Like every year, this year too, the dept. of English organised a study Tour to Kolkata. The actual commencement of the tour began from 2nd January 2013. The students and teachers who moved for study tour were 17 and 3 respectively. Thus, it was a total of 20 persons. The three teachers who accompanied us were: Sr. Shiny George, Miss Daihrii Matia and Miss K.Matia. We were given a residence to settle down in De Paul School which is located at Bansdroni, Kolkata. Fr.George, the principal of the school gave us a warm welcome and then led in to the room.
On 4th Jan. we reached Kolkata, after a long journey. We reached there in the morning. We began our actual sightseeing from 8a.m to 6p.m every day. We began our sightseeing with Mother Teresa’s Home as the first spot. Next we proceeded to science city. It is a beautiful place with a wonderful compound set up. Some of the exhibition shows were Revolution world, 3D Show, Science gallery, fish aquarium, Cable Car, etc.
5th Jan: We journeyed towards Nicco Park. The park is covered with numerous playful objects and exciting machine set up for both children and Adults. Some experiences that our group involved were Boating, Haunted House, Cyclone, River Cave, etc.
After a sumptuous meal, we visited City Centre, a big and luxurious shopping complex in the city. As to cover the time of the day, next we proceeded to the Botanical Garden crossing the Vidya Sagar Bridge.It was really astounding, the Great Banyan Tree in the garden, which is the biggest and oldest tree in the world. We also saw many other varieties of trees and vegetations growing there.
6th Jan: The day was Sunday. We began the day with the Holy Mass presided by the newly ordained Bengali priest. The day was particularly kept for resting but we would not let the day go in vain. The half of the day passed by watching a newly released Hindi film in a cinema theatre. Metro train journey was a new experience. We appreciated the journey because it was rather cheap and convenient.
7th Jan: the spots we visited on this day were Zoological Garden, St.Paul’s cathedral and Birla planetarium. The zoological garden is widely known in the country as well as in the world for its content of variety of species of birds and animals.
8th Jan: The place we visited on this day were St.John’s church, Indian Museum, Victoria Memorial and shopping. As the last day of the tour, we enjoyed the above mentioned spots with all our hearts for the half of the day. The other half of the day was given for shopping in the new market.
Having spent 5 days at Kolkata, the tourists prepared for their hometown – enlightened, enriched, refreshed, full of zeal and widened in their vision – on 9th January. We board the evening train and began the journey back to Dimapur and then finally to Maram. Thus, we were able to reach in the early morning of 11th January.
Augustus Kujur 10/BA/04