India – Navatri Festival Signature - Medical & Dental Relief

India – Navatri Festival Signature

October 17, 2020 - October 25, 2020

Join For As Little As: 3,300*

  • $3,300 - No discounts or rebates

  • See More Info below for full details and additional options for travel

IMR Signature Trips
This trip offers special features or exclusive opportunities unique from standard IMR experiences.

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutClose your eyes and picture looking to your left to see towering, snow-capped mountains, and then looking to your right to see lush, green foliage. If you concentrate, can you hear the infectious Hindustani music or taste freshly caught fish? As the seventh-largest and second-most populous country in the world, it is not surprising that India offers a wide variety of sightseeing, topography, and cultural experiences. Shaped by the Himalayan Mountains, Northern Plains, the Indian Desert, Peninsular Plateau, coastal plains, and many islands, India is the land of "Unity in Diversity." Among the people, diversity in race, religion, and language exists, but their vast differences in culture does not divide them. As you'll see in our days of clinic, many city residents cannot afford the out-of-pocket expenses associated with subsidized healthcare. During this trip, IMR will help to bring much-needed aid and education to the people in Jaipur who have the most challenging time accessing medical treatment.

Jaipur is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan. As of 2011, the city had a population of 3.1 million, making it the tenth most populous city in the country. Jaipur is known as the Pink City due to the dominant color scheme of its buildings. Located 268 km (167 miles) from the national capital of New Delhi, Jaipur was founded in 1727 by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amer, after whom the city is named. It was one of the earliest architecturally planned cities of modern India. During the British Colonial period, the city served as the capital of Jaipur State. After independence in 1947, Jaipur became the capital of the newly-formed state of Rajasthan.

The pink city of Jaipur is known initially as the oldest part of the state. Constructions date back to the 14th and 15th centuries. The population here is predominantly merchants and artisans who earn their living by driving rickshaws, making clothes, jewelry, and selling their crafts. Around 70% of the population in Jaipur is Muslim, while the remainder is mainly Hindu. There are government schools as well as Muslim schools in the area, and while many young females are discouraged from attending, most of the male children are encouraged to attend classes.

As the population is rapidly increasing, the main challenge here is housing and accommodations. Many residences are converted into commercial shops or workshops, which leaves scarce space in which for the population to live.

In addition, the area is in much need of health education for females and essential health support due to a large number of patients being admitted to the government hospitals. The city is over capacity and is putting pressure on the local healthcare infrastructure to provide care for more patients than it can handle, resulting in delayed or lack of treatment for many people.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicThe clinics that you volunteer at will be set up in Jaipur, where you will be servicing two slums: Kathputhli Nagar Slum and Jhalana Slum.

The 5,000 person population of the slum in Kathputhli is mainly inhabited by sweepers, rag-pickers, artisans, and general laborers who have migrated from rural areas. The draw for these people to urban areas is the hope of better jobs, higher pay, modern housing, and upgrading of their lifestyle from rural workers to middle-class landowners. Kathputhli dwellers are usually migrants from Rajasthan rural areas and have built a robust industry of puppet making. The Kathputhli housing structures are mainly semi-permanent. It is legally considered to be a colony, rather than a "slum" which generally denotes illegal squatters. The community is constructed of clay-brick, cow dung, and concrete. A few of the canteens and tea stalls have access to central power and water sources. The government has taken efforts to install toilets and showers near the slum; however 70% of the population is deprived of these facilities due to no running water and no sewer system.

Jhalana Kunda slum is located in the southeastern part of the city. It has about 1,050 households and a population of 6,300. The settlement has a childcare center and primary and private schools. Paramount concerns for the slum's inhabitants revolve around their lack of toilets. An approximation of 75% of the people in the settlement do not have toilets. Though there was a community toilet, it was defunct due to lack of running water, forcing people to resort to open defecation. Also, there is a vast sewer line that runs along the slum that has not been cleaned for twenty years, resulting in a terrible stench and an accumulation of mosquitos and insects.

Our primary goal of this trip is to care for locals with treatable and often preventable conditions. As such, much of the relief you provide at clinic will be for people who would have benefited from access to preventable care. At clinic, you will treat conditions related to dengue fever, hepatitis, malaria, pneumonia, and digestive diseases. You can also expect to see problems associated with poor water quality, dehydration, and lack of proper sanitation and hygiene.

