And it began along with the sun rise! The Dalhousie Trip!! The most awaited trip, that brought both the batch 10 & 11 together. 90 students along with Mr. Gurang Badheka, CS. Divyesh Patel & Ms. Abirami Pillai gathered at Vadodara Junction even before sunrise, the students boarded Vadodara- Ahmedabad Memu, to start their trip to the place about which they have heard numerous experiences by the senior batches.
Exchanging food, cracking jokes, playing cards, singing latest Bollywood numbers, touring each station, trying out various delicious local food at station, bidding goodbye to sleep, the students enjoyed the journey as if there was no tomorrow. With the fun started already, the students headed to the ultimate destination Youth Hostel, Dalhousie through a bus journey of 4 hours.
DAY 1 The actual adventurous trip of Dalhousie started off by heading to “Panchpula”. Zip Lining & various other activities were arranged for all the participants. It was an overwhelming experience for everyone to cheer up for the stunts, and being close to nature. Post lunch few students went ahead with wandering in the local markets, while few went back to the hostel & put themselves in energy saving mode.
DAY 2 With all freshness & excitement, the students took their first stop at Rock Garden Dalhousie, where they took numerous photographs in the naturally asymmetric rocks that acted as perfect photo shoot location. With a short drive, the next stop for the day was Chamba, a city near Dalhousie, having its roots from 1100 years old. The best part of the city, Laxmi-Narayan Temple, an astonishingly beautiful temple was visited followed by a quick visit around the city. The last stop was the “Mini Switzerland” – Khajjiar. It is a small plateau surrounded by meadows and forests. Lucky enough that there was a snowfall the previous night, & everyone got to play in snow. Few students even enjoyed paragliding horse riding and clicking pictures wearing the traditional dress of the region.
DAY 3 could just not get better. The trek to Kalatop Sanctuary, located on an average 2500 meters above the sea level, welcomed us with completely snow cladded roads. Kalatop is one of the most snowy destinations in Dalhousie,and is known for the lush green surroundings and snow capped Himalayan peaks.The students couldn’t stop themselves from throwing snowballs at each other. They spend hours gazing at the beautiful surroundings of Kalatop that embrace the amazing green landscapes and majestic mountains in its environment. The trek was completed by walking all the way back to the hostel.
DAY 4 The day started with the visit to the beautiful & calm Chamera Lake, where the students enjoyed boating in the lake, watching the beauty of nature. Post the enjoyment in the nature of lap, the team headed auspicious visit to Bhadrakali Mata’s Bhalai Mata Temple. Post a quick lunch, everyone departed for Youth Hostel.
DAY 5 The trek to Ganji Pahari- was one most tiring yet exciting experience in Dalhousie. It was a hub for all adventurers, as the manoeuvring terrains there made a splendid trekking zone. Reaching the pinnacle & being in awe of the breathtaking view. Bejewelled with snow, Ganji Pahari was the best trek for the group.
DAY 6 while the last day was completely set out for resting & shopping, the students made the best use of it. Picking up the best from the local markets for their dear ones, the students finished their last minute packing. Any celebration is not complete without music, that too for students from Gujarat; celebration is marked with Garba. Last night was made a most memorable one with 3 hours of non stop DJ, making all students to get themselves on the dance floor! The night dawned away with all packing and recalling all those wonderful memories created in this fantasy world.
The next day we headed back to Pathankot remembering all those wonderful moments, from where we had to board a train that would drop us back to our routine life. The bright sun rays kissed us goodbye, no tears were shedded instead bags full of smiles and tons of memories were brought back. On 26th Feb evening finally the students reached back to HOME, with golden memories to cherish life long.