Srinagar – A group of displaced Kashmiri Pandit students praised the hospitality with which they were treated by people during their week-long tour of Kashmir valley A group of 80 students met the minister for revenue, relief and rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla, at his official residence here today. The tour was organized by relief commissioner, Jammu, for the students of Jagti, Muthi, Roopnagar and Nagrota in Jammu division during which they visited Hazratbal Shrine, Kheerbhawani, Shankarachariya temple, Baramulla, Baba Reshi and Gulmarg for the first time. The students praised the hospitality and scenic beauty of Kashmir valley. We have heard from our ancestors that if there is heaven on earth that is Kashmir.
But we have seen it with our open eyes, said Priya Koul and Vikas Koul who were among other students visiting the valley. The students told the minister that Kashmir was their motherland and they wanted to visit again. Highlighting the rich traditions of Jammu and Kashmir region, Bhalla said the co-existence of different faiths and cultures in the state symbolized the high values of humanity. He stressed for upholding the values of communal harmony and conserving the rich cultural heritage. The minister told the students that the government has expanded the opportunities of professional education across the state and advised them to take full benefits of the academic atmosphere to achieve excellence in their careers. Youth are the builders of the nation and they have to prepare themselves fully to face the future challenges, he said. The minister later flagged-off the group for their visit to Mattan, Pahalgam and other tourist destinations in south Kashmir. Observer News Service
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