India | South

India | South

Ancient Caves, Temples & Sacred Monuments

India is home to one of the world’s longest-lived cultures going back more than 5,000 years. To understand India, one has to know its religions and spiritual traditions. During this study abroad program we will study 3 of India’s oldest religions — Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. Our study of Buddhism will take place at Ajanta, a World Heritage Monument that is home to 5 cave temples and 24 monasteries containing centuries-old paintings and rock-cut sculptures. We will study Jainism at Ellora that is home to some of the most beautiful and ornate rock-cut caves with decorative columns, intricate cave facades and finely carved stone statues. We will study Hinduism also in Ellora at the mighty Kailash Temple, the largest monolithic temple in the world.

After Ajanta and Ellora our studies of Hinduism continues in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the heartland of Dravidian culture and a bastion of conservative Hinduism. It is home to some of India’s largest and most ornately decorated temples and we will study at and explore many of them such as — Mahabalipuram, Chidambaram Temple and Kumbakonam just to name a few. You will be totally immersed in India’s remarkable ancient culture during this program.

During this culturally rich, hands-on learning experience, you will learn why India is a finely woven fabric of religion, philosophy, art, music and mysticism. Discover why India is not just another country — it’s a different world. A trip to India is a life-changing experience.

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Instructors, Scholars & Guides

Sridar Lakshmanan

Sridar Lakshmanan

Sridar is from Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Science and a Masters degree in Public Administration. Sridar has worked in Delhi, Mumbai, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States. Having worked many years abroad has given him many cross-cultural insights. He has a deep understanding of India’s history, religion, culture and art and he shares this knowledge with passion and great articulation. His knowledge of Hinduism and temple architecture is vast. Being a Hindu, Sridar takes our groups into the complex world of Hinduism where he shares his many years of personal experience. South India is a bastion for conservative Hinduism and Sridar explains many of these ancient traditions that have remained alive for more than 3,000 years. Sridar has a warm personality and a keen sense of humor that our travelers really enjoy.

Shyam Kanan

Shyam Kanan

Shyam Kanan is one of senior guides who has worked with Wisdom Tours since we began taking students to India more than 10 years ago. He has a vast understanding off all the regions of India and has traveled extensively also in Nepal and Bhutan. Shyam has a special interest in linguistics and has mastered 9 Indian languages. Shyam is also a certified mountaineering guide who has graduated from the prestigious Himalayan Institute of Mountaineering in Darjeeling. He has led many trekking expeditions to all parts of the Himalayas. His real expertise is Indian culture and religion that he shares openly and clearly to our students. His easy going and casual personality has made him one of our most favorite and popular guides among our students.

Picturing India | South India