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Kashmiri students in Darjeeling hills

Posted by Ramesh Khati on October 14, 2009

The students from Jammu and Kashmir in front of the Darjeeling zoological park

The students from Jammu and Kashmir in front of the Darjeeling zoological park

(The Telegraph)A group of 38 students and three teachers from Jammu and Kashmir toured Darjeeling and Sikkim from September 28 as part of an educational excursion that was organised by the Black Cat Division of the army.

The tour was conducted as part of the Operation Sadbhavana to enhance the awareness of students from the remote areas of Jammu and Kashmir on the culture and heritage of different parts of the country.

The excursion was also aimed to showcase the dedication of Indian soldiers to the nation and the conditions under which they operate. It was expected to motivate the students towards joining the armed forces and serving the country.

The itinerary of the students in Sikkim from September 30 to October 3 included visit to places of interest in and around Gangtok and a trip to Nathu-la on the India-China border where the youths interacted with the army personnel deployed there.

Maj. Gen. R.S. Chopra, the general-officer-commanding of the Black Cat division, addressed the visiting students.

From September 28 to 30, the students toured Darjeeling hills under the aegis of the Darjeeling brigade of the 27 Mountain Division.

The students enjoyed the picturesque surroundings of Darjeeling with Mount Kanchenjungha as the backdrop. They were taken to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the zoological park, the Japanese Peace Pagoda and the Batasia War Memorial.

lA cycling-cum-trekking expedition in the rugged terrains of North Sikkim was conducted by a field artillery regiment to commemorate 182 Gunners’ Day.

The expedition traversed the plains of Dongkung and Kerang. The route taken was from Zeema to Cungthang via Dongkyala.

 The cycling expedition being flagged off

The cycling expedition being flagged off

Led by an officer, a team of 16 personnel in the expedition successfully negotiated the challenging heights and braved inclement weather of the region to cover a distance of 157 kilometres. The team covered many historic places, including Gurudongmar lake and Dongkyala pass located at 17,600ft.

The aim of the expedition was to boost the spirit of adventure among the soldiers and develop mental and physical strength, teamwork, camaraderie and decision-making.

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