Day 1: October 5, 2019 - Depart for India

Depart from Newark International Airport (EWR) 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 2: October 6, 2019 - Delhi
Arrive this in Delhi, India this evening. Upon arrival the group will be met and transferred to your local hotel for check in and overnight. Meal service will be provided on your flight. 

The Palms Hotel in Delhi is located at a private country club, reserved for members only. They offer complimentary internet usage, bottled water, coffee and tea maker, minibar, room safes, 24-hour room service, onsite dining and other amenities for your comfort. They also have a pool and, fitness center including squash courts and tennis.

Overnight:  The Palms (or similar)

Day 3: October 7, 2019 - 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.

After lunch on own, 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, Dinner

Day 4: October 8, 2019 - Delhi - Career Enrichment
Today the group will meet with library and information service professionals from a facility such as DELNET-Developing Library or a university library like IGNOU. DELNET was established with a prime objective of promoting resource sharing among the libraries of India through the development of a network of libraries. The aim is to collect, store, and disseminate information as well as offer computerized services to users; to coordinate efforts for suitable collection development; and to reduce unnecessary duplication wherever possible in the system. 

Lunch will be provided this afternoon at a local restaurant. 

​This afternoon the group 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

Dinner will be provided today.
Overnight: The Palms (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: October 9, 2019 - Morning Meeting & Travel to Jaipur

This morning visit a library like Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. They are a museum and library with a primary goal to preserve and reconstruct the history of the Indian independence movement. Tour the library and discuss funding and some of the innovations happening in Indian libraries today.

Later today depart via bus to the Pink City of Jaipur, known for the terracotta plaster that coats buildings in the old part of the city. Jaipur is the capital and largest city of Rajasthan. Established back in 1727 the city now has a population of more than 3 million. It is 167 miles north of Delhi and forms the western part of the Golden Triangle.

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.​

The Golden Tulip Jaipur is a centrally located four-star property. They have a full-service restaurant, coffee lounge and bar, as well as room service for your convenience. Rooms are equipped with hairdryers, wi-fi access (for a fee), coffee/tea maker, minifridge, cable TV & iPod stations. The hotel has a rooftop pool, gym and a spa with a sauna, a steam room as well as hot tub.

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

​​Day 6: October 10, 2019 - Professional Program - Jaipur
After breakfast, 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 multiple disabilities to develop to their true potential.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon. 

Continue onward to visit 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 (Birla Mandir), situated below Moti Dungri. Visit the temple grounds which were built in 1938 and dedicated to Lord Vishnu and goddess Lakshmi. Note you will be asked to remove your shoes to enter.

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

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

​​Day 7: October 11, 2019 - 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 8: October 12, 2019 - On to Agra and the Taj Mahal
Today the group will say farewell to Jaipur and drive with your guide to Agra. The remote city is a must see when you are in Northern India, not only because it is the home of the UNESCO World Heritage rated Taj Mahal. The city is located on the banks of the river Yamuna and the 24th most populous city in India.  The drive is about 6 hours (240 kms).

Lunch will be provided in route this afternoon.

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. 

The Crystal Sarovar Hotel is centrally located close to the Taj Mahal in the heart of the tourist hub of the city. Rooms have Wi-Fi access, tea & coffee maker, room service and other complimentary amenities like fresh fruit. The hotel has a variety of onsite dining options for your convenience as well as a fitness center, spa, swimming pool, travel desk and more.​

Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening at a local restaurant.
Overnight:  Crystal Sarovar (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: October 13, 2019 - Cultural Exploration & Return to Delhi / Fly to U.S.
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.

Say farewell to Agra and drive back to Delhi this afternoon. Head to the airport for your late departure home this evening.  Lunch and dinner are by individual arrangement today. 
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: October 14, 2019 - Arrive in U.S.

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

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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.


Library & Information Systems Journey to India

led by Dr. Camila Alire

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​​​​​​Leader Spotlight:  Dr. Camila Alire

Dr. Camila Alire is Dean Emerita at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University. She serves as the lead consultant for Alire and Associates.  Camila received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado and an MLS from the University of Denver.

Recognized as a library leader, Camila is past president of ALA (American Library Association), ACRL (Association for College and Research Libraries) and national REFORMA (Association to Promote Library and Information Services for Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking) and Reforma Colorado. She is also a member of the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Scholarly works co-authored by Camila include the following four books: Management Basics for Information Professionals; Academic Librarianship; Academic Librarians as Emotionally Intelligent Leaders; and Serving Latino Communities (2 editions). Camila also edited Library Disaster Planning and Recovery Handbook and wrote four chapters.

Awards, honors, and recognitions received by Camila include her appointment by President Obama to serve on the National Council on the Humanities where she currently serves. In 2011, she was honored with the ALA/Lippincott Award for Distinguished Service; the CALA (Chinese American Library Association) Presidential Recognition Award, and the ALA Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award. She was awarded the ALA Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change award and the national REFORMA’s Librarian of the Year award. In recognition for her national advocacy efforts, Camila was a honored on the ALA/ALTA National Advocacy Honor Roll and MPLA’s (Mountain Plains Library Association) Legislative Leadership Award. She was a two-time recipient of the Colorado Library Association’s Exemplary Library Services to Ethnic Populations Award presented in 1998 & 1995.

The University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education alumni board has honored Camila on the College’s inaugural Wall of Fame. The College recognized her with the Leaders in Learning Award. The University of Denver named her one of the Outstanding Alumni for its Masters Week. Additionally, Camila received the University of Colorado’s University Medal.

Camila has led library delegations to China (2),

Russia, Israel and Peru. She has served as a

keynote speaker at conferences  nationally and

internationally and has presented

in Argentina, Mexico, Canada, China [Beijing,

Hong Kong, Shanghai, Changchun, Zhuhai,

Taiyuan], Spain [Madrid, Valencia, Zaragoza],

England, and Italy.

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Accommodations in four to five star hotels

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You are invited to become part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a custom-designed Library & Information Systems journey to India. 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. Explore India’s rich cultural heritage as you learn about their library services including visits to a local public or university library and interaction with experts in the field from DELNET-Developing Library Network. Sit down and talk to your counterparts about some of the major challenges facing India’s libraries and the innovations happening throughout their country today. Spend time with a facility dedicated to giving back like Disha: Resource Center for the Disabled who provide an opportunity for children with multiple disabilities to develop to their full potential. Gain authentic cultural insight during an evening spent enjoying a home-cooked meal with a local family.

"I’m a total fan of Nanda Journeys!!! I was impressed from the beginning by the high level of customer service I received. I’ve travelled a good bit, but my Nanda Journeys trip to Peru was the best trip yet! I have new friends and memories I’ll always treasure. The accommodations were excellent, and I was pleased with how smoothly all the little details of successful travel were handled. The guides were top notch, and I especially admired their ability to quickly find an alternative when a planned visit was cancelled due to circumstances beyond their control. Exchanging ideas with information professionals from another country is always an interesting and educational experience, and I hope to stay in touch with people I met during our professional visits. The other highlights for me were visiting Machu Picchu and spending time with girls at a local orphanage. Nanda’s commitment to the latter is outstanding. I look forward to taking more Nanda Journeys!"

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India: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur | 10 days | October 5-13, 2019 (arrive back in U.S. Oct 14) | $5,299