Often when student travel groups decide upon Washington D.C. as their destination, the tour leaders have specific sites in mind for a visit. Many of the sites that student travel groups request the most are just outside Washington D.C., in Northern Virginia. In order to include these historic sites in a student travel tour, advanced planning is required. Usually, I advise educational travel groups to plan one year ahead for trips to the Washington D.C. area. Depending upon the site visited, special advance procedures to clear student visitors may be required.An educational travel company needs to be retained to plan and execute an effective itinerary for Washington D.C. If popular historic or governmental sites in Northern Virginia are requested, the itinerary will accommodate these sites on one special day, or combine them effectively with other destinations on the student tour.Here is an overview of some of the popular Northern Virginia sites for educational travel groups:Pentagon TourThe Pentagon is located just across the Potomac River from Washington D.C. in Arlington, Virginia. Many student travel groups are eager to see the headquarters for high-ranking officers of the U.S. Military and their aides. Because the Pentagon was attacked on September 11th, and it houses critical military personnel, it is a sensitive site. Despite the challenges to security, the U.S. government still provides student travel tours led by a uniformed and trained member of the U.S. Military. This tour has been provided to the public since 1976, when it was first initiated in celebration of our nation’s 200th anniversary. With proper advance notification, an educational travel group may schedule a one-hour tour of the Pentagon that includes about one and one half miles of walking through Pentagon corridors and grounds and a view of the highlights.Arlington National CemeteryArlington National Cemetery is another historic site that fascinates and intrigues educational tour groups. Arlington National Cemetery was dedicated as a military cemetery on June 15th 1854. Veterans from all of the wars, both foreign and domestic, are buried here and the gravesites number around 300,000. The National Park Service administers Arlington House and its immediate grounds. The U.S. Army oversees Arlington National Cemetery and Soldier’s Home National Cemetery. Educational travel groups touring Arlington National Cemetery may have the opportunity to attend a Wreath Laying Ceremony or take a Tram tour, with advance planning.Mount Vernon Estate and GardensMount Vernon, the historic estate of George Washington lies just across the Potomac River from Washington D.C. a mere 16 miles distance from the nation’s capital. Mount Vernon is exquisitely preserved. Educational travel groups will be greeted at a brand new building, the Ford Orientation Center, and will tour The Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center which houses 25 new theaters and galleries that narrate the entire story of George Washington’s life. The Reynolds museum displays 500 original artifacts, and offers 11 videos and Immersion Theater as a way of learning about our founding father.Student travel groups can experience living history by observing a working 18th Century farm and gristmill, as well as other educational programs. Student travel groups may tour the mansion, gardens, working farm, and more.Educational travel to Washington D.C. is greatly enhanced by trips to Northern Virginia historical points of interest. Places like the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, and Mount Vernon should not be ignored on a student travel tour of the Washington D.C. area. For more information on specific points of interest in the Washington D.C. area for student travel groups, visit educationaltravelconsultants.com
Learning outside the classroom is a concept that seems new but is an age old concept in India as it facilitates the process of learning and nurtures creativity in individuals. Taking a cue from that, what could be better than educating self around the country with India travel tours and packages? In India, the land where great scholars like Aryabhata and C. V. Raman were born, education is an ever-growing phenomenon and travelling for education is the sole touring, which is liberally accepted by kids. Here is a list such Indian cities that can be considered for such educational tours.Science City – KolkataA unique blend of leisure and education, the Science City of Kolkata houses in it a Science Centre, Amusement Park and Convention Centre. One of the most distinguished constructions on the grounds of Kolkata, the Science City is the largest science centre in the Indian subcontinent and is a must-visit attraction while on India travel tours. It features five awe-inspiring galleries including the astonishing Dynamotion Hall, which demonstrates the laws of science with a practical twist. The Evolution Park talks about the human evolution through robotics and Space Odyssey, which pans across the universe and its extraordinary journey.Indian Habitat centre – DelhiThe most extensive convention centre in the country, the Indian Habitat Centre is located in the heart of the national capital of India – Delhi. Often abbreviated as IHC, it was initially built as a platform to promote education and multi-disciplinary public awareness. This centre houses in it many verticals like Learning Centre, Library and Resource Centre, Habitat Film Club and Visual Arts Gallery. It is also home to many non-profit organisations that share a common interest and concern for the habitat, and also holds cultural performances and fine dining options.National Library – KolkataMake sure that the India travel packages you select consist of a trip to the National Library of Kolkata. It is the largest library of India by the volume and public records. Here, curious students can find eminent printed material and ephemera of national importance. The library has lush gardens in its campus and is a stunning white building. It was open to public on January 30, 1903 with its name as Imperial Library. Post independence, it was renamed as National Library and was shifted from Esplanade to Belvedere Estate where it currently sits.Nehru Centre – MumbaiAccredited on March 03, 1977 as a tribute to the great visionary – Jawahar Lal Nehru, the centre of astronomy has emerged as one of the eminent educational sites in this country. The UFO-like construction of this building gives it an exciting eeriness. Enjoyed by kids and grown-ups alike, the hour long show that runs in the auditorium of the centre takes travellers through an ultimate space odyssey, and talks about formation and discovery of planets, stars and other celestial bodies. There is an extensive library in the premises along with a cultural centre and an art gallery.Regional Museum of Natural History – MysoreLocated by the Karanji Lake with Chamundi Hills in the backdrop, this red brick museum is a popular landmark in Mysore. The museum features sections like Biological Diversity and Life through the Ages. It showcases geological wealth, flora and fauna of southern India with numerous displays and in-depth studies on the Western Ghats. It also demonstrates ecological symbiosis between living organisms and highlights the importance of conservation of natural resources in addition to promoting nature studies in schools and universities. Apart from this, Regional Museum of Natural History also features a computer room, a bioscience lab and a sound booth. The museum administration plans to include special sections on ecology and natural heritage in the future.Education in India is a developing sector and holding out excursions and tours to inculcate learning habits in the young minds is a necessity. Hence, people can take their children these centres.