Tours and Field Studies for Bangalore (Bengaluru), India
USAC encourages every student to participate in these tours as they are an unmatched opportunity to experience nearby regions and locations in India; however, the segment is optional and has an additional fee. You will sign up for the tour on your Course and Tour Registration Form. The sample itineraries that follow below are subject to change as needed at the discretion of the Resident Director. Please note that tour reservations must be completed early; it is always better to sign up early so you don’t miss out on this opportunity.
Northern India Tour
In the fall semester, you will explore important cities, monuments, and sites in Northern India’s Golden Triangle.
A potential itinerary includes many sites in the capital city of Dehli, including the Raj Ghat, Red Fort, and Jama Masjid as well as India Gate, the Rastrapathi Bhawan, and the Laxmi Narayan, Lotus, and Askshardham Temples. A stop in Mughal will include a tour of Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, and time in Agra will include a tour of the Agra fort, built by the great Emperor Akbar, and the famous Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Sha Jahan in memory of this wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Southern India Tour
You’ll have the extraordinary opportunity to explore some of Southern India’s cultural, historical, and natural sites in the Indian state of Kerala. This tour will include accommodation, air conditioned transportation, train/bus tickets, all meals, entrance into the different sites, fees for different activities, and an English-speaking tour guide.
A potential itinerary includes the coastal city of Kochi (Cochin); Munnar, a popular hill-resort town; Allepey, known as the “Venice of the East” with its narrow canals and lagoons; and Thekkady, home of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary with thick evergreen forest and exotic wildlife. The tour will feature visits to the Cheeyappara and Vallara waterfalls, Eravikulam National Park, Devikulam hill station, and the Mattupetty Dam. You’ll tour tea and spice plantations, explore paddy fields, coconut lagoons, narrow canals, and coir villages, and visit zoos and museums. You’ll also go speed-boating, take a jeep safari, visit various beaches, attend a kathakali dance performance, and watch a traditional kalaripayattu martial arts performance.