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Class IX Travels to Agra, Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Delhi

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On Oct 6 we set off to visit the three major cities of north India: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. For many of us it was the first time that we had travelled by train, and we thoroughly enjoyed the two days it took to reach Delhi by playing games and cracking jokes.

Our first stop was the Mughal city of Agra. The Taj Mahal was exquisite in a way that it is impossible to describe. The Agra Fort can be more accurately described as a walled city. The Fatehpur Sikri is a beautiful city where everything was organised and resplendent. While we explored these great monuments we didn’t miss the opportunity of devouring all the wonderful snacks and chats that they sell on the streets of Agra.

Next we headed to Jaipur, also known as the Pink City to experience the traditional Rajasthani culture where we saw ancient forts, palaces and museums. The amazing craftsmanship and planning of these forts gave them an aura of beauty and strength. If Agra was great for street snacks, Jaipur was for shopping. Many of us blew all our pocket money to buy souvenirs and gifts for our families.

Now, it was time for our train journey to Jaisalmer, which was my favourite place on the trip. In Jaisalmer, we experienced the unique feature of Rajasthan, the camel ride over the sand dunes. Unlike other places, we stayed in cloth tents in Jaisalmer which was a unique experience. We had loads of fun rolling down the sand dunes and were completely spellbound by the sun set. When we returned back to our tents, we were welcomed by enchanting Rajasthani folk music and dance. Our stay in Jaisalmer was further elevated by a jeep ride deep into the desert in the dark of night. Watching the sky spilled with zillions of stars was one of the most memorable experiences for me.

Finally we visited Delhi, which was simply amazing. Parliament House seemed to exude a tremendous power while Indira Gandhi’s house, Birla house and Teenmoorthy Bhavan gave us a sense of history. Using words to describe the National Museum would be impossible as it holds over 200,000 works of art, of both Indian and foreign origin, covering more than 5,000 years of the rich cultural heritage of different parts of the world.

This trip made me look back and wonder how people built such beautiful and massive monuments with the aid of such simple tools. This trip has been a great learning experience on the rich cultural heritage of our majestic country, incredible India.

Akash Iyer – IX A