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Rajasthan CAS Trip: An Immersive Journey Blending Tradition, Artisanal Excellence, and Culture

10 January 2024

Our DP1 and DP2 learners set out on an enthralling excursion to the vibrant state of Rajasthan, where they immersed themselves in experiences that seamlessly blended conceptual knowledge with tangible encounters.

The journey commenced with a visit to Jaipur Rugs, where the learners engaged in interactive sessions, witnessing the intricate processes of rug making and conversing with local weavers. It allowed them to delve into the entrepreneurial and societal impact of the organisation on the local artisans.

Next on the itinerary was the awe-inspiring Amer Palace, a splendid example of Rajput architecture with quaint Mughal influences. Constructed with red sandstone and marble, the palace stood as a testament to the opulence of the Maharajas and the intricate craftsmanship of the artisans of that era. The visit also allowed learners to be a part of the vibrant cultural heritage of the Rajasthani, interact with the warm locals, and taste their regional plethora through attire, food, and music.

Jantar Mantar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcased the brilliance of ancient Indian astronomy. Maharaja Jai Singh II's meticulous crafting of remarkable astronomical instruments provided our IB learners with a glimpse into the farsighted heritage that predates its time, emphasising the ever-evolving nature of knowledge.

The journey through Jaipur continued with a delve into the world of Blue Pottery, tracing its origin from Iran to Delhi and Agra through Afghanistan. Interacting with Shilp Guru Gopal Saini, the learners explored the revival of this traditional art form, discovering its cultural and entrepreneurial significance.

A significant highlight of the trip was the visit to Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) in Jaipur, dedicated to rehabilitating differently-abled individuals. Notable for its global impact, BMVSS has provided over 2 million people with free artificial limbs and other assistance. Learners acknowledged the impact of conscientious contributions to society, witnessing innovations like the Stanford-BMVSS Jaipur Knee.

The CAS excursion then extended to Jodhpur, the "Blue City," where they witnessed Mehrangarh Fort as it stood in all its 15th-century palatial marvel. Converted into a museum, it housed relics, arms, and cultural artefacts, enabling DP learners to explore societal, cultural, economic, and strategic aspects embedded within the state and fort by the Rathore dynasty.

In the final leg of the journey, our learners visited the Bishnoi Village, encountering attractions such as the 'Potters' Village', ‘Weavers' Village,’ and Guda Bishnoi Lake. The village, known for its historical sacrifice to save trees in Khejarli, provided hands-on experiences as learners interacted with local potters, creating indelible memories.

This CAS Trip of 2024 not only broadened academic horizons but also enriched the learners with a profound understanding of Rajasthan's culture, heritage, and traditional crafts. The chronological exploration seamlessly intertwined theoretical knowledge with practical encounters, fostering a holistic and lasting educational experience.

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