BMC and BDA in collaboration with Odisha Tourism is all set to organize a heritage walk named `Ekamra Walks’ every week each Sunday starting from tomorrow.The Heritage walk will begin at 6:00 am from Mukteswar temple and will end at Mukteswar Temple again, thus covering a length of around 2 km via Pabaneswar, Parsurameswar, Taleswar, Bindusagar, Kitchen Complex of Ananta Basudev and nearby shrines, old Dharmshala, Lingaraj Temple Precinct, Chitrakarini, Papanasini, Bharati Math and Vaital temple, old world charm of the Ratha Road and its Sahis or lanes, medicinal plant garden at Ekamra Van and Uttareswar Temple premises.
A city-based tour start-up, Detour Odisha Private Limited, will work as the programme manager and facilitator for this ambitious venture.
The ‘Ekamra Walks’ will have minimum 30 people in a group and will be provided with guide assistance so that the participants can enjoy their walk learning about the brief history and traditional rituals associated with the ancient monuments.
According to the organizers, if the response is good, then more groups and customized ‘Ekamra Walks’ on days other than Sunday will also be conducted. In upcoming days there are even plans to include cycle tours to the list of activities in the Heritage District of the Smart City as it would ensure more and more participation of tourists besides promotion and branding of the city.
"Ekamra Walks’’ would certainly put the capital city in a proper perspective of tourism promotion and help contribute towards development of a niche sector, as the region houses several prized monuments with unique architecture and style representing rich Odishan temple design.
That apart, the tour will also help the visitors to have interactions with local inhabitants, priests, observing the rituals and traditions.