After the heavy rains that lashed Hyderabad yesterday, I wasn't very sure if we could go on our much awaited field trip today. We were lucky!! The rain god had listened to the prayers of my Grade 3 students. They were excited beyond words for this trip.
So... Here we were, all set for our Hyderabad Darshan ! The first place we visited was the Chowmahalla Palace. It was breathtakingly beautiful !! Students spent a lot of time exploring the incredible palace of the Nizam era. The kids were full of curiosity about the palace. What followed were a long list of questions and we discussed a lot about the history of the place. In the morning before we left the school, students wrote down questions which they had in mind related to the trip (some things that they wanted to know more about). They were expected to explore and find their answers. This way they 'tried' to be focused ;p
We walked and we walked....
Chowmahalla is truly a mahal in the literal sense. By the time we finished exploring one building, we had already exhausted our energy and the very thought of walking to Charminar got us even more tired. Finally we found our way out of the Palace and our journey to Charminar had begun by foot :p
Things we were worried about :
- 21 kids walking on the road
- Few naughty ones (actually a big bunch of naughty ones)
- Only four adults ( I wish we were 21 adults :D which was never going to happen)
- Narrow roads of old city
- Crazy autos
This list seems to be endless.
However, we reached Charminar and found a guide who agreed to show us the place, basically the history of the gigantic and exquisite structure.
The most proud moment for me as teacher was to know that my students knew much more about the Charminar than the guide himself ! The guide was amazed at what they knew and nicknamed them 'genius students'.
Nizam's museum was next on our list of places to visit. After having our lunch and resting for a while we waited eagerly for our next pit stop. However, we were not able to see the museum as there was no electricity and the entire place was dark. Too bad they didn't have power backup! To add to this disappointed, it started to pour cats and dogs. We waited for a while for the rain to subside, but we had to get back to school before 3pm. Fortunately, autos came to our rescue and dropped us all, batch by batch to our bus which was waiting for us outside the galli (lane).
Phew!!! To sum it all, it was one amazing field trip which I will always remember.