TRAVELOGUE   

Rupin Supin Valley

 The world is full of wonders and we, the happy travellers of KPS Raipur, had an absolutely amazing experience exploring some of those exquisite wonders! Indeed, the Himalayas is with no doubt one of the best places to visit, at least once in a lifetime. From rejuvenation of mind and body to soul-searching, this trip provided us with one of the best memories we would ever have. 

First up, we started our journey from Raipur and flew to Delhi and from Delhi, we reached Dehradun through one of the most comfortable train journeys. From Dehradun, the group took up tempos, crossed the beautiful forests of Masoori and reached our base destination - Sankri. Famous for the Har Ki Dhun roads, Sankri provided us with what might be the best stay and landscapes. 

The very next day marked the beginning of the soul of the whole trip - The Kedar Kantha Trek. 

The KK Trek made us dwell into almost any and every venture such a trip could hold. From the exhausting ascends and descends to the moonlit Bon Fires and entertainment sessions, the Trek gave us all immense pleasure. Hard earned as it was, the view of the lovely Earth from the very Summit made all the efforts and hardships feel worth it! 

On days, we'd suffer from the scorching heat of the powerful sun so directly above us and on nights, the fluctuating 1°C - 4°C temperature made even our 6/7 layered clothing feel less! Thankfully, the liner sleeping bags of our well protected tents provided to us the solace we so dyingly needed. One of the best parts of the trip was the food we'd get after our hard efforts to reach the camp. Energy drinks followed by evening snacks and soup were a must. Also, it was considered a 'grave offence' to not to submit to the mouth watering Hot Chocolate Milk after the equally delicious dinners. 

The group got the chance to communicate with the local people of the Himalayas as well and was lucky enough to even get to eat the edible forest vegetable, precisely the 'Lengra Bhaaji' they discovered on the first of their 4 days trek. Drinking mushroom soup at 5°C while enjoying the sunset on the slopes of beautiful hills and waking up at 4 in the morning to watch the Sun rise and spread it's magnificent rays over the mighty Swarga Rohini Mastive - we conquered it all. The furry dogs of the place were the essence of the trip, they acted as our friends as well as our guides in the hour of need and thus, got the title of the most beloved and sweet creatures of the place.


Indeed, covering 1300 kilometers has marked in all of our hearts a special love for mountaineering. This trek made us do things we never before thought we would or we could. From life management skills to waking up at 4:30 am alarms, this trip taught us all. It made us realise the importance of self-belief and the life lessons we've always heard of only in our Moral Science text books. It made us overcome the silliest and the wildest fears we ever held and mostly, it taught us that there is so much yet to be discovered - that there is so much more to this world than we might ever know. Hence, we shall never stop exploring the unexplored! 

Apart from being an exertion, this journey also served as a lesson as to how one should actually lead their lives! Thus, the all us are obliged to be greatful towards the whole KPS team and the On High Grounds team for providing us with the most supportive teacher staff and the most friendly trip events that took place. 

True said it is - Travel far enough and you'd meet yourself! 

By  Manasi Varwandkar 

Class 10th I1

The Annual School Tour to Mumbai and Goa

    
It was the morning of 13 October 2010, whenI woke up in excitement and anticipation oftimely boarding the train to Goa via Nagpurand Pune with my KPS family on a nine daylong tour, which included Mumbai as well. Thefrenzy generated in the company of our friendsand teachers at the Railway Station, in thetrain and during the journey was unbelievable.Time flew so fast and as we were laughing around, enjoying the game of cards, listeningto music with delicious food served enroute, cracking jokes and witnessing the changinglandscape during the journey from barren Deccan to lush green sugar belt around Puneto the cool breeze emanating from Goan seas, flowing across rows of palms arounddawn, welcoming us to India's hot tourist destination….
By Abhimanyu Kale
Class XI A

Goa - Commenced with the visit to beaches, mainly-

Colva beach


   
Our resort being on the shores ofthe sea at Colva Beach facilitated us to enjoywaves by swirling up and down in the company offriends. We were completely taken aback by theforce and strength of the sea waves which hit usacross, drenched and then withdrew completely,leaving us awe struck. Some of us madestructures out of white beach sand only to seethe whole formation getting wiped out with aneye blink by the swirling waves of the emeraldArabian Sea. What a relaxing time it was after the long journey!

Basailica of Bom Jesus

We boarded our tour buses, via Old Goa, halting briefly at atemple of Goddess Durga and headed towards an important landmark of Old Goa;Basailica of Bom Jesus , a world heritagemonument of Portuguese architecture, oneof the finest Baroque church in the whole ofGoa, built between 1594-1605. For all thegrandeur contained in it, nothing couldpossibly surpass the mortal remains of St.Francis Xavier of Spanish origin kept in asilver casket. He worked for the propagationof Christianity and played an instrumentalrole in founding the Society of Jesus.   

Museum of Christian Art

     
As we movedout of the Basillica, a magnificient whitethebuilding caught everyone's attention. It wasthe museum of Christian art, the home tomany artistic and antique collections fromacross the world, like ancient relics ofPortugese and Christian history, varioustypes and sizes of metal objects such ashammer, compass, bows, arrows and hugecollection of Portugese currency. Also, werecurrencies of metal coinage from all overEurope depicting voyages and religions. Itwas simply breathtaking to see all suchwonderful collections. Being an artmuseum, the upper galleries contained famous paintings by artists of the Christian erasuch as Gionvanni , Bernnini, Miro, Da Vinci etc.and extraordinary sculptures byRapheal Santi and Michealangelo were replicated and beautifully displayed.