You will also educate patients on how to stay healthy and care for their loved ones. However, one of the primary focuses of this mission is dentistry. All community members are encouraged to attend; therefore the demand for dental care will be high. Because the World Health Organization reports that India is still recovering from a strikingly high infant mortality rate, another focus of this mission is women's healthcare. We will provide general women's and infant care, as well as empower women to seek higher education.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingIMR will arrange safe and reliable transportation to and from your clinic locations. If you join the group flight, your transportation to and from the airport will also be arranged by IMR. If you are flying independently and wish to have airport transportation arranged for you, you may purchase this service a la carte. Please inquire for more information and pricing.

The accommodations for our Signature trip are at a 4-star hotel, the Umaid Bhawan - a Heritage Styled Boutique Hotel. The hotel is one of the most well-known legacy vintage hotels today. It is located in Banipark, which is close to the city centre and one of the posh areas of Jaipur. This flagship hotel is run by the erstwhile royal family from Borunda and was established in 1993. It is from this hotel, that the Umaid chain of hotels became a well-reckoned force in the world of hospitality.

Prefer more economical accommodations? Please apply for our Classic trip.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsYou will leave India feeling deeply connected to the people that you help during clinic, and this feeling will undoubtedly be the highlight of your trip. In this humbling yet rewarding service opportunity, you will work with communities who will be eager to connect with you. Your time in the slums will allow you to appreciate the local culture and will provide you with a chance to connect with the people you treat.

While the most rewarding aspect of this trip will be caring for the people of Jaipur, your team will also have the opportunity to visit some of the city's top attractions. The trip's highlights include exploring the City Palace, Albert Hall Museum, Wind Palace, Water Palace, Amber Fort, and Galti Ji Temple. Besides these sights, you will also get to experience the enthralling Navratri Festival featuring dancing and the burning of wooden statues.

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStaySince you are already venturing across the globe, have you considered extending your stay by a few days to see India's most intriguing destinations? Did you know IMR offers an exclusive three-day extension to its volunteers? By continuing your stay, you will give yourself an extended opportunity to explore Delhi and to go on a safari in Northern India! While there are over 103 National Parks in India, IMR will arrange for you to go on a highly rated, guided safari that will take you through a tiger reserve. The Ranthambore National Park is the most prominent in India, and is world-famous for its big cat viewing opportunities! While on the multi-day safari, you will spend time viewing these magnificent predators in their natural habitat, and lucky safari-goers will even catch glimpses of the hunting habits of the tigers.

For additional information, please contact our preferred travel agency, Worldwide Navigators. Their team of experienced agents and travelers is available via email at  

Trip Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Please note: Independent flight arrangements should not be made until after the group flight is booked. You will be notified about the group flight at the Early Bird deadline. If you are planning to fly independently and want to book your flight in advance, please contact Worldwide Navigators at for the most up-to-date trip information before you book your independent flight. Thank you.

If you are not traveling on the group flight or joining an extension but wish to arrange transportation from the airport to clinic, please contact IMR at

Oct 17 - Depart for India | Travel Day
Today, you'll begin your journey to Jaipur, India! The journey is long, so be sure to bring snacks! If you're traveling on our group flight, we will be releasing the US departure city and itinerary after the early bird date has passed. If you want to join your team for the flight, be sure to complete your application and meet all early bird requirements on time!

Oct 18 - Arrivals & Orientation
After a long journey, you and the rest of your volunteer team will land at Jaipur International Airport. For those joining the group flight, together, you will take the airport shuttle to your hotel. Upon check-in, you will meet with the rest of your team for a delicious vegetarian dinner and orientation. During orientation, your team leader will assign roles for clinic, explain IMR's clinic protocols, and discuss the communities you will be serving in India.

Please ensure your arrival to Jaipur is no later than 5pm as your participation in orientation is required.

Oct 19 – Clinic, City Palace & Albert Hall Museum Tour
While in Jaipur, you can expect a high volume of patients so your days will be long and hard, but also incredibly rewarding. To help ensure seamless communication with our patients, your team will have assigned translators who will communicate your directions and recommendations to your patients for you.

