Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' Visions of India Semester 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.
Week One: Overnight in Los Angeles to discuss program goals and begin orientation. Flight to India. Arrive in Delhi and meet our program staff. Visit the Juma Masjid, the largest mosque in India, and the historic Raj Ghat.
Weeks Two - Three:
Travel by train and bus to the foothills of the Himalayas for mountain trekking. Possible options include treks around the Nandi Devi Massif, or hikes to the headwaters of the Ganges. Return to Delhi, bus to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal and Red Fort.
Travel by train to Varanasi. Begin home-stays, morning yoga classes and guest speaker/performer series. Continue daily language classes. Learn about community service and Independent Study Projects and apprenticeships with mentors. Attend sitar concerts on banks of the Ganges. Day trip to Sarnath, site of Buddha's first teaching, and visit main stupa, Deer Park, Gupta Museum, and Tibetan College. Weekend excursion to small traditional village of Murahaua. Stay with local families and plant trees in Dragons' Orchard.
Weeks Five - Twelve: Continue language training, home-stays and lecture/performance series. Begin community service and Independent Study Projects. Meet Indian peers and attend classes in local school. Complete the Panchakroshi Yatra pilgrimage throughout the city. Excursions to various important cultural centers including: the Chunar Fort and Ma Devi Temple, the traditional village of Sul Tankeshwar, and a week-long meditation retreat in Bodh Gaya, the site of the Buddha's enlightenment. Three-day boat ride on the Ganges from Allahabad, where the Ganges comes off the plains, back to Varanasi.
Week Thirteen: Community service and Independent Study Project presentations. Farewell banquet and concert for host families and friends at the program house. Travel to Calcutta, visit Kali Ghat and the Victoria Memorial. Final banquet and farewells. Evening flight to Los Angeles.
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India Semester: Sample Itinerary 2007-2008
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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ Visions of India Semester 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 […]