Universities in the region are known to provide an education to students from a number of countries such as Bhutan, Afghanistan and Nepal. While getting an education in India, these students ensure they use all the time on their hands to explore the rich country with the diverse locales it has to offer.
In an interaction with foreign students, it was difficult to miss how upbeat they were to talk about travelling. They say travelling helps broaden the mind, understand the ways of the world and is an opportunity to explore new cultures while relaxing the mind.
“I am studying in Chandigarh for the past three years and so far, I have visited all famous destinations of the country. I have a soft corner for Golden Temple in Amritsar as I feel a sense of calmness every time I am there. Also, the retreat ceremony at Wagah-Attari border is a must watch for anyone visiting India,” says Shafiqulla Gojarwal, 24, from Asadabad in Afghanistan, who is pursuing political science honorus at Panjab University in Chandigarh.
Ehsan Ullah from Afghanistan who studies in Post Graduate Government College, Sector 46 on a trip to a hill station in Himachal Pradesh.
Ehsan Ullah Kabul, 22, from Kabul, pursuing bachelor of arts at the Post Graduate Government College, Sector 46, Chandigarh, says, “India is diverse and that’s why one can never get bored of it. If you want to make the most of this experience, then travel by road or railways.” Ehsan loves the Taj Mahal and wishes he could visit it again and again.
FROM AGRA TO AMRITSAR
The desire to travel is not restricted to students from Afghanistan alone as more from Nepal and Bhutan tell us about their favourite destinations.
Dr Pratibha Tripathi, 28, from Nepal who has been in India since 2006 and pursuing masters in medicine from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, says, “For me, Kerala is the most beautiful destination as I am a nature lover.”
A batch of students from Lovely Profession University visiting the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar.
Bhutanese students Bithiah Dahal, 23, studying M Tech in computers, and Sangay Doma, who is pursuing bachelors in tourism hospitality at Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar, say the hill stations of Himachal Pradesh have a special place in their hearts. Being foodies they like travelling to Amritsar and exploring traditional restaurants.
The national capital has also scored big with students with its culture, history and architecture.
Samba Sankareh, 30, who is a final year MBA student of Ludhiana’s Punjab College of Technical Education from Gambia in Africa, loves Delhi. “I adore Delhi because of its culture, food and forts. Before I leave, I will make sure I visit the beautiful Kashmir.”