Event date: 17 - 28 October, 2019

India Trip – October Half Term 2019

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From visiting one of the Wonders of the World to navigating the busy roads of Old Delhi and trekking in the foothills of the Himalayas. India held for us a fusion of fascinating and inspirational activities which we could enjoy and learn from.

Our half term trip to India involved 40 students from Years 10 and 11 and began with visits to Gandhi’s memorial in New Delhi, the Taj Mahal, and Agra Fort.

After visiting the temples of Old Delhi and exploring the narrow streets of Chandni Chowk, we travelled to Kalka, to Chewa Village and school, to spend time with the local community.

The next part of the adventure would involve hiking around the Himalayas. Our base was the Pine Hills Eco Camp from where one of the highlights of the trip would be visiting the Jain Trust School in Old Delhi and the charity school in Pine Hills; a unique opportunity to get a very different perspective on education and the lives of local children.

We learnt about the history of UNESCO world heritage site Shimla railway and received a tour of the Gaiety Theatre in Shimla. There was even a chance to learn traditional cooking methods which included milking cows at a local, lower Himalayan farm.

 

After an epic journey, our explorers arrived in Rishikesh just in time for a stunning sunset, a visit to the market and some rooftop dining.

One of the most exhilarating moments of the trip was white water rafting on the River Ganges. To calm down after all the excitement there was a mindful rooftop yoga class.

The final stop of the journey was Dehli where our students made chapati at the incredible Sri Bangla Sahib Gurdwara. They also learnt more about Sikhism and about the history and meaning of the deeply significant festival of Diwali from Urvika.

From the campfire singalongs,  to the cricket matches (some teachers were very competitive), the village, and the trekking, it was without doubt a trip that will be remembered for a very long time.

With thanks to Ananya S for her reporting of the trip.

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