Roughly a half dozen Thayer students used part of their Winter Recess to explore India and visit the Academy's sister school there.
With US Science Faculty Fari Khalili P '99, '07, '11 and US History Faculty Brooks Donnelly as chaperones, the students' 11-day trip first took them to Delhi, where they spent four days covering the famed "Golden Triangle," which comprises the cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur.
The group's next stop was the bustling city of Hyderabad, one of the country's leading technology centers. There, the students traveled to the CHIREC School, which has been a sister school to the Academy for more than a decade. They spent the remainder of their trip at the school, visiting with their fellow students and host families.
"I believe that India is a unique country that everyone should visit once in their lives in order to get a different perspective on life," said Khalili.
Highlights of the trip included visits to the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Palace of the Winds and the Pink City in Jaipur, and the Charminar in Hyderabad. The group also visited ISB Hyderabad, one of India's top business schools. One of the most interesting stops on the trip was a visit to the famous Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad.
While Khalili praised India's incredible culture, cuisine, and architecture, she said it's the people who make the trip special.
"There is nothing like Indian hospitality," said Khalili. "Indians consider it a huge honor to have guests, and they go out of their way to welcome and please their guests. I have never felt so welcomed as a visitor to any country as I did when I was in India."
The trip is open to all Upper School students and qualifies for one Global Scholar Program credit. Please click here for more information on that program.
Thayer students and their chaperones enjoyed the sights and sounds of India on their 11-day trip.