Bhubaneshwar: Odisha Walks, a guided heritage walking tour at various heritage sites across the state, was launched at Parsurameswar Temple in Bhubaneswar on Saturday by Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) Chairman Lenin Mohanty in the presence of Director of Tourism and Director General of OTDC, Sachin Ramachandra Jadhav.
Famous Odia rapper Sameer Rishu Mohanty better known as rapper Big Deal was the celebrity guest on the occasion.
More than 50 enthusiasts from different parts of the city joined the first heritage walk during which participants were able to discover interesting facets of Odisha’s rich culture and heritage, represented in each of the monuments. Jitu Mishra and Rosalin Dash were the presenters for the first Heritage Walk.
Speaking on the occasion, Mohanty said that these guided tours, organized along the identified heritage routes of Bhubaneswar, will help reveal the city’s rich architectural treasures, culture, traditions, rituals and customs. Apart from well-known architectural marvels such as Mukteswar Temple, Lingaraj Temple and Dhauli, the itinerary will also include lesser-known heritage monuments.
Jadhav believed that the OTDC initiative will not only promote Odisha’s ancient architecture as part of heritage tourism, but also educate and inform local people about Odisha’s rich cultural heritage.
The ”Odisha Walks” will be held from Friday to Sunday every week from 6.30am to 8.30am. A nominal entry fee of INR 50 has been retained for participation in the above heritage walks. Tickets for the tour can be booked through the website www.bookodisha.com or Book Odisha Mobile App, a one-stop booking engine for Odisha Tourism services and products which was recently launched on the 43rd day of the founding of CDTO on September 3.