Srinagar: Two groups of 38 students from remote areas of Kashmir Valley returned on Thursday after a ten-day tour of the country organised by BSF.
The tour, organised under Operation 'Sadbhavana' was flagged off from here on October 29 by minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Taj Mohiuddin and the students were received here by IG BSF Kashmir Frontier K K Sharma.
The groups comprising 18 girls and 20 boys from far-flung areas of the Valley visited various cities in the country like Bangalore, Mysore, Delhi, Agra, Gwalior and Jaipur during the tour.
Most of these children went outside the Valley for the first time. During the tour, they had an opportunity to fly in a plane, ride Metro, visit famous places like India Gate and Taj Mahal.
The students interacted with minister of state Home R P N Singh at Delhi and Karnataka Governor, H R Bharadwaj at Bangalore. They also interacted with employees at the campus of technology giant Infosys, besides visiting the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, tomb of Tipu Sultan and Mysore palace.
In Jaipur, the ¬¬students visited Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort and Jantar Mantar. They also got an opportunity to explore Film City at Noida, which many students described as an amazing experience.
Thanking BSF for such tours, a student Raja Rashid said he had never even dreamed of seeing an aeroplane and let alone flying in it.
"It was a great experience for all of us to see other parts of India," he said. Speaking on the occasion, IG BSF said the main aim of these tours is to instill confidence among the children and enrich their information and knowledge.