“I was born in the arm of imaginary friends,
Free to roam, made a home out of everywhere I went.”
Peace and relaxation of mind and body merged with exuberant physical activity is what the midterm trip is all about. It relaxes the body and mind of the stress of the previous hectic term and leaves one refreshed for the new academic session. Sometimes being a trip to an oasis in the middle of a scorching desert to sometimes a trip to the peaceful mountains and jungles and sometimes even as far as the white sandy beaches and coasts.
Students of class 4 travelled to Delhi and Agra this year. They visited India Gate, Akshardham, Qutub Minar and the Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi. After three days they went to Agra where they visited Taj Mahal, Sikandra and Agra Fort and also they went shopping there. On their way back to school, they passed through Fatehpur Sikri too.
This time school zeroed down to the places Agra, Bharatpur, Fatehpur Sikri and Ranthambore for class 5. They visited one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. And they also made a visit to the Agra Fort there. They went to the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and saw many tigers one of them being Machli, the oldest and the most popular tigress of Ranthambore. They trekked to the Ranthambore fort and also participated in adventure sports like flying fox, rappling and rock climbing. They visited the Dargah in Fatehpur Sikri and the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur.
Class 6th went to Nainital and Jim Corbett for a week. They were stationed at Wild Crest Hotel in Jim Corbett. They did a few adventure activities like wall climbing, river crossing and river paddling. They went for an open jeep safari where they saw parakeets, langurs, sloth, spotted deers, sambar, elephants and tigers. They visited various temples and museums during their trip. They also visited the breathtaking Corbett Falls. They were shown an educational documentary on Jim Edward James Corbett, after whom Jim Corbett National Park was named. Mall Road and Tibetan market were an amazing place for shopping in Nainital. They also went for various treks and returned back with beautiful memories and souvenirs to school.
Class 7 had a highly enthralling experience at their midterm trip. This trip was to Chandigarh and Shimla. They first headed to Chandigarh where they visited the very eminent Rock Garden. The next day they went to the outskirts of Shimla where they stayed at a camp. At the camp they indulged in adventure sports like flying fox and also went trekking. They also had a bonfire night. After that they moved on to Shimla and visited the profound Jakhu Temple and then the Mall Road where they spent and ecstatic evening. On the last day of the trip, they went back to Chandigarh, to the Elante Mall and had a rejuvenating time there.
Class 8 set off on an exhilarating and breathless journey to the Indian city of dreams, Mumbai and the picturesque shoppers’ nirvana, Goa. Bubbling with excitement, they started their midterm trip with the Prince of Wales museum, Gateway of India and ended their stay in Mumbai on a high note by creating indelible memories in India’s largest theme park, Imagica. They then hit the beaches in Goa starting with Calangute, Anjuna, Panjim and Condolim beach, not to forget the exorbitant street shopping. Besides all of these, they visited the Aguada fort, a former jail for hundred criminals and also the Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Chapel of Catherine. All in all, it was a memorable experience where they bonded over, relaxed and rejuvenated themselves.
The student of class 9 set out to explore the vast beauty of the southern cities of India. They hit the Silicon City and witnessed the most beautiful botanical garden and the very famous Bull Temple. A fourteen hour drive took them to Ooty which left them in awe of its beauty at the end of three days. They visited the tea and chocolate factory which made them knowledgeable about their production processes and also did they get to taste the finest chocolates of the South. A trip to a very renowned school- Lawrence, Lovedale was indeed an amazing experience. They walked around their vast campus and interacted with their officials over tea. They also visited the Wellington College which taught them how the three biggest forces (Trishahk) functioned together. They also got the opportunity to visit the Ooty Lake. They then headed to Mysore, famous for its Palace. The palace was the only monument in the world that had a total of 97,000 lights and was a home to pillars and painting from Paris Italy and South Asia. The Brindawan garden surrounded with freshwater ponds entertained them with the musical fountains. They ended their trip by returning to Bangalore and visiting the Phoenix Mall for shopping.
This year grade 11 went to the paradise islands of Andaman and Nicobar. They spent a wonderful week in the capital, Port Blair and the small island town of Havelock. In Port Blair, they went to the historical Cellular Jail which had been home to a number of the Indian freedom fighters. They also visited the fascinating Saw Mill and the small Ross islands with its scenic beauty and abundance of docile animals. They also visited the wonderland island of Havelock with its thick and lush forests and inspiring beaches. There they went to the Radhnagar and Elephant beaches and also had a peek into the marine world as they saw the life beneath the surface of water.
These trips were all relished and enjoyed thoroughly and the students all returned with a bag full of memories and an enthusiasm to begin with school on a positive note.