It was 25th March 2015. The journey began early morning from a School in Dehradoon, as Sashi, Shikhar tour representative, arrived with a bus to pick up 10 children and their school teacher. The excited children did not take much time at all to bid goodbyes to their parents and the school administration.
The first stop was at Paonta Sahib for a breakfast by the River. The kids were refuelled after the breakfast and filled the bus with buzzing energy. In no time, we arrived Chandigarh where we stopped for a mouthwatering lunch.
Our first overnight stay was at Sundernagar approx. 165 kms – 5 ½ hrs. drive from Chandigarh. Sundernagar means a “Beautiful Town” as the name depicts. This small town is an education hub, as it is home to many technical colleges of Himachal Pradesh and also has a manmade lake used to generate electricity from stored water. The evening here became pleasant as the sun went down.
Next morning, Manali was just a few hours away. The Beas River welcomed us into the lap of Himalayas. En-route we stopped at Pandoh Dam, an embankment dam on the Beas River to generate hydroelectric power. It was lovely to watch such majestic man-made creation making use of nature’s gift to give mankind a better life. The kids bombarded Sashi with questions about the dam, which he was more than delighted to answer.
After reaching Manali, the boys checked into their rooms and enjoyed lunch. Afterwards, they were taken to Hadimba Devi temple.
It was a beautiful sight as hazy sunbeams passed through the long deodars, encircling the temple, reflected on the walls of the temple. We headed to Van Vihar where the kids enjoyed a quiet time away from the hustle of Manali town, sitting beside the Bear river, listening to the sounds of humming birds breaking the silence of woods. After spending some time by the river, we headed back to the town, where kids explored the markets and mall road in Manali.
Next day, the kids were up by 7am, thrilled for their day trip to Solang Valley. As we approached closer to the valley, the
sight of snow-clad mountains put a smile on everybody’s faces. Apple orchids on the way added the extra charm. And then, there was snow. The Solang valley was covered by almost 7-8 feet of snow. It was time for the kids to have some fun. Skiing, Snow scooter rides, paragliding, a pelothra of activities awaited for them. Sashi ensured that the boys stayed in the vicinity whilst having fun in the snow activities in Solang.
Morning we woke up to fresh snow on the mountains right in front of the hotel. Cool breeze whispered through the deodar trees directly into the rooms. Enjoying these refreshing views of Manali, after breakfast we headed back to Chandigarh for an overnight stay. Next day after a visit to Cactus & Rose Gardens of Chandigarh, we headed straight to Dehradoon.
This short and delightful Educational tour was a good mix of know how’s and fun activities. Be it 10 or 100, our team ensures that the school children who travel with us enjoy their tour as much as they learn through it.