Thursday, 22 May 2014

A visit to Chennai

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Ritwick Sinha
Class VIII
Don Bosco Sr. Sec. School, Guwahati

It was 15th of January, Wednesday, and my parents informed me that we would go to Chennai during our spring holidays. I jumped with joy and great excitement. We decided to go by train. Our reservation was made two months in advance.

On the 16th of March, Sunday, we reached the Guwahati railway station one hour before the departure time. It was to leave at 6.20 a.m. We got into a compartment and the train began to move after sometime. After a tiring journey that lasted for 48 hours, we reached the Chennai Central railway station on the 18th of March, Tuesday. From there, we hired a taxi and went to a hotel.

The next day, we first went to see the Chennai Snake Park. I saw a wide range of snakes such as adders, pythons, vipers, cobras and other reptiles there. The reticulated python looked really scary. Then we went to the VGP Golden Beach, located on the Bay of Bengal. It is a major tourist attraction. There is an amusement park near the beach. We enjoyed many rides there. We also enjoyed ourselves a lot on the sea shore. By then we were hungry, and had lunch. After lunch, my parents planned to go to B. M. Birla Planetarium. It was built in memory of the great industrialist of India B.M. Birla. Inside the planetarium, I had a virtual tour of the night sky. The planetarium is located near the Guindy National Park, Anna University, University of Madras and the Anna Centenary Library. The Anna Centenary Library is the one of the largest libraries in Asia. The sun was setting when my parents decided to return to the hotel.

We spent the next day at the Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world, enjoying ourselves on the sand and watching the sea waves rising and coming near the shore. We also had a visit to the MGR Memorial and the Anna Memorial which were built in memory of former Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu, M. G. Ramachandran and C. N. Annadurai respectively. We also had a visit to the Gandhi Mandapam, Art Gallery, High Court and Light House. As we were in the city which has the no.1 hospital in India, we didn’t want to miss the golden opportunity to have a health check-up there. So, on the 21st of March, Friday, we had a health check-up at the Apollo Hospitals. We had rest the next day. The reports of the heath check-up were given on the 23rd of March, Sunday. We were to leave for Guwahati the next day.

So, on the 24th of March, Monday, we reached the Chennai Central Railway Station half an hour before the departure time. We got into a compartment and the train left for Guwahati at 5.40 a.m. We reached Guwahati on the 26th of March, Wednesday. I had a great experience in Chennai and I shall remember this trip throughout my life.
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