Medical tourism in general terms means patients from developed nations flying to other parts of the world for medical treatment at a lower cost. Along with medical care, patients are also exposed to the tourism of the destination country. This is the new trend followed by people from countries like UK, USA, and Canada etc to fly to developing nation like India for medical procedures and in the process also explore the beauty of the country.
With the onset of Globalization, the world has become local for all. Technology is reaching out to almost everyone and standardizing the procedures worldwide. Developing countries like India, Sri Lanka are now equipped with the latest technologies in the medical domain which are at par with the world standards. The positive aspect of this is the cost is much lower as compared to developed nations. This less cost of treatment is what is attracting the foreign patients. Along with superior medi-care, patients are made to stay at good accommodations, and assisted on travelling and visa. Complex medical services like dental care, cardiac surgeries, eye treatment, cosmetic surgeries, hair transplant procedures etc are some of the most sought medical services bounded by medical tourism.
From around the world, 50 countries has been identified as medical tourism nations, India being one of them.
Along with world class facilities and treatment, patients and their families can relax and enjoy their holidays in the diverse environment. The process of medical tourism starts with the patient contacting a medical tourism provider/agent and providing him with his medical history. Then the physicians or consultants advice the patients about the treatment procedure, hospital, doctors, cost, tourist destination, duration of stay etc. After signing the contract, the patient files for visa. After reaching the destined country, the patient’s living & travel is undertaken by the local executives. After the treatment, he can explore the country with his family and enjoy their holidays.
Apart from medical treatment, India is famous for tourism
And has number of tourist sites like hills stations, historical monuments, golden deserts, holy sites etc. Most of the tourist spots near Chandigarh include Shimla, Kullu and Manali, Amritsar, Delhi-Agra, Jaipur and Rishikesh.Shimla, was the summer capital of India under British Empire. Presently, it is the capital of state Himachal Pradesh. Shimla is famous for its natural beauty, wooden handicrafts, architectural buildings and apples. From Chandigarh, it takes about 4 hours to reach Shimla by road. Shivalik Queen is the Luxury train available from Chandigarh to Shimla.One of the biggest cities in Punjab, Amritsar, and also called holy city is the spiritual and cultural centre of Sikhs. It is the city where world famous Sikh temple called Golden Temple is situated. It was built by 4th Sikh guru, Ramdaas Ji. There are many other places to visit in city like, Durgiana temple, Wagah border, Jallian Wala Bagh etc. It is well connected to other cities by road, flight and train. From Chandigarh, it takes about 5-6 hours toreach Amritsar by road.
The capital of India, Delhi is 245 km from Chandigarh and can be reached by very frequent bus service or flight. There are many historical monuments in Delhi like Red Fort, India Gate, Lotus Temple etc. 250 Kms ahead of Delhi is Agra, famous for its world renowned Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal was built by the great mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaj as a symbol of love. It is also one of the 7 wonders of the world and a major tourist magnet.
The pink city, Jaipur, is in the state of Rajasthan, which is about 500 km from Chandigarh. It is famous for hill forts and series of palaces in the city. Jaipur is famous for its Rajasthani culture and many international celebrities fly here as their wedding destination. Jaipur is the famous city and capital of Rajasthan. It was founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, after whom the city has been named.
In Himachal Pradesh, Kullu and Manali is one of the most beautiful places to visit which is about 300 km from Chandigarh. It is famous for its charming valley, snow fall, adventure sports and natural beauty. Manali is a hill station nestled in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley, at an altitude of 2,050 m in the Beas River Valley. With super views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal Ranges, and with mountain adventures beckoning from all directions, Manali is a year-round magnet for tourists.