A trip to Switzerland
An opportunity to explore and discover the unknown came to the Geography students when Ashok Hall Group of Schools decided to send them to Switzerland - a centrally mountainous country of Europe with amazing viewpoints on all sides, superbly scenic with its stunning landscape. This is what they had always dreamt of.
In Switzerland, they saw the frescoes of the Fraumunster Church, visited the University of Zurich and the Lake of Zurich. Besides, they also visited the Zurich Town Hall, passed by the Opera House, learnt about cheese manufacturing and witnessed the Black Madonna. At the amusement park in Lucerne, they had great fun and frolic.
At Cailler’s Chocolate factory they had the pleasant experience of making their own chocolate. They went to Jungfraujoch, the Rhine falls and St. Gallen University. A week spent there flew away with the blink of an eye. Apart from the survey that they carried out, they learnt many other things. They learnt the true essence of group work, being self-sufficient and independent. They had a great time there and all these memories will be etched in their minds forever.
A memorable trip to Italy (Un Viaggio indimenticabile in Italia)
The Ashok Hall of Group of Schools organized a trip for its students to Italy from 9th to 17th of November 2019.
The trip was a ticket to enter the ancient era of Italy reflected by some of the world’s greatest archaeological sites, namely Pompeii, Naples, Vatican City and Florence. The students were awestruck by the rich history and cultural heritage of Italy preserved in these places for centuries. The peculiar feature of the city of Bologna was small canals, created to allow merchants to easily transport their goods. In Venice, we turned adventurous and took the Gondola ride on canals. Whilst in Milan, the capital of world fashion, the students explored Duomo di Milano and Santa Maria Delle Grazie, where Leonardo da Vinci’s mural “The Last Supper” is placed.
Tasting the pizza, pasta, ravioli, tiramisu, gelato and panna cotta gave the students the opportunity to know about authentic Italian recipes.
Rajasthan Trip (Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Pushkar – Ajmer – Ranthambore – Jaipur)
The unexpected gift of an early autumn trip to Rajasthan was a truly enjoyable experience for the students of Birla Gyan Mandir and Little Steps School. Royal, like it has always known to be, Rajasthan left the students mesmerized and charmed, presenting itself in its unique grace and vibrancy. Be it experiencing a glimpse of royalty while staying at the Bhanwar Singh Palace in Pushkar, or praying a peaceful homage to ancestors at Ajmer Sharif and Pushkar Temple, or feasting on a sumptuous platter of Rajasthani cuisine at Chaukidhani – they enjoyed themselves all very much. In spite of not seeing a Tiger at Ranthambore, for their Jungle Safari, they enjoyed seeing the various deer, monkeys and peacocks.
Architecture, science and beauty, were subjects that they never thought would collide so well with each other. They returned from the ‘Land of Maharajas’ with a new sense of perspective and motivation - something that resonated in their hearts and minds long after they arrived home.
The Ashok Hall Group of Schools had organised an excursion to Visakhapatnam from 19th to 22nd of October 2019 for the students of G.D. Birla Centre for Education, Mahadevi Birla Shishu Vihar and Ashok Hall Girls’ Higher Secondary School.
The students started the tour by visiting Kailasagiri Park. It is a hilltop park that gave a bird’s eye view of Visakhapatnam. The pupils visited the Araku Valley via Tyada Railway Tunnel. The Borra Caves exhibiting a variety of irregularly shaped stalactites and stalagmites left the students spellbound. The visit to the coffee plantation site and the Coffee Museum expanded pupil’s knowledge regarding coffee. They explored many other charming places like the Simhachalam Temple, Kali Temple, R K Beach, INS Kursura Submarine Museum, Aircraft Museum and Rushikonda Beach. The Simhachalam Temple, dedicated to Lord Narasimha, was found to be embellished with exquisite stone carvings. The submarine museum has retained its originality even after 18 years of decommissioning in 2001. The visit to the newly constructed Aircraft Museum was full of insights for the students regarding fighter aircrafts.
The trip was immensely enjoyable and created fond memories that will be cherished forever by the students.
Geography excursion to Majhkhali And Rishikesh (Uttarakhand)
The Geography students of class XII of Ashok Hall Group of Schools had an educational excursion to Uttarakhand. They were taken to Majhkhali, Ranikhet, Nainital, Rishikesh and Dehradun. There they went to the Block Development Office, where they were briefed about the Almora district. Witnessing the middle Himalayas with coniferous forests, they reached G.D.Birla Memorial School, Ranikhet. There they enjoyed the bonfire after dinner. In Nainital, they visited Nainital Lake, Nainidevi temple, and the Mall Road market.
At Talli Riuni, a village situated in the Dwarahat block of Almora district, they did their geographical household survey and interacted with the people. Students were glad to know about their culture and linguistic status. They walked through the Ram-Jhula, a suspension bridge, witnessing the scenic beauty of the river Ganga. They attended the yoga session organised by Swargashram and visited Neelkantha temple situated in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. Apart from spirituality, they were engaged in river rafting.
At Dehradun, they visited the Indian Military Academy (IMA), the museum and even watched a movie. Returning to Rishikesh they enjoyed the evening witnessing the beautiful Ganga Aarti. The salubrious atmosphere made the students fond of this place.
Sri Lanka Trip
The Ashok Hall Group of Schools organized a trip to Sri Lanka for 11 teachers and school counsellors from 18th to 23rd of October 2019. Mouth-watering cuisines, a complacent stay at the best of hotels and sightseeing made the trip memorable.
The teachers and school counsellors landed in the capital city of Sri Lanka, Colombo. Glimpses of the Colombo Lighthouse, the Lotus Tower, the Independence Memorial Hall, the White House, etc gave them an idea about the life within the city limits of Colombo.
They explored the World Heritage Site, Sri Dalada Maligawa, in the beautiful city of Kandy. They witnessed the famous Kandyan Dance at the Kandyan Cultural Centre. Whilst in Kurugama Tea Factory at Kandy, the teachers and counsellors tasted tea of different varieties with cookies and bought freshly baked tea of their own choice. They explored the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala which has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. At Hikkaduwa, the teachers and counsellors visited the Hikkaduwa beach and the Turtle Hatchery. The sight of the Galle Fort, the Clock Tower and the Light House in the South Coast of Sri Lanka, Galle, immensely delighted them. At Madu Ganga, the teachers and counsellors saw hundreds of islets, mangroves and aquatic birds. The thrilling boat ride within the mangrove was an experience to cherish.