Visit To Qutub Minar
“I asked my soul; what is Delhi? She replied the world is the body and Delhi its life.” Mirza Ghalib
To give our students the experience of ‘real history’ an educational trip to the Qutub Minar was planned on the 30th of April 2015. 21 students of Grade 5 along with their teachers visited the Qutub Minar Complex in Delhi to ‘Map the Monument’. This was an activity planned for them in conjunction with the unit on “Understanding Maps” in Social Sciences.
The monument was chosen keeping in mind its proximity and rich history. One of the tallest minarets in India, the Qutub Minar is also a UNSECO World Heritage site.
The morning saw the students of class 5 absolutely excited and involved once they reached the complex. They were seen very busy sketching the Qutub Minar and collecting information about the history of not only the Qutub but also the adjoining monuments such as the Alai Darwaza, the famous iron pillar, the tomb of Iltutmish and the inscriptions done on the monuments. Even though it was a warm morning, nothing was there to stop our young researchers to carry on the task assigned to them. The students also observed the photographs and the sketches of the Qutub Minar which were displayed in an exhibition within the complex. Pictures of the Minar dating back to 1952 got the children very interested. The well in the complex which is now covered also caught their attention.
The visit lasted for about two hours and the students returned by lunch time to give their research a final touch .