Rajasthan Village Life

"I have led groups organized and run by the Nanda staff for over 10 years. These trips are unique. I and the other participants are always amazed by the staff's ability to fit rich, informative professional interchange and visits along with the highlights of the country into the under-two-week timeframe ideal for busy professionals. We meet the directors of major clinical facilities, educational institutions, and public policy. They are invariably delighted to maintain contact after we return home."

Nada L Stotland - MD, MPH
Nanda Journeys Leader

Shared Room
Number of payments 4
Payment Due*Amount
Upon Registration$500.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x 3)$1,599.66 USD
Total $5,298.98 USD
Single Room
Number of payments 4
Payment Due*Amount
Upon Registration$500.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x 3)$1,932.66 USD
Total $6,297.98 USD
Shared Room with Village Extension
Number of payments 4
Payment Due*Amount
Upon Registration$500.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x 3)$1,966.00 USD
Total $6,398.00 USD
Single Room with Village Extension
Number of payments 4
Payment Due*Amount
Upon registration$500.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x 3)$2,398.66 USD
Total $7,696.00 USD
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Day 1: April 10, 2021 - 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 2: April 11 - 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.

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.

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

Overnight:  The Palms (or similar)

Day 3: April 12 - 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, Dinner

Day 4: April 13 - Delhi - Career Enrichment
Today the professional members of the group will meet with speech-language pathology and audiology counterparts in the morning and afternoon. This will include meetings with professionals from an organization such as the Indian Speech and Hearing Association. Discover how the profession of speech-language pathology has developed historically in India and what communication sciences and disorders education programs are available. Talk to your Indian counterparts about how cultural differences influence access to speech and hearing services in the various Indian cultures. 

Lunch will be provided today at a local restaurant.

Continue onward to visit a local school this afternoon to discuss what rehabilitation services are available in the public schools and whether they include speech-language pathology. Learn what early intervention services are available for children with complex medical conditions in comparison to the U.S.

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

Day 5: April 14 - Morning Meeting & Travel to Jaipur

This morning you will meet with faculty from a local university to learn about the education of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in India and discuss opportunities to develop professional ties.

Guest program: Accompanying guests will have some free time before heading to lunch and onward to Jaipur with the rest of the group. 

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, mini-fridge, 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: April 15 - 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 speech-language pathology and audiology services available in hospitals.​

​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 7: April 16 - 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: April 17 - 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.​

​Dinner will be provided this evening. 
Overnight:  Crystal Sarovar (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

​​Day 9: April 18 - 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.

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

Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant this evening before heading to the airport for your late departure home this evening. ​
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: April 19 - Arrive in U.S.

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.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: April 18 - Drive to Bharaptur 
Say farewell to Agra this morning and make your way toward Bharatpur in Rajasthan.

In route you will stop to visit the Agra Fort, a great monument of red sandstone that dominates a bend in the Yamuna River and was constructed by the Mughals during 1565-1571. The Fort contains splendid mosques and palaces in red sandstone and white marble built by two generations of creative builders during the time of Akbar and later Jehangir and Shah Jehan.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon.

This afternoon, enjoy a village walk with your local guide. Learn about the lives of the villagers and interact with the people this afternoon. This will provide a chance to really experience rural life in India, working alongside local organic farmers. Also spend time with the village children and the elderly people alike. See their ways of income generation like making of “Agarbatti” (essence stick), making of “dona & pattal” (bowls & plates), and traditional handicrafts.

Later in the afternoon visit the sites of animal husbandry and enjoy a ‘chai’ (masala tea) in “kullad” (mud cup). Settle into your local hotel where dinner will be provided this evening.

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

Day 02: April 19 - Village Life

​After breakfast this morning, you will explore new levels of service learning at a local school. Experience an exclusive program specially designed to be immersed in service work with local students and build lasting relationships through education and cultural exchange. Assist in a variety of roles from teaching English to helping with computer education.

This afternoon visit a local family in the village and enjoy a traditional sit down meal with them for lunch.

Continue on to visit Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a small but important bird sanctuary. Originally a duck-shooting preserve, the wetland is now a world-renowned birding destination. In 2008, the water levels were increased and the habitat now attracts vast numbers of migratory birds during the winter months to swell the large number of native species. Walk or take a cycle along the narrow road to the open wetlands at the end. Common, pied and white-fronted kingfishers are plentiful. Painted storks nest and roost in the trees, while white-breasted waterhens and purples wamphen walk across the mats of water hyacinths. Woolly-necked and black-necked storks patrol the shallow water meadows. Many raptors may be found here, including imperial and steppe eagles, and long-billed and redheaded vultures are also resident. We will keep a lookout for wild boar, as well as spotted mongoose, sambar and nilgai. Rock pythons may also be seen sunning themselves on rock piles.

Dinner will be provided this evening.
Overnight:  The Bagh Hotel(or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: April 20 - Community Connections
Begin your final day in India with one last visit to the local school. Spend a few hours this morning interacting and helping the students.

Check out and head toward Delhi this afternoon with lunch provided in route (approximately a 4 hour drive).

After dinner, transfer to the international airport for your flight home (arrival next day).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: April 21 - Arrive in US

Plan on an early arrival  back in the US.

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.​​

Continue your explorations of India with a rural village visit highlighting a chance to learn about the daily lives of the local people. Founded in 1733 by Maharaja Suraj Mal, the city is famous for its bird sanctuary and the Eastern gate to the State of Rajasthan.

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Each village experience is unique. On a recent visit our guests were invited to a dance rehearsal for a commemorative ceremony at the village school. 

Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Journey to India

led by Dr. Elise Davis-McFarland

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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

​​​​​​Leader Spotlight:  Dr. Elise Davis-McFarland

​Elise Davis-McFarland, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a former president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She has enjoyed a rewarding career in higher education that includes teaching, program development, and leadership of speech-language pathology programs, research and executive-level college administration. Dr. Davis-McFarland's interest in international education and practice led to a Rotary Faculty Fellowship to teach speech-language pathology at the Medical University of Southern Africa. Her interest in global issues in the speech-language pathology profession continues. She has been a reviewer

for Language, Speech, and Hearing Services

in Schools. Her areas of research and

publication include speech and language

development in infants and children with

HIV-AIDS, multicultural issues in language

assessment, literacy development, and

pediatric dysphagia.

You are invited to become part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a custom-designed Speech-Language Pathology and  Audiology 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. Interact with speech-language pathology and audiology professionals from a variety of facilities in both Delhi & Jaipur such as the Indian Speech and Hearing Association, a local medical school as well as a local clinic and school. Focus on learning about the state of speech-language pathology education and services in India including interaction with individuals who work with children and adults with communication challenges. 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.

OPTIONAL POST PROGRAM EXTENSION: Bharatpur Village Experience 

India: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur | 10 days | April 10-18 (arrive back in U.S. Apr 19) | $5,299

What's Included

Agra Fort

India: Bharatpur Village, Rajasthan | 3 days |  April 18-21, 2021 | $1,099