Optometry in North India

5 - 16 Feb 2024
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About 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 and some of its most beautiful man made structures, spectacular landscapes and wildlife and a vibrant and colourful society clinging to ancient traditions whilst embracing the modern world.

This tour starts in Delhi, a city where Mughal and colonial history rub shoulders alongside a vibrant contemporary culture. Continue to the royal blue city of Jodhpur, onto Pushkar and the pink city of Jaipur, to finish in Agra, dominated by the majestic Taj Mahal. The varied cultural programme is balanced by a wide-ranging professional itinerary of visits, talks and meetings with optometrists and eye care practitioners in both rural and urban India.

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Your tour leader

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​David Shannon

David Shannon graduated from Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, Tennessee, as a Doctor of Optometry. He served for ten years on the board of the Association of Optometrists including as chair between 2010 and 2013. David consulted for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and trained practitioners across the UK. Until 2014 he worked in the family practice in London. David has led many successful optometry study tours for Jon Baines Tours.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Delhi (Mon, 5 Feb) Arrive Delhi and transfer to the hotel to settle in before dinner at the hotel restaurant.
  • Day 2: Delhi (Tues, 6 Feb) Visit Indian Optometric Association. Talk: ‘Optometry in India.’ In the afternoon take a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, including Jama Masjid mosque. Take a cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of the Chandni Chowk and visit the spice market and Jewellers’ Lane. See the Red Fort and onto the Karol Bagh Bazaar. Enjoy a welcome dinner at Veda in the evening.
  • Day 3: Delhi (Wed, 7 Feb) Visit the India Institute of Medical Sciences School of Optometry - AIIMS. Explore New Delhi and visit Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate and Parliament House. Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant with local optometrists.
  • Day 4: Delhi / Jodhpur (Thurs, 8 Feb) Fly to Jodhpur. Arrive and transfer to the Ranbanka Palace Hotel. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort. Take a tuk tuk through the old city past cotton, vegetable and spice bazaars to the craft market and at leisure to explore.
  • Day 5: Jodhpur (Fri, 9 Feb) Visit the Tarabai Desai Eye Hospital and learn about their rural eye camps, screening and health checks. Return to Jodhpur and at leisure.
  • Day 6: Jodhpur / Pushkar (Sat, 10 Feb) Drive to Pushkar. Visit the Barefoot College and learn about their huge range of health and engineering education projects. Take a camel safari into the desert dunes for sunset. Barbecue in the desert.
  • Day 7: Pushkar / Jaipur (Sun, 11 Feb) Drive to Jaipur and transfer to the hotel. City tour and see the Palace of the winds and visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory and the City Palace Museum.
  • Day 8: Jaipur (Mon, 12 Feb) Visit The Eye Destination Optometric Clinic. Travel up to the Amber Fort and explore the mighty citadel.
  • Day 9: Jaipur (Tues, 13 Feb) Full day at leisure. Option to further explore the Pink City.
  • Day 10: Jaipur / Agra (Wed, 14 Feb) Drive to Agra. En route visit the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. Arrive Agra in the afternoon and transfer to the hotel.
  • Day 11: Agra / Delhi (Thur, 15 Feb) Dawn visit by horse drawn carriage the Taj Mahal. Visit the Taj Mahal. Return to the hotel for breakfast and check out. Drive to Delhi and in the evening enjoy your farewell dinner.
  • Day 12: Delhi (Fri, 16 Feb) Depart hotel after breakfast.

Tour cost

The ground only cost of the tour per person sharing a room is USD $3,836. The cost per person with a room to yourself is USD $4,452

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