INDIA: Summer 2014
HON 290, POL 267, or POL 310:
India: Encounters with Other Cultures
(Meets the Social Science, General Education Requirement)
34 days summer 2014
July 13-August 15 (subject to change)
Professor Neal Bushoven
India is probably the most accessible yet different and exceptional culture and civilization one can still encounter in our increasingly homogenized world. This trip is not a traditionally structured tour with guides (except on the trek) and detailed daily itineraries. A central activity of this study tour will be a twelve day trek in the Himalayas with time in New and Old Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal), Jaipur, and Manali. The focus of the trip will be on recording, reflecting upon, analyzing, and enriching personal experiences and encounters. We will seek to challenge our preexisting ideas and develop new ways of seeing and understanding. This will be Professor Bushoven’s twenty-sixth trip to India (ninth trek).
Open to all St. Andrews students, students from other colleges, alums, and friends of the college who are in good health and physical condition and who wish to rigorously study another culture. The trek while physically demanding is not overly so; any able bodied person in good health and physical condition should be able to accomplish the trek without great stress or discomfort. The trip is open to all St. Andrews alums and their families and friends as well as other friends of the college. Since space is limited to approximately 10 to 15 persons, priority will be given to St. Andrews Honors students and then other St. Andrews students. Because of the nature of the travel and experiences to be encountered permission of the instructor is necessary. Application and interview required.
Costs: about $2000*
plus airfare and personal expenses
*Note: costs may change according exchange rates and other ground costs. This is the best estimate at this time.
Other Costs ($2400-$3700)
Students and other participants will:
Contact Hours for students: 25 one hour class meetings. 50 hours plus required visits to monuments and cultural sites and encounters with Indians from various backgrounds and religions
Subject to Change
Day 1 depart United States
Day 2 flying to India (arrive late evening)
Days 3/4/5 New Delhi (acclimatizing to India)
Day 6 train to Agra (Taj Mahal)
Day 7 Agra
Day 8 mini-vans or cars to Jaipur (visiting Fatehpur Sikri)
Day 9 Jaipur
Day 10 evening train to New Delhi
Day 11 New Delhi
Day 12 morning train to Chandigarh (overnight Chandigarh)
Day 13 mini-vans or cars to Manali
Day 14 acclimatizing in Manali (6725 ft)
Day 15 Manali
Days 16-27 on 70 mile trek with following campsites:
Day 16 from Prini to past Sythen (9,500 ft)
Day 17 Chikha (10,625 ft)
Day 18 Bhalu ka kera (12,136 ft)
Day 19 Siliguri (12,300) via Hamta Pass (14005 ft)
Day 20 Chatru (10,750 ft)
Day 21 Choladrara (12,136 ft)
Day 22 Batal (12,300 ft)
Days 23-24 near Chandra Tal Lake (13,945 ft)
Day 25 Kunzum pass (14,927 ft)
Day 26 jeeps to Chatru
Day 27 jeep return to Manali via Rohtang Pass (11,020 ft)
Days 28/29 Manali
Day 30 mini-van or cars to Chandigarh (overnight Chandigarh)
Day 31 morning train to New Delhi
Day 32 New Delhi
Day 33 New Delhi (late evening departure)
Day 34 Newark or other destination
Hotels (Subject to change)
In New Delhi: Prince Polonia Hotel www.hotelprincepolonia.com
In Agra: Hotel Sidhartha www.hotelsidhartha.com
In Jaipur: Bissau Palace Hotel www.bissaupalace.com
In Chandigarh: Hotel Divyadeep
In Manali: Sunshine Lodge
Course requirements for students
Non-students while not required to take test will be expected to do assigned readings, keep a journal, and attend all daily meeting.
HEALTH FORM: Students will only be able to accompany this trip after they have met the requirements of and filled out the forms mentioned in the St. Andrews “Policy on Precautionary Health Care Measures for Travel Abroad”. All non-students on this trip will be required to fill out a different special health form for this trip.
ADMINISTRATIVE FEE AND TUITION: Please note that while there is no tuition fee for course credit for St. Andrews students, St. Andrews charges all St. Andrews students an “Administrative Fee for Summer International Courses” of $400 that must be paid by all persons seeking college credit. This fee is not included in the fee charged persons on the study/tour. There is no course credit fee unless a student has been on a previous summer academic trip or has pursued a prior summer internship. Non-St. Andrews students seeking course credit will be charged tuition.
AIRPLANE TICKET: Persons will directly buy their own ticket for the common flight to India and return from a designated travel agency. Normally all persons on the trip must arrive in India on the same flight.
DEPOSITS AND REFUNDS A deposit of $500 will be due by February 3rd. Unless the trip is cancelled by the college, this deposit will not be refunded after March 24th. Second payment of $800 due by March 24th. Full payment ($700 unless unexpected increase in expenses—such as a change in the exchange rate of the dollar) for the trip will be required by April 30th. Persons not making the final payment by April 30th may be charged a penalty. Persons who have not made the final payment by May 10th may be cancelled from the trip. Persons who withdraw from the trip after April 30th will not have the initial deposit returned and may get a limited refund according to money already spent in making advanced reservations.
HEALTH INSURANCE: Please note that the college requires that all persons traveling overseas on a college sponsored trip be insured through a policy purchased through the college. This insurance is about $60.00 for students of college age. Older persons will be charged more.
INDEMNITY AGREEMENT: The College requires each person who travels on an overseas trip to sign and indemnity agreement and to fill out a health form. These documents must be filed with the college before departure on the trip. Persons who have not supplied these forms by their due dates will be unable to travel on the trip and will receive a limited refund according to expenditures already committed.
Please contact Professor Neal Bushoven
See bulletin board outside LA 156
Proposal for ShOT.11 7/19/13