An Indian Diwali Cultural Experience in Delhi

Ref: DMU-R1-001-2018

Eligibility

All DMU students are eligible to participate in this opportunity, and we encourage students to apply that previously haven’t been overseas with #DMUglobal, or those who have a demonstrable interest in learning about a new culture, and the religions and history of India.

The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 20 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group. DMU students are only eligible to receive one extra-curricular trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.

Description

The cultural trip to Delhi will explore the background, history and development of India as seen in the capital, Delhi and the iconic Taj Mahal, all during the Diwali festival. The group will explore key sites such as the Red Fort (where the Indian flag was raised for the first time on Independence Day) and  and the Qutb Minar which has the world’s tallest stone minaret, and the historic complex has the famous non-rusting iron pillar.

In addition, there may be opportunities to visit the Purana Qila (Old Fort) is one of the oldest forts in the city, the Delhi Akshardham, the world’s biggest Hindu temple and the Jama Masjid, a large mosque near the Red Fort.

As part of the itinerary, the group will travel to the iconic Taj Mahal, which is about a four hour bus drive away from Delhi. As part of this visit there will also be the chance to explore Mathura, which is the birth place of Lord Krishna and the home to thousands of monkeys.

The trip will show students a mix of Hindu and Muslim sites over the ages, and how both religions live together peacefully in India. They will also explore the impact of British Rule both in terms of human rights and trade development, helping to broaden cultural understanding.

Travel and accommodation

Flights and accommodation for this opportunity will be booked by DMU.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Indian immigration requirements.

The #DMUglobal team will provide documents as required. You must ensure that you apply for your visa as soon as you have been formally accepted on to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Most students will need a visa to visit India, and more information can be found on the gov.uk website. Contact the High Commission of India to find out how to apply for a visa.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Saturday 3 November 2018
  • Return date: Sunday 11 November 2018
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £950
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, cultural visits, food and drink, and visa costs (£40)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 4 June 2018 9am