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Patriotic explorers

Celebrate freedom in style with various walking and cycling groups this week.

art and culture Updated: Aug 11, 2012 00:39 IST
Chetna Dua

From a heritage walk around Kashmere Gate , to a nature walk in Gurgaon and cycling around the India Gate, people in the city are ready to celebrate the Independence Day in a unique way. Those who like to explore the historical corners of the city can join ‘Delhi By Foot,’ as they walk to landmarks famous for the great Indian mutiny of 1857 in the city. “We’ll explore places like St Annes church, Telegraph memorial and Mutiny Memorial in Kashmere Gate,” says Asif Khan, founder, Delhi by Foot. Members of Lets Walk Gurgaon are planning to dress up in the tri-colours to walk around the Biodiversity Park. Cycling enthusiasts can be a part of the group, Cyclesutra, and enjoy cycling around the city early in the morning.

Independence Day Commemorative Walk- Mutiny of 1857
As the name suggests, this walk will take you through different parts of Delhi to explore the places where the mutiny of 1857 took place. “It is a major part of history. It’s ironical that we stay in the same city and yet have paid no attention to these places,” says Asif Khan from Delhi by Foot, which is organising the walk. The event will begin at Kashmere Gate from where the members will walk to St. Annes church, Telegraph memorial, Magazine House, Nicolson Cementry and Mutiny Memorial. Khan will add some interesting bits of information about the places in Hindi and Urdu shayari to give a unique feel, while his partner Ramit Mitra will click the pictures. “We conducted a similar walk in May and got more than 30 members for it. So, we thought people might like to explore the city,” says Mitra. The walk is approximately four to five kilometres long, with some tea sessions at a dhaba.
Entry: Rs 400 per person;
When: 7am to 10am on August 12;
Where: Mc Donald’s outside Kashmere Gate Metro Station
Contact: http://www.facebook.com/Delhibyfoot

Let’s Walk, Gurgaon
The people of Gurgaon have found a new way of celebrating their freedom. Dressed in tri-colours, the members of Lets Walk Gurgaon (LWG) are going to meet early morning and walk through the bio-diversity park to a temple. “Every year, we organise a special walk on Independence Day to celebrate together,” says Sehba Imam, founder, LWG. After walking for five kilometres, the members will halt at a lake near the temple for a picnic. “All members get sandwiches or chips and share them with others over a cup of hot tea provided by the temple priest,” says Anubhav Saxena, co-founder, LWG. The group will also engage in some kite flying and plant saplings at the park as part of the Million Trees Gurgaon initiative. “Anybody who wants to join is welcome, but they should be dressed in tri-colours,” says Vidya Deshpande, a member of the group.
What: Independence Day walk
When: 6am onwards on August 15
Where: Bio-Diversity Park, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, Near Guru Dronacharya Station;
Contact: http://www.facebook.com/groups/letswalkgurgaon/

Independence Day Ride
If cycling is your passion, join the Cyclesutra group for a ride from Noida to India Gate on August 15. “India is a free country and we want to enjoy small pleasures like being able to cycle on the roads without stopping,” says Ashish Nagpal, the organiser of the event. The group is expecting more than 50 members to join them on their cycles from different T-points. “We begin the ride from Max Hospital in Noida, and ride through Akshardham, Nizammudin bridge, Indraprastha park, ITO to Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate. People can join the group at the place convenient to them,” says Nagpal. Once the group reaches India Gate, they plan to engage in some kite flying. When there, enthusiasts can even learn how to fly kites and compete with fellow members.
This will be followed by breakfast at Andhra Bhawan.
What: Independence Day Ride
When: 5.15am on August 15
Where: Max Hospital, Noida to India Gate
Contact: http://www.facebook.com/groups/cyclesutra/