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  • 1. TTTTRAVELRAVELRAVELRAVEL UNRAVELUNRAVELUNRAVELUNRAVELFor Private circulation to Educational Institutions only April 2013Delhi in the run up to becomeWorld Heritage City“It is the responsibility of the youth in the city to conserve the“It is the responsibility of the youth in the city to conserve the“It is the responsibility of the youth in the city to conserve the“It is the responsibility of the youth in the city to conserve thecity’s heritage for posteritcity’s heritage for posteritcity’s heritage for posteritcity’s heritage for posterity”y”y”y” Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister ofDelhi has urged the youth to come forward for theconservation of its rich heritage during a function organizedby INTACH Delhi Chapter and Delhi Tourism for therelease of the Tourism literature as part of the process ofnominating Delhi as a World Heritage City. The Tourismliterature released on the occasion was supported by theWorld Monument Fund (WMF) through their SustainableTourism Initiative. The literature offers comprehensiveinformation on network of Heritage monuments identifiedby INTACH across seven heritage routes in Delhi. INTACHtogether with various other agencies including DelhiTourism will organize exhibitions, workshops lectures,competitions etc to create awareness as a run up to theWorld Heritage City nomination process in the comingmonths. Travel Unravel is of the opinion that it is a goodstart with Delhi leading the way and other historical citieslike Agra, Aurangabad and Ahmedabad to follow suit.OTHER MONUMENTS AWATING UNESCO’S APPROVAL1. Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh2. Church gate, Mumbai, Maharashtra3. The Desert National Park4. Dhola Vera – The Harrappan City in Gujarat5. The excavated remain at Nalanda in Bihar6. Golconda Fort, Hyderabad7. The Great Himalayan National Park, Kullu8. Group of Monuments at Mandu, Madhya Pradesh9. Hemis Goompa, Jammu and Kashmir10. Chittaurgarh Fort, Chittaur11, Kumbalgarh Fort, Udaipur12. Ranthambore Fort, Sawai Madhopur13. Amber Fort, JaipurEXPRESS Travel WorldBeyond the TextbookEXPRESS Travel World’s Cover story (February2013) “Beyond the Textbook” features aroundeducational tourism in India. It focuses onspecialized tour providers catering to therequirements of Schools (International and local)as they are looking at more and more creativeapproaches to imparting practical insights intoeducation through a ‘discover and learnprocess”.Express Travel World sought opinions of five educationaltour operators from India who provide specialized servicesto Educational Institutions. Mr.Mehernosh Deboo, Editor of TravelUnravel and Director and CEO ofCreative Outdoor DevelopmentEducation Pvt. Ltd., was one of thefive persons interviewed.Mr. Deboo’s opinion: A new trendhas been emerging and we at CODEare planning tours according to what the students arestudying in School. Students visit destinations with stronghistorical background, geographical outlay, plantations,tribal villages etc. which are on their syllabus. (part of theICSE Curriculum - Project Work). A questionnaire is givento the students well in advance to help him do thebackground reading (and research) of the destination. Afterthe tour is done, students (of certain schools) write theirreports on the tour itself. Project Tours have become veryimportant (to ICSE Schools) and we at CODE understandtheir requirements and plan their itinerary accordinglybefore we embark on each tour.The Tourism Industry has at last realized the importance ofProject based tours for students as it corresponds withclassroom studies and opens the world to them. Thesetours also makes them service oriented, project consciousand helps to build their knowledge base on subjects /topics like history, architecture, industry (cottage, smallscale and large scale), research stations, environmentstudies the list is unending and can take in a lot ofeducational inputs to make your tour a learning experience.Project Tours is an idea whose time has come.
