Michael Fisher and Paula Richman

Michael H. Fisher received his PhD in History from the University of Chicago and is the Robert S. Danforth Professor of History, Emeritus, at Oberlin College. Dr. Fisher has been traveling to India since 1971 and has published many articles and books on the history of that country, including A Short History of the Mughal Empire, A Clash of Cultures: Awadh, the British, and the Mughals, and Across the Three Seas: Travellers Tales from Mughal India. He is the featured lecturer on The Great Courses series A History of India. Paula Richman graduated with a PhD in South Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago, and is Emerita William H. Danforth Professor in the Department of Religion, Oberlin College. She has won awards for her teaching skills, including Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Richman is the author and editor of many articles and books, including A Narrative and a Region: Tama and Sita in Tamil Country and Beyond, and Many Ramayanas: The Diversity of a Narrative Tradition in South Asia. She speaks and reads several languages, including Sanskrit, and has traveled throughout India for more than three decades. This husband-and-wife team brings a broad knowledge of the history and religions of India, plus exceptional teaching skills, that makes them ideal study leaders. 

Tours Led by Michael Fisher and Paula Richman

  • North India: Gods, Temples and ArchaeologyNorth India: Gods, Temples and Archaeology
    February 9 - 23, 2023 | Michael Fisher Journey from Mumbai to Agra to Delhi to Jaipur and see nine UNESCO World Heritage sites: the rock-cut temple caves of Ellora and Ajanta; Khajaraho’s sensuous sculptures; the glorious Taj Mahal; Agra’s Red Fort; the splendid Fatehpur Sikri; the Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur; and in Delhi, Mughal Emperor Humayun’s Tomb and the14th century Qutab Minar complex.
  • South India Tour: Temples and TraditionsSouth India Tour: Temples and Traditions
    January 23 – February 8, 2023 | Paula Richman and Michael Fisher Join Far Horizons on this unusual journey to out of the way areas. Experience fragrant tea plantations to many-hued spice markets, vividly painted and ornate temple facades to the serene backwaters of Kerala. And along the way, visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hampi, Malabalipurum and one of the Greatest Living Chola Temples.