Walk through the Pink City – The Rajputana heritage retold
‘Travelling, it leaves you speechless then turns you into a story teller.’
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 5 am on 28th September 2016. The time taken to travel from school to the historic city of Jaipur 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. After a sumptuous traditional lunch, we visited ‘Jantar Mantar’ and the ‘City Palace’. We observed objects of artistic, cultural, historical and scientific interest and also got a peep into the social, political, cultural, economic and religious life of the people. The interior of the palace was amazing- an epitome of grandeur, leaving us mesmerized and awestruck at the opulence.
Next day morning, we had a rendezvous with royalty as we visited Amer Fort to interact with the guide who shared the history and significance of the fort with the students. The students understood the present day relevance of the monuments- a standing testimony of the bygone era. The afternoon was set aside for ‘Blue pottery’ and ‘Sanganer Paper factory’, where the young minds saw the handiwork of skilled men in creating attractive objects of use. The evening was dedicated to a colourful puppet show, splashing the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan.
On the last day of our trip, students were engaged in creative activity, drawing and penning their impressions of the magnificent places that they had seen and observed over the past two days. After a hectic three day trip and their brush with history and heritage, 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.
‘To travel is to live’