Children’s Tour of Hampi
As a part of its heritage education program, the Deccan Heritage Foundation India has been organising an annual two-day tour of Hampi for the Grade 6 students of The International School, Bangalore (TISB) since January 2017. This tour’s objectives are to:
Introduce the concepts of map-reading and map-making
Introduce the subjects of archaeology and heritage conservation through activities
Conduct the tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site for the students, highlighting both the natural and the man-made heritage of Hampi
Introduce methods of heritage interpretation such as reading inscriptions and archival documentation
In the 2019 edition of the tour, on the first day, the tour began with a session on techniques of reading maps on the top of Hemakuta hill. The students undertook a navigation activity to understand the concepts of map reading. They visited a live archaeological site, where the process of excavation was explained. The half day tour was conducted along the river covering the sacred sites of Hampi.
The second day commenced with a trek up Matanga hill. The students learnt important geographical concepts atop the Matanga hill. Afterwards, they visited the royal enclosure. Old archival photographs were used to help them understand a comparative study of the monuments. Within the royal enclosure, students learnt about the ancient rituals and practices of the Vijayanagara kings and also studied the various inscriptions.
A total of 66 students participated in this educational trip and the tour was organised in partnership with Fieldtrips, a travel management company.