This tour takes you on a grand tour through India's rich history, culture and medical tradition. Starting in Delhi, where Mughal and colonial history rub shoulders alongside a vibrant contemporary culture - as well as the biggest medical organisation in India - continue to Agra, home to the magnificent Taj Mahal. Continue to Jaipur with its mighty fort and palaces before heading to Lucknow, renowned for its culture, elegance and rich cuisine. Onto Varanasi, one of the holiest places in India, set on the banks of the Ganges and where Hindus come for end of life rituals. Finish in Kolkata, the centre of the Raj until 1911 and a hub of Bengali literature, music and philosophy. It has a long and diverse history that has left a legacy of magnificent temples, buildings and parks.
The varied cultural programme is balanced by a wide-ranging professional itinerary of visits, talks and meetings with medical practitioners in both rural and urban India. These visits reveal the great diversity in healthcare within India and include a large prestigious public hospital in Delhi, an innovative NGO and a traditional practitioner in Jaipur, a talk on belief in the spiritual centre of Varanasi and a visit to a cancer hospital outside Kolkata.
This tour is run in conjunction with the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM).
Janice Liverseidge was previously Director of Membership at The Royal Society of Medicine and is now a full time guide and in her spare time a trustee of both the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund and the London Handel Festival. Earlier in her career she worked for the British Medical Association. She is also a registered Blue Badge tourist guide and regularly leads groups in London on medical history walks, tours of the Wellcome Collection and other healthcare locations plus provides music and art tours for the Foundling Museum and the London Handel Festival. Janice has travelled extensively, including an eight month journey around India, South East Asia and Australia, and has led highly successful RSM tours to Vietnam and Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Cuba, South Africa, China, Uzbekistan and Japan.
The cost of the tour sharing a double or twin room is USD $4,704. The cost of the tour with a room to yourself is USD $6,090.