On 9th July 2014, the students of class 10 explored the historical wonders of our city, Bengaluru. The teachers felt the need to expose the students to more than just information from their textbooks, and decided to take them on a journey that would reveal the ancient grandeur of Bangalore. They started off with the Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple, the oldest temple in the city, which is a splendid example of rock cut architecture. The twisted passages and hidden secrets concealed within its stony walls excited the students. This was followed by a visit to the Dodda Ganapathi Temple the famous Bull Temple, where the students witnessed the awe-inspiring 20x15 feet monolithic giant replica of Nandi.
The teachers engaged the students with the historical tales behind these monuments, which added the element of valuable learning. The next destination was the magnificent architectural wonder, the Vidhan Soudha. The stately walls of the government stronghold of Karnataka awed the students and brought their patriotism to the fore. They were allowed access into the Assembly session, the agenda of which was education. As the students watched politicians battle it out to be heard, they gained insight into the working of the government. They got to see for themselves the interest that the ministers show in matters that affect the lives of students.
Their day ended with a halt at Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, and the students were mesmerised by the Indo-Islamic architecture of the palace. The thrilling tales of Tipu Sultan's bravery and fight for independence inspired the students, as they posed for pictures in the place where Tipu himself used to give the citizens 'Jharoka Darshana'. A replica of Tipu Sultan's famous tiger organ depicting a tiger mauling a British soldier was on display and captured the attention of the students. They returned to school enriched with the knowledge that their city is a mine of ancient culture, having been exposed to wonders that they didn't even know existed in their beloved Bengaluru.