Everybody needs a break, and the 12th standard chose to spend theirs in the scenic state of Kerala, under palm trees, with white sand under our feet. We visited many locations, including the southernmost tip of India where the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, and Indian Ocean collide in a colorful combination of swirling waters. Ker ala, God’s own country, is a green paradise everything, from the backwaters to the exquisite art museums, from the historical churches to the traditional spice gardens, was an experience you can’t find anywhere else. We travelled 1000km south, and went through 5 cities in 7 days, packing as much activity as possible in every 24 hours so as to not miss out on anything. Kerala itself is a beautiful state, and Kochi, Kanyakumari, Alleppey, Thekaddy, Kovalam are the few cities we managed to see. The beaches, the wildlife, the backwaters and the temples are something you never want to miss.
Our journey was full of excitement and activity, which began at the Ambala Station, from where we drove to Dehradun, Uttaranchal. We visited the Oil Natural Gas Corporation and the Forest Research Institute there. We also went to Mussoorie, where we visited the Kempty Falls, one of the longest falls in the region. We trekked up the higher hills of the Himachals in Dhananti, and saw “Gun Hill” which, as its name suggests, is in the shape of a gun. We even spent a while shopping in Mall Road, which is especially known for its momos, corn and Maggi! Next, we went to the small village of Shivpuri, which is a half hour drive away from Rishikesh. Camping on the banks of the Ganga was exciting, and we got a chance to go Rock-climbing, Rappelling, Jummaring, and even on the Flying Fox! The next day was a long-distance trek, but we easily washed away any fatigue as we bathed under the waterfalls. The ultimate adventure though was Rafting. We traversed the speedy rapids and even swam in the river and dove off cliffs. We rafted all the way to Rishikesh and passed under the “Ram and Lakshman Jhula”. It is said, “All good things must come to an end”, and so did our midterms, but we come back to school refreshed and full of energy after the break and ready to face the new term.
Our faces shone with excitement as the eighth grade set out for our Midterms to Jim Corbett National Park. On the first day, we travelled to Delhi where we spent the night in a cozy hotel. The second day was the long journey to Jim Corbett National Park. It was a long, tiring journey but it was quite worth it. In the evening, we went for a trek by the river. The third day was our day for adventure and we had many exciting activities like “River Crossing” and “Slithering”. Early the next morning, we left for Nainital, the breath-takingly beautiful hill station. We spent the day exploring the Bhutanese market and before we knew it, it was already late in the evening. On the fifth day, we went on a safari in the park, and were amazed by the variety of exotic animals. The only damper in the trip was that we missed spotting a tiger. Later, we all went for a joy-ride on elephants. On our last day, we attended a workshop on …. and returned to Delhi in the evening, to catch a morning train back to Ajmer. These midterms were an exhilarating and unforgettable experience and we’re grateful for the amazing adventures we had.
After two long weeks of exhausting examinations, every class needs a break. This year the sixth standard visited beautiful, scenic places like Fatehpur Sikri, Agra and Ranthambore. On the 16th of March, we began our journey, enthusiastic for liberating adventure. First, we went to Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar’s capital city. Our guide told us about the Mughals and their contributions to all spheres, especially architecture. We saw Akbar’s wives’ palaces, the Agra Fort, the Sadar Bazaar and even the world’s largest gate, the Buland Darwaza. Yet, the most amazing site was obviously our own wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan’s gift to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. After admiring the beautiful heritage of our ancestors, we went on to Ranthambore. The Ranthambore Fort was so big, we had to climb 300 stairs to reach it! We went for an evening safari. Most of us were lucky enough to see leopards, wildcats and even India’s largest species of kingfisher. Few even had an encounter with Asia’s oldest tiger, “Machli”- so called because of the fish-shaped stripes on his head, and the man-eater “T-24”. Later, we got a chance to enjoy the adventure park, “Wild Dragon”. Everyone visited the Horror House there, and our hearts were in our mouths by the end of the night. The trip was awesome, and we’re all sad that it had to end, but we enjoyed every minute of it!