India

The Majesty of Rajasthan

Adventuring through India’s fabled land of forts, palaces & iconic Rajasthani culture

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Duration
15 Days
Description

Be awed by the monuments, artistic heritage and wild open lands of north-western India: visit the Taj Mahal, ride camels through the Thar Desert and sleep in a Maharaja’s palace.

Dates

Nov 1 - Nov 16, 2017


Suggested Ages

All Ages

Number of Participants

12


Availability

open

Begins In

19 Weeks

Tuition

$8,895


Estimated Flight Cost

$2,070

New Delhi

Agra

Bikaner

Jaipur

Jaiselmer

Jodhpur

Udaipur

Program Overview

Once the nexus of the greatest wealth on earth, Rajasthan's history, cultural traditions, arts and architecture inspire and amaze


A wide open landscape of raw desert punctuated by small farming villages and majestic, incomparable palaces and forts, Rajasthan offers something for everyone. Famed for its warrior class that lived by the motto “death before dishonor,” the forts and castles of Rajasthan bespeak a day when Rajput Kings ruled with absolute authority, and when unimaginable wealth was concentrated among the ruling elite. A trip through Rajasthan is a tour through a vast museum of mind-boggling architectural monuments. It is an exploration of the arts and cultural traditions that developed under the rule of India’s most iconic Maharajas.

After meeting as a group in Delhi, we board the Landcruisers that will transport us on our two-week journey. First stop, Agra. With a full day in Agra, we visit the Taj Mahal at various times of day, to see the splendor of Asia’s most renown memorial come alive in the day’s varied light. We…

A wide open landscape of raw desert punctuated by small farming villages and majestic, incomparable palaces and forts, Rajasthan offers something for everyone. Famed for its warrior class that lived by the motto “death before dishonor,” the forts and castles of Rajasthan bespeak a day when Rajput Kings ruled with absolute authority, and when unimaginable wealth was concentrated among the ruling elite. A trip through Rajasthan is a tour through a vast museum of mind-boggling architectural monuments. It is an exploration of the arts and cultural traditions that developed under the rule of India’s most iconic Maharajas.

After meeting as a group in Delhi, we board the Landcruisers that will transport us on our two-week journey. First stop, Agra. With a full day in Agra, we visit the Taj Mahal at various times of day, to see the splendor of Asia’s most renown memorial come alive in the day’s varied light. We then travel to Jaipur with a stop at Fatehpur Sikri, where we walk through this fortified ghost city, once the capitol of the Mughal empire. In Jaipur, we visit the Hawa Mahal“Pink Palace” and ride elephants to the top of nearby Amber Fort. Reboarding our Landcruisers, we travel into India’s far western, sparsely populated border lands. En-route to Jaislamer, we bed down in the former residence of the Maharaja of Bikaner. Once we arrive in the western-most outpost of Jaislamer, we explore the hilltop fort and castle complex of Jaislamer Fort and enjoy an extraordinary camel trek amid the dunes of the Great Thar Desert. From Jaislamer we drive to Jodphur, stopping en-route at a magnificent Jain temple. In Jodphur, India’s fabled “Blue City” we visit the Meherangarh Fort, shop in the city’s markets, and enjoy high tea at the Umaid Bhawan Palace. We then travel to the romantic lakeside town of Udaipur for a relaxing end to our Rajasthan voyage. From Udaipur we fly to Delhi where we spend our final night at one of India’s most historic hotels, the Imperial.

Travelers on this journey will be surprised and delighted by the splendor of Rajasthan. Though our accommodations will be high-end, travel will be occasionally rugged. We will have long travel days along roads of varying conditions. Getting out of the hotel and into the streets and wild spaces requires a willingness to take on all of India. While enjoying some of India’s most extraordinary art, amidst ancient cultural traditions that will stun you with their beauty, we will engage in the other realities that represent modern-day India; we are never too far from a reality of too many people making due with too few resources. Rather than insulating ourselves from these realities, we will engage with them, meeting with development professionals and aid workers who will juxtapose the treasures of historic Rajasthan with the stories of those who struggle to survive in today’s India.

A trip to India, and particularly a trip to Rajasthan, is a voyage through time and a window into radically different human experiences. In the company of our exceptional guides you can expect a profoundly beautiful and wide-ranging exploration of magical Rajasthan.

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Program Components

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Comparative Religion

Compare how Hinduism and Islam have shaped the history of Rajasthan.

5/5
Development Studies

Meet with local leaders who are working with the population and resource problems of the 21st century;

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Focus Of Inquiry

Rajasthan's history and culture; the problems facing modern India.

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Home Stay

This course has no home stay element.

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Independent Study Project (ISP)

There will be room for course participants to delve into specific questions with the aid of local leaders and Dragons' guides.

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Language Study

Gain a basic handle on Hindi.

2/5
Learning Service

Speak with local service leaders to better understand how Rajasthani communities are facing the problems that arise in modern India.

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Rugged Travel

Long travel days on variable roads.

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Trekking

Explore the Thar Desert on camelback and ride elephants up the ancient walkway of a castle.