Medicine and Society in North India with the Royal Society of Medicine - Jon Baines Tours

Medicine and Society in North India with the Royal Society of Medicine

14 - 28 Mar 2021
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

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.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Janice Liverseidge

Janice Liverseidge

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.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 14 Mar (Sun) Delhi: Arrive Delhi and transfer to the hotel
  • 15 Mar (Mon) Delhi: Visit the All India Institute of Medical Science. Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Walk through the narrow lanes of the Chadni Chowk, visit the spice market and walk along Jeweller's Lane.
  • 16 Mar (Tues) Delhi / Agra: Visit New Delhi. Drive to Agra. Arrive and transfer to the hotel and at leisure
  • 17 Mar (Wed) Agra / Gwailor: Early morning visit to the Taj Mahal. Return for breakfast. Drive to Gwailor, stopping en route to visit the imposing Gwailor Fort. Arrive early afternoon and transfer to the Taj Usha Kiran Palace.
  • 18 Mar (Thurs) Gwailor: Visit Jai Vilas Palace and its ornate gardens. Visit a community health clinic and at leisure to explore the bazaars of Gwailor
  • 19 Mar (Fri) Gwailor: Drive to the lovely small town of Orcha via a visit to Sonagiri Temples. Explore Orcha and return via Jhansi
  • 20 Mar (Sat) Gwailor / Lucknow: Drive to Lucknow.
  • 21 Mar (Sun) Lucknow: Morning at leisure. In the afternoon drive in tongas (horse drawn carriages) to Hussainbad Complex
  • 22 Mar (Mon) Lucknow: Visit the Lucknow Residency and the Bara Imanbara. Visit Lucknow Medical Charity or at leisure. Optional evening culinary tour of Rumi Darwaza (the Lucknow markets)
  • 23 Mar (Tues) Lucknow / Varanasi: Morning at leisure. Fly to Varanasi, arriving later afternoon, and transfer to the hotel. In the evening take rickshaws to the river and visit the ghats of the Ganges
  • 24 Mar (Wed) Varanasi: Rise at dawn for a Ganges cruise to see pilgrims offering puja. Walk back through the old town of Benares to the hotel for breakfast. See the Golden Temple and visit the Bharat Mata Mandir. Afternoon at leisure in Varanasi or option to visit Sarnath
  • 25 Mar (Thurs) Varanasi / Kolkata: Visit the Palliative Care unit of Benares Hindu University and learn about the traditional cultural beliefs in health care. Afternoon at leisure before an evening flight to Kolkatta. Arrive and transfer to the hotel
  • 26 Mar (Fri) Kolkata: Drive out to Thakurpukur and visit the Saroj Gupta Cancer Centre and Research Institute. Afternoon at leisure in Kolkata
  • 27 Mar (Sat) Kolkata: Sightseeing walk visiting old Kolkata, including the Writer’s Building. Visit the Victoria Memorial and the Maidan. Visit the Anglican Cathedral, Park Street Cemetery, Mother Theresa Museum. Farewell dinner
  • 28 Mar (Sun) Kolkata: Depart for airport for return flight

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