The summer excursion to Dharamshala for the students of Class IX and X of The Khaitan School was an unforgettable journey filled with adventure, exploration, and fun. The excursion, organized by the school’s administration, aimed to provide students with a refreshing break from their academic routine and to expose them to the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of the picturesque Dharamshala region.
On May 29th, Mr. Sajeev Philip, HOSS (Head of Senior School), along with 148 enthusiastic students, 14 dedicated teachers, and a caring nurse, embarked on this exciting journey. The entire group, accompanied by escorts, began their adventure in four buses from the school premises at 9.30 p.m. The anticipation and excitement were palpable as the students eagerly awaited the thrilling experiences that awaited them.
The overnight journey was punctuated with a few rest stops along the way, ensuring everyone had a chance to stretch their legs and refresh themselves. The buses trundled through the night, carrying the eager travelers closer to their destination. Finally, on the morning of May 30th, the buses arrived in Dharamshala, concluding the long journey.
To ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay, the organizers had arranged accommodation for everyone in a hotel in Naddi. Upon arrival, after settling in and having a delicious lunch, the students were taken for a refreshing nature walk. Surrounded by the serene beauty of the mountains and lush greenery, the students reveled in the tranquility and the chance to connect with nature.
The following day, May 31st, turned out to be packed with exciting activities. The students embarked on a cultural and sporting adventure, starting with a visit to the Norbulingka monastery, where they had the opportunity to witness the spiritual and artistic traditions of Tibet. From there, they proceeded to the Dharamshala Cricket Stadium, a venue that has witnessed many thrilling matches and holds a special place in the hearts of cricket enthusiasts.
After a busy morning, the students returned to the hotel for a delicious lunch. Energized and enthusiastic, they continued their exploration by visiting the War Memorial, paying homage to the brave soldiers who have served the nation. Later, the students strolled through the vibrant bazaar and visited the renowned Dalai Lama’s Temple in Mcleodganj, immersing themselves in the spiritual ambiance.
As the day progressed, the excitement reached its peak when the students returned to the hotel. They were treated to a lively DJ night, where they danced, sang, and laughed to their heart’s content. The evening culminated with a sumptuous dinner, creating lasting memories of joy and camaraderie among the students.
On June 1st, with heavy hearts, the students bid farewell to the hotel, cherishing the memories they had created. However, the journey was not over yet. En route back to school, the students had the opportunity to visit the Palampur Tea Factory and Tea Gardens. Immersed in the aroma of freshly brewed tea, they gained insights into the tea-making process and admired the picturesque tea plantations.
Following the visit to Palampur, the students relished a scrumptious lunch before heading to the historic Kangra Fort. Exploring the ancient ruins and absorbing the historical significance of the fort, the students marveled at the architectural marvels of the past. As the day drew to a close, the group paused for a well-deserved dinner in Una, fueling themselves for the overnight journey ahead.
Finally, on June 2nd, at 9 a.m., the buses arrived back at The Khaitan School premises, bringing an end to the memorable excursion. The tired yet elated students disembarked from the buses, their hearts filled with cherished memories.
The excursion not only allowed the students to break free from their academic routine but also offered them an opportunity to learn and appreciate the beauty and diversity of their surroundings. From the serene nature walk to the spiritual aura of the monastery, from the thrill of visiting the cricket stadium to the solemnity of the War Memorial, each experience contributed to their personal growth and expanded their horizons.
As the students returned to their classrooms, they brought with them not just memories but also a renewed zest for learning and a broader perspective. The excursion served as a valuable supplement to their academic education, enriching their knowledge through real-world experiences and immersing them in the cultural tapestry of the region.