After clinic, your team will transport to the City Palace and SMS II Museum. Situated in the heart of the old city, it occupies about one-seventh of the landscape. The palace is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture and houses a seven-storied Chandra Mahal in the center, which affords a beautiful view of the gardens and the city. Featured in the palace and museum are Diwan-E-Am, Diwan-E-Khas, Mubarak Mahal, and Sileh Khana.

Diwan-E-Am, also referred to as the Hall of Public Audience, has intricate decorations and a collection of manuscripts. In contrast, Diwan-E-Khas, or the Hall of Private Audience, has a marble-pawed gallery. Mubarak Mahal has a rich collection of costumes and textiles, and Sileh Khana has a collection of armory and weapons.

When you return to your hotel in the evening, you can expect to attend a team debrief followed by an excellent dinner.

Oct 20 – Clinic, Wind Palace & Market Visit
Today is another clinic day! After a hearty, vegetarian breakfast at your accommodation, you and your team will transport to your clinic site.
In the afternoon, you will have the exciting opportunity to visit the Hawa Mahal, also known as "The Wind Palace." The Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap and is the most recognizable monument in Jaipur. Featuring Rajput architecture, the five-storied, semi-octagonal monument has 152 windows with over-hanging, latticed balconies. The palace also houses a new museum that displays "Jaipur Past & Present."

Oct 21 - Clinic, Water Palace & Amber Fort
After clinic, you and your team will get to enjoy a tour of Jalmahal and Amber Palace. The Jalmahal, also known as the Water Palace, is en route to Amer and is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. The site features a beautiful, paved causeway that leads up to the palace.

Next up is a visit to Amber Palace, the old capital of the Kachhwahas. Situated atop a range of steep hills, the grandeur of the fort is a remarkable sight with its surrounding battlements and palaces and fantastic blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The solemn dignity of its red sandstone and white marble pavilions, when reflected in the lake at the foothill, is a magnificent sight to behold. Raja Man Singh built the original palace with the additional extensions built by Maharaja Mirja Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh lI, the last Maharaja of Amer, who later grew a new city called Jaipur which became the capital in 1727.

Oct 22 - Clinic & Galti Ji Temple
Today is your fourth day of clinic. This afternoon, your team will venture to the Galti Ji Temple, an ancient pilgrimage center in Jaipur. Set amidst low hills and packed with locals and tourists alike, the attractive spot has temples, pavilions, and holy kunds (natural springs and water tanks). Visitors to Galtaji will come across the complex Ramgopalji temple, locally called the Monkey temple (Galwar Bagh). It gets this moniker because of a large group of resident monkeys. The green landscape and chattering monkeys add to the delight of the area. On top of the hill is a small temple dedicated to the sun god, Surya Mandir. Constructed by Diwan Kriparam, this spectacular temple can be seen from anywhere in the city.

Oct 23 - Clinic & Dances Celebration
Today is your final day of clinic, and your hard work will be rewarded! During your stay in Jaipur, a festival called Navratri (literally meaning nine nights) will be going on. If you haven't stumbled upon its exciting celebrations the past several days, then today is your chance to dip your toes in this spectacular soiree. Navratri is one of the most widely celebrated Hindu festivals and is dedicated to honor the Goddess Durga, who symbolizes power and purity. The festival is famous for the ritual of fasting or avoiding food grains like rice, wheat and is celebrated for nine consecutive days.

A large part of Navratri is the Dandiya or 'Dandiya Raas.' This famous dance form has its origins in Gujarat. The performers strike wooden sticks in rhythmic beats, and a drummer standing in the center of the circle commands the rhythm of the dance.

Oct 24 - Free Day
Your morning will begin with a delicious local breakfast at your hotel. After several days of clinic work, your sixth day in India has been reserved so you may explore Jaipur and continue your participation in the festival's activities.

Oct 25 - Departures
On your last day in India, enjoy one final breakfast with your team before beginning your departure home. While Navratri is celebrated during your full time in Jaipur, today is Dussehra, a day when people make wooden statues of the god Ravan, and burn them as a symbol of the triumph of good over evil.

