Story of a group of students of Munsyari, who were on an educational tour to Nainital…

Hi Kids, Parents and Teachers,

Our Kumaon is a rich treasure trove overflowing with the bounty of scenic beauty of nature and man made splendour, artistic interest and historical importance. For students to whom knowledge is their first requirement and love, there is so much to learn and gain from the endowment. 

Realising this a dynamic teacher of Munsyari thought of an educational tour for his class 9th students.

So this is the story of 9th grade students of Munsyari who were on a visit to Nainital. As you know Munsyari is a small town where gossip spread quickly and nothing—absolutely nothing—remained hidden. So the news of these students spread like wildfire. People were surprised to know that such a tour is possible. They had never heard of students leaving for an educational tour.

This dynamic teacher was Aditya Sah who took the decision and arranged for the educational tour to Nainital. On his initiative, parents of students agreed to send their kids. Students were excited and so were their parents. Aditya Sir hired two vehicles in which 15 students and Aditya Sir started their journey on a bright day of October. It was an approx. 290 kms journey to Nainital. So the group of 15 started early in the morning (6 a.m.).

Out of 15 students as many as 10 of them had never stepped out beyond Munsyari. So every spot on their way was new to them. They were thrilled and curious about everything. The group led by Aditya sir was enjoying the journey.

The students had brought packed breakfast from their homes and every one had some extra for their beloved teacher Aditya Sir. They took their breakfast at Birthi village watching Birthi-fall. With lush green surroundings blooming in various colours, the water fall is the most beautiful sight on this stretch.

At noon they were in Bageshwar where they stopped for lunch. In less than an hour from Bageshwar they reached Kausani. Kausani is a hill station and famous for its scenic splendour and its spectacular 300 km-wide panoramic view of Himalayan peaks. Mahatma Gandhi called this place the ‘Switzerland of India’. Aditya Sir stopped the vehicles there and took the group to ‘Anashakti Ashram’, a quiet and revered place where Mahatma Gandhi spent some days and wrote his commentary of Anashakti Yog. Aditya Sir explained to the group about the importance of the Ashram. It was a great experiebpnce for our young students.

At 5 p.m. they reached Nainital. As Nainital is in the hills, the mornings and evenings could get quite cold. But that day it was unusually pleasant. The sun had not set and looked bright.

Aditya Sir had arranged the stay at his friend’s house in Mallital. The house was big enough to accommodate all the students. 5 of them were girls so they were given a separate room. The remaining 10 students were adjusted in a hall. 

Though Aditya Sir was from Nainital and he had a house there, but he stayed there with the students. At 8 p.m. the group were served dinner which was arranged by the friend of Aditya Sir. The food was delicious and followed with gulab-jamun….2 for each of them. The students enjoyed the dinner.

Aditya Sir asked all students to wake up early the next day. 

Aditya Sir was happy when he saw all the students ready the next day. A quick breakfast was ready for them. After having breakfast, the group left for Raj Bhavan or Governor’s House.

On reaching there, when the group found the huge building before them they were speechless as they had never ever seen such a huge structure. As they approached the imposing structure, Aditya Sir pointed towards a small pebbled pathway that led towards the side of the building. Aditya Sir told them that it is the summer retreat of the Governor of Uttarakhand. The building is an imposing structure set in the Tallital side of Nainital.

Aditya Sir was not only a teacher to them, but he was a guide to them like Dev Anand in the Guide movie. He was explaining all about this historical structure. Legend had it that in the pre-Independence era, Nainital served as the summer capital of United Provinces and this building, built like a Scottish castle was christened as the “Government House”. Raj Bhavan was built by British as residence of Governor of then North-Western Provinces. The construction of Raj Bhavan was started in April 1897 and it took two years to complete. It is built on European pattern and based on Gothic architecture. The designers of Raj Bhavan at Nainital were Architect Stevens and the Executive Engineer F. O. W. Ortel. After Independence it was renamed as Raj Bhavan The Raj Bhavan estate is spread over 205 acre of area with a Golf Course in 45 acre of land. It has 75 rooms. The Golf Course of Raj Bhavan, built in 1936, is one of the vintage golf courses in India, and is affiliated to the Indian Golf Union. It also consists of a garden and swimming pool. In the post-Independence period, Sarojini Naidu, the first Governor of Uttar Pradesh, was the first occupant of this historic monument.

After seeing the Governor’s house, Aditya Sir took them to a restaurant in Tallital where they had their lunch. The group enjoyed various kind of foods. Girls liked the Chinese Noodles whereas boys relished momos and soup.

Aditya Sir told them that they are now going to see the High Court. The students were already excited to see the Governor’s House, so they were all happy on knowing this.

But there was a twist in their going to High Court. Aditya Sir asked the drivers to park their vehicles in Mallital. The students were clueless. They thought that they would have to walk all the way to the High Court from Tallital. But when Aditya Sir took them to the lakeside, they understood the plan. And the plan was to go to Mallital in boats. It was a brilliant idea of Aditya Sir. He knew how to utilise the time. The students enjoyed boating and on reaching Mallital they walked down to High Court, not very far from Mallital lakeside.

On reaching there, Aditya Sir as usual explained all about the building and High Court to the group. The building of Uttarakhand High Court was constructed by Santoni MacDonald in 1900. The Uttarakhand State was carved out from the State of Uttar Pradesh on 9 November 2000 under the Uttar Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2000. At the time of the creation of the State, the High Court of Uttarakhand was also established on the same day at Nainital.

On having seen these two historical buildings Aditya Sir left them free so that they could enjoy themselves in flats, market. But they were clearly instructed to return to their place of stay by 7 p.m., which the group followed.

Next day the group returned back to Munsyari with Aditya Sir. 

This educational tour was a great success. Inside the classroom, a student gets to know about new things, new ideas, and new concepts, while outside the classroom, a student explores and experiences. Our students learned many things like they were now more exchanging their ideas with each other, their communication skills had improved, their perspective about life had changed and they developed amazing social skills.

As the teacher and philosopher, Confucius famously quoted, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” The idea of educational tours is built around the practice of experiential learning.

I am a firm believer of educational tours as it teach students a lot.

Are you inspired..? If yes, ask your teacher to arrange for an educational tour to some important place from learning point of view.

Good bye…I will be back with a new post soon.