BHUBANESWAR: Braving the rains, children from slums in Chandrasekharpur area of the city participated in Heritage Walk on Sunday. Accompanied by their school teachers, they got the company of another enthusiastic group from ICICI Academy for Skills.The rain-soaked monsoon Heritage Walk had 70 participants, including 15 kids from Sri Gayatri Vidya Vikas Education Trust (SGVVET) and guests from Paris and New Delhi.
A student of SGVVET Himani Sahoo termed the walk as an exciting outing for kids as the monuments speak so much about the culture. Tanvi Jena, another child, was happy to know the medicinal plant garden Ekamra Van. “I want to come again and spend more time there,” she said.
Chairperson of the institution Gayatri Mavuru said, she is completely in love with the beautiful city and its monuments which is natural wealth.“The rain soaked heritage walk with kids reminded me of my childhood days when we were playing in the rain,” she said.
The only guided Heritage Walk of the city, organised jointly by Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Odisha Tourism, has been consistently attracting sizeable number of visitors from different parts of the world.
Debjit Paul Choudhury, an IT industry professional, currently based in Paris was a guest at the heritage walk. “I regularly come to the city on project related work, but with the Ekamra Walks, I discovered a new Bhubaneswar,” he said.The monsoon has only become another USP to invite more footfalls for the weekly Sunday date with history.