My trip to Garh Mukteshwar

Hi, I am Shubham Sarcar. I am a student of Delhi Public School. I study in Class IV. I will tell you about my trip to Garhmukteshwar. This was my first trip without my parents and I was very excited. We had to reach school by six-thirty in the morning. I have never reached school so early. There were three teachers handling forty-five of us!

Getting there
The trip was four hours by bus. I sat with my friend Sohum. The time passed chatting and watching the scenery. When the first stop came, I was so glad that we will get down and stretch ourselves and run around. But only the teachers got down for cofee. We were given packed sandwiches and frooti to have in the bus.

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Finally, we had arrived at Unchagaon. We stopped in front of a stable. For a moment I thought this was where we were going to stay. Thankfully they took us to neat and clean rooms. The rooms were quite big. We stayed in room no 16. My roomies were some boys from my section. In that room the bathroom door was of frosted glass. You could see through the door! The bed was so high they could have given us a ladder to climb it. In the night we would go to the girls room and scare them. We would knock, make scary sounds and then run away. We’d keep our lights off so that the teacher wouldn’t discover us.Two or three times teacher would come and check if we had slept. When they would come, then we would run and get into our beds, swith off the lights and pretend to be asleep. Sometimes we’d fall in the process.

In Unchagaon, there was a big garden in which there were lots of lounge chairs. Sitting on them was real fun. I wish I had one of these in our balcony back home. There was small shed in which there were balls, bats, rackets etc. We were very careful with the equipment, because if we broke anything we’d have to pay for it. Sehej is going to pay for a bat. There were two terraces. From one we could see a beautiful lake. On the other side we could see a village.

There was an animal petting zone which had goats, fishes, horses, dogs, hens and ducks. We clicked pictures of these animals as if we hadn’t seen them before.

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We had games like Tug-of-war, which was simple. But the other was so good, you could get bruised. How cool is that! That game was ‘Breaking the matka’. We had to climb on each other, catch hold of the matka hanging from a tree and throw it on the ground to break it. Another version of this game was in an obstacle course. You had a bat in the hand to smash the hanging matka. To make it interesting, the one who had to break the matka was blind folded and his friends were directing him through the obstacle course.

We also got to ride a tractor and a bullock cart. We would go up one feet in the air on every pebble. Some potters were invited to the resort so that we could do pottery. It was good to get your hands in the clay and create something. We also had a visit to a ‘Gur’ Factory.

View from the bullock cart on the ride

View from the bullock cart on the ride

My (rather eager) buddies in the petting zone

My (rather eager) buddies in the petting zone

View from the bullock cart on the ride

View from the bullock cart on the ride

I dont know where two days went. All too soon it was time to board the ‘bus’ and head back to Delhi.

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My Baba was waiting for me at the school. It was his B’day that day. My trip to Garhmukteshwar was very good.


  • nandanjha says:

    Shubham wrote this and then his dad sent me the scanned copies :). I typed verbatim so its in first person and I have not changed even a single comma,

    I must have read this many times already, I really liked things like……….” they could have given us a ladder…..”., or the room no (how many of us really care to remember the room no), the sense of humour is amazing.

    If there are more Shubhams around then I guess this country is going to do wonders.

    Great post. Write more.

  • Sanjay says:

    Fantastic Story… a Good Read

  • sudhir says:

    So pure and so simple. Shubham has penned down what he saw and experienced as it is. Clarity of thought and innocence.

    “…frosted glass. You could see through the door”. While reading this, I could actually visualize the scene.

    Do thank Shubham for taking me back to my childhood.


  • amit sen says:

    Shubham the kid with the golden words, what an amazing description, the subtle humour and honest account of a child’s school trip. i wish all the best to him and would look forward to reading more, written by him.

  • Smita says:

    Wow, what a content! Moderator, please get me more of this genuine-chuckle.

    Shubham, you gotta write more….puhleeeeeeeeeez!!

  • Partho says:

    Great show champ…., keep it up

  • backpakker says:

    Awesome story ..lovely description ..thanks shubham for sharing this with was really nice to know that you enjoyed yourself

  • Pallavi says:

    Lovely Shubham… i’ll wait for more of such genuine experiences… write more and write soon

  • avinash says:

    can we have him on our next trip out please? we want people who can express thoughts with such clarity and write our travelogue. and please, dont count him in children. He is better than me in expression :-)

  • Chhaya says:

    Awesome Shubham…looking forward to more posts from you.

  • Wow, this is simply wonderful. Good description Shubham and an amazing sense of humour too.
    Very Enjoyable!

  • aadhya says:

    dear shubham,
    I read ur amazing description of our recent trip to unchagaon fort and each word u wrote took me back to cherish the amazing trip we all went to. as i read through , all the scenes moved before me like a movie .thanks for putting my photograph and hope that we will all be together for another trip soon !

