PDIB India 2014 - New Delhi, Agra, Bangalore and Mumbai, India (January 3 - 10, 2014)

India
This program is intended for faculty and professionals. This is not an undergraduate study abroad program and undergraduate students at FIU or elsewhere will not be permitted to participate. Graduate students may participate, but will only be accepted on a case-by-case basis, with the approval of the Director of CIBER and Dr. Sumit Kundu.
Page Sections
  1. Program Description
  2. Travel Locations & Dates
  3. Program Fee
  4. International Travel Information
  5. Tentative Travel Itinerary
  6. Hotel Accommodations
  7. Travel Insurance
  8. Visa Requirements
  9. Pictures From Previous Years
  10. Miscellaneous Expenses
  11. How to Register
  12. Deadline/Refund Policy
  13. Program Contact Information
Program Description

India’s colossal economy is intrinsically dynamic and innovative. In today’s globalized and interdependent economy, innovation is recognized as an essential engine of growth and India is seen as a top global player. Despite the global slowdown, and although growth has slowed from last year, the economy is still expanding faster than most other countries.

The program is designed for professionals and faculty interested in pursuing their interests in the Indian business environment. Participants will experience first hand how multinationals and leading Indian companies are riding the downfall, while simultaneously reshaping the Indian business environment resulting in a competitive INDIA INC.

The program will take place in Delhi, Agra, Bangalore, and Mumbai. During the trip, participants will visit top multinational companies and historical sites that have shaped the culture of India.


Travel Locations & Dates
  • Agra, Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai
  • January 3 -10, 2014
Program Fee

Program fee is $3,900 per participant and includes hotel accommodations (single occupancy) with daily breakfast, all ground transportation (including transportation between countries), entry to cultural activities (as specified on the itinerary), business visits, and some additional meals. International airfare is not included. Please see the International Travel Information section for additional information about international travel arrangements.

Double Occupancy may be available at a reduced fee of $2,900. This option is only available if there are other participants who wish to share hotel accommodations. In the event there are no other participants interested, then the participant would be required to pay the original program fee of $3,900 for a single occupancy room.

Spouses of participants may also participate in all cultural activities (excluding business visits). Spousal Fee is $1,200. This fee includes hotel accommodations (double occupancy with the main participant) some included lunches, a welcome/farewell dinner, internal flights and ground transportation, and entry to all cultural activities as scheduled. Business visits, international airfare, visa or passport fees, and other costs are NOT included. Spouses will be required to register and submit all required documents.

International Travel Information

Participants will be required to arrange their own international roundtrip airfare.

Please schedule your flight so that you will arrive in New Delhi, India on January 3, 2014. Most arrivals will be by the very early morning. Participants who wish to arrival earlier than the 3rd of January may do so, but will be responsible for arranging their own accommodations. Hotel rooms have been booked from the previous night for immediate occupancy. Participants who arrive on the night of the 2nd of January will have their room covered, but will be responsible for arranging transportation to the hotel.

Departure should be from Mumbai, India on January 10, 2014 in the very late evening or early morning on January 11, 2014. The hotel room will have a late check out of 4:00 PM on January 10, 2014.

Participants who are looking for the most affordable international flight may wish to contact Panorama Travel:

Panorama Travel
Toll Free: 1-866-726-7262
E-mail: info@pantrav.com



Panorama

 

Tentative Travel Itinerary

This tentative itinerary is subject to change. Participants will receive more details on the planned itinerary as the program date approaches.

Day 1 January 1, 2014
  Depart from the U.S.
Day 2 January 2, 2014 NEW DELHI
 

Arrive in in New Delhi (most arrivals will be early morning).

Delhi - the capital of India, is a fascinating city with complexities and contradictions, beauty and dynamism, where the past co-exists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city is rich in the architecture of its monuments. Delhi is not only the present metropolis of India but also a Necropolis. Because of its location, being on the banks of the river Yamuna, many cities have risen and fallen over the last five millenniums.

  After clearing customs and immigration formalities, proceed towards the arrival lounge of the airport where you will be welcomed with garlands and assisted by our representative.
  Transfer to hotel.
 

