Embarking on an enlightening journey from November 23rd to 28th, 2023, students of India International School Mangaf from classes IX – XII, led by Vice Principal Dr. Saleem Kundungal and his committed team of educators, set out on a transformative international expedition to Azerbaijan as part of an educational tour. With the blessings of the almighty, the management, staff, and students, this educational adventure transcended cultural boundaries, allowing students to explore the historical, natural, and architectural wonders of the region.
The journey commenced in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, unveiling its unique blend of modernity and tradition. Delving into the cultural tapestry, students learned Azeri phrases, gaining insights into the language and customs. Students were exhilarated at the sight of the Caspian Sea, known for its pristine cleanliness, which provided a picturesque backdrop to the city.The exploration of landmarks such as Highland Park, Flame Towers, and Bibi Heybat Mosque showcased the city’s diverse architectural wonders. Students were delighted to visit the world’s largest Carpet Museum.
The journey continued to Gabbala, where students marveled at the country’s diverse climates, ranging from desert areas to winter parks. Visits to Nohur Lake and Fire Mountain, where natural gas ignited an eternal flame, provided a unique blend of natural wonders and cultural significance. The honey shop in Gabbala offered students a taste of Azerbaijan’s rich biodiversity, with various types of honey, each carrying its unique flavor and medicinal properties. The climax of the trip was marked by a visit to the Haider Ali Museum, a true architectural gem.
As the expedition progressed, the students encountered the mud volcano in Gobustan, a remarkable geological formation .The students marveled at the unique combination of historical significance and natural spectacle, gaining a deeper appreciation for the forces that shape our planet.
The adventure continued with an excursion to Shahdag, located at the north border with Russia, standing 2000 meters above sea level. The 210-kilometer highway journey showcased the breathtaking landscapes, emphasizing Azerbaijan’s geographical diversity. Upon reaching there, the students were treated to a plethora of activities, including roller coaster rides, safari off-road experiences, and virtual gaming. The engagement with these recreational activities not only added an element of fun but also provided students with unique perspectives on leisure and entertainment .The final day of the tour was marked by a special experience as it began to snow in Shahdag. The enchanting snowfall added a magical touch to the culmination of the expedition, creating lasting memories for our students.
The six-day educational tour to Azerbaijan provided students with a panoramic view of a country straddling the crossroads of tradition and modernity. The diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and architectural wonders served as an immersive classroom, fostering a deeper understanding of global interconnectedness. The memories forged during this educational tour will undoubtedly resonate with the students, leaving an indelible mark on their cultural consciousness and enriching their perspectives on the global mosaic to which we all contributed. This trip exemplified the school’s commitment to holistic education, fostering all-round development beyond the classroom and providing our students with a platform to become global citizens.