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Both private and public sectors in India are competing to make India the future international hub of medical tourism care. For the last decade, India has been known throughout the world for their expertise in information technology, software, outsourcing, and business services. Next up is sure to be medical tourism.

Americans are already familiar with highly skilled Indian doctors at their local hospital down the street. What they may not know is that many of these doctors are heading back to India to ride this new medical travel wave. During the past few years, many of the top private hospitals in India have build brand new, ultra modern facilities and invested in the latest medical technology in order to lure international health tourism patients from around the world. The vast majority of these hospitals are in the process of applying for JCI Accreditation as well.

India, with its extensive labor pool and extremely educated population is an excellent destination for world-class medical treatment. Being a former colony of Great Britain, the English language is prevalent throughout the country. Two key drawbacks to India, which both the public and private sector are working feverishly to change, are 1) foreigners are required to obtain a visa to enter the country; and 2) many areas outside of the major cities may be unsettling to American visitors who are not accustomed to seeing large scale poverty. This being said, both the hospitals and hotels are totally safe, modern, clean, and world-class facilities. Our partner facilities in India are among the top international healthcare facilities in the country and are in the process of receiving JCI Accreditation.

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India's amazing diversity offers you everything you could ever want in a holiday. From the moment that you set foot in India to be greeted by a graceful namaste, a gesture that denotes both welcome and respect, you are on the way to one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
 
Bounded by the majestic Himalayan ranges in the north and edged by a spectacular coastline surrounded by three seas, India is a vivid kaleidoscope of landscapes, magnificent historical sites and royal cities, golden beaches, misty mountain retreats, colorful people, rich cultures and festivities.
 
At any part of the year India can offer you a dazzling array of destinations and experiences. In summer, when the subcontinent is sizzling, there are spectacular retreats amidst the heady beauty of the Himalayas or the lush heights of the Western Ghats with cool trekking trails, tall peaks to conqueror stretches of white water for the adventure seekers.
In the cool of an Indian winter, cities come alive with cultural feasts of music and dance. The balmy weather is an ideal time for you to go century hopping in romantic cities studded with medieval forts and palaces. The sun-drenched beaches are inviting and wildlife sanctuaries with their abundance of flora and fauna are a buzz with the nurture of the young.
 
Experience exotic India live like a maharaja in the rich ambiance of royal forts and palaces that are now heritage hotels; luxuriate in the serene beauty of a coral island with its turquoise lagoon; participate in the exuberance of a village fair or a colorful festival; day dream on a house boat drifting down the palm - fringed backwaters; delight in the grace of a dancer or shop till you drop - buying exquisite silks, carved figurines, brass and silver ware, marble inlaid with semi-precious stones, finely crafted jewelry, miniature paintings, carpets ....at unbelievable prices.
 
India, always warm and inviting, is a place of infinite variety - one that favors you with a different facet of its fascination every time you come on a visit. 
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Language 

 
Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, Telugu, Marathi, Malayalam, Kashmiri, Bengali, Tamil, English. 
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Religion 

 
India's major religion, Hinduism, is practiced by approximately 80% of the population. In terms of the number of adherents, it's the largest religion in Asia and one of the world's oldest extant faiths. Hinduism has a vast pantheon of gods, a number of holy books and postulates that everyone goes through a series of births or reincarnations that eventually lead to spiritual salvation. With each birth, you can move closer to or further from eventual enlightenment; the deciding factor is your karma. The Hindu religion has three basic practices. They are puja or worship, the cremation of the dead, and the rules and regulations of the caste system. Hinduism is not a proselytizing religion since you cannot be converted: you're either born a Hindu or you're not.

Buddhism was founded in northern India in about 500 BC and spread rapidly when emperor Ashoka embraced it but was gradually reabsorbed into Hinduism. Today Hindus regard the Buddha as another incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu. There are now only 6.6 million Buddhists in India, but important Buddhist sites in northern India, such as Bodhgaya, Sarnath (near Varanasi) and Kushinagar (near Gorakhpur) remain important sites of pilgrimage. The Jain religion also began life as an attempt to reform Brahminical Hinduism. It emerged at the same time as Buddhism, and for many of the same reasons. The Jains now number only about 4.5 million and are found predominantly in the west and southwest of India. The religion has never found adherents outside India. Jains believe that the universe is infinite and was not created by a deity. They also believe in reincarnation and eventual spiritual salvation by following the path of the Jain prophets.

