Educational excursions are about imparting learning to furnish a good base of actual hands-on history experience that boosts every student’s mind with more ingenious ideas by uncovering varied aspects through travelling. The students of MDVM School Neemrana got a golden opportunity to visit the Golden City of India—Amritsar and the city beautiful- Chandigarh for a two-day excursion. This much-awaited trip after a long gap of 2 years of the unprecedented COVID times was reinvigorating and relaxing. The students and the accompanying teachers enjoyed the blissful sojourn in the golden city of India. 96 students were accompanied by the school teachers and a tour escort. The excursion team visited all the places of tourist interest in both cities, such as Jallianwala Bagh, Golden Temple, the Wagah Border, Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake and Sector 17.
On the first day, the students took a stroll through the city of Amritsar which had a semi-arid climate and a cosmopolitan culture. The students could feel the serenity in the air of this sacred place that they were visiting. The visit to Jallianwala Bagh enlightened the students about its historical importance and made their emotions stirred. Later at noon, the students headed to the much-awaited destination the Golden Temple, the Harmandir Sahib, also called Darbar Sahib, referred to as the holiest Sikh Gurudwara located in the city. The same evening the students were taken to the Wagah Border. They showed a great fascination with reaching the destination which is located close to the accepted Radcliffe Line, the boundary demarcating the territories of India and Pakistan upon the Partition of India, bordering the village of Attari. They witnessed the beating retreat ceremony there. The ceremony of the flag lowering in the evening conducted by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers (PR) at the border was indeed mesmerizing.
The next destination was Chandigarh, the first planned city in India. The greenery and the cleanliness of the city were mesmerizing. Visits in Chandigarh consisted of a Visit to the rock garden and Sukhna Lake. Conservation is important in today’s global needs for resources and it becomes important for students to know the practical methods of conservation. Rock garden provides a distinguished example of recycling. The entire garden is made of recycled materials like oil drums, tiles, bricks, bottles, pots, crockery, bangles, electrical fittings, tubes etc. The waterfall in the premises uses rainwater that is recycled and kept throughout the year. The rock garden visit was followed by the visit to Sukhna Lake.
Along with visits to multifarious places students also enjoyed shopping and looking around in the local market of Sector 17 in Chandigarh.