Chamba: The â€˜Indian Council for Cultural Relations (I.C.C.R)â€™ has organized a â€˜seven-dayâ€™ International Students Camp at Youth Hostel Dalhousie. This camp was inaugurated by Ashish Chadha, Member of Board of Directors of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. While addressing the participants Ashish said that it is a big boost to Dalhousie that students from 20 countries are camping at this small town which is slowly gaining importance as a natural retreat for all types of tourists. Thanks to the efforts taken by Chief Minister Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Dalhousie is getting a lot of attention by the government. Himachal, especially Chamba valley is a peaceful place and offers a wide variety of flora and fona. It is good that you will visit the nearby villages and get to know more about Himachal culture. Hope after the visit by this group of students more groups will come here and enjoy the beauty of this place.
Ratan Lal the liaison officer of this programme said that it is the policy of the ICCR to take these International students to different parts of the country for them to have a glimpse of the varied cultures of our country.
The I.C.C.R. under the Ministry of External Affairs, organizes such programmes for the students to know more about our country and our culture. Forty-four students from 20 different countries are attending this camp. They are from Russia, Tajikistan, Yemen, Vietnam, Fiji, Slovak, Mongolia, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Guyana, Thailand, Nigeria, Japan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Nepal, Iraq and Afghanistan.
During this camp the foreigners will be visiting Chamba, Khajjiar, Kalatop, Dainkund and other tourist spots. They will also have a friendly basket ball match with the students of Hill Top School and a cultural programme at the school. They will also visit Sacred Heart Convent and Kolady village. They will also have a cultural programme at Kathlog village, and taste himachali food (dham).