The little ones the class V and class VI students of SAI International Residential School are on an expedition to famous place of Royal Rajasthan. After a long and exciting 14 hour journey from Jaipur they reached Jaisalmer in the morning and had an authentic Rajasthani cuisine in breakfast and lunch in their hotel Choki Dhani Palace and moved ahead to visiting the Jaisalmer Fort.
Next day that is on September 16, 2018 they visited Gadisar Lake in Jaisalmer. The Lake’s charm lies in the fact that it was the only source of water for the Jaisalmer city in the olden days. A manmade reservoir, the Gadisar Lake in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan was constructed by Raja Rawal Jaisal. After visiting the lake they moved towards the Patwon-Ki-Haveli which is a cluster of five small haveli started by Guman Chand Patwa. Children further enjoyed the Camel Safari at Sam Sand dune. Sam Sand Dunes located in the midst of the Thar. It was a fabulous experience for the children. All children enjoyed the Rajasthani folk dance and song performed by the Resort team in the evening.
Class VII students of SIRS woke up early in the morning to witness the glorious sunrise at the magnificent Taj Mahal at 5 AM, it was once in a life time experience for the students, from here they moved towards Sikandara to visit the Tomb of Akbar after breakfast. The third Mughal emperor Akbar, selected the place for his burial before his death. After his death this tomb was completed by his son Jahangir. It took almost 11 years to complete the architectural gem. Later the expedition moved to meeting the special children of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity and spent an hour with them. Later they had lunch and rested at the hotel for the next level of the journey to be explored. To know about the great king Akbar the children were taken to the Akbar fort, Seesh Maha, Diwan-I-Khas and Diwan-I-Aam. Later they went to Tomb of Itimad-ul-Daula. Students also enjoyed pleasant breeze of river Yamuna and played few games with the guide in the Mughal Garden. While on the third day September 16, 2018 made their way towards Jaipur and stopped enroute at Fatehpur Sikri. A small but a city of historical imminence in the northern India founded by Akbar the Great in 1569, with a red sand stone cluster at its centre and Buland Darwaza a gate at the entrance of Jama Masjid. Nearby they saw the marble Tomb of Salim Chishti too. After reaching Jaipur they went to the Jantar Mantar. The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II, completed in 1734. It features the world’s largest Stone Sundial, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is located near City Palace and Hawa Mahal. Then the group went to city palace which includes the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal Palaces and Hawa Mahal on the way which is a very good specimen of beautiful monumental architecture. In the evening they went for shopping in Bapu Bazar & Zohri bazar
On the 2nd day of the excursion students of class VIII students went to Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and got to know a lot about the ‘Wodeyars Dynasty’ then headed to the hotel for lunch and then in the early evening left for Brindavan Garden and Krishnarajendra Sagar Dam. They were mesmerized with the beauty of the garden and the musical fountain. The day was also special as it was Divyansh Agrawal’s birthday his friends celebrated his day together by wishing him at the breakfast time. On day 3 children paid a visit to Chamundeshwari Temple which is located at Chamunda hill. Then the group visited the Saint Philomina’s Church.
The journey of the class IX students started with breakfast at 8.00 a.m. Students played different games like Ping Pong and Pang and dragon drag, the students were divided into groups. Later went around Bir village visiting Tea Gardens. Till 5.00 PM they were engaged in different activities. Later they visited Palyul Choekhorling Buddhist Monastery and seminary in Bir Billing. Students prayed and then interacted with young Buddhist monks. It was surprising to know that children begin their monastic life at the age of 5. They have to get up at 4.00 AM and from 5.00 to 6.30 AM, they have to learn the Buddhist Scripture by heart. Then they go for regular school. Students were really wonderstruck on their strict timetable. The young monks were very well behaved and calm and composed. The Tibetans have taken asylum in this area when China took over Tibet in 1960. Most of the people are Tibetans. After that they been enjoyed a campfire. It was a day full of activities and visits. It was a warm-up day, before they begin their actual program.
Day 3 of the Educursion began with morning warm-up. Later went for paragliding and then immediately proceeded towards Billing Hill top. It was excitement mixed with fear, because of the rugged and winding road. After 14 Kms of ride, the students reached Asia’s most loved paragliding point. It was a wonderful view from the top. Students immediately all put on the gliding accessories. When one batch was paragliding, the rest of the students were engaged in rope climbing and obstacles sports. After lunch, there was cycling expedition. It was full of excitement and enjoyment. Navigating the cycle in the rugged road and winding path was wonderful.
Students expressed their happiness. In the evening after dinner, there was a cultural evening and all of them were getting ready for the entertainment. It was a day to cherish and to remember for life.