This tour with the Royal Society of Medicine 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 Gwailor 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 local medical practitioners in both rural and urban India.
Until recently Janice Liverseidge was a Director 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 and China.