Grade 10 -- Edutour
January 2020
10:00 AM
Grade 10

On the 14th of January, 2020, Grade 10 embarked on a highly anticipated trip to Amritsar, a city located in the heart of Punjab. While we were there, our class was fortunate enough to experience multiple different sights and feelings that have left a lasting impression on all of us.

Shortly after arriving at the Golden City, our grade was whisked to see the mighty Gobindgarh fort, where through an immersive 7D show, and a visually spectacular light and sound show, each of us got to understand the rich historic and cultural significance of not only the fort, but the city of Amritsar in India’s history. In a further attempt to understand the culture, we witnessed a one-of-it’s-kind turban museum, where the multiple unique ways to wear a turban were shown off. Shortly after, the highlight of the evening was when both our teachers and students were invited to dance the traditional folk dance of Bhangra in the fort, each member participating willingly.

The next day we were taken to the much-awaited Golden Temple, a sight powerfully beautiful enough to leave our talkative class speechless. After paying respects, Grade 10 also had the opportunity to visit Jalianwala Bagh, a somber, grim site at which we learned to mourn the victims, and respect history; a truly eye-opening and awakening experience to the horrors humanity has faced.

Of course, a trip to Amritsar would be incomplete without the shopping; the beautiful silver kadhas and delicate soft chunnis tempted each students, and surely enough we were given twenty minutes of liberation to shop to our heart’s content. Immediately after, we embarked on a 30-minute bus ride to Sadda Pind; a cross between a fun-fair and a traditional Indian village. There not only did we students enjoy the sweet milky tea, and mouth watering golas, but also the rides on the Ferris wheel which gave us a top class view of the city. Needless to say, all of us were mildly upset when we left, wanting to stay in the site of fun as long as we could.

Upon reaching the hotel, many were exhausted, and decided to call it a night, but the remaining were to go visit the Golden Temple again, to participate in Seva, volunteering at the Langar, one of the world’s largest free kitchens. Despite the bitter cold, the Seva and Langar was a fabulous learning experience, in which we not only interacted with the locals of the city, but also helped the needy, instigating a feeling of warmth and compassion in all of our souls.

Before we knew it, it was our last day on the trip, and shortly after a hearty breakfast at the hotel, our grade got to experience the Partition museum, where we learnt about the horrors and turmoil our country faced during that dark period of time. The testimonials were paralyzing, and it was hard to comprehend the sheer tragedies that people went through.

As the afternoon was growing close to the end, our stomachs began to rumble. Our teachers took mercy enough us, and decided to treat us to some traditional chhole kulche, a salivating meal that rejuvenated the crowd; perfect for our next excursion that required a lot of energy.

To say that the Wagha Border was brimming with patriotism and good old Indian pride is a gross understatement. The experience of dancing to patriotic Hindi Songs while waving an Indian flag was exhilarating, and the rest that followed was nothing less. With the loud screaming that left many of us without voices by the end, and pride that was bursting from our seams, it wasn’t surprising that we were a bit exhausted by the end of the evening.

However, the teachers had a few more tricks up their sleeves. Upon arriving at the hotel, we discovered much to our elatement, that there was a dance party organized for us! After dancing the night away, laughing with friends, and eating a delightful meal, all of embarked to bed, soon after which we had to say our goodbyes to our city and return home.

Amritsar, as a trip, was not only a place where we learnt about our amazing Indian culture, but also a site of fun and excitement that allowed us students to express our true selves, allowing us to forget the academic pressure hovering over us for a few days. A holistic experience all in all, I’m proud to say, Amritsar, we’ll be back for more!

-Saanvi Rungta

On the morning of 14th January, 2020, the students of grade 10 commenced their last Edu Tour as a batch. With bubbling excitement and zeal, we began our 3-hour flight journey to Amritsar, Punjab. Completely unprepared for the biting cold which hit as soon as we landed, we made our way to the hotel, with teeth chattering. After a scrumptious lunch, we departed for Fort Gobindgarh. Seriously underestimating the cold, we froze the entire evening, but learnt our lessons for the coming days. After a heavy high tea at the Fort, we enjoyed a 7-D show which taught us about the history of Punjab, and we familiarised with it later, as we learnt more in the Light and Sound show, displayed spectacularly on a wall of the fort. That evening, we returned to the hotel for dinner, and hit the hay, full of excitement for the adventures of the next day. 

On the 15th of January, we visited the Harmindar Sahib, more commonly known as the Golden Temple. An iconic sight and an experience never to forget, the magical atmosphere of the Golden Temple enamoured us, as we prayed for our coming exams, our families, and to lead beautiful lives. After a wonderful worship in the biting cold, we visited the infamous Jallianwala Bagh. After learning more about the gruesome history of our country, we went to Sadda Pind, an amusement park, for lunch. There were several fun-filled activities that we partook in, and with baited breath, watched the precarious ‘Maut ka Kua’ act, where stunts men dangerously drive along the walls of the stadium. Later that evening, we opted to go for ‘Kar Seva’, to the golden temple, where we served food, handed out cutlery and crockery, and some even ate ‘Langar’, the meal provided there. Without any debate, it was one of the best days of the Edu Tour. 

On Thursday morning, we set out to visit the Partition Museum, a morbid reminder of the events from the past. After familiarising ourselves with the history of India, we ate the well-known Amritsari Kulcha at a nearby Dhaba. At around 2:30 pm, we departed for the Attari-Wagha Border, the short distance between India and Pakistan. The atmosphere was heavy with joy, enthusiasm and patriotism as we sang, danced and cheered. The ceremony was mesmerising, and the environment and magic of the Flag Retreat ceremony filled our hearts with pride.
With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to the beautiful city of Amritsar. It was a memorable experience that we would cherish forever. We thanked our helpful, compassionate teachers for their care, support and love the entire trip, and the soaring spirits of the students, which made this trip one of the best Edu Tours we have had.

-    Sparsh Dak 

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