There are more than 100 million Muslims in India, making it one of the largest Muslim nations on earth. Islam is the dominant religion in the neighboring countries of Pakistan and Bangladesh, and there is a Muslim majority in Jammu & Kashmir. Muslim influence in India is particularly strong in the fields of architecture, art and food. The Sikhs in India number 18 million and are predominantly located in the Punjab. The religion was originally intended to bring together the best of Hinduism and Islam. Its basic tenets are similar to those of Hinduism with the important modification that the Sikhs are opposed to caste distinctions. The holiest shrine of the Sikh religion is the Golden Temple in Amritsar. 
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Climate 

 
India offers a wide range of climatic factors and it is hard to determine down the best time to visit. Based on tourism statistics, October to March tend to be the most popular months throughout much of India. In the south, watch out for the monsoonal weather pattern that make January to September pleasant, while Sikkim and areas of northeastern India tend to be more reasonable between March and August, and the mountainous regions of Himachal Pradesh are most accessible between May and September. The deserts and the northwestern Indian Himalayan region are at their best during monsoon season.

The hiking and trekking season in the Indian Himalaya runs from around April to November, although this changes depending on the altitude and region. Ski season is from January through March. 
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Clothing 
 
The diversity of climates makes clothing options unlimited. Ask your MedRetreat representative to assist you in planning for your specific destination. 
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Mobile Phones 

 
A Subscriber Identity Module Card (SIM Card) is now available for India and foreign customers who are traveling around for work. The SIM Card must be used in conjunction with a Digital GSM mobile phone within the 900-MHz range or a Digital PCN mobile phone within the 1800-MHz range. 
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Getting Online & Checking E-mail 
 
Many of India's hotels offer fax and e-mail services. Internet access is easily available in cities via India's popular "cybercafes" that are increasing in numbers around most tourist destinations. 
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Emergency Telephone Numbers

Delhi
 
Accident & Trauma Services : 10999
Ambulance : 102
Fire : 101
Police Control Room : 100
US Embassy : (11) 419-8000
 
Mumbai
 
General Emergencies : 1020
Police : 100
Fire : 101
Ambulance : 397 7324
US Consulate : (22) 363-3611 
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Activities in New Delhi

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India’s capital city, Delhi is the second most widely used entry point into the country. Here, museums, art galleries and cultural centers attract the some of the most exhibitions and performances from around India. Shopping encompasses virtually everything that can be bought in the country; hotels range from the deluxe to the more modest. Most fascinating of all is the character of Delhi which varies from the 13th century mausoleum of the Lodi kings set in a sprawling park to ultra modern chrome and glass skyscrapers; and from imperial India’s Parliament House and the President’s Palace to the never ending bustle of the walled city surrounding Jama Masjid. Present day Delhi is built around the ruins of seven ancient cities.  [top]

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Shopping 
 
Delhi has long been considered the most important trading center in Northern India. Many places, like Sheikh Sarai and Yusuf Sarai, derive their names from medieval market towns, shifted capital cities of Delhi. Today, all of these have become a part of the rapidly expanding metropolis. Instead of market towns, there are specific wholesale markets or "mandi's" scattered throughout the vast city.
 
For visitors to Delhi, shopping is high on the list of "things to do". Tourists find a wide variety of items- such as carpets, silks, jewels, leather and silver ware, handicrafts and hand-printed cotton, which are synonymous with India. Each item is available in a range of prices, depending on the quality and the outlet.
 
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Museums & Galleries 
 
The National Museum on Janpath is the ultimate repository of antiquities. Built in 1960, it has an extraordinary collection representing the entire span of Indian civilization from pre-historic times. Its galleries include finds from the Indus Valley Civilization, superb sculptures in stone, and bronzes from the Chola period, the largest collection of miniature paintings in the world, manuscripts, a Buddhist Gallery, including relics of the Buddha from Piprahwa, the exquisite Jewelry Gallery, the Anthropological Gallery of tribal art; galleries devoted to decorative and applied arts, Maritime Heritage and Pre-Columbian art, and the Central Asian Antiquities, Gallery of Auriel Stein's finds along the ancient Silk Route (the great murals however, are on display at the adjacent Archaeological Survey of India).

