The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.
It is rightly said that history is a living reminder that ‘there is nothing new under the sun’, as such history is a living thing, an unending journey of the human race. Thus began our journey by reporting to school at 3:45 am on 30th September.
The time taken to travel from school to New Delhi Railway station and from there to the historic city of Gwalior was measured not in hours but by the laughing chatter of happy feet and the gorging down of endless packets of chips, cakes and chocolates.
From Gwalior station it was a three hour long drive by an AC luxury bus to the resort at Shivpuri. After a sumptuous traditional lunch, we visited ‘Bhadia Kund’ and the ‘Chhatries’ – the famous white marble cenotaphs of the Scindias. Students interacted with the care taker of the place and learnt many interesting facts about the history and significance of Chhatries.
Next day early morning, we went on a jeep safari to Madhav National Park. Students spotted cheetal, deer, neelgai, monkeys, langur and sambhar. After this we had a rendezvous with royalty as we visited the Jai Vilas Palace and museum which portrays the rich heritage of the Scindias- the erstwhile rulers of Gwalior.
The interior of the palace was amazing- an epitome of grandeur its walls were polished with gold, leaving us mesmerized and awestruck at the opulence. If this wasn’t all, in the evening we went to the Gwalior Fort to watch the ‘Son – Et – Lumiere’; an amazing account of the 1000 year history of Gwalior through a ‘light and sound’ show.
On the last day of our trip, we once again visited the Gwalior Fort, this time to interact with the guide who shared the history and significance of the fort with the students. The students tried to understand the present day relevance of the monuments- a standing testimony of the bygone era.
On our way back, we paid homage at the Tomb of Mohammad Ghaus and the Memorial of Tansen- the famous musician and one of the nine ‘ratnas’ in the court of Akbar.
Post lunch, students were engaged in art activity conducted by Manish Sir- drawing their impressions of the magnificent buildings that they had seen and observed over the past two days. They also completed interesting worksheets designed to extend their learning not only about the history of the place but also its present day relevance and significance.
After a hectic three day trip and their brush with history the children were ready to pack and leave for Delhi, each carrying back a bag full of memories and souvenirs to be saved and cherished for a long time.