17 - 28 August 2012
10 Lower Sixth geographers accompanied by Mr Southwell-Sanders and Mr Fishpool spent 10 gruelling days travelling to various cities in India considering aspects of Globalisation and Inequality.
They visited Delhi including a visit to GD Goenka Public School where an interesting discussion took place with their very ambitious and capable Sixth Formers - quite a wake up call for us in the west. There was also time to visit some of the famous landmarks in Delhi including the new Lotus Temple. We also caught up with Adrian Mutton OA, who as a successful businessman living in India, gave us an insight into the dynamic and fast changing nature of the Indian Economy. For someone prepared to have a go, there may be the prospect of some work experience in India.
The group moved to Agra and the Taj Mahal and the world famous Red Fort. Then onto Jaipur the famous red city. The monsoon has been poor and late this year but our first night in Jaipur saw the heaviest rainfall for 30 years which resulted in 10 deaths in the city. First hand observation of the previous evenings events where quite sobering to witness - dead cattle, land slides and flooded out properties. An elephant ride up to the Amber Fort lightened the mood somewhat. A visit to a village to see how aspects of rural deprivation are being tackled proved to be an exciting and moving experience for many. Finally the group flew onto Mumbai to spend some time visiting Dharavi - the slum made famous by the film Slum Dog Millionaire. This visit attacked all our senses as we toured a school and local workshops and houses. There was also time to visit other landmarks in Mumbai including The Gateway to India and the Elephanta Caves. In sum, an exciting trip which hopefully gave the Lower Sixth an insight and experience of this fast changing country.