Bhubaneswar:22/10/17: From IT hotspot of US city Cupertino to Temple City the distance is over 800 miles, but after participating at the 45th Ekamra Walks, the only guided heritage walk of the city, Mayor of Cupertino Savita Vaidhyanathan today said that the warmth of the people and the rich cultural traditions and the beautiful monuments in Old Town area with priceless art on stone have the power to bring both the cities more closer.
As the two cities, Cupertino and Bhubaneswar have become Sister Cities since 2012, Vaidhyanathan said “I really appreciate the heritage walk as it is well organized with a good interactive guide and the people are so much interested and the smart young generation loving their heritage. We are here to promote cultural links, tourism and the experience at Ekamra Walks was very educative indeed.’’
She also appreciated the way the medicinal plant garden Ekamra Van is curated and the sync of the design with the ancient architecture and traditions of Ekamra Kshetra, which is a prime abode of Lord Shiva. She also talked to the Assistant Conservator of Forests Ashok Mishra on individual medicinal plants and was impressed with the rich collection of the varieties.
Accompanied with her husband Rammurthy Vaidhyanathan and co-founders of Cupertino Bhubaneswar Sister City Initiative (CBSCI) Mahesh Pakala and Reena Pattanaik Rao, the Cupertino Mayor, perhaps the first US city Mayor from Indian origin, said “Bhubaneswar city is very clean and it gives a lasting impression on the mind of a visitor with its well-organised things and beautiful surroundings including the ancient monuments.’’
A joint venture of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, Bhubaneswar Development Authority and Odisha Tourism has so far attracted more than 2,300 visitors from over 23 nations. De Tour Odisha is the tour managers of the heritage walk.