If you would like to witness this spectacle, please allow yourself the day and choose a flight that departs in the evening or at night. If you need assistance with your flight schedule, please contact our partner, Worldwide Navigators, to book flights on your behalf. If you are not extending your stay in India, you can expect to arrive home sometime on October 26th.

The Tigers of Ranthambore
For those of you enjoying the very rare Indian Tiger Expedition trip extension, your tour will depart from Agra after breakfast. To join, please see the extension itinerary at

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 2,025 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments / Requirements & Earlybird Discount

How much do I need to pay?

Cost Per Volunteer: $3,300

Before Jul 21st, 2020: 3,100

  • Pay 2,025 of the total cost by the Early Bird date AND upload/complete all of your required documents and forms receive $200 off the cost of your trip.  
  • Meeting this goal ensures that your space on the team is confirmed
  • You are an EARLY BIRD!  
  • Payment in full is due by Sep 19th, 2020

After Jul 21st, 2020: 3,300

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 2,025 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms!  
  • Space on our teams is on a first come/first serve basis.  Your space is not reserved until you have met these requirements.  
  • Payment in full is due by Sep 19th, 2020
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Jul 21st, 2020.

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Jul 21st, 2020:  YES! IMR will arrange your international flight on a "group" ticket at your request!

  • Domestic and international airfare is NOT included in the published cost of the trip.
  • Pay 2,025 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms to be eligible to fly on the international group ticket.
  • Submit your flight choice as “economical” or “premier” in your account.
  • Approve the ticket that IMR is going to purchase on your behalf and complete the purchase with IMR's approved travel agency.
  • The cost of airport transfers are included in the cost of your ticket!

After Jul 21st, 2020: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 2,025 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Jul 21st, 2020
    • Contact the office to see if group tickets are still available.
    • Submit your flight choice as “economical” or “premier”, approve the ticket, and complete the purchase with IMR's approved travel agency.  
    • The cost of airport transfers are included in the cost of your ticket!
    • You will need to purchase your domestic roundtrip ticket after your international flight is ticketed and confirmed.
May I purchase my own international flights?

Yes! Purchasing your own international flights provide you with maximum travel flexibility! 

  • Some trips may require an international flight and a domestic flight in country to meet the team.
  • You are required to meet the IMR team at the designated time and location per the trip itinerary
  • Submit your flight choice as “independent”.
  • You have many options for extending your stay including extended stays available through IMR’s preferred travel agency, Worldwide Navigators
  • If you would like to request airport transfers at an additional cost, please click on the link to send an email to the IMR office.

Extended Stays - Trip of a lifetime!!

May I book an extended stay through IMR if I choose the group flight?


Contact Worldwide Navigators to see your options

May I book an extended stay through IMR if I choose to book my own tickets?


Sleeping the way you want to!

What are the sleeping arrangements?
  • Triple or double twin bed rooms are standard on IMR trips. This is part of our safety and security policies.
  • Each volunteer has their own bed (no shared beds outside of couples). 
  • Let  the IMR Office know if you are a family or couple.  We always try to accommodate our volunteer’s needs!  Please use the link to email our office. 
  • IMR does not discriminate in any way – please let us know your rooming needs.  
  • Please understand if we are unable to accommodate your specific needs based on availability at the hotel or lodging on your trip. 
Are single rooms available?


  • Contact the IMR Office to find out if single rooms are available and at what cost
  • Standard IMR sleeping arrangements are double or triple rooms, twin beds

Sleeping the way you want too!!

Travel Assistance

If you would like help booking flights, hotels, extended stays, and more contact Worldwide Navigators at (970) 633-3033.


IMR provides a personal and customizable fundraising page to all registered trip applicants.  We provide a fundraising packet that is full of ideas on how you can raise support or supplies to be utilized on this specific mission.  You may download this information and individual items such as letters requesting support, our 501(c)3 information, and a list of needed supplies from your Volunteer Resources page.  When soliciting donations for any of our trips, your personal story is your most powerful tool.  Why do you want to go? Whom will you help?  How will your donors help you achieve your ultimate goal?  Tell your story to anyone and everyone. Refer your potential or active donors to your IMR personal fundraising page by sharing your unique URL on social media, via email, and through personal contact.  Give your supporters our website and Facebook page so they can see the great things that IMR has accomplished since our founding in 2002.  Did you know we have cared for almost 300,000 patients in the last 16 years?  We need your help and the help of your donors to see 300,000 more patients in the years ahead!

