Bhubaneswar: The 27th Ekamra Walks saw more than 40 participants, but the event came out with several feats as on date the total number of participants of the only guided walk of the Temple City crossed the 1,000 mark making it another success story, initiated by the city administration and Odisha Tourism.
Journalists, writers and bloggers from various tour and travel magazines and publications houses were part of the event today. Representatives from Express Travel World, Outlook Traveller, Whereabouts, Tour Talk, Travel Trade Journal (TTJ) and Travel Scapes besides families, individuals and expert from a leading London-based public health institute came as members of the Ekamra Walks.
The heritage walk today had two families led by their fathers on Father’s Day. The travel writers were part of a tourism conclave organised by the Hotels and Restaurants Association of Odisha with central theme “tourism as a driver of economy.’’
Uttara Gangully from Outlook Traveler said “I am really happy with the way the heritage walk is being organized in the Old Town in Bhubaneswar and it will be helpful for anyone coming from outside and exploring the monuments. It is really an interesting part of the city events.’’
Saloni Bhatia from Express Travel World was surprised to find that such a heritage walk is running without needing any fee from the travellers. “However, you need to diverse it into many others like cycle tour and food walks like Delhi Food Walks,’’she suggested.
Parimita Routray, Assistant Study Manager at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who has come for the second time to Ekamra Walks, said “the next time I will be coming with more friends to show them what we have in our city as this type of historic treasure is not in seen in many great cities across the world. More and more locals should also come to the city heritage walk and update their knowledge on the history of Bhubaneswar.’’