Field Trips for Bangalore (Bengaluru), India
You are encouraged to participate in the program-organized field trips. Final destinations and dates are at the discretion of the Resident Director and may include visits to museums, companies, a film studio, the sixteenth-century Bull Temple, the Lalbagh Botanical Garden, and Tipu Sultan’s palace, as well as those listed below. Additionally, each course typically incorporates work into the program field trips and may plan additional, course-specific field trips.
In the spring and first summer session you will travel to the mountain region of Coorg, home to the Kodava people. There you will visit Raja’s tomb to find a spectacular view of the town, take a jeep excursion to Abby Falls, visit the Omkareshwar Temple, and watch the sunset at Raja’s Seat, a popular place to go to admire the beauty of the misty hills and valleys. You will also visit the Dubare elephant camp where you can participate in elephant rides, bathing the elephants, and watch them be fed. On the way back you will visit The Golden Temple located in one of the largest Tibetan Settlements in the world. At the Buddhist temple you will be able to speak to monks and visit some of the Tibetan shops within the city.
In the fall you will travel to the capital of the Hindu empire Vijayanagara, which ruled south India from the fourteenth- sixteenth centuries. The ruins of Hampi, as it is known today, are a vast open museum of history, architecture, and religion spread over an area of more than 25 square kilometers. Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to the extensive giant temples, palaces, market streets, aquatic structures, fortifications, and other ancient monuments that make up the ruins.
During the second summer session students visit the city of Mysore, which is commonly described as the City of Palaces and once the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore until 1947. Along the way, you’ll visit ancient historical sites such as the Srirangapatna Fort, which is considered to be the second strongest fort in India. There’s also a stop at the Sri Ranganthaswamy Temple, one of the most important Vaishnavite shrines in southern India. After lunch, you can visit St. Philomena’s Church, known for its neo-Gothic style as well as a trip to other shrines and vista viewpoints of the city. That night, you’ll see the Maharaja’s magnificent palace while illuminated in lights. You’ll have the chance to visit Mysore Palace again during the daytime to explore its exquisite carvings and precious works of art. You can also visit the Mysore Zoo (home to a wide range of species) and the Railway Museum (which offers a history of the development of railways in India). There’s even time to take a ride on an elephant before returning back to Bangalore.
Bangalore Heritage Excursion
This walk takes you over 450 years back in time to the rule of Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore. Discover what made the city so prosperous and why the British occupied it. Learn about the battles that took place, and visit the last surviving silk weavers to see them reel, dye, and weave silk yarn. Walk through Bangalore's oldest market; learn about famous philanthropists, Sufi saints, temples and much more as you explore the oldest part of Bangalore.