Check in at hotel:

The Taj Mahal
Number One Mansingh Road
New Delhi, India 110 011
Tel: (91) 11 230 26162
www.tajhotels.com

Day 3 January 3, 2014 NEW DELHI
 

You begin your India experience by traveling through the streets of New Delhi that takes you past the architecture of British India - the imposing President’s House, the North and South Blocks, the government offices and Parliament House.

Humayun Tomb    Qutab Minar
Arrive at Qutab Minar, a Tower of Victory, built in the 12th century by Qutbuddin Aibak. Within its spacious courtyard stands the Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD and bears a Sanskrit inscription in the Gupta style. The pillar has puzzled scientists, as its iron has not rusted in all these centuries.

From Qutab, drive to the Tomb of Humayun - this magnificent structure in red sandstone and white marble is one of the finest examples of the garden tomb, and a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Its proportionate spaces, double dome and refined elegance are characteristic of Mughal architecture.

  Breakfast at the Machaan restaurant in the hotel
Late Morning Proceed for Bandhwari Village
  Visit Bandhwari Village
  Working Lunch at a local restaurant
Afternoon

After lunch leave for a meeting with Dr. Shubhashis Gangopadhyay (if available) and other academics at the office of India Development Foundation and presentation on the Present State of Indian Economy & the Social SectorIDF is a privately funded, non-profit, non-partisan research foundation set up as a Trust on April 2, 2003. Its major objective is to develop awareness about how markets work, why they are desirable and how we can develop them. IDF aims to help policy makers transform emerging economies into market based societies. There are three aspects to its activities:

  1. To offer recommendations on what needs to be done. These recommendations are derived from research and analysis;
  2. To generate a blue-print of how to implement the recommendations. These are worked out through interaction with practitioners and stakeholders; and
  3. To disseminate its work through publications in peer-reviewed journals, workshops, seminars and various media to reach out to practitioners, policymakers and the general public. It also undertakes pilot projects to demonstrate how its recommendations can be realized.
  Later, return to the hotel
Evening Welcome Dinner at an Indian Restaurant
Day 4 January 4, 2014 NEW DELHI
  Breakfast at the Machaan restaurant in the hotel
Morning Proceed for city tour of New Delhi
 

Qutab MinarArrive at Qutab Minar, a Tower of Victory, built in the 12th century by Qutbuddin Aibak. Within its spacious courtyard stands the Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD and bears a Sanskrit inscription in the Gupta style. The pillar has puzzled scientists, as its iron has not rusted in all these centuries.

  Continue city tour driving through the streets of New Delhi that takes you past the architecture of British India - the imposing President’s House, the North and South Blocks, the government offices and Parliament House
  Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon
(Post Lunch)

Humayun TombArrive at Old Delhi. You will be taken on cycle rickshaws through the little lanes of the Old City of Delhi, where time has virtually stood still for hundreds of years.  This ride will be most fascinating as you get a first-hand view of the merchants, the little food and artifact stalls and the teeming population, busy in their daily activities. The cycle Rickshaw ride will meander through to the Red Fort - Shah Jehan’s elegant citadel in red sandstone. Very near the Fort is the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), India’s largest mosque, also built by Shah Jahan

Later visit Tomb of Humayun - this magnificent structure in red sandstone and white marble is one of the finest examples of the garden tomb, and a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Its proportionate spaces, double dome and refined elegance are characteristic of Mughal architecture.

  Later return to the hotel
Evening Dinner – Own Arrangements
Day 5 January 5, 2014 NEW DELHI/AGRA/NEW DELHI
Early Morning

Transfer to the New Delhi railway station to board train to Agra. Cold packed Breakfast will be organized from the hotel.

  Shatabdi Express at 0600 hrs
Morning

Arrive in Agra at 0805hrs

 

Agra is famous as the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Taj Mahal.  The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces in Agra is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra was their capital for nearly a hundred years from 1564.  A pleasant town, with a comparatively easy pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone, by artisans who are hereditary craft persons. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.

Taj MahalAssistance on arrival at the Railway Station and directly proceed for a visit to Agra Fort. Built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great in 1565 AD, which is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort is a number of exquisite buildings including the Moti Masjid, Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal, Diwane-i-Am, Diwane-i-Khas and Musamman Burj, where Emperor Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor, died a prisoner.

