What We do
Our aim is to help children adopt a curious attitude as a best practice in life and develop a desire to never stop learning.
We create immersive learning programs for students that bridge classroom learning with direct experiences. Working closely with Subject experts who make the programs lively, participative and engaging, our programs focus on topics which supplement school education.
The program content is carefully curated to match the knowledge and maturity level of the audience.
How We Do It
We seek to deepen the student’s understanding of the topic, and have him/her experience the magic inherent in discovery.
Direct experience: A tangible exposure to chosen themes. The Students visit ground zero and interact at length with specialists to make their own connections. Eg. Archaeological excavations, Old Battlefields, Forts, River, Glaciers, Forests, Artist villages etc.
Experts (As Facilitators): The specialists we choose necessarily have 2 qualities… deep knowledge (think Ph.D.) & ability to transmit that knowledge. They are usually hands-on, field-people. E.g. Geologists, Archaeologists, Historians, Architects, Master artisans etc.
Enquiry (Guided & Open) Only when we take the time to study things closely, is their magic revealed to us. Our design process helps students intellectually engage with the topic to understand it more deeply and share learnings with peers.
City-based field visits with experts. (1 to 3 days)
Exploratory Narratives on History, Architecture and Culture at Lucknow, Delhi and Varanasi. Students step outside the classroom to visit the actual sites connected with the historical events in focus and interact with informed locals to soak in the built atmosphere of the city.
- Story tellers and Discussions.
- Blow by blow account of important events.
- Interactions with city experts.
- Treasure hunts, puzzles, old maps.
1. Lucknow field visit
A workshop focused on the evolution of Lucknow from 1757 to 1857.
On-ground narratives, puzzles, interactive games, researched documents and old maps will give students a clear and complete understanding of the facts.
- Cultural trail through Old Lucknow / Chowk area: Introduction to traditional trades such as ittra or perfume shops, flower vendors in the phool wali gali, chikankari workshops, silversmiths at the Sarafa bazaar and Zari A taste of flavors of Avadh through selected food sampling.
- Architectural Heritage trail through Kaiserbagh area. We cover important monuments which are still standing, as well as study old maps and photographs to learn about the original (pre 1857) buildings which were demolished by the British.
- History in Ruins: We take a closer look at the siege of Lucknow Residency, a key event during the uprising of 1857. We use contemporary maps, old photographs and eyewitness accounts of strategies employed by both sides to understand what happened and its aftermath.
2. Varanasi field visit
Students explore the many layers of the Varanasi’s identity through a structured exposure to multiple themes. We peep into its past through History and Archaeology based excursions and savour many of its present delights through direct experiences; Ghats, Galli, Food, Music, River, Architecture, Peoples, Culture, Wooden Toys, Textiles.
The experience includes informal interactions with artisans, city experts and knowledgeable locals who share their deep insights into the Kashi’s folklores, age old practices and try to demystify its many facets. We also aim for the traveller to immerse himself/ herself into the Banarasi way of life and hopefully come out with valuable insight(s) into its continued relevance.
Away-from-school Deep Dive tours. (3 to 8 days)
On our outbound programs, children leave their urban setting behind for a while to experience ‘other’ lifestyles. The focus is on topics which supplement classroom education, such as Geology & Nature, History & Culture, Architecture & Archaeology, People & Crafts of India.
They work alongside village children to build something of value, observe birds or small animals and get to know life in the wild. They frolic in clear mountain streams and discover how clean and life-giving rivers can be. Students complete group and individual tasks given by their mentor and learn the responsibility that comes with freedom.
1. Bundelkhand (Chitrakoot & Banda): The Mahua Trail
A region of Immense interest for students for its geography and its equally rich History.
Geography: Bounded by the Yamuna in the north and the Vindhya mountain ranges in the south, Bundelkhand is a unique Geological unit where the plateau meets the plains. The students get chance to observe diverse geological features like Monadnocks, Plateau escarpments, exposed bedrocks and cascading waterfalls.
History & Culture: Situated at the traditional boundary between the north and the south, adjoining the territories of Avadh, Delhi, Deccan and the Central provinces, Bundelkhand has a distinct cultural personality of its own.
Stone Age cave paintings, ancient forts, rock cut reliefs and stone temples dating from 3th to the 19th century A.D.
We also get an opportunity to stay with the Adivasi tribes of the region; Besides being endowed with a deep knowledge of the forest, these communities are practicing repositories of Indigenous medicine, art forms, cuisine and many age old practices inspired by nature.
2. Himalayan Geological Trails
(Science related to the origin of the Himalayas and the mysteries of the Earths crust).
An expert geologist leads the way as we explore a geological hotspot in the picturesque Greater Himalayas. We trek through a region where geological processes are visible and tangible. A unique opportunity for students and educators to experience and understand new developments in Earth science
3. Rocks & Forts of the Deccan Plateau
(Deccan volcanism, Museums, Coastal forts, science with experts.)
Imagine riding through the spectacular Deccan Plateau, descending onto the Konkan coastal plains, to visit a 500 year old fort.
Imagine doing so in the company of a geologist, a historian and an archaeologist, who help us see things the way they see them: Lava flows, escarpment, architectural imprints of portugese rulers, shards of pottery revealing their Nizamshahi origins….
4. Goa and the Western Coastal plains
(Architecture, Culture & Marine Ecology)
We explore the merry street of Goa with experts on Goan colonial architecture & History. Interact with knowledgeable locals to understand other important elements of Goan culture.
We also spend many mornings on selected beaches, try Kayaking and other water sports in the backwaters, discuss Mario Miranda, watch evening ‘tiatr’, visit a fishing jetty, hike, follow a food trail to learn to cook the perfect fish curry.
5. Kumaon Himalayas
Explore the Himalayan Landscape with a community of experts: Forests, Ridges, lakes, rivers, hills, valleys, snow peaks & glaciers.
- Bird and wildlife studies.
- Forest and community: Hands on SUPW projects. Village communities. Local Cuisine and folk songs.
- Mountain Adventures: Cycling, Kayaking, Hiking, Camping, Rock course, Ropes, local crafts.