When School Becomes Home: 15 Beautiful Residential Schools In India
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When School Becomes Home: 15 Beautiful Residential Schools In India

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Schools are the best and sweetest part in our life. No matter how old we are but the memories never become old. We spend most of our times in the school. But school is more special for those kids who leave their homes and start to live in the boarding schools.

Here’s a list of some beautiful boarding schools in India :

The Doon School, Dehradun

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This boarding school doesn’t need more introductions. It is boys’ only independent boarding school in Dehradun, founded by Satish Ranjan Das in 1935. The alumni of the school are known as Doscos. Doon has consistently been ranked the best residential school of India by media such as BBC, The Times of India and Outlook.

Notable Alumni : Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Writer Amitav Ghosh, Indian Ace shooter Abhinav Bindra, Former Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Indian fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani

Bishop Cotton School, Shimla

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This is one of the oldest boys’ boarding schools in Asia. Bishop George Edward Lynch Cotton founded it in 1859. The alumni of Bishop Cotton School are known as Old Cottonians. Bishop Cotton School has been ranked among the best boys only residential schools of India by The Times of India, Outlook and Education World magazine.

Notable Alumni: Author Ruskin Bond, Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, Indian-American director Tarsem Singh, actor Kumar Gaurav, Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh, the founder of IPL Lalit Modi.

The Daly College, Indore

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This co-ed school was founded by Sir Henry Daly of the British Indian Army during India’s colonial British Raj. It was one of the oldest co-educational boarding schools in the world. In 1870, it was started as the Residency School, later it was renamed as the East Rajkumar College in 1876, and in 1882, it came to be known as The Daly College.

Mayo College, Ajmer

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The boys’ only boarding school was founded in 1875 by Richard Bourke, 6th Earl of Mayo who was the Viceroy of India from 1869 to 1872. The British built this school for the sons of upper classes, especially for the princes and nobles of Rajputana.

mayo college stamp

The post and telegraph department of the government of India released a stamp of Mayo College, showing the main building on 12 April, 1986. Alumni of Mayo College are known as ‘Old Boys’ or Mayoites.

Notable Alumi: Actor Vivek Oberoi, Film Director Tinu Anand, Writer Indra Sinha, Scientist and Inventor Amit Goyal.

St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling

st. paul's school

This is a boys’ only boarding school. St. Paul’s School was founded in Calcutta by Archdeacon Corrie at the instigation of John William Ricketts, a local Anglo-Indian leader, and opened at 11 Park Street on May 1, 1823. The school was moved to its present Jalapahar estate in Darjeeling in 1864 with 31 boarders and a few day scholars. A number of its student fought in World War I and World War II. The alumni are known as Old Paulites.

Welham Girls’ School, Dehradun

welham girls' school

It is a traditional boarding school for girls. Welham was named after the little Welsh village from where its founder, Miss H. Oliphant belonged and it was established in 1957. The school has progressed from being a school for privileged local girls to being a school that educates students mostly from North India.

Notable Alumni: Film Director Deepa Mehta, Actress Karina Kapoor, Politician Brinda Karat, Journalist Radhika Roy, Tavleen Singh, Madhu Purie Trehan.

The Scindia School, Gwalior

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The boys’ only residential school is famous for its advanced IT facilities. The school was founded in 1897 by the late Maharaja Madho Rao Scindia and situated in the historic Gwalior fort. It was originally started exclusively for nobles and princes of Royal families, particularly the Marathas.

Rishi Valley School, Chittoor

rishi valley school

This co-ed boarding school was established by the philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti in 1926. Education World ranks the boarding school as the best residential school in India.

Notable Alumni: founder and CEO at Tactile Chuck G., Indian businessman Bharat Kalyanram, Politician Varun Gandhi, Bharatanatyam and Odishi dancer Oopera Operajita.

Assam Valley School, Balipara


assam valley school

The co-ed school was founded in 1995 by The Williamson Magor Education Trust. This school offers wide range of courses in music and musical instruments.

Sarala Birla Academy, Bangalore

sarala birla academy

Sarala Birla Academy is an all boys’ residential school. It is one of the top boarding schools in Karnataka. The school houses 18 bed hospital on its campus.

St. Mary’s High School, Mount Abu

st. mary high school

St. Mary’s High School is a private Catholic school located in the oasis of Mount Abu in the Aravalli Range of Rajasthan in western India. The school started in 1887 as Mount Abu Railway School. The Irish Christian Brothers has taken over the school in 1929 and it was renamed St. Mary’s.

Step By Step High School, Jaipur

step by step high school

In 2015, the name was changed to Jayshree Periwal High School including the director’s name. The building of the school looks like a castle.

Rajkumar College, Rajkot

rajkumar college

The Rajkumar College in Rajkot is one of the oldest K-12 institutions in India. It was founded in 1868. The school was established for the education of the princely order by the princes and chiefs of Kathiawad for their sons and relations. n 1938, on the initiative of its founding members, the college became a public school.

Heritage School, Pune

heritage school

The co-ed residential school was founded in 2005 and managed by Pearson Schools. The architecture of the school is beautiful. It is created with stone and glass continuum of grey and green landscape.

The Lawrence School, Lovedale

lawrence school

The school is located near Ooty. The school was founded by Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence in 1858. In 1913 the name of the school was changed from Lawrence Asylum to Maj Gen Sir Henry Lawrence Memorial School. In 1925 the name of the school was again changed to the Lawrence Memorial Royal Military School. After India’s independence the school was handed over to the civilian authorities of the Government of India in 1949 and the name of the school was changed to The Lawrence School.

Suchismita Biswas
Pen is mightier than swords - these words make me passionate about writing. Except writing I love to travel , love to explore the unknown places, love photography and love listening to music. Also I am an avid reader of books. I'm a simple girl but I am what I am.

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