Nainital is a hill station comfortably nested in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand. A adventure trip was organised for class 5th to 9th from Rabindranath World School. During this scorching summer heat, heading to Nainital for a mini sojourn and experiencing the most breath-taking vistas of the Himalayas. Outdoor learning is required for the students to inspire them for their education.
The students encountered a sports man spirit and encouraged their passion of adventure. The change in weather every day was a bit challenging for young adventurers by which we realized that Mother Nature is far beyond our expectations. Students learned to keep the body metabolism balanced throughout the journey with delicious food and physical activities. All these activities allowed students to try new attitudes and to stretch their limits to meet these challenges, mentally as well as physically.
The hike starts at Durung of Nainital (Twilight camp, Khurpatal) city which is perfect for all interest and fitness levels. It takes you through lush and green forest. Two teams were divided among the students to represent their performance. Name of the teams were – (i)Team Titans, (ii)Team Thunder. Adventurers were motivated to achieve mental states characterized as rush or flow, resulting from stepping outside of their comfort zone. This may include activities such as mountaineering, trekking, Jumaring and Tyrolean Traverse, free fall jumping, caves visit, zip-lining, and rope climbing. Beautiful bonfire and cultural performances brought smile on the face of students after the whole day workout.
The places we visited after the trek was Mall Road which offered us a small surprise to see the Bollywood shooting at the mid of the market. Moving ahead to Naina Devi Temple which is also a Shakti pith, we experienced the holiness. The fun done during the boating in Naini Lake was immense. After that it was time for shopping in Tibetan Market.
Adventure tourism, involves exploration or travel with perceived (and possibly actual) risk, and potentially requiring specialized skills and physical exertion which are beneficiary. Adventure tourism is rapidly growing in popularity, in contemporary times. Students had a time to relax themselves and boost up their immunity in this trip. It can be expressed as a physical activity, a cultural exchange or interaction and engagement with nature which helped to know their strengths and weakness and learn the value of natural resources.