Thursday, 1 June 2017

5 best places for school field trips in India

5 best places for school field trips in India

Travel is a classroom in itself. Not just for the eyes to see but to soak up in the culture and develop self awareness. Experience is undoubtedly the best teacher!

Schooling sometimes require that “something” that doesn’t necessarily demand paper & pen. There has to be a spark, a passion for the students to get going. So can that something be named a field-trip? Well, yes!

One personal benefit I’d like to mention before moving ahead is that the student’s relationship with the staff gets stronger in such trips which leads to betterment in their academic endeavors.

Here is a list of top 10 school field trip destinations:

 1         Jim Corbett National Park – Uttarakhand

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The first in my list is the Corbett National Park, formally known as Hailey National Park, located near the major cities of Chandigarh and Delhi. This is the first Tiger Reserve in India, covering an area of 520 sq.kms and is a home to 488 different species of plants and 600 species of birds.

·             The park offers exclusive summer camp for school students where they can enjoy activities like fishing, trekking, bird watching and river crossing.
·             To better the creative skills of the child, additional activities like craft making, cultural programs and yoga sessions are held.

Why go here? This park gives a golden opportunity to learn about the exotic bio-diversity of India.

 2         Munnar – Kerala
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This place is not for students alone, but satisfies travelers of all age groups. Munnar is located at the union of three mountain rivers giving it a magnificent look with the much needed serenity.
·             Tea gardens, Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Peak and the hydro-electric power station at Pallivasal are perfect spots for the children to observe life in real.
·             Students can enjoy camping, rock climbing, trekking, jeep safaris and boating.

Why go here?
To enrich the child’s knowledge, what can be a better place than a Tea museum and hydro-electric power station?

3  Matheran – Maharashtra

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Next on my list is the smallest hill station of Maharashtra, Matheran, where the new life is far away from the old. This place is excellent for school summer break as the weather is pleasing.
·             Surprisingly, no vehicles are allowed in Matheran, not even a bicycle. The reason behind this is environmental safety – noise & pollution. The students get to experience a life different from what they live in.
·             They get to explore this place on foot. Children can also enjoy the toy train giving them a glimpse of the magical old world.
·             Students can also enjoy horse riding, trekking and the nature walks.

Why go here?
If you want kids to learn the concept of Echo, don’t miss this! Let them scream loud and hear the echo coming back through the valleys. Students learn the importance of environment and find peace away from the city.

4  Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium – Karnataka

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The Nehru Planetarium is a wing of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.
The entry fee for school students is only Rs.30/- and adult is Rs.50/-.
·             A 40-minute movie at The Sky theatre, which is dome shaped, is played where the students see and learn about the constellations, stars, planets, galaxies and even shooting stars.
·             The students get a chance to walk past the living areas and personal office and also the place where our first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, breathed his last.

Why go here?
This is the best place to introduce astronomy to the students. Students get to see telescopes, projection boxes and solar filters too.

    Taj Mahal – Agra, Uttar Pradesh
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My favorite in the list is Taj Mahal which is one of the most symbolic trips in India, best to visit on full-moon nights.
·             This iconic beauty was built by an emperor, Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz. Their mortal remains buried in this Mahal.
·             This fascinating masterpiece is perfectly set in a symmetrical Persian style amidst beautiful gardens on the banks of river Yamuna.

Why go here? This is rated one among the seven wonders in the world. Students will witness work of the best architects, builders and craftsmen in the world and the precious stones sourced from all over Asia.

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