Indian Medical tourism – Be A Smart Health Traveler

Medical_Tourism_by_mohamed_mmThe $6000 rule says that if an operation costs USD $6000 or more  then Medical tourism will be worth it for a US traveler  Even if you are not from the US this a god guide to go by.

Still when it comes to your health there are important question you need to ask. your health should never be a secondary consideration.

So here, adapted from Patients Beyond Borders, are the questions you need to ask:

Before you leave

Plan Your Trip

Plan smart and early to get

  1. The best doctors
  2. Cheapest airfares
  3. Best hotel availability and rates

This is particularly true if you travel in India’s peak tourist season from October to February. Begin planning three months in advance but take care and check the cancellation policies of airlines, hotels and travel agents.

Be Sure of your diagnosis and treatment needs

Knowing your treatment requirements makes the search for a doctor easier.

Wok closely with your doctor and specialist. Obtain exact written recommendations.

If you feel unsure seek  a second op[inion.

Research your Indian doctor thoroughly

Never under estimate the importance of this step. Narrow your search to two or three physicians, get on the phone and interview the doctor, either in person or through a travel planning agency. Ask lots of questions until you feel comfortable and satisfied. (For question suggestions check here.)

DON’T just rely on the internet

Cross check online research with newspaper articles, magazines, word of mouth and your health travel agent.

Consider a travel companion

Recommended by our past health care travellers, a friend can allay your uncertianties and help you along the way.

Besides, travel is more fun with a friend.

Consider a Knowledgeable Health Care Planner

Hands on, local experience in making appointments, recommendations, airline and hotel bookings even second opinions all helps. Get it in writing, or print out email correspondence. The more in writing the less chance of misunderstandings.

Communicate in your own language

A Medical trip is not is not the time to begin learning Hindi. Be sure you understand everything that is being planned and is going on at the time. In India, you can relax as India has a very large English speaking population.

DON’T Plan your trip too tightly

If you do not allow time to recover, an extra day in recovery could mean an expensive rescheduling of your flight. The Patient Beyond Borders handbook recommends and extra day for every five days you anticipate for consultation, surgery and recovery.

Why not enjoy the therapeutic benefits of a little extra R & R in Indians many life transformative heritage sites?

Tell your bank and Credit Card company

Many banks will prevent unexpected oversees transactions, so inform them of the expected travel dates and were you will travel.  Confirm your transaction limits for larger costs.

We recommend you keep a second credit or ATM card separate from your wallet, just in case your wallet is lost. Some organisations like, offer cards without visible personal details, that can be used at ATMs with conversion rates sometimes better than banks.

Learn about your destination

By reading a travel guide in advance, and reading a local newspaper, you enhance your travel experience. Your hosts will appreciate your interest, making your stay more enjoyable for all.

Inform your doctor before you leave

Keeping a good working relationship with your local doctor and specialist, even if they would prefer you to seek local treatment. Your local health care professional needs to know what is happening to ensure quality long term aftercare.

While In India

Avoid adventurous foods until after your operation

As much as you love curry, you don’t want to enter surgery with Delhi Belly. Use bottle water (even Indian locals do this!) and wait until you are fully recovered before tasting India’s wonderful spicy delights.

While at the clinic ask the dietician for a menu easy on your digestion.

DON’T be cheap on accommodation

You need to feel comfortable when recuperating, and yet not feel stressed about an expensive hotel. Ask the hospital and your healthcare travel agent for recommendations.

Don’t stay too far away from your treatment centre

Make sure your accommodation – and your companions – is near the treatment centre.

DON’T settle for second best treatment

Focus on quality care. You may find abuget flight, even cheaper accommodation, but never compromise on health care.

Do befriend the staff

Care is more than surgery. Your healthcare experience will be enhanced by taking a little extra effort to remember the names of nurses, doctors even the cleaners. A sincere thankyou goes along way to making your stay – and their work – more enjoyable. The happier your hospital stay the better your chance of a relaxing recovery.

Going home

Don’t return home to soon

After all the trave and surgery you may want to rush home. DON’T. your body needs to recuperate and your doctor needs to monitor your progress. Find out the recommended recovery time before you leave for India.

DO have time for a vacation

Even if its just for a weekend get away budget to see the sights. Enhance your recovery experience with India’s many life transformative tourist destinations. Don’t waste the opportunity – life is meant to be enjoyed.

DO get all your paperwork before leaving the country

Take copies of everything and keep your receipts. In particular keep documentation of your procedures, treatment and followup.

Above all, trust your intuition

“Your courage and good judgment have set you on the path to medical travel” wrote Josef Woodman in Patience Beyond Borders, “Rely on your instincts.”

He recommends that if you feel uncomfortable with your in-house consultation, switch doctors. If you feel queasy about unexpected costs question it.

Common sense, good information and good judgment has helped thousands of successful medical tourists before you.

You too can enjoy a safe, and invigorating health care experience in India.

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Museum of Mankind: Bhopal’s Tribal Paradise

Tribal Dance 155res

Madhya Pradesh is verdant green, with large wildlife reserves that is shared by MP’s Tribal people. An eco-tourists dream,  Tribals represent 20% of the states  population.

