Every aspect of India projects itself on a panoramic scale: be it the staggering picture of life in a country of over 1 billion people, the unmatched beauty of stone temples and the feisty festivals attached to them or the religious fervor that complements the undying passion of Indians for cricket and Bollywood. India is diverse in the real sense of the term. Diversity is reflected in its topography and climate, boisterous festivities and cacophonic bazaars, exotic cuisines and its people with their very own traditions, attires, cultures, lifestyles and languages. It is this diversity, which provides a breathtaking ensemble of experiences that is truly unique and quintessentially Indian. Experiencing the great diversity of land, people and cultures is at the heart of Minds Abroad’s India Programs.
All our Indian programs are mainly based in Bangalore, which is considered to have the best weather, among all other metropolitan cities of India. The city is also regarded as the high technology capital of India. As part of our programs, students are brought to fast-paced, modern cities like Delhi and Bangalore. Students will also visit locations steeped in spirituality and natural beauty such as Coorg as well as sites known for their cultural heritage, history, artistic achievements and unique craft traditions such as Agra, Hampi and Mysore.
Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India
Bangalore, one of India’s most happening metropolises, is known worldwide as the IT capital of the country. Over the years, the city has also gained the identity of a cultural hotspot, where people from across the world regularly arrive and experience the benefits of living in a highly developed city that has fiercely maintained its cultural identity. The city is dotted with innumerable cultural symbols that have lent it its quintessential charm and identity Another very attractive feature of Bangalore that distinguishes it from other Indian metropolitan cities is its pleasant weather all year round. This makes going outdoors a relaxing experience.
Delhi, the capital of India
Filled with incongruities and surprises, the current Indian capital was once the capital of the Great Mughal Empire during Shah Jahan's reign. Now home to innumerable historical monuments and beautiful parks, this world-class city is endowed with a planned city center from the late days of the British India. The narrow lanes in the city’s older quarters are equally fascinating for their dazzling displays of traditional artwork.
Agra, the seat of the legendary Taj Mahal
Agra is one of the most historic cities of India and most importantly, home to the iconic monument of Taj Mahal, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” and a vision in white. In addition to the Taj, Agra is a treasure-trove of other historic wonders, including the Fatehpur Sikri, nicknamed as the 'Deserted City' of red sandstone and Agra Fort, another excellent example of Mughal architecture. Navigating the dusty alleys of the city can be a rewarding and culturally enriching experience.
Mysore, the Royal City
Mysore, a city of more than 600 years of glorious historic heritage and the cultural capital of the South Indian state of Karnataka, is full of old world charm. The precincts of its royal palaces bear the stamp of the distinct culture of a regal era. A short tour of this city will give a visitor an insight into the dazzling royal heritage of its regency era.
Coorg, the largest Tibetan town outside of China
Hidden behind the brooding hills of southernmost Karnataka, is the lush-green Coorg (Kodagu), known for its fabled landscapes and sprawling plantations of coffee. Coorg has still retained its distinct flavor. Its natural beauty is still not spoilt by mass tourism and commercialization. This time-warp hill-station is home to the largest Tibetan settlement in India and if someone wants to have a peek into a slice of Tibetan life, Coorg is the ideal destination, as it is a microcosm of all Tibetan cultures.
Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Hampi, now a historic town in Karnataka and another UNESCO World Heritage Site, was once the capital of the powerful, medieval empire of Vijayanagara. Its magnificent natural beauty is complemented by the majesty of its brooding ruins of its temples with exemplary architecture. Notable sites of Hampi include Hazara Rama Temple, covered with fresque from the Indian epic Ramayana as well as mythological creatures, deities iconic chariots, bulls and underground chambers carved out of single pieces of stones.