Bhubaneswar: Ekamra Walks, the first guided heritage tour of the Temple City has not only provided a gateway to the visitors to know history, archaeology, culture, traditions and our golden past, but has created a nice platform to make lasting friendship among the walkers.
Prasenjit, a frequent visitor to the Ekamra Walks today also observed that even for localities and city residents of Bhubaneswar the weekly heritage and cultural tours have given a new learning experience to re-discover our glorious past and the essence of the Odia pride. Today’s walk was participated by students from IIT and NISER Bhubaneswar along with general visitors.
Chaitanya, a B.Tech final year student from IIT Bhubaneswar said “I had never been to any place in Odisha as I did not have any company to go and explore places. However, Monks, Caves and Kings under the Ekamra Walks has given a new dimension to my understanding and I will be requesting all my friends from IIT and NISER Bhubaneswar to explore Odisha through initiatives like Ecamra Walks.
Soumya, a researcher from National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), who is born in this city and studied also in the State Capital, said “in the past I have visited Udayagiri-Khandagiri more than 30 times, but today’s experience in the group by Ekamra Walks team was totally a new one and I would now be interested to come to this particular walk and other walks of Ekamra in future as the experience was unique.”
Vimal, research associate from NISER said “I have read somewhere about Emperor Kharavela, but today after seeing the monument and listening to the guide I am really overwhelmed with the stories associated with the Twin Hills of Udayagiri and Khandagiri. It was indeed a wonderful experience.”
Rojalin, a researcher from NISER Bhubaneswar, an Odia and native from Bhubaneswar paid her first visit to the Twin Hills of Khandagiri and Udayagiri. “I am really surprised to stumble upon such a huge wealth of history, archaeology, culture and tradition at the historic caves. I will come again and again and join other walks under the umbrella of Ekamra Walks.