So it is no surprise to find the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya Museum of Mankind in the capital city Bhopal. A beautiful laid back 200 acre open air anthropology exhibit over looking Bhopals Upper Lake. It is the largest museum of its type in India. It includes life size huts life reconstruct tribal life from all of India scattered over a wide area and. the indoor Museum of Mankind, exhibiting human evolution, culture and India’s  Tribal people.

A small cafeteria offers you chai to seep into tranquillity.

Themed ‘Diversities of India’s cultural patterns and the underlying unity’, the museum celebrates the ‘simultaneous validity’ of various valuable cultural patterns evolved over thousands of years. A gallery of tribal history from the four corners of India, it is appropriately located in Bhopal, as twenty percent of Madhya Pradesh population  is Tribal.

IGRMS Bhopal, Tribal Village

The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya is not only a living working model of tribal life, but hosts cultural performance and dance, exhibitions, artist workshops and educational programs. It is ideal for families, and students. More like a park than a museum it’s a beautiful spot for a picnic.

In my frequent to Bhopal I have enjoyed spectacular performances of Tribal  and  Kathak dance. In 2012 hosted Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya a workshop for traditional and herbal therapies used by Tribal people, a three day Tribal dance Festival and a Festival of traditional Indian dance.

Sadly this beautiful centre is missed by most tourists .The regular cultural evenings are poorly advertised meaning that tourists do realise that Bhopal is a cultural centre. Close to the State Museum of Madhya Pradesh, off Science Centre Road, in Shymala Hills, TT Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

Also annoying spelling errors mar the indoormuseum  – common even in Government buildings and document. It has the feel of a work in progress. Still, on the whole, it is beautiful and engaging.

Hours are from March to August 11.00 to 18.30 and September to Feb 10.00 to 17.30. Open every day except Mondays and National Holidays.


Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya Museum of Mankind

Entrance Fee:

10 rupee for adults

5 rupee for children to 12 years or students with an identity card.

Foreigners pay 100 rupees.

Group discounts may apply for recognised educational organisations.

Festivals and cultural evenings are usually free.

Close to the Museum of Madhya Pradesh, off Science Centre Road, in Shymala Hills, TT Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.o the Sta

Slightly out of the way, in this very rural of cities, a car or auto-rickshaw is probably a best choice from the Bittan Market, or 12 Number, from Main Road, cross TT Nagar Road, and continue into Science Centre Road.


Your trip should be life changing, not just a holiday! For a life changing eco-tourism experience, click here.   




Ecotourism is a responsible way to travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people. It offers market-linked long-term solutions and provides effective economic incentives for conserving and enhancing bio-cultural diversity and helps protect the natural and cultural heritage of the local region. By increasing local capacity building and employment opportunities, ecotourism is an effective vehicle for empowering local communities around the world to fight against poverty and to achieve sustainable development. With an emphasis on enriching personal experiences and environmental awareness through interpretation, ecotourism promotes greater understanding and appreciation for nature, local society, and culture.

Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement and participate in ecotourism activities should follow the following ecotourism principles:

  • Minimize impact.
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  • Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people.
  • Raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climate.

Medical Tourism Health Care & Procedures


  • Hip / Knee Replacements
  • CABG / Cardiac Treatments
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Knee Arthroscopy/
  • Mastectomy/Breast Removal
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Decompressive Laminectomy
  • Open Cholecystectomy

Plastic / Cosmetic Surgery: A surgical procedure concerned with the restoration, construction, reconstruction, or improvement in the form, function, and appearance of body structures that are missing, defective, damaged, or misshapen. It encompasses both reconstructive and aesthetic surgery.

  • Blepharoplasty Upper/Low Eye Lift
  • Liposuction
  • Face Lift
  • Hair Transplantation
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Nose repair (Rhinoplasty)
  • Ear Correction (Otoplasty)
  • CCSVI / MS Liberation Treatment

Invasive Treatments: A procedure requiring insertion of an instrument or device into the body through the skin or a body orifice for diagnosis or treatment. To cover treatments which require Anesthesia of any sort (local, general)

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Hemodialysis
  • Vein Stripping/Varicose Veins
  • ESWL/Lithotripsy
  • TURP / Prostate Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Lasik Surgeries
  • Incisional and Abdominal Hernia

Non-Invasive Treatments: A procedure that does not require insertion of an instrument or device through the skin or a body orifice for diagnosis or treatment.

  • Executive Health Check-up
  • Dental Services (Specifics)
  • Dental Implants
  • Laser Teeth Whitening
  • Dental Crowns/Bridges/Veneers
  • Dental Treatments
  • Colonoscopy
  • Mammogram +/- Ultrasound
  • PET-CT Scan
  • PRK Eye Laser

Tour Madhya Pradesh Offers


  • Internationally Recognized Medical Tourist facilities
  • Historical Tourism
  • Religious Tourism
  • Eco Tourism
  • Experience Yoga and Meditation from where it began
  • Adventure Sports like Hot Air Ballooning, Zip Lining,  Para-Gliding, Parasailing, Valley Crossing, Rock  Climbing, Nature Walk, Trekking, Water Sports and Camping.

