Program Overview

Contemproary India is a nation of a billion people from different ethnic background living harmoniously as a democratic nation. It is estimated that 70 % of the Indian population is below 30 years of age. The support and sales calls originating from Bangalore call center leaves no doubt that these youngsters are well versed in English language and are engaged with rest of the world. With age and language to its advantage India is on the threshold of becoming not only the worlds largest producer but also the worlds largest consumer.

Ironically as it may sound India is racing ahead without letting go of its legacy, it advocates simultaneously for non-violence and nuclear weapons; many parts of India is ruled by democratically elected communist parties, India’s federal Government is a coalition of 30 political parties who have the rights to express their views in any of its 18 official languages. These complexities are a manifestation of the accommodative tendencies of its culture that has the distinction of evolving peacefully, without discontinuity for the last 5000 years. It is hard to disagree that now is not the time to understand contemporary India, especially when every opinion maker claims that India will influence our lives in many spheres.

Program Highlights

1. Understand how India applies her ancient tradition in an era of globalization through art and cultural interpretations by archaeologist and art historians.
2. Experience all major must visit sites of India from a contemporary perspective – Delhi, Taj Mahal, Bangalore, Bombay, Backwaters of Kerala, the Shore temples of Madras and Calcutta the city of Joy..
3. One to one Interaction with cross section of society in their respective work place or at home – rural women, Call center staff – youth, politicians, farmers, students, white and blue collared workers, businessmen, activist, aid workers and artists.
4. Do your own marble inlay design after visiting Taj Mahal and do an overnight Cruise in the Backwaters of Kerala to engage communities and learn about communism in India.
5. Participate in informal group discussions with politicians, artists, women and many other groups moderated by accomplished cultural anthropologist.
6. Breaking up into pairs and be hosted by Indian families for a whole day, learn about Indian traditions and customs from an insiders perspective.
7. Don’t miss out on the must see locations of India, The Red fort, The Taj Mahal, The Backwaters of Kerala and the shore temples of Mahabalipuram.
One Line Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Delhi
Day 02: Delhi
Day 03: Delhi-Agra
Day 04: Agra
Day 05: Agra-Delhi-Mumbai
Day 06: Mumbai
Day 07: Mumbai-Bangalore
Day 08: Bangalore-Kochi-Allapuzha
Day 09: Allapuzha
Day 10: Kochi
Day 11: Kochi-Chennai
Day 12: Chennai-Mahabalipuram-Chennai
Day 13: Chennai-Kolkata
Day 14: kolkata-Departure

Activity Particulars

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