  • Sanjeev says:

    We would go up one feet in the air on every pebble! Funny to the core and very beautifully described. Shubham you have done a great job and you should feel proud of yourself. What about the first trip you took ‘with’ your Ma and Baba?

  • Shaguna says:

    Nice work Shubham! Waiting for more stuff from you…hope you go for your next trip soon!

  • rahul v says:

    great one shubham! as comments above say: “can’t wait for your next trip account”.
    your sense of humor is great. i loved the bit at your first stop when you thought you’d get down and stretch a bit but only teachers got down and had coffee. amazing :)

  • akshay gupta says:

    Hi Shubham,

    i read your article on our trip to Garh Mukteshwar and liked it a lot. The first photograph was ok (with me in it) but the second one was just amazing (nice shot buddy). Our stay in room no 16 was just too adventurous. I agree with your idea of the ladder for the bed. I wish we can be in the same room for every trip we go for. ………………………akshay

  • ashley says:

    Dear Shubham, it was lots of fun reading your post, it seems u’re all set 2 be a budding young travel writier, like william Dalrymple……, maybe u’ll read him when u’re older……. Even i’d like to visit Garh Mukhteshwar since u’ve made it sound so much real, ciao, lots of luv, ……….. Ashy

  • varsha says:

    Hi Shubham, I could’nt believe it when I found out you were in class IV and could write so clearly and beautifully. Please continue writing about the other places you will visit, Happy writing and best of luck for the future, varsha

  • nandanjha says:

    I was feeling a bit low so thought that I would go and read something. I decided to re-read this and it was so much fun again. Its difficult to believe that somehow that ‘lounge chair’ thing got skipped in the all the earlier reads which I have done.

    Great stuff Shubham.

  • mahima says:

    gr8 article shubham!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!the review writer of our school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Mridul says:

    Nice work

    and keep it up

  • Nem says:

    Hi Shubham, I couldnt believe it when I found out you were in class IV and could write so clearly and beautifully. Please continue writing about the other places you will visit, Happy writing and best of luck for the future, varsha

  • Shubham says:

    Thanks Varsha for your comments, I am in Class VIII now. I have written a few more pieces after this one. . Do check them. Would be happy to get your comments.

  • Sandeep Gupta says:


    Since I have to travel to Garhmukteshwar tomorrow for a ceremony, I came across your Garhmukteshwar Blog; 4 years after you had written it . For a 4th Class student to have written this is worthy of absolute praise. You have a very clear mind, its simplistic, you describe things as you factually see them. Its earthy, its innocent and so very well done. My Heartiest Congratulations not only to you but to your parents also.

    4 years down the line, you have written 20 more blogs. Oh Boy! I must go through them also. I have no doubt that all your Blogs will not only make very educative reading but also enrich us with your travels and experiences. I also write for Ghumakkar under the name ” pratimasandeep” and look forward to your lot more contributions.

    Regards and wishing you the very best.


    • Shubham says:

      Thank you so much Sir, it feels so nice to get a comment on an article I had written 4 years ago. Hope you like my other posts as well.

  • Nandan Jha says:

    Re-published today. Thanks.

  • neha says:

    what a beautifully written article…….a school going boy’s perspective…in such a clear way.
    thanks shubham for reminding me of the beautiful days gone by…….

  • Ash says:

    Terrific article Shubham, you’ve done all the readers proud. Last heard you were at London (Scotland ?) as well as Singapore. . . The trip to London was all about Trafalgar Square. What about the rest of it ? Did you gp to Scotland ? We’d appreciate a feedback, now that the War for Scottish Independence is already on in Cyberspace. And S’pore as well . . . Ciao, Ash

    • Shubham says:

      Thank you so much. Yes, we did indeed visit Scotland, some of the Scotland posts are out already and others are coming along, I’ll try to get them out as soon as possible.

  • Vidhu Sagar says:

    Shubham, you write so well!! I wish I could capture things so clearly and simply as you do. Your dad mentioned about your writing over Facebook today and I thought, let’s check it out. Well-done. I’m bookmarking your blog to ensure I read everything that you write here. Also, would ask my daughter who’s about your age, to read your writings too. Good show and keep going.

  • Gaurav says:

    simply from the heart!!

  • Dishaa Burdya says:

    Bravo! You have written it Amazingly :) Excellent work…keep it up!! :)

  • Harsh says:

    Very nicely written. Generally i jump lines while goin thru such strories, but in this case i just flowed down till the end. Smooth and engaging narration.

  • Deepika Verma says:

    The city of Garhmukteshwar in Hapur of Indian country of Uttar Pradesh is a holy town of India. The Holy Ganges River is situated simply at a distance of five km from the Garhmukteshwar places to visit. It is a smooth-to-reach vacation spot via street from Delhi and is the nearest.

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