Study Abroad in Hyderabad, India

Study Abroad in Hyderabad: Cultural Excursions

Golden Triangle Tour

Included in program fee

Your study abroad experience in India begins with the classic Golden Triangle tour. See the sites of India’s most famous cities; Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, home of the iconic Taj Mahal.

In India’s bustling and hectic capital city, you will visit the colonial buildings of New Delhi including the Parliament of India and India Gate, the Jama Masjid (the largest and best known mosque in India) and the Red Fort and have free time to explore Chandni Chowk, one of Old Delhi’s most famous markets.

Take in the stunning and captivating Taj Mahal during your visit to Agra. Generally considered the world’s finest example of Moghul architecture the Taj Mahal was built in the 17th century by Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The white marble “Taj” is India’s most precious monument, a romantic tribute to a lost love which never fails to leave a lasting impression.

Travel onward to Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned former capital city of the Moghul Empire. Built from local red sandstone, the city includes numerous palaces, halls and mosques.

Known as the ‘Pink City’ Jaipur includes the Amber Fort, perched on a ridge above the city. You will have the opportunity to take an elephant ride and also see the famous Palace of the Winds and the impressive 18th century Jantar Mantar observatory.

Includes transportation (including flight from Delhi or Jaipur to Hyderabad), accommodation, breakfast, sightseeing and entrance fees.

Optional Excursion to Ajanta & Ellora (4 days – $345)

Experience the unique train culture of India on a journey from Hyderabad to Aurangabad, in the neighboring state of Maharashtra.

Ajanta is the site of 2,000 year-old Buddhist caves carved into the hillside. Abandoned in the 7th century, these man-made caves were rediscovered in the early 1800s, which explains the remarkable state of preservation of the extensive frescos and carvings that adorn them.

Ellora is the site of Buddhist, Jain and Hindu temples (600 -1000 AD). The world’s largest monolithic sculpture, the impressive Kailasa temple is the highlight of this visit. This freestanding temple, as well as the surrounding structures, were hewn from a hillside of solid rock, and remain a technical and aesthetic marvel to this day. Stop to taste sugarcane and Indian fruits from the market stands by the road en route to see the “Little Taj Mahal”, a charming marble and stucco building. The tour ends with a night train journey to Hyderabad.

Fee includes transportation, accommodation, entrance fees, two breakfasts and one traditional dinner. A minimum enrollment of 6 is required for the tour to run.

Optional Excursion to Kerala (4 days – $575)

Kerala is one of the most beautiful and popular destinations in India. This narrow, fertile state on the south west coast, below Goa, is famous for its lush greenery, its wonderful beaches, its fascinating backwaters and lagoons and its tea plantations.

Take a short flight from Hyderabad to Kochi (Cochin) where you will visit the key sights, including the oldest church in India, old Portuguese houses and the Palace of the Raja of Cochin.

Travel onward to Varkala, one of the most popular resorts in Kerala where you will have time to relax and enjoy the beaches. En route enjoy a two-hour journey through Kerala’s backwaters on a traditional houseboat.

Fee includes round-trip flight, transfers, double rooms with daily breakfast and backwater houseboat cruise. A minimum enrollment of 6 is required for the tour to run.

Students must enroll and pay for the optional excursions in the U.S. by the final payment deadline. Once paid for excursions are non-refundable except in the event of cancellation.

Dates and itineraries for all excursions are tentative and subject to change.