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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 Grand (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 Grand (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 04: Delhi - Career Enrichment
Today the professional members of the group will meet with professional medical counterparts in Delhi. This may include meetings with the Maulana Azad Medical College and associated hospital complex. The complex consists of four integral units including the Maulana Azad Medical College, Lok Nayak Hospital, Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital and Guru Nanak Eye Center.
After lunch continue on to another meeting with the staff from a hospital such as Medanta—The Medicity. Medanta is one of India's largest multi-super specialty institutes located in Gurgaon, a bustling town in the National Capital Region. The institution was envisioned with the aim of bringing to India the highest standards of medical care along with clinical research, education and training.

Guest program:

Visit the National Museum, New Delhi, home to more than two million works of art spanning 5,000 years of Indian culture and history, and explore the Crafts Museum, which boasts rare samples of arts and crafts from all over the countryeverything from embroidery to wood carvings to papier-mâché to mud huts decorated with delightful folk art. See the tallest stone tower in India, the Qutab Minar, and if time permits, the Lotus Temple.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense) this evening.
Overnight: The Grand (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Agra - Taj Mahal
Drive to Agra. Today the group will say farewell to Delhi and drive with your guide to Agra. Today you will marvel at 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. It marks the most developed stage of Mughal architecture.
Also visit Agra Fort - the seat and the 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.

In the evening enjoy the grand live performance “Mohabbat-e-Taj”, based on the love story of Taj Mahal.
Overnight: Radisson Blu (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

​​Day 06: Agra - Community Day
After breakfast, head to the Bharatpur Village today via bus to visit the community and local school. Lunch and dinner will be provided today.

Spend the day volunteering in the village’s rural health center as well as local school. Meet and interact with the locals and visit with the community children. Their local clinic provides basic services and you support will be greatly appreciated by all community members. 
Overnight: Radisson Blu (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Jaipur - Cultural Exploration
Depart for Jaipur. This morning depart 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 prior to your afternoon tour at a local heritage site. Stop to 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 preserved.

Upon arrival in Jaipur check in at your local hotel and have dinner on your own.
Overnight:  Lebua Lodge by Amer (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 08: Jaipur - Cultural Exploration
This morning, participate in a yoga and meditation session (optional) at your hotel.

Later 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.

Continue on 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.

This evening enjoy a traditional Kalbelia dance performance poolside at the hotel.
Overnight:  Lebua Lodge by Amer (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 09: Jaipur, Career Enrichment
This morning continue your professional exchange with local healthcare professionals in Jaipur. Visits may include Fortis Healthcare Ltd. and SMS Hospital (a government hospital and medical college). Visits will focus on:

  • Organization and financing of the Indian health care system
  • Overview of the health status of children
  • Pediatric practice in India, including primary care, specialty care and hospital based care
  • Children’s hospitals and children’s care in hospitals
  • Education systems for children in India
  • Education and training of pediatricians, including continuing education
  • Causes of morbidity and mortality of children

Guest Program:

Guests will enjoy a visit to Sanganer that takes them through two tripolias, or triple gateways, to explore palace ruins and the city's exquisitely carved Jain temples. They will learn about Rajasthani art from local masters in this important center for art and textiles. They will also stop at the Lakshmi Narayan temple, situated below Moti Dungri (the Hill of Pearls). This modern temple built of white marble creates a stunning accent on the city's skyline.

Gain authentic cultural insight during an evening spent enjoying a home-cooked meal with a local family.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Lebua Lodge by Amer (or similar)

Day 10: Jaipur, Community Engagement
This morning, participate in a yoga and meditation session (optional) at your hotel, followed by breakfast. Later drive to Ramgarh Village near Jaipur. Spend the day working at medical camps after a community orientation program. Lunch and dinner will be provided today.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Lebua Lodge by Amer (or similar)

Day 11: Return to Delhi - Time to say goodbye

Say farewell to Jaipur and drive back to Delhi today. Lunch is by individual arrangement this afternoon. Day use rooms are reserved at an airport hotel for the comfort of travelers as they depart India this evening. Dinner is by individual arrangement: depending upon flight departure time dinner may be provided in-flight. Arrival will be the following morning (Day 12) back in New York.

Meals: Breakfast

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.

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India: Delhi, Jaipur, Agra | 12 days | November 27 - December 8, 2016

​​​​Dates:   Nov 27 - Dec 8, 2016

Cost:      USD $5,499 per person

Days: ​    12

Leader Spotlight:  A. David Barnes, MD, PhD, MPH, FACOG

Dr. Barnes has traveled around

the world and worked in fifteen

countries. He trained at

King's College, University of

London; Royal College of

Surgeons in Ireland; Oriel College, Oxford, for tropical medicine; Jamaica Hospital (SUNY) for his Ob/Gyn residency; and is a graduate and life alumni of the University of California, Berkeley.

He has completed pioneer work in the northern areas of Canada and Alaska. Dr. Barnes has attended the Cree, Assiniboine, MicMac, Blackfoot and Sioux American Indians. He has had a successful clinical practice in Beverley Hills, California, and held academic positions at the University of Hawaii and the University of Miami.

His military service with the United States Army Medical Corps has included humanitarian medical missions to Central and South America as well as teaching positions in Hawaii and Japan. Overseas professional exchanges have taken him to Beijing, Xi 'an, Chengdu, and Hong Kong.

Detailed Itinerary

You are invited to become part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a custom-designed obstetrics and gynecology delegation to India in November 2016. 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. Barnes and fellow colleagues  to learn about obstetrics and gynecology in India. Receive an overview of the organization and financing of the Indian health care system; health status of children and pediatric practices in India; and primary, specialty and hospital based care.

What's Included

Obstetrics & Gynecology Journey to India, led by Dr. David Barnes