Uttarakhand, June 2019: The trip started on 4th June 2019; wherein 77 students along with 7 teachers set off on a journey via bus to make memories they would never forget. Delhi - Jim Corbett was quite a long and tiring journey, but good friends ensure good times. So, listening to songs, exchanging stories and nibbling on snacks, they reached their stop: Gajraula, at approximately 4:30pm.
They reached our destination, Hotel Tusker Trail, at around 7:00 in the evening. Some students relaxed while others treated themselves to a friendly game of water polo.
The next morning, they set out for the next destination: the Corbett House. It is the house where Sir Jim Corbett lived and has now been converted into a museum. It is a place where you can know Corbett and his exploits. Once there, a guide enlightened them about Sir Jim Corbett and his house. They then explored the house and clicked some pictures. Also, they shopped for native souvenirs like key chains, fridge magnets, paperweights, etc.
The group was soon ready to embark on the Jungle safari. Travelling in a convoy of jeep s, the students were excited to see the verdant forests all around. The excitement was palpable when the students could observe a herd of deer and a troop of monkeys. Driving through the dense forests, they also observed the footprints of a bear, birds like hornbill and kingfisher in flight over our heads and the majestic elephant with its white tusks wandering amidst the woody trees and a peafowl, flaunting their colourful feathers. Chirping of birds, the scream of peacocks and the stridulating of cricket filled the atmosphere, revitalizing everyone. The safari was for an hour after which everyone returned to the resort.
At night, the students had an amazing time at the DJ. Dancing to various Bollywood numbers injected pleasure amongst the students and the teachers, which was truly magical.
After the visit to the museum and drive into the jungle, the group started return journey for school with a stopover at Haveli, Gajraula. The group reached school at about 6:00 pm and the students were handed back to their guardians, thus, bringing these wondrous three days to a glorious end. It is rightly said that, “Travel creates memories that lasts a lifetime!”
Overall, it was a beautiful excursion which helped the students appreciate nature and the need to preserve our forests and animals living therein. It is hoped that this excursion would create lasting impressions on young minds about the need to conserve our environmental heritage.