India, Spring 2021 6-week Gap Year Course*

THE ROUTE EXPLAINED

BENGALURU is one of the economic hubs of India and where we acclimatise to a different way of life. We commence personal projects and consider the fundamental resources of India.

MYSURU was the home of the great Wodeyar Dynasty and we study Indian architecture, commerce and caste structure.

At KOCHI we embrace the natural world of the south, the inland waterways and some of thegreater nature reserves of India; think tigers andelephants. Also we study the history of Portuguese trade, influence and the Dutch and British East India Companies from the 17th century onwards.

MADURAI is where we start to explore Hinduism and Dravidian culture.

HAMPI was in 1500 the second largest city in the world only to be sacked by Mughal invaders and left to be reclaimed by nature. As if frozen in time, the sixteen square miles of the city is a more evocative
‘Pompei of India’.

MUMBAI is today as Hampi was. Alive and vibrant, the centre of Bollywood, contemporary art and commerce. This is an important facet of the course.

JAIPUR, Jaisalmer and Udaipur are the cities of the Raj, the glorious days of Indian history. This is where we study Indian architecture,
painting, sculpture, astrology, philosophy and the synthesis of Hindu and Muslim life.

NEW DELHI, capital of India today, for the British Imperial past and for the Mughals before them.  Here we examine politics, resources, population
and governance.

VARANASI, considered the spiritual capital of India, where water and the celebration of death brings the course to a close.

* This course was originally planned for Spring 2020 but due to timing issues it will now begin in 2021.