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25 participants set off on Times Passion Culture and Heritage Trail


The Times Passion Culture and Heritage Trail — which can see 25 contributors from across the country embark on a scintillating trip of the magnificent land of Odisha — kicked off from state capital Bhubaneswar on Sunday.
Flagging off the path, Odisha’s tourism minister, Ashok Chandra Panda, mentioned, “Except snowstorm, the state has the whole thing that a traveller might like to enjoy. It is unlucky that people from outdoor the state have no idea a lot concerning the wonders of Odisha. I'm actually glad that Times Group has come ahead to show off our state in all its glory. All the contributors of the Times Passion Culture and Heritage Trail are our logo ambassadors.”

The six-day trail, organised by way of Times Group in association with Odisha Tourism, has been curated by way of noted architect Navina Jafa. “The Times Passion Culture and Heritage Trail isn't a adventure of seeing, however certainly one of questioning. Why did Ashoka the Great come right here? What led to generations of universities being arrange in Lalitgiri and Udaygiri? Why is the oldest cave architecture of the Jains right here?” Jafa explained.

She added that India’s maritime glory used to be incomplete with out a mention of Odisha and its hyperlinks to southeast Asia. “On the path, we can explore the bonds between economy and assets. Without herbal heritage, a place can not have a rich cultural heritage,” Jafa mentioned.

On the primary day of the path, the contributors visited the Museum of Tribal Arts and Artifacts, Bhubaneswar, to get a feel of the indigenous culture of Odisha. This used to be followed by way of a consult with to the Odisha Crafts Museum (Kalabhoomi) and Dhauli Peace Pagoda, built to mark the spot where Emperor Ashoka embraced Buddhism after the bloody fight of Kalinga.

The trail will also quilt the architectural marvels at the dual hills of Khandagiri and Udaygiri, the intricate carvings of the Sun Temple in Konark and the Jagannath Temple in Puri. Besides, contributors will explore the state’s exquisite handicrafts within the crafts villages of Raghurajpur and Pipili. They will also explore the Buddhist circuit of Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri and Udaygiri.


Interacting with the contributors, tourism secretary Vishal Dev mentioned, “Today’s Bhubaneswar is an excellent confluence of modernity and historic culture. The artwork and culture of the state is mirrored in the whole thing, from the classical dance forms of Odissi to people artwork.”


Attending the event, further leader secretary (woodland and setting) Suresh Chandra Mohapatra gave a peek into the second Times Passion Trail in Odisha, slated to be held from February 25 to explore its rich natural world and biodiversity. “During the natural world trail, we can take you to one of the crucial maximum wonderful puts in the world. The woodland division, in association with the native communities, has developed nature camps that gives you a singular enjoy,” he mentioned.


Aditya Budhiraja, a participant from Delhi, may just slightly include his excitement. “Odisha has so much to offer however in some way it does no longer figure in the general public’s trip plans,” he mentioned. He used to be echoed by way of Radhika, an IT professional and a classical dancer from Bengaluru, who mentioned, “From the moment I landed at Bhubaneswar airport, I may just feel the rich culture of the land. Visiting Konark and Puri is like a dream come true for me.”




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