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the donation amount include?

The donation amount INCLUDES:

  • Transportation, Accommodations and Meals after joining the IMR team at the designated meeting location in country
  • Cultural activity outlined in itinerary
  • Clinic supplies & medications for patients

You may choose to join an economical or premier group flight, priced at the time the tickets are purchased.  You will receive details regarding the group flight at your trips earlybird deadline.  For more information please contact our preferred travel agency Worldwide Navigators - 

NOT included in the donation amount:

  • Domestic and International Airfare
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit
  • Travel Insurance
  • Malpractice Insurance
What will the team be doing on the trip?

IMR teams provide medical and dental care and community health education to communities that lack access to care. A typical IMR team consists of doctors, dentists, and advanced practice providers, nurses, EMTs, medical/dental/nursing students, pre-med students, and non-medical volunteers.  The team makeup for your trip is not guaranteed to be as described above and is dependent on the individual volunteers who make up your team.  The team usually stays in a central location and travels each day to a different community to set up a mobile medical and dental clinic. In order to promote lasting and sustainable improvements in the health of those communities, IMR conducts an extensive community health education program, teaching about prevention and treatment in small groups and during individual consultations with providers. No matter what your specialty or skill level, there is a job for you on an IMR trip!

Can I fundraise for the trip?

Yes!  Many volunteers fundraise for trips.  You can find information and tips on how to fundraise on your Volunteer Resources page on the IMR website.  You will have access to a personal fundraising page with a unique URL that you can share with family, friends, business associates, and any potential donors via social media.   IMR is a 501(c)3 charity, and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Are there any important dates I need to know?
      • IMR Group Flight: In order to qualify for the IMR Group Flight, you will need to reach 50% of the required donation on or before Jul 21st, 2020.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Jul 21st, 2020.
Are there additional costs / expenses for the trip?
  • Domestic and International Airfare
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit
  • Vaccinations and medications common for travel
  • Travel Insurance
  • Malpractice Insurance
  • Spending money for souvenirs and personal purchases
  • Any lodging, meals, and transportation outside of the scheduled team itinerary, payable at the time of service to the local vendor
Can IMR assist me with travel plans and extended stay options?

Yes!  We encourage our volunteers to extend their stay and explore.  Extending your stay also puts money into the economies of these developing countries!

Trip Preparation

A service that we are very proud of at IMR is the preparation that each team and team member receives prior to the trip. This is one of the most important reasons that you should join an IMR team.

All team members have access to the IMR Volunteer Resources page where you may view and download important conference calls, a detailed briefing packet outlining the important elements that make a successful trip, packing lists, a checklist to keep you on track, and much more. You will find detailed information on how clinic operates, the roles on an IMR team, community health education topics, fundraising tips, and all of the materials our licensed providers need including best practices for providing care in short term medical clinics, public health information specific to the country you are traveling too, and a guide to the infectious diseases of that country.  You will also find a comprehensive country briefing packet that provides background information, cultural etiquette, common phrases, and links to additional information from a variety of sources on your volunteer resources page.  Finally, a departure packet that outlines how and where to meet your team will be sent just prior to departure and can be downloaded from the volunteer resources page.

IMR applicants and team members are also able to join in two informational calls: About IMR and How Clinic Operates/Provider Guidelines.   A Q and A call just prior to departure helps to ensure that you have the most important information and are ready to go!  If you can't join our live calls, you can listen at any time via your Volunteer Resources page.  Your team's departure call will be recorded by and sent by email to the team immediately following the call.

All of our volunteers have access to a personal IMR fundraising page with a unique URL that can be emailed and shared with family, friends, business associates, and other potential donors.

Did you know you can earn CME credits on line with IMR? will get you to 6 1 hour courses containing great tips for treating a variety of conditions in the field including wounds, hypertension, dengue fever, and more.

Most importantly, we are always here to answer your questions or help you complete your application. It is our goal that we exceed your expectations for preparation, patient care, and your overall trip. Let us know how we can help and how we did!

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