Course participants will not only visit the capital of India New Delhi, which is the second largest city in the world, but also have the opportunity to visit Leh in Jammu and Kashmir Himalayas which is 11,000 feet above sea level, Jaipur in Rajasthan and Imphal in Manipur. We will utilize homestay with local families, where available, giving students the hands-on opportunity to experience cultural immersion. The course will also take participants to the world famous Taj Mahal which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, also considered one of the (New) seven wonders of the world, in Agra and to Kanya Kumari which is the southernmost point in mainland India.
Pre-Travel Class Meetings
Lectures and discussion of India’s history and culture given by local experts.
- July 6, 2015 India: Measuring, Describing and Mapping Differences and Development.
- July 7, 2015 Colonial Encounters and the Development Decades: Views from the core and Periphery.
- July 8, 2015 Travel, Itinerary, Housekeeping, Cross-cultural Competence. Followed by Q&A.
- July 9, 2015 Depart for New Delhi, India.
- July 10, 2015 Arrive in New Delhi.
- July 11, 2015 Walking tour of the University of Delhi campus with faculty and students. Tour Chandni Chowk, Red Fort and Jama Masjid to experience the Mughal legacy and meander through colorful bazaars, see the people at work and sample local foods.
- July 12, 2015 Explore the old town, beneath the Leh Palace, and get oriented to the city. Experience Ladakhi/Tibetan cuisine.
- July 13, 2015 History of Buddhism in Jammu and Kashmir. Guest Lecture: Dr. R. N. Singh, Professor, Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Jammu, Jammu. Experience local Buddhist Monasteries with Dr. Singh and opportunities for cultural interactions with highland Buddhist people.
- July 14, 2015 Sustainable Ecotourism in Ladakh Himalayas: Challenges and Opportunities. Visit Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Stok Monastery, and Nubra Valley.
- July 15, 2015 Early morning flight from Leh to New Delhi. Visit Central Delhi, and in particular places like Connaught Place, India Gate. Tour South Delhi and places like Hauz Khas village, Dilli Hatt and experience local street food.
- July 16, 2015 Early morning flight from New Delhi to Imphal. Walking tour of Palace of Kangla, Khwairaman Bazar, Imphal War cemetery, facilitated by Manipur University students and/or faculty.
- July 17, 2015 Road trip to Moreh. A relaxed evening dinner with local Manipuri family.
- July 18, 2015 Lagging Regions and Policy Options: The Case of Manipur in the North-East (Experts from Manipur University, Manipur Government). Fly to Trivandrum via Kolkata and Chennai. Overnight stay in Chennai.
- July 19, 2015 Arrive in Trivandrum. Visit Elephant Rehabilitation Centre at Kottur near Kappukadu in Thiruvananthapuram district and Neyyar reservoir, and Crocodile Rehabilitation and Research Centre.
- July 20, 2015 Day trip to Kanya Kumari.
- July 21, 2015 Early morning departure for New Delhi. Visit Agra/Taj Mahal. Overnight in New Delhi.
- July 22, 2015 Early morning departure for Jaipur by train. In Jaipur, visit Sakshi workers at work and understand Mojari, a UN-supported project, besides visiting City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal and a walk on MI Street.
- July 23, 2015 Understand New Delhi, a megacity, through the eyes of your instructor who lived in this city for more than two decades – visits include Institutional New Delhi, places such as Bengali Market and Delhi’s theatrical groups, Dilli Hatt, Habitat Center and a ride in Delhi’s Metro. Interactions with policymakers, grassroots functionaries and local residents.
- July 24, 2015 Return to the U.S.
Post-Travel Class Meetings
- July 29, 2015 Encountering and Contesting Development in India: Real and Imagined Dividing Lines.
- July 30, 2015 Presentation by students to an audience of invited faculty, staff and students.