The long awaited field trip of this year was indeed a successful one. Students learned not just about the ancient Harappan civilization but also learned to face real life situations that come across during long travels.
Our first day started off by arriving at Samaikhyali station at 5am from where we took 6 Jeeps to the Jain Dharamshala for breakfast and refreshments. After sunrise, we headed straight for the Rann of Kutch which took about 4 hours to reach. But the trip was worth the effort as it was a mesmerizing sight for all of us.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The beauty of nature was at its peak as we saw the sleek layer of salt portraying itself as snow. Students got a chance to play and taste it. Some of the curious students dug up a hole from which water emerged. It was indeed an exciting discovery for them to have found water coming out of the ground. Later on, we arrived to the Toran Hotel to settle in and refresh ourselves. After having lunch, we headed towards the BCF camp site where the head of paramilitary gave us a brief up on the area. Students got to know that we were just 42kms away from Pakistan and the area was under watch 24hrs by the battalions. Next, we moved towards the Wood Fossil Park with a tour guide who accompanied us throughout. Students witnessed one of the most interesting acts of nature as they saw the wood turned into stone and the beautiful fossils and remains. As the closure of the days, students hiked up the mountain to see the evening sunset. After we went back to our hotel, students got into groups and were given reading material to prep them for their next day. They also had to come up with a role play presentation to show their understanding.
Our second day started up early at 6am with morning exercises and then breakfast. We then took a short walk to the museum and the Harappan excavation site. Our guide took us on tour through the whole site explaining each aspect of theÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â layout and the town planning. Students were enthralled to have history come to life as they could see, feel, and touch the each architecture. Students took notes and filled up their organizers as they learned new information. After the tour, students visited the museum to see the artefacts such as pots, beads, ornaments, terracotta pipes, toys etc. Students then went back for lunch, packed up their bags and while going back, once again stopped at the Rann of Kutch to do their prepared presentations. Then while going back to the station, we took a quick halt to see the 500 windmills that generate electricity. Finally, we stopped by a restaurant to have dinner and went straight to the station. That wraps up our fun filled and an exciting journey that we all will surely remember for the rest of our lives.