  Lunch at a local restaurant.
Afternoon

Visit to the Taj Mahal - the inimitable poem in white marble.  Built over a period of 22 years, by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630, for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal, to enshrine her mortal remains, it is one of the seven modern wonders of the World.

Late Afternoon Private bus transportation back to New Delhi (approx. 4hrs drive)
Evening Dinner – Own Arrangements
Day 6 January 6, 2014 NEW DELHI/BANGALORE
  Early Breakfast at the Machaan restaurant in the hotel
  Check out of the hotel and assemble in the lobby with your luggage. Later transfer to the airport for 9W 7125 (0935/ 1210hrs) to Bangalore
  Meeting on arrival and transfer to the hotel
 

Check in at hotel:

The Gateway Hotel Residency Road
66, Residency Road
Bangalore - 560025

Tel: (91) 80 6660 4545
  Light Lunch in the hotel - Own Arrangements
Afternoon Proceed for pre-organized Business Meeting
  Return to the hotel
Evening Dinner – Own Arrangements
 

Bangalore, also known as the ‘Garden City’ and the ‘Silicon Valley of India’, is the capital of the modern state of Karnataka. The city was founded by Kempa Gauda, a local chieftain, in the 16th century. It became an important fortress city two centuries later, under the rulers of Karnataka - Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan.

Day 7 January 7, 2014 BANGALORE
  Breakfast at the GAD restaurant in the hotel
Morning Proceed for pre-organized Business Meeting
  Working lunch at a local restaurant
Afternoon Proceed for pre-organized Business Meeting
  Return to hotel, brief city tour of Bangalore en-route.
 

Visit the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan. The Summer Palace was the summer residence of Tipu Sultan till his death in the year 1799 during the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War. Its construction was started by Hyder Ali within the walls of the Bangalore Fort and completed during the reign of Tipu Sultan in the year 1791. This magnificent structure has been built entirely with French Rose wood and stands adorned with pillars, arches and balconies. Later the Bull Temple, built in the Dravidian style over a monolithic bull, presumably by the founder of the city Kempa Gowda. Also drive past the magnificent post-Independence government building - the Vidhan Soudha, which is a landmark in modern construction. Built in 1954 in granite, in the Neo-Dravidian style of architecture, it houses both the Legislatures and the Secretariat.

Evening Dinner – Own Arrangements
Day 8 January 8, 2014 BANGALORE/MUMBAI
Early Morning

Check out of the hotel and assemble at the lobby with your luggage.Cold packed breakfast will be organized from the hotel

  Transfer to the airport for flight 9W 412 (0850/ 1025hrs) to Mumbai
  Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel
 

Check in at hotel:

The Taj Mahal Palace
Apollo Bunder
Mumbai, India 400 001
Tel: +91 22 66665 3366

  Mumbai (Bombay) is the vibrant and pulsating capital of Maharashtra. For over a century, Mumbai has been a commercial and industrial centre of India with a magnificent harbour, imposing multi-storied buildings, crowded thoroughfares, busy markets, shopping centres and beautiful tourist spots. The British acquired Mumbai from the Portuguese in 1665 and handed it over to the East India company in 1671 for a handsome annual rent of Sterling Pounds 10 in Gold! Later, these seven islands were joined together by causeways and bridges in 1862.
  Light lunch at the hotel – Own Arrangements
Afternoon Proceed for pre-organized Business Meeting
  Return to the hotel
Evening Dinner – Own Arrangements
Day 9 January 9, 2014 mumbai
  Breakfast at the Shamiana restaurant in the hotel
Morning Proceed for pre-organized Business Meeting
  Working lunch at a local restaurant
Afternoon Proceed for pre-organized Business Meeting
  Return to hotel
Evening Farewell Dinner at specialty restaurant
Day 10 January 10, 2014 MUMBAI/DEPARTURE
  Breakfast at the Shamiana restaurant in the hotel.
Morning Excursion to the Elephant Caves.
  The Elephanta Caves is 22 kms off the coast of Bombay and an hour’s ride by motor launch from the Gateway of India. The cave temples of Elephanta date back to the 7th century.  Four rows of massive columns cut into solid rock form three magnificent avenues, leading to the outstanding three-headed sculpture representing `Brahma the Creator’, `Vishnu the Preserver’ and `Shiva the Destroyer’. Dedicated to Shiva, the beauty and power of these phenomenal sculptures, depicting the various manifestations of Shiva, is overpowering.
  Working lunch at a local restaurant
  Return to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities. Room will be booked till 1600hrs.
Evening Departure to the international airport for flight back home (arriving the same day at home).
Hotel Accommodations

Taj Mahal
Number One Mansingh Road
New Delhi - 110 011
India.

