Childhood has always been a blithe memory, for most of my vacations were spent travelling with my parents around the country. They took my brother and me to historical monuments, traditional temples, geographical wonders, planned cities and cultural villages. India’s diversity has been an attraction for tourists from all over the world, but the beautiful stories every place had inspired me as an Indian.
India has a ton of educational places where students can learn about its heterogeneity. Very few schools take their students for these study trips, but that is what should be addressed. Planning and organizing edu-visits are not as easy as they may seem, but it is cheaper for schools to collect funds and plan an edu-visit rather than parents, who may not have the proper resources to do so. Although, there are some parents who take time out from their busy schedules and take their kids for such visits.
Learning happens best when it is experienced.
What is a field trip/ an educational visit ?
A planned and organized tour of places to visit, food, cultural and traditional exchange between locals of the particular place and the students, as well as activities related to that specific area of study or place.
What is the difference between a field trip and educational visit?
Field trips are short in duration, usually close to the city or not more than 3-4 hours of travel. Educational visits tend to be of a longer duration.
What are the different types of field trips?
Visiting a farm, a zoo, a factory, hiking, camping, heritage walk, photo walk, museum visits can be named under field trips.
What are the different types of educational visits?
Since educational visits are longer in duration, staying at that site, learning about the place and interacting with locals is what makes it experiential. For example, staying in Auroville (planned city) to learn about the foundation and infrastructure of the city or visiting the Gir National Park to learn about the wildlife in Gujarat.
Here is a list of places where students can explore, learn and muse over what they see.
Hampi – The ruins of Vijayanagara Kingdom with the backdrop of boulders gave me the unique picture of ancient history.
Borra Caves – An exploration of stalagmites and stalactites with deep and high ceilings was amazing to the urban eye.
Konark Temple – An amalgamation of architecture, history, spirituality and art, one word, mesmerizing.
Dubare Elephant Farm – A day with the elephants will tempt you to stay there or visit them again.
Udaipur – A planned, historical and beautiful mixture of urban and rural India.
National Science Centre – Got mind-blown by the science and technology.
If you wish to suggest a few more places, share your personal experiences or just say “hi”, please comment in the comment section below.