards and impressive government buildings as well as green parks and gardens. You will also visit a monument from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb, which was built by the wife of Mughal Emperor Humayun, Haji Begum in the mid-16th century. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House.

Dinner is on your own this evening.

Overnight:  The Grand Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 09: Travel to Agra

Today the group will say farewell to Jaipur and drive with your guide to Agra.  The drive is about 4 hours.  Lunch will be provided in route with dinner on your own arrangement this evening.

Upon arrival in Agra stop at the Agra Fort, the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of the Yamuna River.

A farewell dinner will be provided this evening to give you a chance to recap your experience.

Overnight:  The Trident Agra (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Agra - Cultural Exploration Taj Mahal
​Explore Shah Jahan’s monument of love - the Taj Mahal. A mausoleum built 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. 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.

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

Note: A couple day use rooms for wash and change will be reserved for the group at a nearby 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).
Overnight:  Trident Hotel Agra (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Arrival

Arrive back in New York this morning.

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.​​

Day 01: December 10, 2018 
After the conclusion of your sightseeing in Agra, say goodbye to your fellow travelers. Depart Agra today and make your way to Jaipur via private vehicle late this morning.

Jaipur is the pink city as it houses many pink sandstone monuments and a vibrant culture which is on a dazzling display across all the streets and bazaars. Known as the great city of the fighter clan of India, Rajputs, it is filled with historic forts, palaces, and gardens. Jaipur is named after its founder, the warrior and astronomer sovereign Sawai Jai Singh II who planned his new capital to reflect the increasing wealth of the kingdom.

Stop in route to Jaipur at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Fatehpur Sikri, briefly capital of the Mughal Empire, with one of the largest mosques in India within a marvelous complex of monuments and temples. Lunch will be provided today.

On arrival check-in at your hotel with dinner on your own arrangements this evening.

Overnight:  Trident Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 02: December 11, 2018

After a good nights rest and breakfast at the hotel, explore the wondrous city that is Jaipur. Nothing’s better than to kick start your journey the quintessential Maharajah way! Ride on an elephant’s back to the majestic Amber Fort, a beautiful complex of palaces, halls, pavilions, gardens and temples. You will also see the City Palace, a former royal residence built in the center of the old city in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. Another highlight of your day will be to visit Jantar Mantar, the largest of the five remarkable observatories built by Jaipur’s founder. Its complex instruments, with scientifically designed settings and shapes, represent the high points of medieval Indian astronomy. Later, see Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), where a high and intricately carved wall sequestered women of the court while allowing them to watch processions below. 

​Lunch will be on your own today. This evening enjoy a walk through the local markets. There are a number of bazaars in Jaipur, each possessing a unique charm. The Pink City is well known for being a top shopping destination: from jewelry to textiles or even puppets, you can find everything you need!
Overnight: Trident Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 03: December 12, 2018 
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and drive to Udaipur, the “city of sunrise.” Note this is an approximate 5 hour drive. Udaipur is the famed city of lakes, palaces and gardens, and perhaps the most romantic and scenic of all Indian cities. The city is built around four lakes. The blue waters reflect the shimmering white palaces and temples and the whole city exudes a feeling of peace and space.

Lunch will be on your own arrangement during your drive today. Dinner will be provided after arrival in Udaipur.

Overnight: Trident Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: December 13, 2018 
Start your day enjoying a full day guided tour of Udaipur. Take in this cool oasis in the dry heart of Rajasthan. It is probably the most romantic city in a state where every city has some romantic or exotic tale to tell. The huge City Palace, towering over Lake Pichola, is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Though it is a conglomeration of buildings built by successive rulers, it manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design and affords fine views of the lake and the city from upper terraces. ​

Proceed on to the Jagdish Temple which enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu and his vehicle - a mighty bird called Garuda in a brass image. The temple is a very fine example of Indo-Aryan art. The temple is still in use and is visited by colorfully dressed pilgrims. An afternoon cruise on Lake Pichola offers spectacular views of the cityscape from the water. 

Lunch is on your own today with dinner provided at a local restaurant. 
Overnight: Trident Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: December 14, 2018 
Depart this afternoon for your return to Delhi and your connecting flights home. Enjoy some free time this morning to relax, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and perhaps do some exploring on your own. Your guide will provide details on hotel check-out and departure for your flight to Delhi today.

Note: A room will be reserved for the group at the airport in Delhi for wash and change before heading to the airport for your international flight home late today (or early the following morning).

Day 6: December 15, 2018

You will arrive home today.

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

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Speech-Language Pathology Journey to India

led by Rinki Varindani Desai

​​​​​​​Leader Spotlight: 

Rinki Varindani Desai

is an ASHA-certified Speech-Language Pathologist, BIAAcertified
Brain Injury Specialist and a Certified Dementia Practitioner; specializing in the assessment and treatment of cognitive linguistic and swallowing disorders in adults. She has extensively treated adults with speech, language and swallowing disorders in a variety of medical settings.

Rinki is the founder of the Medical SLP Forum on Facebook and co-created the mobile app Dysphagia Therapy.  She has co-founded and runs Dysphagia Grand Rounds and the Swallowing Training and Education Portal with dysphagia expert Dr. Ianessa Humbert.

She currently serves on ASHA’s SIG 13 Editorial Committee as Associate Editor of Perspectives, on the Dysphagia Research
Society’s Website, Communications and Public Relations Committee and also volunteers with the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders. She has written and spoken extensively on topics related to adult dysphagia around the world. Originally an
SLP from Mumbai, India; Rinki currently

practices in Dallas, Texas. Follow her

Medical SLP Blog on Facebook or

reach out via LinkedIn and 


Continue your magical exploration of Incredible India as you venture on to Jaipur and Udaipur. Jaipur, known as the ‘pink city’ ever since it was decked up in pink terracotta to welcome Prince Albert in 1876. Take an elephant-back ride to the stalwart Amber Fort, visit the Hava Mahal, or ‘palace of the winds’, where the women of the court were sequestered, stargaze at the Janthar Manthar observatory and visit the City Palace. Udaipur is the famed city of lakes, palaces and gardens, and perhaps the most romantic and scenic of all Indian cities. Explore the City Palace and exotic Temples of Udaipur and relish the spectacular city views as your cruise one of the 4 magnificent lakes. 

Our Speech-Language Pathology Journey will take you to India for an 11 day career enrichment experience! What better way to learn and grow than to experience firsthand how the healthcare system is evolving in India? Interact with speech-language pathologists at a variety of academic and healthcare facilities in both Delhi and Mumbai and explore India’s speech-language pathology and audiology systems including service delivery, access to care, prevention & health promotion. The focus of this journey will be on professional exchanges with SLP counterparts in India and learning more about rehabilitation services in relation to patient care and well-being in India. 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 Deepalaya: a large non-profit focused on issues affecting the development of the urban and rural poor in India. Your journey also includes a visit to the exquisite Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan’s monument of love.


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India: Jaipur & Udaipur |  5 Days|  December 10-14 2018 | $1,999

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India: Mumbai, Delhi, Agra | 11 days | December 1-11, 2018 | $6,499