Telephone: +91 11 23026162
Facsimile: +91 11 23026070

 

The Gateway Hotel
66, Residency Road
Bangalore - 560 025, Karnataka, India

Tel: 91 80 66604545
Fax: 91 80 66614542

 

Taj Mahal Palace
Apollo Bunder
Mumbai - 400 001
Maharashtra, India

Telephone: +91 22 6665 3366
Facsimile: +91 22 6665 0300 /08/09

 
Travel Insurance

Participants are encouraged to purchase international travel insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation and repatriation of remains. Participants may contact STA TRAVEL at 1-800-387-2427 or purchase online at www.statravel.com or any other International travel insurance company.

Visa Requirements

All participants will require a visa for India, except citizens of neighboring Nepal and Bhutan. Participants must obtain their Indian visa before arriving in India.

We recommend that participants apply for a tourist visa, which are generally issued for six months, depending on nationality. Most tourist visa allow for multiple entry. Ten year visas are obtainable from the United States. In addition, five year visas are available for people from 18 countries: France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Vietnam.

Visas requests for participants living in the United States are handled through Travisa Outsourcing. Travisa Outsourcing has 5 locations, each serving residents of different states. Your visa for India application can only be processed at the processing facility that services your state.

Participants should plan for a minimum of 4 weeks processing time from Travisa Outsourcing for all India visa applications.

Please apply for a tourist visa indicating that your visit is for cultural exploration only. Please do not mention this PDIB program, or any business visits during your stay in India, in order to prevent delays or confusion by the Embassy or Consulate of India.

Processing Facility Servicing States Link
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Houston, tx Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas Link
new york, ny Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virgin Islands Link
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Pictures From Previous Years

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Miscellaneous Expenses

Participants will be responsible for any personal expenses, including (but not exclusive to) airport taxes, passport and visa expenses, faxes, local and international calls, room service, tips, transportation and meals (beyond that offered in the program), additional tours, etc.

How to Register

Participants who wish to register for this program should complete the online application by clicking the "Register Now" button below. Once submitted, participants will receive a confirmation e-mail with additional information. Invoices for the program fee will be e-mailed to the participants shortly after registering.

Register Now

Participants are also required to submit clear copies of the following documents to our office:

  1. Copy of valid passport (color copies).
  2. Copy of driver's license, or another form of identification.
  3. Proof of health insurance (front and back).
  4. Release and Assumption of Risk form
  5. A half page updated biography.
  6. International Travel Airfare Itinerary (Please submit at least two weeks prior to the start of the program).
  7. Travel Visa (if applicable).

Unfortunately we cannot accept fax copies of these documents due to decipherability issues. Participants can e-mail color scanned copies to ciber@fiu.edu, mail to our mailing address below, or drop them off in our office.

Documents can be mailed to:

FIU CIBER
Florida International University
11200 S.W. 8th ST, RB 354b
Miami, FL 33199

Deadline/Refund Policy

The last day to enroll into this program is November 30, 2013. After this date, we will try to accommodate additional participants, but additional costs may be incurred.

Refund Policy/Cancellation Policy:

Written cancellations received by September 16, 2013 will receive a 100% refund. Written cancellations received after September 16, 2013 and before November 1, 2013 will receive a 50% refund. Written cancellations after November 1, 2013 will not be entitled to any refunds due to commitments to our vendors.

All cancellations must be made in writing to ciber@fiu.edu.

Program Contact Information

Sonia Verdu
Associate Director
Florida International University
E-mail: Sonia.Verdu@fiu.edu
  Nathalie Sarmiento
Program Manager
Florida International University
Tel: (305) 348-1740
E-mail: nathalie.sarmiento1@fiu.edu

  Dr. Sumit K. Kundu
Professor of Intl' Business
Florida International University
Tel: 305-348-3251
E-mail: Sumit.Kundu@fiu.edu