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CAU travel program: India—Vast, Various, and Vibrant, with Porus Olpadwala

Saturday, January 20, 2018

India: Delhi, Agra, Punjab, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Jodhpur, Mumbai

Welcome to India, land of vital contradictions. The world's most populous democracy, India has one of the fastest growing economies in the world—and one-third of the world's poor. Eighty percent Hindu, it is a steadfastly secular country. Deeply agrarian, its urban populations are second only to China's. We'll encounter many such complexities as we explore remarkable cities, villages, marketplaces, palaces, and temples that dot India's fascinating landscapes.

After visiting Delhi and Agra, we'll travel by bus and train to Punjab, where we'll visit Amritsar, home to the Sikh Golden Temple, and Chandigarh, Le Corbusier's modernist capital city. In Rajasthan we'll take in the haunting landscapes of the Great Indian Desert and the "Blue City" of Jodhpur, with its imposing fifteenth-century Rajput fort and superb Jain temple. Finally, we'll fly to Mumbai, India's cosmopolitan melting pot, with its Victorian Gothic and Art Deco architecture, bustling film industry, and humming streets.

We'll be led by Porus Olpadwala, professor emeritus of city and regional planning and dean emeritus of Cornell's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, whose themes will be India's political economy, economic development, and the built environment. Throughout, Porus and his wife, Deenaz, will lend a warm personal flavor to our tour as they reflect on changes to their homeland.

This program is part of Cornell Adult University’s (CAU), which offers acclaimed education vacations designed and led by Cornell faculty. Programs include off-campus travel adventures and week-long on-campus summer courses open to all, including Cornell alumni, families, and friends.

For more information and to register, visit, e-mail, or call 607.255.6260.

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