ST. KABIRIAN’S LEARNING BEYOND TEXTBOOKS

On the day of 4th November ’19 students of STD IX from St.kabir departed for AMRITSAR – THE GOLDEN CITY on a flight of 10:00am.  They reached Amritsar at 1:00 pm and as it was a whole new experience in itself … as soon as they step their foot  in the  holiest abode for Sikhs across the world  , they were  welcomed by the bustling streets, the aroma of  food cooking in the open-air kitchens and strains of devotional music .

 Then the students proceeded to see the magnificent and simply amazing Golden Temple also known as The Harmandir Sahib, which is the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion. It really was a magical place. Spirituality and faith in god was flowing through air in the form of strongest of resonances. There they got to know about the rich past and culture of Amritsar and also provided their services at the world famous laangar of the temple.

Next day was the city –exploring day. The students visited the Jallianwala Bagh which is a public garden and also the site of the unfortunate 1919 Amritsar Massacre.  It was really a very heartbreaking moment for the students …when they saw the bullet marks and the well on the massacre site.

The next was Asia’s first partition museum which was very informative though tragic at the same time. But according to the students history had never been so interesting and fun!

Next was a shopping spree for the beautiful and well-known Phulkari of Punjab after which students had mouthwatering traditional Punjabi food containing chhole and the all-time yum aloo-parathas.

Next was the Wagah Border: It is home to the Radcliffe Line, which is the demarcation between India and Pakistan and was drawn during the partition of India in 1947.  It really was an unmissable retreat march and ceremony which made the patriotism level of the students reach its peak.

The next day the students took an early start and after a breathtaking journey through Kangra valley ,reached the most tranquil city ever known – Dharamshala. It is a calm and serene hill station and situated at an average altitude of 1,475 meters above sea level and is surrounded by thick deodar cedar trees, snow-laden mountains, exotic culture, and quaint old monasteries.

After trying to take in the beauty of the place, the students advanced to the famous Dalai Lama temple. There they saw the residence of the great Dalai Lama himself and they prayed to Lord Buddha and the calmness there was really felt to the core.

The day after,students took a trail through the prepossessing mountain forest and the view from the top was indescribable.. It was so amazing that it can’t be described in words..  Also the students did zip lining which got their adrenalin pumping again.

Then they visited the picturesque Norbullinga institute – of arts where the students were completely in awe seeing the very intricate wood carvings, hand woven tapestries and the best of all – Thangka paintings.

The day after the students were taught to draw the basic step of Thangka paintings at Thangde Gatsal and these hands on experience really provided a different insight and perspective to the children. Also fun mountain activities like rock climbing and rapping followed which everyone enjoyed to the fullest … it left everyone tired, happy and fulfilled.

On the last day students took a flight from Chandigarh and bid their goodbyes (though no one was willing to) to their friends and the places and finally boarded the flights and reached Ahmedabad…Back to their normal lives.

GATHA JOSHI STD IX (ST.KABIR NARANPURA)

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