We bring to you the best of Delhi, Chandigarh, and Bengaluru through this most celebrated heritage walk festival. The walks vary from National Museum of Chandigarh to exploring the centuries-old residential area of Bengaluru to the least known site of Delhi. Check out the below schedule for more details.
Curated Walk 1
The Rise of Malleswaram – Down Memory lane
Malleswaram was one of the country’s first suburbs planned by the princely rulers, the Wodeyars, as a response to the late 19th century bubonic plague. During the experience, we will walk through the neighbourhood that encompasses many rich histories: from an erstwhile colonial-era suburb to a current and thriving cultural and commercial playground.
The walk is mainly along the shaded and canopied streets of Sampige (magnolia champaca) and Margosa (neem) roads. We will start with the Kadu Malleswara temple (built in the 17th century), experience the dazzling colours and fragrances of the fruit and vegetable market, visit a couple of heritage buildings, listen to the history of the 115-year-old Venugopala Swamy Temple (built by the Wodeyars), and conclude our experience at the New Krishna Bhavan near the Mantri Mall. The restaurant is an apt destination to end our journey as it is a place that serves food to the mill workers in the neighbourhood. We will pamper our taste buds with gastronomic delights like masala idli and kesari bath, and soak ourselves in the stories of how the neighbourhood changed from ‘Mill to Mall.
- Date – 03rd August 2019
- Time Slot – 07:30 AM to 09:30 AM
- Meeting time – 07:15 AM
- Meeting point- Kadu Mallikarjuna temple street, Vyalikaval, Kodandarampura, Malleswaram
To know more, please visit: https://www.odigosguides.com/tour-guide/india-curated-tours/the-rise-of-malleswaram-down-memory-lane
Curated Walk 2
Sensual to Spiritual – Women in Indian Art
The art forms of India, both visual and literary, have consistently celebrated the beauty of the human body. Unlike the West, the sensuous and the sacred are not opposing ideas in Oriental art. Rather than being in conflict, they are often seen as complimentary concepts. Because of this, the gods are mostly depicted as superhumanly beautiful; if the image was not beautiful, deities could not be expected to inhabit it. Similarly, women in our ancient culture were associated not with temptation, but with fertility, abundance and prosperity. Sexuality was openly embraced as the route to divinity. It is this integral relationship between the sensual and the spiritual in Indian art that has always challenged western ideals and baffled artists and viewers alike. Join us as we explore the realms of the sensual and the spiritual as portrayed in Indian art at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh.
- Date – 04th August 2019
- Time Slot – 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
- Meeting Time -10:15 AM
- Meeting Point- Outside the reception hall, Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector-10, Chandigarh
To know more, please visit: https://www.odigosguides.com/tour-guide/india-curated-tours/sensual-to-spiritual-women-in-indian-art
Curated Walk 3
Beyond the Food Pallette: VVPuram Street Food Experience
Known popularly as the Mecca of street food, this Khao Gali or Thindi Beedhi (Tiffin Street in Kannada) resonates with what George Bernard Shaw once said, ‘There is no sincerer love than the love of food!’
This street is a celebration of India’s food history, giving us a range of dishes from bhel puri, which dates back to the Mughal era, to new creative combinations like rasgulla chaat. During this experience, participants will be treated to a slice of culinary history (including stories on the origin of the bhel puri, pav bhaji and idlis), a dash of political history (on where the khara congress bun got its name) and some stories of migration (on trading communities from Rajasthan, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh).
Located in one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Bengaluru, this street comes to life after sunset, when shutters roll up and pushcarts make a dash to their designated spots. We will savour the irresistible rose honey cake and khara congress bun (KCB) from the historical VB bakery and visit the many food stalls which serve the best of local delicacies. A range of culinary delights awaits us, from pav bhaji and paddu (a South Indian delicacy of black lentils and rice) to crispy and buttery masala dosa and rasgulla chaat. We will conclude the experience with home grown gulkand desserts from Shivanna’s Gulkand Center.
- Date-11th August 2019
- Time Slot – 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
- Meeting Time -05:45 PM
- Meeting Point-VB bakery, Sajjan Rao Circle, VVPuram
Curated Walk 4
It all started with a BIG BANG! – A walk through the Natural History Museum, Chandigarh
The possibility of finding aliens is indeed intriguing, but the story of our home planet, Earth, is no less jaw-dropping. Imagine the drama of explosive volcanoes, the threat of asteroids, titanic collisions of tectonic plates and the undersea chemical soup bubbling with primordial life. We will walk through the Natural History Museum in Chandigarh, which offers a place for this exploration and boasts beautiful panoramic panels and exhibits. The history of the Earth is recreated here. We will explore the origins of our planet and of life itself through 14 huge cycloramas, learn about the rise of Homo sapiens in the Holocene age and chart the evolution of modern man and his domination of the planet. In the Dinosaur Gallery, we will head out on a treasure hunt of prehistoric reptiles and dig up some fossils.
- Date – 25th August 2019
- Time Slot – 10:30 AM to 12:00 AM
- Meeting Time -10:15 AM
- Meeting Point- Near the reception hall, Natural History Museum, Sector-10, Chandigarh
Curated Walk 5
The Citadel of Djinns – Feroz Shah Kotla: An Experience
Delhi is a city of many cities, each of them faced destruction and rose up like phoenixes. Our curated experience will be in the citadel of Feroz Shah Kotla, the living grandeur of the last Tughluq emperor, which was part of his city, Firozabad. This 14th century monument embodies elements that continue to be intriguing.
Through this experience, you will get a chance to encounter the magic of the monument and understand why Delhi has been called the City of Djinns. It will start with an introduction to the history of the monument and the Tughluq Empire it belonged to. We will cover the important sites within the monument, including the Ashokan Pillar and the Jama Masjid. And finally, to add to the thrill, we will pass through the places where djinns are worshipped. This journey will conclude with a 15-minute interactive session.
- Date – 25th August 2019, 1st September 2019
- Time Slot – 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM
- Meeting Time – 02:45 PM
- Meeting point- Ticket Counter, Feroz Shah Kotla
To know more, please visit: https://www.odigosguides.com/tour-guide/india-curated-tours/the-citadel-of-djinns-feroz-shah-kotla-an-experience