  • 2. TRAVEL UNRAVELMAHARASHTRA UNLIMITEDIn our quest to promoteMaharashtra and take it to theWorld, Travel Unravel along withCODE will be featuring newdestination in Maharashtra anddrawing up innovative itinerariesfor student groups that will helpthem know the history, art, architecture, culture,monuments, festivals, and wildlife in the State. This issuewill take you on a tour with the Buddha. The Buddhist trailall over India has become very popular attracting a lot ofInternational and Indian travelers. Following the BuddhistTrail in Maharashtra takes the traveler to a five dayhistorical journey by train and by road passing throughdifferent cities. The tour takes off from Mumbai (KanheriCaves to Aurangabad (Ajanta and Ellora Caves) passingNashik (Pandavleni Caves and thereafter reachingLonavala (Karla and Bhaja Caves) before concluding thetour in Mumbai. Before we embark on the tour a briefintroduction of each rock cut cave to sharpen your history.Kanheri caves depict the Buddhist influence on the artand culture of India. These caves in the midst of Mumbaiowe its origin to the first century BC to the ninth centuryBC. A Hundred and nine caves have been carved frombasalt rock. Stupas, Viharas, huge congenial halls andancient canals, cisterns and water systems are thehighlights of the caves.Ajanta was a discovery by chance. In the early 19thcentury (year 1819) some British soldiers were out huntingin the Deccan plateau. One of them suddenly saw, from aheight, a tiger entering a horseshoe rock; His curiosityaroused by the entrance of a cave. The hunting partydiscovered several caves, against which bush, shrubsearth and stones had piled up. A few rock-cut caves hadpaintings on verandahs, inner walls and ceilings, theserevealed some of the most beautiful masterpieces of worldart. Today Ajanta is a World Heritage site and a favouriteamongst tourist worldwide.Ellora is an archaeological marvel 30 km (19 mi) fromthe city of Aurangabad built by the Rashtrakuta rulers.Ellora is a World Heritage Site. Ellora representing theepitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. The 34 "rock cutstructures – Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock cut temples andmonasteries, were built between the 5th century and 10thcentury. The 12 Buddhist, 17 Hindu & 5 Jain caves, built inproximity, demonstrate the religious harmony prevalentduring this period of Indian history.The Bhaja Caves share the same set of architecturaldesigns as Karla Caves. the most impressive monumentis the large shrine — chaityagriha — with an open,horseshoe-arched entrance. A notable part of Bhaja Cavesis a group of 14 stupas, five inside and nine outside anirregular excavation. One of the caves has some finesculptures. Karla is the best example of rock-cutarchitecture, which is believed to carve out from a livingrock. Some of its 2000 year-old wooden beams are stillalive.FOLLOWING THE BUDDHIST TRAILFOLLOWING THE BUDDHIST TRAIL (05 Nights / 06 Days)Day 01: Mumbai – Kanheri Caves – AurangabadMorning, report to School at 0600 hours. Leave to visit theKanheri Caves situated within the Sanjay Gandhi NationalPark. Packed lunch at Kanheri Caves. Evening leave forCST Railway Station, Enroute dinner at an Indianrestaurant. Report at the CST Railway Station at 2000hours. Leave for Aurangabad on board 7057 DevagiriExpress at 2105 hours. Overnight in the train.Day 02: Aurangabad (Ajanta Caves)Morning, arrive Aurangabad at 0400 hours. Transfer to thehotel and check-in. After breakfast, visit the Ajanta Caves.Lunch at MTDC restaurant at Ajanta. After lunch return toAurangabad. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.Day 03: Aurangabad – Ellora Caves – NasikMorning after breakfast, check-out of the hotel and visit theEllora Caves. Lunch at an Indian restaurant. After lunchleave for Nasik (218 km). Arrive Nasik and check-in athotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.Day 04: Nasik (Pandav leni Caves)Morning after breakfast visit the Pandavleni Caves. Alsovisit Gargoti, museum for Zeolites, founded by K. C.Pandey. After lunch leave for Lonavala (221 km). ArriveLonavala and check-in. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.Day 05: Lonavala – Karla & Bhaja Caves – MumbaiMorning after an early breakfast leave to visit the Karla andBhaja Caves. After lunch leave for Mumbai. Evening arriveSchool. Tour ends.
  • 3. TRAVEL UNRAVELTHE CAS TOUR IN PICTURESThe Warli Tribal Village Schools, Gholvadhad been unpainted for years. Funds allocatedby the Government never reached the School.The students of Avalon Heights InternationalSchool on a Service Tour to Gholvad agreed topaint the SchoolOn the day of their arrival 28 students began theirtask of scraping the walls of the School. Theyhad only two days in hand, which meant a lot ofplanning and team work. They planned their workand worked their plan.After Scraping that evening the first coat of paintwas applied to the walls. Students workedovertime to complete the tasks given to them.Most of them worked without taking a break withdust and paint all over them.On the second day the students worked till duskcompleting the entire painting job entrusted tothem. They displayed excellent team work andtook a lot of pleasure in painting the School.Good Job Avalonites and a good deed indeed.
