Bhubaneswar Development Authority plans to initiate thematic heritage walks in Bhubaneswar as means to increase awareness of the heritage of the city which may eventually result in maximizing the tourism potential of the city. These heritage walks will target the stories and anecdotes around heritage monuments (including lesser known built heritage examples), natural heritage, markets, communities of the city, and intangible elements such as cuisines, crafts, local culture, dance, and other related elements.
Eight such thematic heritage walks will be initiated and all eight walks/tours will be curated and implemented by a single agency or organisation. Two of the heritage walks/tours will cover the Old Town area Ekamra Kshetra (namely the Lingaraj Heritage Circuit and Rajarani Heritage Circuit); the third walk will cover the Jain Heritage Circuit near Udayagiri Khandagiri; the fourth will cover the Buddhist Heritage Circuit near Dhauli Peace Pagoda. Two walks will focus on the natural heritage of Bhubaneswar and will include separate curated walks through the Chandaka Nature trail, Botanical garden trail, one Museum Walk at Kalabhoomi Odisha Craft Museum and one more walk/tour will be decided in due course.
Bhubaneswar is one of the few cities where both the modern and the ancient architecture co-exist and blend with each other beautifully, giving the city its unique character. Whether it’s the imprints of Jainism engraved on the Twin Hills of Khandagiri and Udayagiri which takes one back to the magnificent era of the King Kharavela or the Ashokan rock edicts and the Shanti Stupa at Dhauli hill which propagate the message of peace and harmony enshrined in Buddhism or the erstwhile Ekamra Kshetra- the Old town which is dotted with magnificent temples at every nook and corner, each showcasing within their beautifully carved walls an important facet of history, Bhubaneswar has it all. All these and many more such stories are one of the primary reasons behind creating curated heritage walks along select Heritage Circuits in Bhubaneswar.
Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) along with Bhubaneswar Development Authority and Department of Tourism has already initiated weekly heritage walks named EkamraWalksin the Old Town area covering the Lingaraj Heritage Circuit in January 2017 while another covering the Udayagiri-Khandagiri Jain Heritage Circuit. Ekamra Walks along the Lingaraj Heritage circuit is conducted every Sunday morning while the walk along the Jain Circuit named Monks, Kings and Cavesis conducted every Saturday in morning hours. The Museum Walk has also been initiated at Kalabhoomi with support from Handlooms, Textile and Handicrafts department.