Study Abroad Trip to India – 2023

USDB Students Say Studying Abroad is, “Life-changing!”

During the past few years, USDB students have studied and then visited Thailand, Australia, Italy, Canada, Peru, and Germany! Join us for the next stop… India.

Applications for this Study Abroad Trip to India.

Junior and senior deaf and hard of hearing students have an amazing opportunity to take a 12-day educational international trip to India – March 25th – April 6th.  

This trip is primarily supported by USDB Enrichment Funds and monitored by the Administration and Advisory Council of USDB.  However, we do expect that each student will pay a $500 deposit to attend this trip subject to the USDB Student Fees Policy. This amount will be due by December 1, 2022.

We want to ensure that students will be respectful and use this as an educational teaching tool.  Below is the list of requirements that need to be achieved in order for a student to attend. 

Requirements to Attend Educational Trip to India, March 25 – April 6, 2023:

___  Submit an application to participate by October 1, 2022.

___  Obtain a passport (paid for by the student by December 1, 2022)

___  Obtain the required immunizations for out-of-country travel to India, including a COVID-19 vaccine if needed,

(paid for by the student)

___  Physically and healthy enough to travel long distances and complete the activities as outlined

___  Pay a $500 deposit to USDB by December 1, 2022, subject to the USDB Student Fee Policy. 

___  ‘C’ grade average or better for all classes each quarter.  No ‘F’s in any class

___  Regular attendance at school with no unexcused absences

___  Good behavior on transportation.

___  Study and demonstrate basic Indian Sign Language.

___  Study and demonstrate a basic understanding of India’s cultural norms.

___  Study and demonstrate an understanding of the geography of India.

___  Study and demonstrate an understanding of the government and political issues of India.

___  Signed paperwork from parents giving permission to attend the activity and signed an agreement that the student will adhere to highest behavior expectations.

___  Write a research paper and present it about India to classmates and the Advisory Council.

Students will need to satisfy all of the requirements outlined.  If you have any questions, please contact your Director or the Associate Superintendent, Michelle Tanner by phone (801)629-4711 or VP (801)903-2831 or by email at michellet@usdb.org.

MARCH 24 or 25 • • • FLIGHT Depart Salt Lake City

MARCH 26 • • • FLIGHT Arrive in Delhi late in the evening Transfer to the hotel. Stay in Delhi for 3 nights.

MARCH 27 • • •
After breakfast, we head over to Raj Ghat, the Memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. Drive past the majestic
Red Fort. Afterward, we ride on cyclo-rickshaws through Chandni Chowk, which is the nerve center
of Old Delhi with its narrow lanes kept alive by traditional workmanship. We remove our shoes and
put on robes before entering Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India with three imposing black and
white marble domes. Visit the inspiring house museum of Indira Gandhi (including the memorial site
where she was assassinated). Drive past the impressive India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidential
Palace), and Sansad Bhawan (House of the Parliament). Welcome dinner.

MARCH 28 • • •
In the morning, we visit Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, which is one of the historical pilgrimage shrines of the
Sikhs. Have hands-on experience in the communal kitchen. 30-minute drive to visit Akshardham
Temple, which took over 2 years to build and cost over $29 million dollars. Afterward, we visit the
graceful Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar, a 12th-century Islamic tower.

MARCH 29 • • •
YAWN! With a packed breakfast, we hit the road for 4 hours: Delhi Agra, which was the Imperial
Mughal capital during the 16th and 17th centuries. The imposing red sandstone Agra Fort, on the left
bank of River Yamuna, will be our first visit. After lunch, we proceed to the Taj Mahal. Weather
permitting, we will have a breathtaking sight as the Taj Mahal changes colors while the sun sets in the
horizon; from yellow-white to blazing orange to flushed pink. A fitting tribute to love and romance.
Overnight in Agra.

MARCH 30 • • •
PINK CITY! 6-hour bus ride: Agra Jaipur, which lies on the eastern fringe of the Thar Desert with
stops at Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri Step Well. Stay in Jaipur for 2 nights. B, D

MARCH 31 • • •
Morning interactive visit with students and staff at Poddar Deaf School. See the “floating palace” of
Jal Mahal at the center of Sagar Lake. Experience the unique thrill of walking up to Amer Fort. The
beautiful maze-like fortress complex of palaces, halls, pavilions, gardens, and temples will enchant
and entice our morning. After lunch, we head over to the Maharaja’s City Palace and Hawa Mahal
(Palace of Winds) with 953 windows in flushed pink. In the evening, we interact with elephants at
Dera Amer. B, D

APRIL 1 • • •
9-hour drive: Jaipur Udaipur through rural countryside dotted with temples, forts, fields, and
villages. Check into the hotel. Late afternoon boat ride on Lake Pichola and see Gangaur Ghat,
Jagmandir and Jag Niwas (Lake Palace). Sleep in Udaipur for 3 nights. B,D

APRIL 2 • • •
WHITE CITY! Udaipur was the capital of the Mewar Kingdom, and the present ruler is the 76th in the
unbroken line of Mewar suzerains, which makes the Mewar household one of the oldest dynasties in the
world. In the morning, we visit the majestic City Palace including the Crystal Gallery. Afterward,
we visit the Jagdish Temple and Saheliyon Ki Bari – a spectacular garden of the maids of honor. Drive
past Fateh Sagar Lake.

APRIL 3 • • •
After breakfast, we have a 2.5-hour bicycle ride through the countryside. Lunch at Devi Garh, which
is a transformation from a ruined fort into a grand heritage hotel clinging to a rocky hill like a fairy
tale fortress with innumerable bay windows, canopies, terraces, and balconies. After lunch, we walk
around the 450-year-old Delwara Village, which boasts four exquisitely carved 14th-century Jain
temples.

APRIL 4 • • •
5-hour drive: Udaipur Jodhpur. Enroute, we stop at Ranakpur with a complex of Jain Temples.
The main temple, which is dedicated to the first Tirthankara Adinath, consists of 29 halls and 1,444
columns; each sculpted with unique designs. Sleep in Jodhpur for 2 nights.

APRIL 5 • • •
BLUE CITY! Jodhpur was the home of the ancient Marwar Kingdom and is dominated by a massive
fort that sits atop a sheer rocky ridge right in the middle of the city. Try to figure out where the hills
end and the walls begin at the Mehrangarh Fort during our visit in the morning. Afterward, we visit
Jaswant Thara is a marble cenotaph built in 1899. Then hop onto the waiting jeeps for a safari to
Bishnoi Villages. Steeped in history, this 450-year-old tribe has a distinctive way of life-preserving
the wilds and living in harmony with nature. Visit the villages of craftspeople – pottery, weaving, and
metal wares. If time allows, we have a Blue City walk in the evening.

APRIL 6 • • •
1.5-hour flight: Jodhpur Delhi. Transfer to our hotel. Farewell dinner at a deaf family home or a
local restaurant. Late-night transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

APRIL 7 • • • FLIGHT Depart Delhi and Arrive in Salt Lake City

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