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Ekamra Walks will start from June 15

Bhubaneswar: 3/6/19:After a brief break, Ekamra Walks, the first guided heritage walk of the city, comprising Monks Caves and Kings, Old Town Temple Circuit and Museum Walk at Kala Bhoomi, will start from June 15.

This will coincide with the famous Raja Festival of the State.

While the June 15th walk at the famous Jain heritage site of twin hills Udayagiri and Khandagiri will start on Saturday, June 15 at 6.30 am, the next day on Sunday the Old Town Walk and Museum Walk will start at 6.30 am and 3.30 pm respectively.

The Ekamra Walks were temporarily out of the usual weekend schedule of the city due to the severe cyclonic storm Fani that ravaged the infrastructures and uprooted thousands of trees.

Secondly, the heat-wave like condition also affected the visitors’ footfall.

However, the recent cooling effect following the thunderstorms has again made the morning times conducive to take up the heritage tours as the events are followed by enthusiastic participants from India and abroad.

It can be mentioned here that the Ekamra Walks have so far attracted more than 10,000 visitors from over 30 nations across the world.

While till April 27 the Ekamra Walks conducted 71 heritage trails at the Twin Hills of Khandagiri and Udayagiri, the Old Town saw 123 walks till April 28 and Kala Bhoomi saw 47 walks at the Art and Craft Museum.The severe cyclonic storm Fani hit the city on May 3.

A joint initiative of the Bhubaneswar Development Authority, Odisha Tourism and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and managed by De Tour Odisha, the popular heritage walk has got a unique identity of its own with many visitors from faraway lands enquiring about it after touching down at the Biju Patnaik International Airport.

The regular international air connectivity and Odisha’s link with Buddhism has also given a different impetus to this programme.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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