School Camps 2018
Class 7 - Sher Villas, Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
12TH- 15TH March 2018
The moaning and groaning resulting from carrying our luggage on a scorching hot day led us to our fun filled train journey. The much awaited and anticipated School Camp in Ranthambore National Park had begun.
We waited restlessly to arrive at our beautiful campsite "Sher Vilas" to get to our spacious cottages and tents. After depositing our luggage and settling in, we watched a documentary on the marvellous and much celebrated tigress, Machli, and later had a scrumptious supper. This gave us time to bond with each other and nurture our friendships. Thereafter, we were told about our groups and briefed with the itenary.
We woke up the next morning to the delightful and alluring sight of a sunrise. After our morning ablutions, Group 1 was all packed up to spot a tiger. Unfortunately, the force was not with canter 1 but sure was with canter 2 who spotted a leopard- a rare sight as compared with a tiger. After such an adventurous morning, we enjoyed a fun filled afternoon with activities while Group 2 trudged up and down six hundred steps to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha and later visited Dastakar, an organisation that empowers women by giving them jobs to create masterpieces of traditional Rajasthani handicrafts.
In the evening, Group 1 visited the fort and temple, and played fun filled activities as well as volleyball and soccer, this sure did make us tired by the end of the day. Group 2 had their fingers crossed to spot a tiger. As luck would have it, both the canters did not just see one tiger, but three! The sight of Kumbha T-34 was just so astounding! It was a once in a lifetime experience to watch a tiger so closely; its walk was elegant and gracefull. Obviously, the regal and magnificent tigers were the star attraction, but that did not diminish our delight at spotting the Indian Gazelle, Sambar deer, Chital deer, warthog and unique birds belonging to a variety of species. We also got a chance to feed the appealing paradise flycatchers and the mesmerising peacocks. We rounded up our trip by dancing all night to Rajasthani folk songs and eating a delicious meal.
As we packed our bags, we took a last look at our campsite with wistfulness. We left Ranthambhore with fond memories and moments we will cherish forever. With the breath taking sights etched in our memories forever, we all reached back to the bustling metropolitan of Delhi, six hours away from the peaceful town of Ranthambore. This camp is one that we will remember forever.
Girdhar Chandok - Class 7