Ophthalmology in North India

18 Feb - 2 Mar 2018
  • Medical & Professional Tours
+ Optional extension: Holi in Udaipur

About the tour

Travel from Delhi to Rajasthan, home to dozens of royal principalities each with their own character and history. Sumptuous palaces and breathtaking monuments abound, including the magnificent Golden Palace in Amritsar, the incomparable Taj Mahal, Jaipur Palace and Mehrangarh Fort. See the Taj Mahal at dawn and take a jeep to Amber Fort, ride a rickshaw in Bhatatpur bird sanctuary and tuk tuks in Jodhpur. There is the option to celebrate the colourful festival of Holi in beautiful Udaipur at the end of the tour.

India is a land like no other in the richness and diversity of its people, its culture and its history. It is home to one of the world’s oldest religions, arguably the world’s most beautiful man made structure – the Taj Mahal – and a vibrant and colourful society clinging to ancient traditions whilst embracing the modern world. . The varied cultural programme is balanced by a wide-ranging professional itinerary of visits, talks and meetings with your professional counterparts in rural and urban India. There is also a full cultural partner programme.

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Ophthalmology in North India

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Professor Harminder Dua

Professor Harminder Dua

Harminder Singh Dua MBBS, DO, DO(London), MS, MNAMS, FRCS(Ed), FRCOphth., FRCP(Ed), FEBO, FRCOptom., MD, PhD is an Indian-British medical doctor and researcher. He is the chair and professor of ophthalmology at University of Nottingham and is the head of the Division of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Previously he was associate professor at the Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA when he was invited to chair in Nottingham in April 1994.

Professor Dua specialises in corneal transplantation and ocular surface diseases. He has served the profession in various capacities, which include: President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (2011-14); Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Ophthalmology (2007-14); President of EuCornea, and of EVER. He is currently member of the International steering committee of the second Dry Eye Workshop (DEWS II), Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis, and the American Ophthalmological Society. He is also Editor-in-chief of the Journal of EuCornea and Chairman of the Advisory committee of the International Council of Ophthalmology. He has more than 120 awards and accolades which include 35 eponymous and award lectures; The Times Higher Education Award 2014 for ‘Research project of the year’; the Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award (2013) and the Vice-chancellor’s medal (2016) amongst others. He was listed by the magazine ‘Ophthalmologist’ in the top 20 most influential individuals in Ophthalmology worldwide (2014); and amongst in the top 100 in 2016. He was one of five Ophthalmologists in the list of ‘Britain’s Top Doctors’ (2010) published by The Times magazine. 

He has over 325 scientific publications, has supervised 43 post-graduate (PhD and MD) students and has been endowed with honorary life memberships of four international academic societies. One eponymous lecture, “The Dua Lecture” Birmingham, and a seminar room in the Nottingham post-graduate centre, “The Dua Room” have been named after him. He, has previously led a highly successful ophthalmology tour to south India.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 18 Feb (Sun) Delhi:  Arrive Delhi and check into the Metropolitan Hotel. Welcome dinner
  • 19 Feb (Mon) Delhi: Visit the Delhi Ophthalmological Society and Scientific Programme. Partner Programme: Visit Lodi Gardens and Flagstaff House (home of the first Indian prime minister). Afternoon sightseeing tour of Old Delhi including the Red Fort, Flagstaff Tower, the church of St Martin and the Jama Mosque. Take a cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of the Chadni Chowk, visit the spice market and walk along Jeweller's Lane
  • 20 Feb (Tues) Delhi / Amritsar:  Early train to Amritsar.  Arrive and transfer from the station. Visit the Golden Temple
  • 21 Feb (Wed) Amritsar: Visit the Amritsar Medical School and Scientific Programme. Partner programme: Visit the beautiful Ram Bagh Gardens and the remains of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Summer Palace. Explore Old Amritsar, including Jallianwala Bagh Garden
  • 22 Feb (Thurs) Amritsar / Agra:  Fly to Delhi.  Drive to Agra, visiting Vrindavan and the Iskcon Temple en route, and check into the ITC Mughal Hotel
  • 23 Feb (Fri) Agra / Jaipur: Early morning visit to the Taj Mahal. Drive to the bird sanctuary of Bharatpur and visit by rickshaw. Explore the ancient abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. Continue to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur and check into Jaipur Trident Hotel
  • 24 Feb (Sat) Jaipur: Visit the City Palace and see the Palace of the Winds and Jantar Mantar Observatory. At leisure. Option to visit Chokhi Dhani or visit the bazaars, lanes and workshops of Jaipur. Reception with the Jaipur Ophthalmological Society
  • 25 Feb (Sun) Jaipur: Drive by jeep up to Amber Fort and explore the fort. Drive up into the hills to explore the Samode Palace, stopping at Samode village en route. Dinner at Samode Palace
  • 26 Feb (Mon) Jaipur / Jodhpur:  Drive to Pushkar. Visit the Barefoot College and learn of their rural health care programmes.Drive to Jodhpur. Arrive and overnight at Ranbanka Palace Hotel
  • 27 Feb (Tues) Jodhpur:  Visit Mehrangarh Fort. At leisure
  • 28 Feb (Wed) Jodhpur: Visit the Tarabai Desai Eye Hospital and partners at leisure. Visit Mandore Gardens, home of temples and memorials. Scientific Meeting with local ophthalmologists, followed by a farewell dinner
  • 1 March (Thurs) Jodhpur / Delhi:  Fly to Delhi. Transfer to the Metropolitan Hotel via an orientation tour of New Delhi 
  • 2 March (Fri) Delhi:  Transfer to the airport for departure


  • 1 March (Thurs) Jodhpur / Udaipur: Drive to Udaipur.  Arrive and check into the Radisson Blu Hotel.  Dinner at the hotel
  • 2 March (Fri) Udaipur:  Visit the Shalion Kebadi Gardens. Take a boat ride on Lake Pichola and visit Jagmandir Palace. Watch the bonfires
  • 3 March (Sat) Udaipur: Holi Fesival
  • 4 March (Sun) Udaipur / Delhi: Fly to Delhi. Transfer to Metropolitan Hotel via an orientation tour of New Delhi
  • 5 March (Mon) Delhi:  Depart hotel for airport

Tour cost

Ground only price: $3,944 (excluding international flights and transfers)