The National Gallery of Modern Art, housed in the residence of Jaipur's former maharajas has a superb collection of paintings dating from 150 years ago to the present day. Company School paintings of the 19th and early 20th centuries and the works of Rabindranath Tagore, Jammi Roy and Amrita Sher Gil hold pride of place amidst exhibits, which give an overview of the evolution of modern Indian paintings and sculpture.
 
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Foods & Crafts 
 
Dilli Haat provides the ambiance of a traditional Rural Haat or village market, but one suited for more contemporary needs. Here one sees a synthesis of crafts, food ad cultural activity. This Food and Craft Bazaar is a treasure house of Indian culture, handicrafts and ethnic cuisine, a unique bazaar, in the heart of the city, it displays the richness of Indian culture on a permanent basis.

It transports you to the magical world of Indian art and heritage presented through a fascinating panorama of craft, cuisine and cultural activities. The word Haat refers to a weekly market in rural, semi-urban and sometimes even urban India. While the village haat is mobile, flexible arrangement, here it is crafts persons who are mobile. The Dilli Haat boasts of nearly 200 craft stalls selling native, utilitarian and ethnic products from all over the country.
Different and appealing, Dilli Haat is located in one of the most important commercial centers of South Delhi, opposite INA market. The 6 acres of land on which this sprawling complex is situated was salvaged as part of a reclamation project and transformed into a magnificent dream plaza. Extensive foundation work, small thatched roof cottages and kiosks with a village atmosphere have made the place into an attractive multiple centers.
 
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Activities in Mumbai
 
Mumbai (Bombay) History: mumbai
 
Bombay, or Mumbai as it is now called, is the commercial capital of India, a city of business and industrial entrepreneurs, concrete towers, glamor, cricket, Film Industry, clubs and discos and more. The city, a cluster of seven islands, was named by its native Koli fisher folk after the goddess Mumbadevi. In 1661, Charles II of England received the islands of Bombay as dowry when he married Princess Catherine of Brag Anza. The British Government leased the islands to the East India Company, who developed it into a thriving trading port.  [top]

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Bollywood

Mumbai boasts the largest movie industry in the world. Bollywood produces over 900 films every year, mostly mushy romances filled with song, dance, violence and melodrama. Heroes’ drive around in flashy cars, exotic actresses wearing tiny mini skirts and the poor boy always succeed against the rich villain. The average Hindi film is about three hours long. Seeing a Bollywood film in Bombay is a must.  [top]

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Shopping in Mumbai is a memorable experience as you wander through its Bazaars with striking names like Chor Bazaar, Mutton Street and Zaveri Bazaar. At Chor Bazaar you'll find a phenomenal collection of antiques, jewels, wooden articles, leather-wear and general bric-a-brac
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Beaches 
 
Mumbai is located on the west coast of India along the Arabian Sea. There are several nice beaches in and around Mumbai where you can escape the sweltering bustle of the city for nice early morning or evening strolls, or simply enjoy a relaxing picnic.

Juhu Beach is located 10 miles north from the heart of Mumbai. It's a major beach site on the shores of Arabian Sea and is one of the posh localities of Mumbai where one can find the bungalows of the famous film personalities of Bollywood. It's also a favorite shooting site among the filmmakers as many film shootings are also held over here.
 
Chowpatty beach is situated at the northern end of Marine Drive it is a stretch of sandy beach and attracts hordes of people during the weekends and on holidays. Chowpatty beach is located in the heart of Mumbai. Every evening, people visit here to enjoy sea breeze transforming it into a hub of activity. A food- mart of stalls has become a permanent feature and offers a range of eatables from the local specialty snacks.
 
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Museums

The Prince of Wales Museum is one of the best museums in the country; a treasure house of art, sculpture, china, rare coins, and old firearms. The central hall features a huge dome, which is believed to have been inspired by the Gol Gumbaz. The museum, was opened in 1923, has an impressive collection of artifacts from places such as Elephanta Island, Jogeshwari Caves, and the Indus valley. There is a large collection of terra-cotta figurines; ivory carvings, statues, and it also have priceless collection of miniature paintings.
 
The National Gallery of Modern art in Mumbai exhibits the work of prominent contemporary Indian artists. The National Gallery is housed in the building that was formerly Sir Cowasji Jehangir Public Hall.
 
The Gateway of India The Gateway of India was opened to public in 1924. The ceremonial arch was built in 1927 to commemorate the India visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in 1911. Historically, the Gateway holds greater significance as the last of the British troops left Independent India by sea marched through its portals.
 
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