Blue Mahal

Health and Hygienic / Awareness / Education

Camp Code: FSL-WC-203

Jodhpur, city of perennial sunshine is known by many names – ‘Sun City’, ‘Blue City, ‘Gateway to Thar’. Many of the houses in the old city are painted blue to retain coolness, and from an aerial view, you can see how the city got its most popular name. Palaces, forts, temples and a bustling market rub shoulders with prestigious educational and research institutes, making it an interesting amalgam of both ancient and modern worlds. Once the capital of the kingdom of Marwar, it is one of the most enchanting cities in India.

The Camp: The focus of the camp is to create awareness on environmental issues to schoolchildren and the community, to introduce the schoolchildren to creative learning methods, bring better facilities and a cheerful atmosphere to the schoolroom. Visits to a traditional Marwari community steeped in ancient traditions and local Indian families for intercultural exchange are some of the highlights of this camp. Our camp is run with the cooperation of local NGOs, local authorities and a School Management Committee.

Activities

  • Mould young minds, teach basic English in schools with non-formal and creative learning methods like art, music, games
  • Help renovate a school to provide better facilities for schoolchildren
  • Unleash your creativity, paint educational murals on school walls
  • An amazing cultural visit to Bishnoi village, interact with Rajasthan’s Marwari community, learn about their unique life principles and traditions, handed down from the 15th century
  • Visit a local Indian family and exchange notes on your experiences
  • Conduct upcycling activities, teach schoolchildren the creative use of waste material
  • Educate schoolchildren to be eco-conscious, create awareness on waste management.

Leisure activities: Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India has 7 gates, each with a significant name of its own. Several palaces, courtyards, and exhibits of the Rathore clan including arms, miniatures, costumes, including a large selection of howdahs and palanquins are found at the end of a long, winding road from the city of Jodhpur. Legends and curses swirl around this mysterious stronghold, which also preserves old cannons and provides a breathtaking view of the city.

The 16th century Achal Nath Shivalaya temple, dedicated to Shiva, is a tribute to the architectural grandeur of the Hindu religion. The temple of Vishnu in the ancient city of Osian, noted for its elaborate architecture was constructed in the 9th century and is worth a visit. A desert ride on the back of a swaying camel is an exciting add-on. The Ghanta Ghar or Clock Tower is a popular landmark of the city. While you are there, you can stroll through the narrow alleys of Sardar Market, where you can shop for spices, Indian sweets, textiles, silver and handicrafts.

Location: Jodhpur is located at 560 km south west of Delhi.

Transport

  • Nearest international airport – Jaipur & Delhi (Jodhpur is connected with domestic flights)
  • The nearest railway station – Jodhpur
  • Bus services available from – Delhi & other cities in North India
  • The exact meeting point will be mentioned in the info sheet

Accommodation: At a rented guest house or hostel, with shared rooms

 

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