STUDENTS from Evesham have been discovering the delights of India with a visit to the country.

The group from Evesham High School and Simon de Montfort Federation visited the country in February and spent time with their Indian partner, the Mayoor School.

The relationship between the school has been in place for a number of years but has recently blossomed with students from both countries taking part in projects involving online conferencing and social networking.

The students travelling to India were accompanied by Katie Green, the subject leader for philosophy and ethics and associate assistant head, Andrew Denton, and were hosted by Indian families.

"This visit, brief as it was, was a life changing experience for us all," said Mr Denton. "We have been developing this relationship for a number of years and to finally meet the students of Mayoor, and to be so generously received, was something that we will always treasure."

In addition to the experience of sampling Indian family life the Evesham High students spent several days visiting sites of historical and cultural interest including the cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra and iconic landmarks such as the Taj Mahal and the Amber Fort.

The links between the two schools will grow further over the coming months as the Year 9 students from both schools work together on a project looking at the development of modern India and the sixth form will repay some of the kindness shown by their Indian friends by hosting them when they visit Britain in June.