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History buffs, make sure to attend this pan-India heritage walk festival

The India Heritage Walk Festival spans 20 cities and includes walks to historical sites, and ‘instameets’ for Instagram lovers.

art and culture Updated: Feb 04, 2018 13:41 IST
Press Trust of India
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The Jamali Kamali Mosque at Mehrauli Archaeological Park. (HT file photo )

From the textile trail in Ahmedabad, to stories of the Partition in Amritsar, and from exploring the making of Lutyens’ Delhi to tracing the history of theatres in Mumbai, a heritage-themed festival promises to offer diverse experiences to people this month.

The India Heritage Walk Festival began with walks in World Heritage City Ahmedabad, Delhi’s Mehrauli Archaeological Park and a nature walk in Hyderabad. The festival spans across 20 cities, including Agra, Bengaluru, Varanasi, Chennai, Kolkata, Srinagar and Itanagar.

“This is the first time that we are holding a walk to celebrate the heritage of India. Besides walks, there will be ‘baithaks’ for history enthusiasts and ‘instameets’ for Instagram users,” said a representative of Sahapedia.

Sahapedia, an open online resource on the arts, cultures and heritage of India, has joined hands with YES Culture of YES Bank for this walk festival.

In Delhi, noted historian Sohail Hashmi will lead a walk in Mehrauli Archaeological Park and there will be an event in Nizamuddin Basti on Sufi culture. In Vadodara, heritage aficionados can explore the Indo-Saracenic architecture at MSU, Baroda, on February 17, and in Bikaner a Holi Walk will be held on February 25.

On February 11, Mumbai residents can trace the history of old single-screen theatres of tinsel town through The Talkies Walk. In Delhi, besides an exploration of history of New Delhi on February 25, other walks will feature heritage sites like of Hauz Khas as well as the public art in Lodhi Colony.

In Srinagar, a walk will be held on February 26 around the river Jhelum and in Varanasi, a tour of the city is slated for February 24.

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First Published: Feb 04, 2018 13:41 IST