Bhubaneswar: On the Day-I of the World Heritage Week, the 49th Ekamra Walks, the only guided heritage tour of the city encountered interesting walkers with two friends from the Czech Republic, who are on a world tour, a walker from Romania and USA and a father-daughter duo from the city, who are from Armed Forces.
While the walkers enjoyed the heritage sojourn starting from Mukteswar with its unique arch and breathtaking architecture, the surprise flute recital at the end of the walk on the bank of Bindusagar, on the steps of Ekamra Van, was an added advantage.
Heritage lover and conservation expert from Gangotrinagar area, Suryanarayan Das who came with his friend, was overwhelmed with the flute recital at the beginning of the walk. “To me and my friend, this is one of the best elements of the Ekamra Walks. We loved it. The recital at the end of the walk was also an added attraction to all of us,’’ he said.
Iona Uzum, from Romania, who came with her Delhi-based daughter, said “I have really enjoyed the entire heritage walk and on my return to my city I would definitely tell my friends that here is such a beautiful walk with so much beautiful monuments, music and people and this should be visited by all.’’
Hannah Barnes, an American artist, who has come to the city for her resident exposure at city-based Utsha Foundation, said “I am really happy to explore such a wonderful temple architecture tradition and building style and during my stay I would like to visit this week-end trip another time.’’