The second edition of India Heritage Walk Festival is back this February with its month-long celebration of our country’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage. If you’re a culture vulture, and look forward to events where you can walk around a city learning about the architecture, history, food, nature, art and much more; then you must register for this right away. What’s exciting is its for free, and you get to interact with like-minded individuals from all over the country.
The festival includes walks, talks, workshops and Instameets across almost 38 cities that include Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Agra, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Ajmer, Allahabad, Amritsar, Vadodara, Bharuch, Bhubaneswar, Bikaner, Chandigarh, Goa, Guwahati, Gwalior, Howrah, Hyderabad, Itanagar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Nagpur, Nashik, Orchha, Patna, Pondicherry, Pune, Raipur, Secunderabad, Shillong, Shimla, Udaipur and Varanasi.
To give you an idea, the trails look like this in some of the cities: a walk through Guwahati’s architectural landscape at the turn of the 20th century (February 2), a visit to Jodhpur’s step-wells to understand traditional water conservation (February 3), understanding the legacy Kolkata’s Old Chinatown (February 3), an awareness walk to Delhi’s landfill mountains (February 10), a photo walk through the lanes of Old Agra (February 16), hidden Sufi Pearls of Aghapura in Hyderabad (February 17), and stories of Mughal queens and concubines in Delhi’s Red Fort (February 23).
These walks explore museums, historically significant monuments, markets, interesting natural landscapes and areas known for their rich cuisine. The efforts have been specially directed towards children, the differently-abled, and the economically backward. The heritage walks have been curated also keeping in mind that students, travellers, local residents, and professionals such as photographers and conservationists may also benefit from it.
Hopefully, these walks will stimulate people to think deeply and converse about architectural heritage, sustainable tourism, gender-related issues and cultural infusion. During such walks, there’ll also be opportunities to interact with the local residents. A lot of the residents are kind enough to open up their homes and share their stories: from oral histories, legends and legacies to everyday anecdotes, making it an incredible experience for everyone involved.