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Excursions & Travel

Apply what you’re learning in class to sights and experiences outside of the classroom. Your class excursions, including both day and overnight trips, will give you a full taste of the art, history, architecture, and culture of India.

In the past, students have visited the Ajanta and Ellora caves in the state of Maharashtra, some of the most famous rock-cut caves in the world. Both structures date back thousands of years and stand as testaments to religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. See for yourself how these historic structures have influenced Indian art and culture over time.

India offers a variety of natural wonders to explore. Students enjoy taking in the sights and textures of vibrant evergreen forests at Mahableshwar, a town situated high in the Western Ghats mountains near Pune. Another popular excursion is to the Sinhagad Fort, which served as the site for several well-known Indian battles, most notably the Battle of Sinhagad in the 17th century.

The program also organizes a week-long field study in northeast Maharashtra, a site of major development and research activities for tribal people, as well as the location of a village where Gandhi practiced his ideas.

Extracurricular activities & cultural events

Having access to so many universities and colleges in Pune gives you many ways to fill your free time by getting involved in the community or developing a personal hobby.

The ACM staff in Pune will help connect you to extracurricular activities and private lessons in areas such as yoga, classical Indian

Fill your free time by getting involved in the community or developing a personal hobby.

music, instrumental music, Bollywood dance, batik and weaving, and Hindi language. Many students combine their extracurricular activities with their formal independent research or developing a personal hobby.

Along with extracurricular activities, students attend music and dance recitals, religious festivals, and a variety of other cultural events, often with members of their host families. You may have the chance to participate in one of the several Hindu pilgrimages that travel through Pandharpur each year, and festivals at a Hindu temple in Jejuri.

Personal Travel

The streets of India are constantly bustling with activity at every turn, with chaotic road traffic ranging from cars to scooters to camel-drawn carts. How will you choose to explore everything this complex culture has to offer?

Whether you walk, take a rickshaw, or hop on a bus, you can access a variety of destinations in India. Pune is just a three-hour train ride from the beaches, colonial architecture, and Bollywood center of Mumbai, India's largest city and chief commercial hub. Many students also enjoy taking a weekend bicycle trip along the coastline of Goa, a former Portuguese colony on the Arabian Sea and a popular beach destination.

Spring break

Semester students have a week-long spring break in between their time in Pune and Jaipur. The break gives you time to travel north towards Jaipur, but is also an opportunity to travel to other parts throughout India. Explore India’s Golden Triangle by traveling throughout Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, where you can see famous structures like the Taj Mahal and the architecturally stunning Lotus Temple, and sample delicious regional cuisines.

Many adventurous students think outside the box as they plan trips. Consider taking a tour of Southern India’s lush landscape by renting a houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala, a tropical tourist destination. Or, you can hike with a group along the foothills of the Himalayas, right along the Nepalese border. Everywhere you go in India, you’ll witness incredible sights and encounter fascinating traditions.