India is a nation that produces some of the most intellectual minds the world has ever seen or heard of. The country prides itself upon churning out the best students across the globe, hence giving utmost importance to imparting quality education to its citizens. India has regular educational institutions that have already been present since time immemorial, along with new ones that spring up every now and then, to cater to the increasing population of the country. However, the nation’s marvel is a group of residential schools, spread out in different cities and towns, which have long-standing legacies of their own. These boarding schools are the pillars of India’s education system, transforming playful children into responsible citizens each year. These establishments know the importance of not just good teachers and a well-planned curriculum, but also an environment conducive to learning, striving to prove Winston Churchill wrong, when he stated, “My education was interrupted only by my schooling.” That is exactly why, the following boarding schools are the most beautiful in the country, and supply the best facilities to their pupils.
1. Doon School, Dehradun
One of India’s most prestigious educational institutes, the Doon School is proud of the knowledge it provides, and the campus it chooses to impart that knowledge in. The school occupies seventy acres of land, and provides the best of natural surroundings that facilitate experiential learning for any child. The opportunities created for an integrated education system include well-furnished classrooms, as well as the finest sports amenities. It comes as no surprise thus, that the students are enrolled the moment they are born, owing to the long waiting list, and no assurance of admission.
2. St. George’s College, Mussoorie
This residential campus stretches for a distance of 400-acres, in the heart of the quiet hill town of Mussoorie. Surrounded by a spectacular view, St. George’s College has a swimming pool, tennis courts, gymnasiums, and an equipped hospital, amongst other provisions, proving that the school authorities pay as much importance to the overall development of a child as they do to education.
3. Woodstock School, Mussoorie
Another beauty located in Mussoorie, the Woodstock School has been built on 250-acres of forest area, lying at a height of around 2300-metres above sea level. Other than unparalleled educational and sporting amenities, what proves to be top-notch is the living quarter provided to each student. Comfy, plush, and filled with books, the pupils must definitely feel lucky to be a part of this institution.
4. St. Mary’s High School, Mount Abu
St. Mary’s High School, run by the Congregation of Irish Christian Brothers, was founded in 1887. The campus is considered to be one of the finest in the country, with not just a spectacular scenic view taking you by surprise, but also some of the best facilities that a school could boast of. Situated near the Lower Kodhra Dam, in the midst of the jungle, it provides a balanced exposure to the beauty of nature. Inside the premises, the school lays claim to unsurpassable infrastructure for sports like basketball, swimming, volleyball, and soccer.
5. Lawrence School, Lovedale
Having an expanse area of 750-acres, the Lawrence School in Lovedale near Ooty has one of the most appealing campuses in India. It has provisions for sports like hockey, badminton, basketball and cricket. The school also houses a robotics laboratory and an auditorium for theater.
6. Goethals Memorial School, Kurseong
The Goethals Memorial School, established in the year 1907, is located in the hilly town of Kurseong. Nestled amidst the mountains, the boarding school offers a picturesque view of its surroundings. The institute boasts of commodious study rooms, auditoriums, a well-stocked library, and some of the best facilities for sporting activities.
7. Blue Mountains School, Ooty
Though not as sprawling as some of the other astounding campuses, the Blue Mountains School still is the proud owner of a 4-acre campus, with an eye-catching view of the beautiful town of Ootacamund. There are separate courts and playing fields for various sports such as volleyball, table tennis, cricket, basketball and badminton. In addition to these, they also have a spacious auditorium, and strive to provide the best residence quarters to their pupils.
8. St. Bede’s, Shimla
The arresting campus of St. Bede’s College, Shimla, is considered as one of the most magnificent boarding schools in India. The dark green creepers enveloping the stone walls of the buildings, interspersed with a wide variety of flora, lend to the whole premises a rustic charm.
9. St. Paul’s, Darjeeling
Initially built to provide quality education to the underprivileged, St. Paul’s School has evolved in not just the knowledge it imparts, but also the infrastructure it provides to students. The picturesque sprawling premises are now so popular that the institute attracts students from elite families all over the globe.
