Young architecture students from Israel, who are visiting various parts of the country on a study tour, were bowled over by architectural designs of various buildings in the city, which was designed by Swiss-born French architect Le Corbusier.
The group of nearly 15 students, most of them in their early 20s, arrived in Chandigarh yesterday night.
Accompanied in the city by Chandigarh BJP president Sanjay Tandon and during their India visit led by Ralhy Jhirad, President and Managing Trustee, Bene Israel Heritage Museum and Genealogical Research Center, the students were taken around the city today.
The group also visited the Secretariat and the High Court buildings, besides places of tourist interest.
"Chandigarh has been hailed as a marvel of modern architecture and we had heard so much about this city designed by Le Corbusier. It is a well planned city, it is beautiful and we were fascinated by the architecture of some of the buildings here including the Assembly complex, the Secretariat and the High Court," Keren Benhilell, PhD student of architecture at Technion, told PTI.
"We have been to Delhi, Mumbai, Agra, Shimla and now we are in Chandigarh. We will also visit Ahmedabad and Jaipur. We also saw many monuments in the cities we visited. We saw many temples, mosques and tombs, apartments as well," she said.
Jhirad said the students of architecture have come to study architecture in India and are collaborating with Indian schools of architecture.
"We are very lucky that this collaboration is being welcomed by the Government of India and is in line with the agenda of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. All the states wherever we are going, we are being welcomed very warmly. This is a great opportunity to enhance this people-to-people, student-to-student collaboration," he said.
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