India is undoubtedly one of the countries that will set destiny of the world in the 21st century. A surprising country due to the richness of its past, the contrasts of the present and its aspiration to become one of the future world powers.
One of the objectives on our trip through the indian architecture is to familiarize ourselves with the most important work of the master Le Corbusier, whose ideas have had tremendous effects on the urbanism of this century. One of his constant concerns was the need for new adequate planning for the necessities for modern life, which integrates diverse projects like Plan Voisin for Paris, La Ville Radieuse and Plan Obus for Algiers.
In Chandîgarh, he had the opportunity to put many of these plans into practice, which we will be able to study in situ. The city was built as the new capital of punjab in the 1950s. For its Capitol, Le Corbusier designed the Convention Center, the Supreme Court and secretary’s office.
We will also be able to visit temples and master works like the Taj Majal in Agra and other cities such as Jaipur, Udaipur, Delhi and Ahmedabad, where we will see the work of Louis Khan and Le Corbusier among others.
– Preparation of itinerary and tours guided by an architect throughout the trip
– Local guides on specific visits
– Lodging in 3-4* hotel in double room, breakfast incl.
– Transfer to/from airport
– Private bus throughout the trip, for specific tours in each city, according to program
– Basic travel insurance
DAY 1 – NEW DELHI (Flight previous day)
DAY 2 – CHANDIGARH
DAY 3 – CHANDIGARH
DAY 4 – RAJGARH (RAJASTAN)
DAY 5 – JODHPUR (RAJASTAN)
DAY 6 – AHMEDABAD (GUJARAT)
DAY 7 – AHMEDABAD (GUJARAT)
DAY 8 – UDAIPUR (RAJASTAN)
DAY 9 – CHITTORGARH (RAJASTAN)
DAY 10 – JAIPUR (RAJASTAN)
DAY 11 – FATEHPUR SIKRI AND AGRA
DAY 12 – AGRA AND NEW DELHI
DAY 13 – NEW DELHI AND RETURN
– Buildings in Chandigarh, Le Corbusier
– IIM by Louis Kahn
– Mill Owners Association, Le Corbusier
– Sanskar Kendar (City Museum), Le Corbusier
– Taj Mahal
Breakfast. Tour of New Delhi to see its contrasts; Buildings from the British Co- lonial era, from the time of Raj. We will also see Islamic monuments like the mina- ret Qutab Minar. Walk through Old Delhi with the Jama Masjid mosque, the mauso- leum by Humanyu, the main street Chand- ni Chowk; the narrow streets and bazaars are a main attraction. Night in New Delhi.
After breakfast, travel by private bus to Chandigarh (250 km). 5-hour trip. In the city, designed by Le Corbusier, we can visit the Capitol complex: the esplanade with the statue of the open hand and the Tower of Shadows.
We will also visit the Legislative building, the Supreme Court of Justice and secre- tary’s office. Night in Chandigarh.
Breakfast and begin tour: we can visit the Le Corbusier Center (his office) and the cultural complex with the School of Art and museum. We will also see another of his buildings, the Boating club in Sukhana Lake. Finally, we will see some of the most emblematic blocks.
Return to hotel, dinner and free evening. Night in Chandigarh.
After breakfast, travel by private bus to Rajgarh (300 km). 5.5-hour trip. In the city, located in the well-known “valley of peaches,” we can enjoy the tradition and above all, nature.
Night in Rajgarh.
After breakfast, travel by private bus to Jodhpur (430 km). 7-hour trip. The city is dominated by the impressive Mehrangarh Fort, one of the biggest and most majestic forts in the country. Jodhpur is popularly known as the blue city due to the color of its houses.
Night in Jodhpur.
After breakfast, private bus to Ahmedabad (470 km). 8-hour trip. Just before arriving, we will stop in Adajaj to visit the “Baolís” or stepped temples. Once in Ahmedabad, we’ll visit the old city: Rani Sipri, Jama Masjid, Jainista Temple and Havelis Temple.
Night in Ahmedabad.
Breakfast. Visit IIM by Louis Kahn, and the expansion by Bimal Patel. We will also see Sarabhai house, the Mill Own-
ers Association with Chalet Shodhan and the Sanskar Kendar (City Museum, or Kite Museum), all by Le Corbusier. We will tour the Sabarmati Ashram, where Gandhi lived, by Charles Correa.
Night in Ahmedabad.
After breakfast, private bus to Udaipur (250 km). 4-hour trip. Known as the “City of Dusk”, next to Lake Pichola, we can see traditional architecture in temples and palaces like Lake Palace by Maharana Jagat Sigh.
Night in Udaipur.
After breakfast, private bus to Chittor- garh (110 km). 2-hour trip. Visit the for- tress with a complex of palaces (Victoria Tower, Queen Padmini Palace), many in ruins and 130 temples.
Night in Chittogarh.
After breakfast, private bus to Jaipur (300 km). 4-hour trip. We will stop in Amer to see the fort. In Jaipur, “the pink city,” we will visit the City Palace, Jantar Mantar (observatory), Hawa Mahal (wind palace) and the Hindu Temple of Birla.
Night in Jaipur.
After breakfast, private bus to Agra, stop to see Chand Baoli: “Baoli,” a stepwell. We will make another stop in Fatehpur Sikri, a beautiful abandoned city of red sandstone and white marble. Arrive at Agra in the afternoon.
Night in Agra.
Breakfast in Agra. Visit the iconic Taj Ma- hal, masterwork of the indian architecture, Moghul, and the Laal Quila (red fort) on the shores of the Yamuna River. Return to New Delhi by private bus, 2.5-hour trip. Night in New Delhi.