Aim of the selection of this destination was to change the perspective of students towards their design by studying Vernacular as well as Modern Architecture as well as to study the different architectural styles of Palaces, Havelis, their structural systems, the construction details, elevational treatment, Internal spaces, etc.
DAY 1 – Jodhpur
Umaid bhavan, Meherangarh fort and Jaswant Thada were visited on first day. Students documented this royal cenotaph, built in transparent white marble which helped the students understand the symmetrical planning in architecture.
Day 2 – Samm Village
Samm village was visited on second day. There stood an eye catching site of conical white tents which were soothing to the eyes – a contrast, in the heat of the desert. Everyone had a calming experience of a camel ride in the desert, where the students later observed the sunset. On returning back to the tents, the enthusiasts enjoyed a mesmerizing treat of Rajasthani folk dance music and some acrobatic performances followed by a sumptuous dinner spread in the embracing colds of the dessert.
Day 3 – Jaisalmer
A ‘Day of Documentations’ The first place visited was the ‘Ghost Village’ of Kuldhara. Here one could experience the nothingness of life. A few selected structures were documented by the students.
Patwaoki Haveli was the next destination documented by students. Patwao Ki Haveli is an interesting piece of architecture and is the most important among the havelis in JaisalmerThesehavelis are also knwn as The mansion of brocade of merchants. DiwanNathmaljiki Haveli was also included in sightseeing.
Day 4 – Jaisalmer
The morning in Jaisalmer started with a visit to the Golden fort. The blue city looked beautiful from the deck of the fort. Before the overnight road journey to Jaipur, everyone had another shopping spree in the city around the fort premises.
Day 5 – Jaipur
The day started with the visit to the JantarMantar – A monument which is a collection of 19 architectural astronomical instruments built by the Rajput king – SawaiJaisingh II in 1734. It was followed by short visits to the City Palace museum, Albert Museum and HawaMahal before retiring for the day.
Day 6 –Jaipur
After viewing Jal mahal, in Amber fort, students witnessed the beauty and scale of royal architecture. The passive cooling techniques and the strategic planning were the highlights of the fort. The magnificent fort comprises of extensive palace complex built from pale yellow and pink sandstone and white marble. The iconic Jawahar Kala Kendra by legendary architect Charles Correa, always is an inevitable destination for any student of architecture. It’s a multi art center which was built by the Rajasthan Government with the purpose of preserving Rajasthani arts and crafts.
Day 6 – Jaipur
Before concluding the study tour, the students visited another example of modern architecture – The pearl academy. It is one of the renowned fashion design institutes. It is a campus by the virtue of its design is geared towards creating an environmentally responsive habitat