  • 4. TRAVEL UNRAVELIT 802: GREECE (Mycenas, Olympia, Delphi, Athens)Travel Unravel....Unravels Greece a destination that wasperhaps most talked about in its times. The classical routewas a famous trade route that was frequently explored bytravelers, businessmen and commoners alike to make theirfortune. The trade route today makes an excellent tour ofGreece. Read on to find out more about this fascinating,historic and desirous journey.Greece is a journey that evokes memories. Standing onthe stone steps of the Epidaurus or the first glimpse of thearchitectural beauty called the Acropolis in Athens, is like avoyage in a time machine that brings to mind events thatoccurred a thousand years ago. Events that the world hasexperimented practically and over the years improved withexperience, proficiency and technological inputs. Be itDemocracy, Political Science or the Olympic games. It hasdwelled and shared scientific and mathematical principlesand introduced Western Drama, both tragedy andcomedies that flowed from the pens of Phrynicus,Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. This originality,inventiveness and vision has become a legacy alegacy that is widely reflected in theseventeen UNESCO World Heritage Sites located inGreece ranking it seventh in Europe and 13thin theworld.As the cradle of western civilization, Greece has drawntourist for centuries. Greece is synonymous with antiquity,with Athens being a city of intriguing paradoxes, ancient yetmodern; busy but so laid-back; a capital city, yet in placesas intimate as a village. Then there’s Mycenae, a place ofmyths and legends. In complete contrast, Olympia,birthplace of the Olympic Games is set in an idyllic pine-forested valley and is the very spot where the modernOlympic torch is kindled from the rays of the sun. You alsospend a night at the centre of the world, at least that’s whatthe ancients believed Delphi to be. The Classical tour alsoincludes a day long cruise to the Saronic Islands to visitAegina, Poros and Hydra.So come with us to explore, discover & holiday in oneof the most intriguing countries in the world.TRAVEL UNRAVELIs the official newsletter ofCreative Outdoor Development Education Pvt. Ltd.(A Magnum Group of Travel Company)Frainy Villa, 10 Henry Road, Colaba, Mumbai 400001Tel : +91 22 61559771 – 75e-mail : holidays@codeindia.comWebsite : www.codeindia.comTOUR ITINERARY OF CLASSICAL GREECE(Tour Itinerary 07 Nights / 08 Days)Day 01: Mumbai – Doha – AthensReport at the Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport at0230 hours. Depart by QR 201 at 0545 hours to Doha.Arrive Doha airport at 0655 hours. Board connecting flightQR 727 for Athens at 0920 hours. Arrive Athens Airport at1315 hours and transfer to hotel. Arrive and check-in.Evening free for shopping / leisure. Dinner at a localrestaurant. Overnight at the hotel. (D)Day 02: Athens – Nauplia – OlympiaAfter breakfast, check-out of the hotel. Depart to theCorinth Channel (short stop) Mycenas where we will visitthe Acropolis with the Lion Gate, the tomb of Agamemnonand the Atriles. After a visit to the Epidaurus Theatre,passing through the Central Peloponeso, we will arrive atOlympia. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at thehotel. (B, L, D)Day 03: Olympia – DelphiMorning after breakfast visit the ancient installation of theold Olympic Stadium. Visit the Museum of Olympia. Drivethrough the bridge to arrive at Delphi. Dinner in a localrestaurant. Overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)Day 04: Delphi – AthensAfter breakfast visit the local museum. Also visit theTemple of Apollo, some of the treasuries and the Theatre.Depart for Athens. Arrive Athens. Dinner in a localrestaurant. Overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)Day 05: AthensMorning after breakfast, begin the city tour. Visit theAcropolis- the temple of Athena Nike - the Propylaea - theMuseum, the hill of Pilopapos - the path of Plaka - theHadrian’s Arch, the Constitution Square, Parliament Housewith the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier and the Moderncity of Athens. Check-in at the hotel. Lunch at a localrestaurant. Evening free for shopping. Dinner at a localrestaurant. Overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)Day 06: AthensMorning transfer to the port to board a one day cruise tothe Saronic Islands Embark from the Piraeus Port: to visitAegina, Poros and Hydra Islands. Lunch on board.Disembark in the evening and transfer to the hotel. Dinnerat a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)Day 07: Athens – DohaMorning, breakfast at the hotel. Check-out with a packedlunch. Visit the Byzantine and Christian Museum. Report atthe Athens Airport at 1430 hours and check-in. Depart forDoha on board QR 473 at 1730 hours. Arrive Doha at 2230hours. Check-in for onward flight QR 200 for Mumbai at2300 hours. Overnight on board the flight. (B, L)Day 08: MumbaiArrive Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji Airport at 0445 hours.Tour ends.