Students now have a chance to see one of the most interesting places in the world. Dr. Schreiber and Dr. Witmer are offering the opportunity to travel to India this summer and delve into one of the oldest cultures in the world. The trip can count as credit hours for Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, or South Asian History. Each participating student is assigned reading prior to the trip respective to the class they enroll in, and will get the opportunity with this trip to see their lessons come to life.
The trip will take place from December 29, 2010 to January 13, 2011 and will cost approximately $3,250 per student. This cost includes fees for air fare, hotel accommodations, travel in India, admissions fees, and some meals. The cost does not include MU tuition, ISIC cards, passports, travel insurance, and personal expenses. Dr. Schreiber and Dr. Witmer will be taking approximately 25 students on this trip, so space is limited.
The trip starts with three nights in New Delhi, which is India’s capital and home to 5000 years of rich history. Some activities offered in New Delhi visits to the lofty Red Fort, Humayuns Tomb, Jama Masjid, ChadiniChowk, QutabMinar, the Lotus Temple and the Laxminarayan Temple. Students are offered the opportunity to explore the Lodhi Gardens, the National Museum, the “Thieves Market” and more. Students will be able to see how the Indian people ring in the New Year in New Delhi.
Upon arrival in Agra on January 2 students are given the opportunity to enjoy a decorated Tonga ride through the city. Other places to visit in Agra are the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, the Agra Fort, and Mathura. Students are also given the chance to visit what many believe to be India’s most popular attraction; the Taj Mahal.
The next three nights are spent in the “rose pink” city, of Jaipur. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, and was painted entirely pink when the Prince of Wales and Edward VII visited on two separate occasions. Attractions in Jaipur are the City Palace, the Palace of Winds, Albert Hall, and the Jaigarh and Nahargarh Forts. There will also be local artists and teachers to meet.
Starting January 6, students will stay in Jodhpur for two nights exploring the 500-year-old city, which is also called the “Blue City.” Jodhpur is known for its people and sculptors. Students can also visit the Mehrangarh Fort, the Jaswant Thada and the Umaid Bhawan Museums while riding camels. Jodhpur also offers a glimpse into the hidden elements of desert life.
The second to last stop on the visit is Ranakpur and Kumbalgarh. These quaint twin cities are testaments to Rahasthan’s history. These towns are evidence of brilliant architectural genius with the Jain temple. The Jain temple has 29 halls and 1,444 unique pillars. Students can also take a day trip to the Kumbalgarh Fort.
The last stop of the trip is in Udaipur, which is positioned in the forested hilly region of the Aravalli Ranges. Udaipur has an impregnable citadel and an impressive royal lineage. The unique experience here is to go boating on Lake Picchola to Jagmandir.
To apply for this trip contact Dr. Lisa Schreiber of the Communication and Theatre Department at either (717) 872-2277 or firstname.lastname@example.org.