10. Heritage School, Pune
The Heritage School in Pune, managed by Pearson Schools, is a rare modern contender in this list of beautiful residential school premises. The newfangled buildings are resplendent with snazzy architectural details. With luxurious dormitories for the students, that comes along with useful amenities like a cafeteria that whips up good food and efficient laundry services, this ultra-modern take on a school has definitely grown popular in recent times.
11. Sherwood College, Nainital
This esteemed college founded in 1869 is also the proud owner of one of the most prepossessing sites in India. This co-educational residential institute in Nainital has a large campus with one of the best libraries in the country. It also possesses separate ultra-modern computer and internet laboratories, along with spaces specifically allotted for each co-curricular club activities.
12. Mayo College, Ajmer
Inaugurated in 1875, with just one student, Maharaja Mangal Singh of Alwar, the Mayo College is now spread over an area of 187-acres, at the Madar foothills. The spectacular campus boasts of modern state-of-the-art facilities, including a polo ground, a large golf course, amenities that cater to sports like swimming, shooting, horse-riding, tennis, hockey, soccer, and boxing, amongst others.
13. Rajkumar College, Rajkot
Established for students of royal families in 1868, this co-educational residential school lays claim to one of the most astounding campuses in the nation. Occupying 25-acres of land in Rajkot, this palatial school has resources that cater to every need of the gems they churn out each year, including facilities for art, sculpture, presentations, and historical studies, apart from spacious, well-equipped classrooms and residences.
14. Welham Girl’s School, Dehradun
This school began functioning in 1957, with just 10 girl students. The school is known for inculcating free thinking in their students. The founder, Miss Oliphant, established the school with the aim to provide not just the best education to women, but also exemplary facilities that would help in their holistic growth. Over the years, the school has grown in stature and popularity, with more amenities being added to benefit their pupils.
15. Montfort School, Yercaud
Treated as one of the most popular tourist places in the small hill station of Yercaud, the Montford School established in 1917, exudes an old-world charm. The chapel inside the campus lends a rustic elegance to the school. Apart from the best amenities inside each classroom, it also has facilities for a wide range of sports, including a ground for horse-riding. Inside the premises, emus, peacocks, and a variety of butterflies are not an uncommon sight.
16. Wynberg-Allen School, Mussoorie
The Wynberg-Allen School, spread across more than 300-acres of land on the Garhwal Hills in Mussoorie, has separate campuses for the junior and senior school. Their computer and science laboratories are commodious, and designed to suit every need of their pupils. Along with amenities that cater to education, they also have separate grounds for different sports, a skating rink, and a roomy gymnasium. Each of the two sites also has in-house hospitals with trained nurses and doctors.
17. Kasiga School, Dehradun
This comparatively new school in Dehradun is another institute that lays claim to a quaint property that caters to the education of students from across the world. The Kasiga School is eco-friendly, and its USP is its colossal cricket ground.
18. Jayshree Periwal International School, Jaipur
This 35-acre school in Jaipur is one of the most popular in the city, with luxurious features like an indoor heated swimming pool, cricket ground, basketball, squash, and tennis courts, as well as an equestrian ground amongst others. It also provides to the students, state-of-the-art studios for sculpture, fashion designing, dance, music, and theater. This snazzy school also has resources for solar-heating and rain water harvesting.
19. Druk White Lotus School, Leh
The Druk White Lotus School proves that often elegance lies in simplicity. Though architecturally quite humble, this school, located in Leh Ladakh, is constructed in the style of a Tibetan monastery, with buildings that are environment-friendly, and designed to look like a Buddhist mandala.
20. Bishop Cotton School, Shimla
This charming campus built in 1859, is one of the earliest establishments in Asia. The Bishop Cotton School in Shimla stretches across an area of 56-acres, with the Holy Trinity Chapel at the heart of the site. The classrooms are airy, and what steals the show is its gymnasium that houses the most modern equipment.
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