Enthused with the successful take-off of Lucknow Heritage Walk, the UP Tourism Department now plans to run similar heritage walks in Agra, Varanasi, Mathura, Kanpur and a few other cities of the state.
Heritage walk is a concept under which some significant historical places and buildings are marked and a route is charted for a walk. While tourists or other enthusiasts undertake the walk, a volunteer gives information about the city, its history, cultural heritage, buildings and their architecture and legends or anecdotes related to them. The walk is generally less than three kilometres.
Last Sunday, the Lucknow Heritage Walk was launched in the Old City.
A large number of people have started participating in the daily morning walk to improve their knowledge of their city’s past. The charges are nominal: a mere Rs 10.
Advisor of Heritage Programme, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and the man who pioneered the heritage walk concept in India, Debashish Nayak, has designed the Lucknow Heritage Walk. He says: “The philosophy behind such walks is--getting the city back to the people. Such walks trigger a social process towards understanding one’s city, surroundings and neighbourhood better.” A heritage walk was a simple and interesting way to know a city’s history, he said.
Before this, Nayak also designed the Delhi Heritage Walk, Indus Valley walk, Surat Walk, Jaipur Walk and Pondicherry walk. It is likely that he would design the other proposed walks in different cities of UP.
Minister of State for Tourism, UP, Vinod Singh, who inaugurated the Lucknow Heritage Walk, said: “ Tourism department plays an important role in helping people know about the heritage, history and culture of their city. And the response to Lucknow Heritage Walk proves this.” In a department review meeting on Saturday, he said that blue prints for heritage walks in other cities were being made.