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School children day out on 8 March 2017

March 9, 2017

17191015_787545668065885_9088956618884589029_nDateline:  Noida – 8 March . It turned out to be quite a memorable day for 27 students of Setu School – Standards  7 and 8 , belonging to poor and under privileged families, as they set out on  a day long sight seeing trip of historical places in  New Delhi under my leadership .

Places covered : Lotus Temple, Kalkaji :  Qutab Minar , Mehrauli :  Delhi Haat , INA :  India Gate , Rajpath: Humayun Tomb , Nizamuddin [ E ]

9.30 AM :  The trip was flagged off by Mr Sunil Sethi, a prominent resident of our Colony and President of the Resident Welfare Association, Sector 31 which covers 4  Blocks with close to 2,000 families living in them . A large number of residents of B Block showed up in  the morning hours to cheer the students as they boarded the Bus for a day trip to historical places in New Delhi , 20-25 kms, away . The flag off was also broadcast live via FB .

10.30 AM : Arrived at Lotus Temple, Kalkaji , with breakfast comprising of vegetable sandwiches, potato wafers and Frooty mango drink served in the Bus .The Lotus Temple is a Bahá’í House of Worship completed in 1986.  Notable for its flower like shape, it has become a prominent attraction in the city . A great experience it was for all of us gazing at the beautiful landscaping and meditating inside the majestic and peaceful temple dome.

12 noon  : Arrived at Qutb Minar amidst some really busy traffic . Qutb Minar is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom. It is  is world’s tallest rubble masonry minaret. Ancient and medieval monuments surrounding it form the  Qutb complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Look at these awesome pictures ,while listening to my preachings beneath the Neem tree.

1.30 PM  : Delhi Haat , Opp INA Colony was our next stop after relishing delicious  vegetable biryani while travelling in the comfortable bus  . The stalls here serve as a single destination for the shopping lovers as one can find several products and materials, offering many varieties of products like handicrafts, antiques, rugs and carpets, leather articles, silks, furniture, artificial  jewellery , artifacts ,  brass statues , wooden items , fashion accessories , picture frames ,  linen and fabrics. I sipped hot ginger tea in a “kulhad” and savoured  pista kulfi at a Rajasthani food stall ,  while the students walked around the complex  with their teachers shopping for some cheap souvenirs like ear rings and bracelets.


3.00 PM: After spending an hour at the amazing Delhi Haat , we headed to India Gate , the breathtaking monument  on Rajpath dedicated to the brave Indian soldiers who laid down their lives fighting for the British in World War I .


45 minutes were spent here walking around the monument and taking pictures in front of it . The group was treated to mouth licking  ice creams before boarding the Bus for our last destination.

4.15 PM : Humayun Tomb, our last stop before calling it a day . Located near the crossing of Mathura road and Lodhi road, this magnificent garden tomb is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India. It  was built in the year 1565 , nine years after the death of Humayun, by his senior widow Bega Begam.  Inside the walled enclosure , the most notable features are the garden squares (Char Bagh) with pathways water channels, centrally located well proportional mausoleum topped by double dome. The monument has undergone a major renovation in recent years thanks to the efforts of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India  with support from reputed foundations including Aga Khan Trust as well as  German/US embassies  and private sector .

End of a satisfying trip . We got back to our homes at 6 PM as planned with happy memories .

Appreciative comments posted on my FB Wall :



Grateful thanks to:

All those friends on the FB who came up with generous contributions in order to finance the trip expenses . Avijit Das Patnaik [ Singapore ] ,Veena Bernard [Bangalore ], Rajan Shrivastava [ United States ] , Dr Prashant Gautam [ Patiala ] , Manjula Sinha                         [ Noida ] and brother Ajith Gadiya [ Chennai ] .

And Brig Y Maindiratta / Col. V K Oberoi from the Block that I live in .

Our Block Residents who showed up in the morning despite their busy schedules to cheer the young children .


And the Setu School staff who were very friendly and supportive, teachers Priyanka and Nusrat who escorted the group,  Ms Jyotsna Srivastava , School Administrator and above all to the Chief Trustee of Setu Foundation, Mr Ravi Kaul .


Thank you for visiting my Blog Page . May God bless you .


Below the Neem tree in Qutb Minar complex [ Photo credit : Ms Nusrat ]

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  1. Veena permalink

    Arun Ji

    Happy read the blog on children’s trip! Virtually you took us along with the kids. Awesome write up and lovely pictures!

    All appreciation for your enthusiasm and noble thinking.

    Wish you keep doing more more great things to the needy!

  2. Thank you for those very appreciative comments , Veena .

  3. Nusrat Afrin [ Setu School ] : Arun Sir . Very enjoyable trip . Hope to be a part of one such trips in future as well . All the students felt very happy and learnt a lot .

    • Thank you Nusrat for taking charge of the students along with Priyanka and ensuring that we were able to manage time schedule set for the day long Delhi city sight seeing trip .

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