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A date with Indian Architecture
India possesses such a wealth of architectural monuments that years could be spent getting to know them. It is nevertheless possible in a short visit to obtain a good impression of the succession of civilization that have existed in India during the past two thousand years and of the varied and magnificent works of architecture they have left behind them,Mysore Palace and this tour has been planned so as to give, in a little under three weeks, a balance picture of India's architectural riches.

The earliest Hindu religious architecture is seen at Khajuraho, the Indo- Saracenic at Ahmedabad and else where, the Mughal in the tombs and palaces of Delhi and Agra, the secular architecture of the Rajput Princes at Jaipur, and finally the last imperial gesture of the British at Lutyens New Delhi.

So famous are India's ancient monuments that what her modern architects are achieving can easily be overlooked; but in the last few years, inspired by Le Corbusier's work at Chandigarh, they have succeeded in breaking away from imported Western styles and in establishing an Idiom of their own. The work of the best of the new genre of Indian architects can now compare with the best modern work in Europe or America. Examples will be seen in New Delhi and Ahmedabad, where the school of architecture, the most progressive in India, will also be visited.

Ancient and modern should not, however, be thought of as separate studies. The vast architectural richness of India,Mysore Palace besides being a memorable experience for its own sake, holds many lessons for the contemporary architect; for example the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri provides a fascinating illustration of the definition and relationship of outdoor spaces, the early Hindu temples have much to teach about the relationship between sculpture and architecture and the Mughal palaces show how elegantly architectural form can respond to climate demands. And what could have appealed more to the modern architect moved by the drama of pure geometry than Prince Jai Singh's giant stone astronomical instruments at Jaipur.

It is an experience that no country compares with India for stimulation of the eye and for clarification of historical perspective; nor are the modern problems of urban development and environmental control more urgently illustrated anywhere than in India, which is therefore a place all architects will benefit by visiting.

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