“Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination”. — Drake
SAI International Residential School believes in learning with exploration and continues to give the best environment for the holistic growth of the child’s body, mind and soul and maintains the ethos of nurturing with care and compassion. The day four of the educursion for all the SAIoneers was very eventful. The class V and VI students of the Royal Rajasthan group, reached Jodhpur by road from Jaisalmer and visited the Rajasthan Emporium and the Mehrangarh Fort in the close vicinity of their hotel. It is one of the largest forts in India. Built around 1460 by Rao Jodha the fort is situated 410 feet (125 m) above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards.
At the same time the class VII group visited the Laxmi Narayan Temple (Birla Temple) and spent some time there, later visited the World Trade Park for some shopping. Post lunch they went to RTDC (Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation) for a block printing workshop, then proceeded to Chokhi Dhani the Ethnic City and enjoyed the village setup; the students were in a full swing and they loved the dance, food, music and the Rajasthani Cuisine
Class VIII children were wonderstruck and mesmerized seeing panoramic beauty of Ooty. They were amazed to see the abundant natural beauty as well as its massive tea plantation. Soon after lunch they headed to a tea factory and saw how tea is processed, packed and sold. At this factory chocolates are also processed. Thereafter the group visited Botanical Garden which covers an area of 55 hectare of land and lies on the lower slopes of Doddabetta peak. The children were flabbergasted to see the floral decoration of the garden. The group returned to their hotel at 6:45pm. Then students played games like carom, ludo, chess and basketball.
Our Campers of Bir, Biling and Dharmshala group of class IX had an exciting experience at Biling. The day began with warm-up exercises. After breakfast, they proceeded to Billing point, where yesterday they had done paragliding. From Billing the trek started. It was a wonderful sight to see steep hills and mountains. The streams and springs made this trekking adventure more interesting.
Slowly they reached the Chaini Range. It was a place of lovely valleys and tall trees touching the clouds. It is about 3000 mts. above the sea level. The lesser Himalayan mountain range was also visible. Students in three groups started gathering twigs to prepare Maggie. The group spent an hour and half and started the return journey.
The students were in constant touch with the parents as they were given time to make calls at home, by the end of the day. Children shared their excitement and fun through the day; with their parents. It was a great learning experience for them and an exercise to build independence and confidents.