KEI organizes cultural activities and field trips as part of the program. Transportation and lodging for all these activities are included in the program fee. Below are the most commonly organized excursions and activities. KEI reserves the right to change planned excursions for destinations of equal value and interest. Excursions may change based on availability, local festivals and interest. Academic year and multiple term students participate on planned excursions during their first term of study.
Semester & MayMester; day activities
Pune is a thriving historical and spiritual center. Amongst its notable attractions are the Aga Khan Palace and Gandhi National Memorial, Shaniwar Wada Palace, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, and Katraj Snake Park and Zoo.
Semester & MayMester; 2 day field trip
Mumbai is India’s Manhattan and Hollywood rolled into one mega city. It is the center of finance, fashion, film and nightlife. Mumbai is a city in transition – on all fronts. Skyscrapers and upscale malls stand amid historical landmarks and slums. There is much to see and do in this vast metro area, including the Prince of Wales Museum, Victoria Terminus, Chowpatty Beach, Colaba (street market), Crawford Market, Elephanta Island, Gateway of India, Haji Ali Mosque and the High Court.
Delhi, Agra & Taj Mahal
Semester only; 4-5 day excursion
Delhi is the capital of India. It is a vibrant melting pot with a jumble of languages, the most common being Hindi, English, Punjabi and Urdu. Delhi encapsulates two very different worlds, the ‘old’ and the ‘new’, each offering unique experiences. The old city hosts the Red Fort, Jama Masjid and medieval-flavored bazaars, while the new city offers modern cafes, skyscrapers and shopping malls.
Agra showcases the magnificent Taj Mahal, an immense complex made almost entirely of white marble. While the Taj is the main attraction, it’s not the only one. The Mughal Empire also left a magnificent fort and fascinating tombs and mausoleums.
Ajanta & Ellora Cave Temples
Fall semester only; 2 day field trip
The Ajanta and Ellora caves date from 200 BC to 650 AD and considered the pinnacle of Deccan rock-cut architecture. Over five centuries, monks (Buddhist, Hindu and Jain) carved monasteries, chapels and temples in the mountainous rock. The temples were decorated with detailed paintings and sculptures. As Buddhism gradually waned, the caves were abandoned and forgotten until 1819, when a British hunting party stumbled upon them. Their isolation contributed to the fine state of preservation. These World Heritage sites are a must see.
Spring semester only; 1-2 day field trip
Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, is an enthralling historical city and the gateway to India’s most flamboyant state. Jaipur was the stronghold of the Rajasthan’s clan, which left splendid palaces and forts throughout the city.
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India is like no other country. Anyone who is interested in something new, different, and seeking out adventure, should choose India. It’s this large Asian metropolis with cities that wrap around different forests and jungles. The cities have shopping and things you would find in Europe.
KEI has truly met all of my expectations and so much more. I thought I was just going to be dropped off in India, but KEI staff gets to know you and you get to know them. They really care about your experience.
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On Friday the 3rd of September, we celebrated Krishna’s birthday. As the story goes, when Krishna was an infant he used to break the pot of curd in his home to drink it. Ergo, people go out to the streets and dance, and make human pyramids to break a pot of curd tied on a rope. See my video. India is different and exciting. View my video...