Memories of school Educational trips are among the most prominent of the formative years, largely because they are a welcome break from the routine for both students and the teachers. While their purpose is essentially to educate, they can also be a fun bonding experience for everyone involved. Around 70 students of Grade III of MRIS sector-14 packed their bags, fully excited to board Shatabdi Express for an educational trip to Chandigarh, “THE CITY BEAUTIFUL”, the first planned city of India. They were escorted by the Head Jr. School, Ms. Shalini Bindra, along with her team of teachers namely, Mr. Amit Sharma, Mr. Manoj Pahuja, Ms. Nidhi Garg, Ms. Archana Dhiman, Ms. Geetika Nayar, Ms. Yaasheka Malik, Ms. Dhwani Sindhu and Ms. Shweta Rajput.

Travelling in a train was also an experience for them as many were travelling for the first time in the train, for many it was also a first experience to be alone and away from home. As they reached Chandigarh, they quickly accommodated themselves in the allotted rooms in the luxurious hotel and got ready to go on excursion. After having a variety of delicacies in their lunch, the children went on to explore the beautiful Rock Garden. The children were fascinated by the display of the exemplary art of making ‘the best out of waste’. They enjoyed and appreciated the amazing art effect.

Then they headed towards Chokidhani in Panchkula. It was a village setup where students enjoyed the puppet show, live Rajasthani folk dance, magic show, swings and fun games. There, they were served the delicious plateful dinner that contained all the mouth watering Rajsthani dishes. Overall this enthralling experience of the village extravaganza not only enabled the children to have a good time but also enriched their learning and deepened their roots to the values of culture and tradition.

With new morning and bright weather, the trip extended to be more educative. Children were taken to Chhatbir Zoological Park, which houses hundreds of different mammals, birds and reptiles. This Zoological Park offered an adventurous Lion Safari too. Children also visited the Gurudwara to get the blessings of God.

Students were amazed to see 2,500 species of cactus at ”Cactus Garden”, an eco system in itself of cacti and succulents, landscaped by Dr. J.S. Sarkaria. They also visited Sukhna Lake. It lies at the foothills of Shivalik Mountains. The atmosphere over there was very serene.

When students and teachers are together outside the classroom, new educational environments and experiences are possible. Students get the opportunity to observe many things that are not available in their city.