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Madhya Pradesh – The Indian Heart

The heart of Incredible India is Madhya Pradesh, the gateway to ancient civilizations, a dignified fusion of the old and the new. A palmiest of tribal culture and heritage, flourishing in verdant forests Madhya Pradesh offers you adventure and serenity. No other state in India, but Madhya Pradesh, enmeshes so many different flavors of tradition and culture.

The geographic heart of India, Madhya Pradesh is a vibrant cultural collage of faith and heritage. A cauldron of  cultures beautifully retaining an amalgamated heritage with distinctive zeal.

Madhya Pradesh culture is a harmonious amalgamation of Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Jains, Christians, and Sikhs. It is also home to some of India’s the most prominent tribal communities. Twenty percent of Madhya Pradesh population are Tribal, contributing to the rich cultural saga of Madhya Pradesh, blending their indigenous cultures to its large melting pot.

Madhya Pradesh is  an expression of ‘diversity’.

‘Unity in Diversity’, is a foundation for India’s secular state, and here in Madhya Pradesh, people belonging to numerous religions, castes and creeds, no internecine feuds exist amongst them.

For good reason, Madhya Pradesh was the heart of Indian civilization:  Skeletal remains suggest Homo-erectus roamed the Narmada Valley 500,000 years ago. Moreover, the tribal communities of the state comprises of different tribes like Bhils, Gonds, Oraons, Kols, Bhilals, Murias and Korkus, to name a few. These people belonging to numerous religions and ethnic backgrounds reflect the concept of Indian secularism and contribute to the animated cultural effervescence of the state. Go through this article and get a kaleidoscopic glimpse of the cultural heritage of Madhya Pradesh.

Madhya Pradesh emerged as an Indian state in the year 1956. During that period, the state also rose to prominence as the largest state in India. However, with the bifurcation of Chhattisgarh in 2000, the modern-day Madhya Pradesh came into being.



The Cultural Museum of India

The state of Madhya Pradesh can be termed as a cultural museum of India.

Its capital, Bhopal, is well-connected nationally by a, rail or road. It’s broad tree-lined roads, fashionable markets and cultural centers and museums, radiate from two medieval lakes and the old city’s bustling crowds, winding alleys and to Asia’s largest mosque, the Taj-ul-Masajid.

The old and new city of Bhopal are bipolar with their singular charms, yet confluence to impart the place its exemplary beauty. From the Gulmohar studded broad boulevards to its labyrinthine alleys, you cannot miss Bhopal’s pervasive celestial quaintness. The old bazaars are inexhaustible storehouses of traditional handicrafts. Beaded handiwork and high-quality fabrics are a popular tourist attraction.

Bhopal is in easy reach of two World Heritage sites. The serene calm of Sanchi, built by Mauryan Emperor Asoka to house the Buddha’s remains and the prehistoric rock shelters of Bhimbetka.

Palaces and temples reveal a rich history of great heroes. Cenotaphs and Chhatris poised on the Betwa river commemorate the 15th century rulers of Orccha. The ruined remains of Islampur, built by Pushtan conquer Dost Mohammad Khan lay 11 kilometers from Bhopal. Gwalior displays masterpieces of Indian architecture.

The state of Madhya Pradesh is nothing but a treasure for all those who love to experience jungle thrills and adventurous lookouts. The national parks and sanctuaries of the state teem with some of the most interesting wildlife species found in India. Apart from that, many endangered species also have seen revival within their precincts. Excitement lurks amidst the folds of these parks, in the form of tigers, leopards, bisons, gaurs, deer and a wide variety of reptiles and birds. In fact, the wildlife sanctuaries of Madhya Pradesh offer good opportunities to watch wildlife, amidst natural locales.

Easily accessible from major towns and cities of the state, these sanctuaries, and parks are prime draws as far as tourists visiting Madhya Pradesh are concerned. With India’s largest area of verdant forest Madhya Pradesh offers you a picturesque adventure of rappelling, rock climbing, nature walks, trekking, bird watching, and mountain biking.



Benefitting Tourism

There are a number of benefits of tourism for both the tourist and the host destination. On a large scale, it offers a good alternative to some more destructive industries for generating income both on nationally and privately.

The tourism industry encompasses many different areas, so it also creates jobs in many different areas. With tourism come hotels, restaurants, car rental agencies, tour companies, service stations, souvenir shops, sports equipment rentals, and much more. All of this creates many different levels of employment for people in a given community.

In many places the introduction and development of tourism allows local people an opportunity for economic and educational growth that would not otherwise be available. In addition, it allows both the tourist and the local community a chance to experience other cultures, which broadens understanding.

If properly used, tourism generated income can be tremendously beneficial to the host country and its local communities. Tourism generated income can be used on a national and local level to better education, improve infrastructure, to fund conservation efforts, and to promote more responsible tourism.