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Himalayan Studies Semester, Spring 2007


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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons'Himalayan StudiesSemester Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.

Weeks One - Four:

Students fly into Calcutta and visit the Kali temple, Green Market and the Indian Museum. Overnight train to Darjeeling – a British colonial hill station, famous for its vast tea plantations and impressive views of Kanchenjunga to the north. Students begin intensive language classes, ISP research and home stays. We begin our study of comparative religion, focusing on Buddhist tradition, with monastery visits and dharma talks from Rinpoches and monks. Course instructors present lessons and coordinate guest speakers to offer a broad survey of contemporary issues, from child trafficking and shamanism to the rise of Communism in Nepal.

Weeks Five - Six:

Students journey north into the restricted Indian Province of Sikkim and undertake a strenuous, high-altitude trek in the Kanchenjunga National Park. The trek takes students through a variety of different ecosystems from sub-tropical jungle alive with orchids, gushing waterfalls and flowering rhododendron, to an alpine plateau above 14,000 feet, complete with views of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and Kanchenjunga (four of the highest mountains in the world). Following the trek, the group travels to Nepal, and from Kathmandu they embark on an overland journey to Lhasa.

Weeks Seven - Eight:

Group heads north into Tibet: explore the sights, sounds and tastes of Lhasa! Visit the Potala Palace, Drepung and Sera Monasteries, circumambulate the sacred Jokhang temple with Tibetan pilgrims, barter for silver and turquoise at the busy Barkhor circuit. Leaving Lhasa, students head out to Samye Monastery, and nearby Chimphu with its many meditation caves, spending the day with monks and nuns – some of whom have been in retreat for up to 20 years! Over the course of a week, the group travels to various pilgrimage sites in the northern part of the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR).

Weeks Nine - Eleven:

The group returns to Kathmandu, where there are myriad opportunities to further pursue ISP interests and participate in community service work. Opportunity for a ten-day meditation retreat at the idyllic Kopan monastery. (All time in Nepal – and in other parts of the Himalayas as well - will be carefully considered in light of evolving political realities, and may be substituted with alternate travel, should local events precipitate a change in travel safety.) From the Kathmandu Valley, we travel back in Sikkim for a visit to the region’s capitol, Gangtok. Here students have opportunities to meet famous dignitaries, thangka painters, and scholars and learn about the Tibetan community in exile. Students visit Tashiding, Rumtek and Enchey monasteries, and the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology. Students also complete a remote ten-day rural village homestay.

Weeks Twelve - Thirteen:

Final ISP presentations at the program house in Darjeeling. Following completion of presentations, the group visits the nearby Himalayan trading centre of Kalimpong for a retreat. In this idyllic setting, the students have a chance to rest, regroup and reflect, before heading back south into the heat and frenzy of Kolkatta, for the flight home.

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Himalayan Studies Semester: Sample Itinerary 2007-2008

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’Himalayan StudiesSemester Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings […]

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01/1/07

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