Grade VIII – IX Edu tour to Amritsar, Dalhousie and Dharamshala

Learners of Grades VIII and IX, accompanied by a few teachers and non-teaching staff, took a trip to the hills to celebrate winters this year. They visited Amritsar, Dalhousie and Dharamshala in the month of February.

Armed with their winter gear and loads of enthusiasm, they started out with Amritsar. Greeted by light showers, a pleasant chill and the aromas of Amritsari kulche, the team made their first pit stop at the Golden Temple.

Understanding the workings of the langar, working behind the scenes and seeing how there’s place for every soul inside the temple walls, the learners came out having learnt a good lesson – ‘humanity needs no religion’.

A trip to the Jallianwala Baag the next day followed by the Partition Museum had the learners experiencing a history that they were partly proud of and completely pained by.

The group then proceeded to visit the Wagah Border where they witnessed a spectacular parade by the Border Security Forces (BSF).

The following day the learners left Amritsar for Dalhousie. The two days spent at Dalhousie consisted of treks in the wilderness, adventure activities, snow fights and a lot of shivering!

Dharamshala followed next. It had exactly what the group needed, slightly higher temperature and soup – maybe even for the soul. The hillside residence of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, welcomed the learners with open arms. Their first stop was the Norbulingka Institute where the learners learnt about the varied forms of Tibetan arts that were practiced and preserved at the Institute. The next day the group drove down to Mcleodganj. The first stop at Mcleodganj had the group learn the art of Thangka paintings at the Thangde Gatsal Studio. Then came the Tsuglakhang Temple, the Dalai Lama’s temple. After learning a bit more about Tibet, its history, its people and Buddhism, the group was ready to hit the markets for a much awaited shopping expedition.

With their bags filled with memories and mementos, the team headed back home – the much awaited hopefully hot and a bit humid home of Mumbai.

Six Days. Three cities. Forty six learners. A whole lot of fun!!!!