Ekamra Walks: A beautiful gift from Odisha to the world, says visitor

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Bhubaneswar: Senior citizens, researcher, IT professional and students were part of the 41st Monks, Caves and Kings heritage trail in the Twin Hills of Khandagiri and Udayagiri as they joined the walk to know more about the famous Jain monument and the history of Kalinga.
Researcher with city-based Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) Badrinath Khadenga, who is also a nature lover and armature photographer, said “I have gone to various places across India, but being a local I did not know many interesting tales about Khandagiri-Udayagiri and pages from the Orissan history. I am really happy that such a movement has started under Ekamra Walks to showcase the heritage of our city.’’
Ashish said “I hope more and more young students from schools , colleges and other technical institutions should come and become part of the Ekamra Walks so that we can create a heritage-sensitive generation to care for our beautiful monuments and their conservation in future.’’
Shiladitya Das, a IT professional originally from Balasore, currently working in the city, said “the heritage tours by the Ekamra Walks have become a beautiful product of Odisha, which has created a different brand world-wide.’’
Speaking that the heritage tours under Ekamra Walks has become a beautiful gift from Odisha for the world. It is instrumental in promoting many untold stories of our temples, their style and unique architecture and history, such initiative can also be replicated in other places of tourist interests across Odisha so that the movement would become a pan-Odishan phenomenon.
It can be mentioned here that under the Ekamra Walks we are currently having Old Town Walks on Sunday Morning, Monks, Caves and Kings at Udayagiri-Khandagiri on Saturday morning and Museum Walk on Sunday afternoon at Kala Bhoomi, Gandamunda. The city is planning several more walks in different themes very soon.

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