A ‘Heritage Walk’ was held in Hyderabad on World Heritage Day. The walk was organized by the Deccan Heritage Academy, along with the Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation, Telangana State Tourism Department, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Archeological Survey of India (ASI), Hyderabad Circle, and Forum for a Better Hyderabad. The International Day for Monuments and Sites is celebrated on April 18 every year.
The walk started at 7:30 am near Charminar and went through Lad Bazar, Motigalli, Mehboob Chowk (Murgi Chowk), Iqbal-ud-Doula Devdi, the secondary entrance gate of Mecca Masjid, JiluKhana, Qursheed Jha Dewdi, Khilawat, and ended at Chowmahalla Palace. People saw Hyderabad’s past glory, including palatial mansions, heritage buildings, centuries-old mosques, and vernacular architecture. Historians, architects, engineers, staff, and students from architecture colleges joined the walk.
Arvind Kumar said that efforts are underway to conduct Heritage Walks in the City every Sunday since World Heritage Day 2022. The main objective is to educate future generations about heritage and culture and make them responsible for preserving it. Prof Veda Kumar said that World Heritage Day has been celebrated all over the world since 1983, which was announced by UNESCO. He praised the efforts of the Chief Minister, Minister for MA&UD, and Arvind Kumar who took the initiative to restore dilapidated structures as part of the conservation of Telangana heritage.