Optometry in North India - Jon Baines Tours

Optometry in North India

22 Feb - 6 Mar 2021
  • 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 Agra, dominated by the majestic Taj Mahal, onto the pink city of Jaipur and the royal blue city of Jodhpur, to finish in elegant Udaipur - the 'Venice of the East.' 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

Picture of JBT tour leader, ​David Shannon

​David Shannon

David Shannon graduated in 1986 from Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, Tennessee, as a Doctor of Optometry. Between 2010 and 2013 he was Chairman of the AOP (Association of Optometrists). Previously he was AOP Board member responsible for OT (Optometry Today). He has consulted for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and has trained practitioners across the UK. Until 2014 he worked in the family practice, Shannon and Carton Ltd, in London. David has supervised undergraduate optometry students at City University’s contact lens clinic. David has led many successful optometry study tours, including to China, Cuba, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Nepal and Peru, for Jon Baines Tours.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 22 Feb (Mon) Delhi: Arrive Delhi and transfer to Ashtan Sarovar Portico. Orientation tour of New Delhi and visit Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate and Parliament House
  • 23 Feb (Tues) Delhi: Visit Indian Optometric Association. Talk: ‘Optometry in India’. Partner programme available: Hauz Khas Market walk. Visit the India Institute of Medical Sciences School of Optometry
  • 24 Feb (Wed) Delhi / Agra: Take a cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of the Chandi Chowk and visit the spice market and Jewellers’ Lane.Drive to Agra and transfer to the Grand Imperial Hotel
  • 25 Feb (Thurs) Agra / Jaipur: Dawn visit to the Taj Mahal. Visit the Taj Mahal. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Drive to Agra, visiting the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri en route. Arrive Jaipur and transfer to the Lemon Tree hotel and at leisure
  • 26 Feb (Fri) Jaipur: Visit Amber Fort. Visit the City Palace. Continue to the jewellery and textile bazaars and take part in the Bazaar Trail
  • 27 Feb (Sat) Jaipur: Visit The Eye Destination Optometric Clinic. See Palace of the Winds and visit the observatory. Visit the Ayureveda Clinic and learn of ancient medical system. Option to visit the Elefantastic Elephant Camp to help feed, wash and paint an elephant.
  • 28 Feb (Sun) Jaipur / Jodhpur: Drive to Jodphur via Rajasthani villages. Arrive and transfer to the Ranbanka Palace Hotel
  • 1 March (Mon) Jodhpur: Visit the mighty Mehrangarh Fort. Tuk tuk through the old city past cotton, vegetable and spice bazaars to the craft market. At leisure to explore
  • 2 March (Tues) Jodhpur: Visit the Tarabai Desai Eye Hospital and lean of their charity work. Witness or take part in screening and health checks. Take a camel safari into the desert dunes for sunset
  • 3 March (Wed) Jodhpur / Udaipur: Drive through the hills to Udaipur. Arrive in the afternoon and transfer to the Lakend Hotel. Dinner on the shores of Lake Pichola
  • 4 March (Thurs) Udaipur: Visit the Saheliyon Ki Bari water gardens and the City Palace. See the Solar Observatory and take a cruise on Lake Pichola
  • 5 March (Fri) Udaipur: Optional cookery class including a visit to the market a cookery class and lunch or at leisure. Afternoon at leisure.Farewell dinner on a rooftop restaurant
  • 6 March (Sat) Udaipur: Depart Udaipur (to Delhi or Mumbai to connect with onward departure - flight not included)

Tour cost

USD $3,611 per person sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)

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