Sapphire International School believes in giving its students a holistic approach towards life. Believing in the spirit of Adventure, Challenge & Entertainment, students of classes VI-XII were taken on an adventure trip to the pristine mountains of Himachal Pradesh under the able supervision of three teachers and two tour coordinators from 'Torna Holidays' of Delhi. Twenty children from the school packed their bags to face the best experience of their life from 10th to 18th of May, 2017.
The expedition to take on the mighty Himalayas began on May 10th, when the adventurers boarded the Rajdhani Express for New Delhi. After a short stint at a water park on the outskirts of Delhi, the journey continued to reach Mcleodganj via Chandigarh. At Chandigarh the visit to “Sukhna Lake” and the Rock Garden by Nek Chand were heart warming.
The children woke up early the next morning (13th of May, 2017) to the breath-taking view of Mcleodgang valley, surrounded by majestic Deodars. For the trek, the children were divided into three groups with leaders of their own. The 9.0 km. rocky trek to Tirund was indeed exhausting and challenging, and took around five hours.
The trek instilled in our students the need to respect our resources, to become physically active and mentally alert, and they realised that every adventure starts with “I CANNOT” but ends with an “I DID IT”. On the night of 14th May 2017, the children reached ‘Hotel Royal Residency’, Khajjiar.
They woke up late in the morning after a good rest, took a heavy breakfast and walked down towards Khajjiar Lake. Khajjiar falls in the Chamba district, and often referred to as the ‘Mini Switzerland’. On the 16th of May, everyone woke up early to begin the long journey from Khajjiar to the Aravali Orchards via Dalhousie, Pathankot and Delhi.
It was almost 2:00 a.m. on 17th May, when the children reached Aravali Orchards. In the morning the trainers motivated the children to participate in some military style adventure sport like, the Burma Bridge, Tyre Wall, Scaffold Ladders,Plank Balance, Commando Net, Stilt Walk, Zig-Zag, and the like. The children also enjoyed a ride on a horse cart, and some of the senior students ventured into cooking 'bread omelette'. The activities not only enhanced their physical strength and confidence, but also tested their skill and courage. At around 12:30 p.m. the children reluctantly packed their bags for New Delhi Railway Station to catch the Rajdhani Express for Ranchi. The Call of the Snow cast a lasting impression on each one of us.