On the bright sunny afternoon of 26th September, 2022, 7 teachers and 60 students from Grades X and XII were on their way to Tirthan, Himachal Pradesh to enjoy the much-awaited excursion. It was a different experience altogether. Every morning, a wake-up call was given by the camp leader and his team of instructors. Warmup followed by a series of adventurous activities have made this experience unforgettable for a lifetime. Be it Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking, Rope Climbing or crossing the Tirthan river, we enjoyed it all.
Our excursion to Tirthan, which by the way, was truly a breathtakingly gorgeous outing. Not only did we step outside our comfort zone and conquer our fears, we also became more responsible, expanded our knowledge and had fun. The first day of the trip was exciting as I learned so much about myself and my interests, and I’m sure most of those who went did so too.
We were put up in tents in a camp on the banks of the Tirthan river in Himachal Pradesh. The stay and the activities were meticulously planned and organised. A trek of about 18 kilometers on a single day was quite an accomplishment. The students prepared lunch using river water at an open place on the hills. One student termed the day as ‘Zindagi na Milegi Dobara Experience’. The next day saw us bouldering and rope climbing using a ‘Jhumaar’. The following day we were rappelling down a 35 feet rock. Finally, we saw a picturesque waterfall and crystal-clear water flowing down the rocks.
Every day, I learned more and more about the challenges of life, it felt as if the difficulties and toilsome things that we’d face later in life were disguised as stimulating activities so that we’d be able to learn more efficiently and effectively. The instructors were very friendly and helpful. They helped us out by giving us a chance to ask questions and giving feedback on our learning and their training. It was a pleasure to be one of the few students who went on this knowledgeable trip.
This trip was a true epiphany that made me realize that the germane tasks carried out by individuals daily are more strenuous and laborious than what meets the eye; however, the consolidated and synergetic attitude of all those on the trip is what made it an evocative experience. I am hoping this brief gives a glimpse of what a refreshing and delightful trip this was and encourages all those who missed it, to not let go of this opportunity the next time. Palak Dhingra- Grade X