Donna Paula Jetty

Our last destination of the first day was the famous Donna PaulaJetty, known for its splendid sea landscape lined with ships and boats in the horizon,clear skies, marketplace and of course, the beautiful sunset.We enjoyed camp fire, organized in the hotel on reaching back and danced merrily on sound tracks, around the log fire, anticipating further excitement on the second day,which was marked by a visit to :
 

Vagator Beach and the Aguada Fort

The Vagator beach has been quite differentfrom Colva Beach , as it was more uneven, rocky and constituted a lot of corals and littlereefs but still was as beautiful as any beach, I have ever come across. Not too far fromthe Vagator was the famous Aguada Fort once used as a prison by the PortugeseColonists. It had several imprisonment cells in the open for the tourists to witness andwas indeed another masterpiece of Portugese architecture. The huge stone walls madeit look like a fortress with a beautiful view of the blue sea over it.

Calangute Beach and Our Cruise

    
Calangute Beach is a real hotspot and a majortourist attraction of Goa, because of its famous market that has various shops offamous brands, antiques, tattoos and various rides. The weather suddenly turnedwindy with dark clouds hovering and the view of the blue sea water of Calangute with its high rising waves was something unforgettable. I rode on a jet skii which was extremelyscary but great fun too. It began to rain heavily, encouraging us to get drenched inexcitement, jumping around and makingmerry. We had to be coaxed to board ourcruise ship Princessa , on a short trip towitness various dance performances andfolk dances of Goan culture, which weenjoyed thoroughly. Now it was the timeto pack up and head towards our nextdestination !!!…………

Mumbai


We reached Mumbai the next morningand while entering the city, we could feel its liveliness and were all glued to theDonna Paula JettyVagator Beach and the Aguada FortCalangute Beach and Our Cruisesight of huge sky scrappers. After getting readyand proceeding for sightseeing, we reached ourfirst destination

Jawaharlal Nehru Science Center

    
The Science park was situated in a huge complex and displayed the phenomenon of gravitational pull,planetary motions, laws of motion, human evolution, micro to macro organisms and ancient life forms through working equipments and models. The wooden models of dinosaurs,human organs and famous personalities were placed in the park.

Gateway of India

    
The famous landmark on the coast of Mumbai, a witness to the horrifying attacks of 26/11, stood tall representing the honour of the people of the city and of the whole country. We headed forward after clicking pictures of the landmark and Taj Hotel.

Fashion Street

    
Among the most popularmarket streets in Mumbai, it has huge lines ofshops by small sellers selling clothes andvarious accessories. A hotspot for shoppingand bargaining while shopping, it is a reallypopular place that attracts hundreds oftourists everyday.

Juhu Beach and 'Chowpaty'

It was duskas the first day flew by and our next stopseemed like the best relaxation after a long day of exploring the city. The calm waters ofthe Juhu beach, the 'Kala Khatta' with garma garam 'Pav bhaji' were a perfect treat.

Essel World

The next morning's destination was what we were longing for- thethrilling amusement park. As we reached there on a ferry, the enormity of the park gotus ready for the unforgettable fun.We took rides like the roller coaster, the thunder ride,the enterprise and even went into the haunted mansion and the funny mirror maze.After lunch we danced to our heart'selation on the tunes of the DJ in the rockingalley while some went for bowling and iceskating. What a day….!The next morning, I woke up with aheavy heart, knowing that after a fewhours all of it will be over. Whilecontemplating at everyone's laughingfaces, I too felt as if brimming withunforgettable memories which will act asthe oil of virtue for the lamp of friendshipand childhood.

Rendezvous With Soul Of SPAIN

Spain had been my dream destinationfor a while, when I finally got a chance tospend a week, soaked in the scenic, culturaland historic delights of the country. Depictingits varied essence, offering a diversegastronomy, I wrote copious notes…..There's a calm in the air and also in mysoul, while recollecting many aspects of itslifestyle and culture.
The passionate form of flamboyantdance, Flamenco was originally considered tobe a gypsy dance. It is accompanied by thesoulful tunes of the guitar and a song (cante).Its songs of lament, bitter romance and oppressions had a real chilling effect.

Watching Bullfight, the most popular of all the Spanish traditions was a perfecttreat. Originally, the sport involved men riding horses and fighting raging bulls, but iteventually changed to men, or matadors, fighting bulls off without the aid of horses.What happens during a bullfight?:Firstly the bull is let into the ring. Then, the topbullfighter called the Matador, watches his chief assistant wave a bright yellow andmagenta cape in front of the bull to make it charge. Then a trumpet is sounded andseveral fighters called Picadores weaken the bull by placing spears into it. Anothertrumpet is sounded and the Matador now removes his black winged hat and dedicatesthe death of the bull to the President or thecrowd before beginning his faena, which is themost beautiful and skillful section of the fightand where the Matador must prove hiscourage and artistry. It is basically a dancewith death.

The World Soccer Champions’ craze isevident when it comes to spectator ship andparticipation in Club matches hosting RealMadrid. These football fans are amongst themost ferventand dedicated in the whole Europe. The energy ofbullfighting, the hypnotic beauty of the flamenco, finequality saffron, majestic buildings, noiseless traffic,are just a few of the fabulous experiences one canalways remember Spectacular Spain for! It is a quaintmix between the Old World charm and the New Worldflamboyance.