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Splendors of India

Sacred Splendors of India

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Oct. 30 - Nov. 15, 2023
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Over millennia, countless cultures have imbued India with a wealth of distinct artistic and cultural traditions creating an incredible diversity of religions, food, dress, and customs. Experience India’s heritage with Dr. Lisa Balabanlilar, Associate Professor of History at Rice University on a special program designed exclusively for the Traveling Owls. Fly to the 600-year-old walled city of Ahmedabad, India’s first World Heritage City, renowned for its mazelike streets, magnificent wooden havelis, fascinating stepwells, and Sabaramati ashram from which Gandhi launched his non-violent movement for India's independence. Venture through fabled Rajasthan to the captivating lake city of Udaipur where mirage-like marble palaces seemingly float on Lake Pichola. See the ornate City Palace complex, a delightful fusion of European, Chinese, and Mughal architecture. Marvel at the colossal 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort that towers above the old city of Jodhpur, a veritable labyrinth of vibrant streets, blue-hued buildings, and colorful bazaars. In Delhi, visit Humayun’s Tomb, a World Heritage site, and spend time at the renowned Khan Market. Take sunset and sunrise boat rides to observe the endless cycles of life and death being played out along the banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi, and visit nearby Sarnath, one of the world’s most important Buddhist centers. Finish in Amritsar, the Holy City of the Sikhs, home to the iconic Golden Temple, floating like a dream in the middle of a tranquil pool. Unique experiences, including home-hosted meals in private residences and encounters with craftspeople, will ensure your memories of India last a lifetime.

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Traveling Owls

The Rice Alumni Traveling Owls program serves as a catalyst for lifelong learning and strengthens bonds between Rice University alumni and friends. With a commitment to education, engagement, exploration and excellence, the Traveling Owls program is designed to create exciting intellectual itineraries unlike any other travel opportunities, while sustaining enthusiasm for knowledge and building relationships among fellow Owls.