Mumbai Heritage Walk
So we walked.
On 13th March, 2016 over 100 cities across the globe walked in their respective cities and towns covering their respective heritage sites, singly or in groups.
Why not Mumbai then?
This was first time in Mumbai that a heritage walk was being organized under the goUnesco (#MakeHeritageFun) and I was invited to co-ordinate the efforts. I took it up as a challenge.
With some promotion on social media and help from friends, a small group of fellow heritage lovers gathered at Mumbai GPO. A bigger number had registered for the walk but I guess, waking up early on a Sunday is not everyone’s cup of tea. 😛 Nonetheless, we also had a Columbian guest with us who had landed in India just the day before.
The walk was about 4km and ended at CST.
We wanted to make it a fun activity and decided on a few contests for the participants to win. Harper-Collins were kind enough to send us a few books which we could distribute to the winners.
The idea was, while we enjoyed the walk, we were also comparing notes and found that there was a plethora of information to be shared. So we decided on contests such as most knowledgeable in the group (of course the volunteers were excluded), best selfie, best photograph and in the end ‘Mumbai fort then and now’, a map puzzle.
Bombay fort was demolished in 1860 and from then on there have been construction boom in that area, which we still lovingly call ‘Fort’ area.
The walk was initially planned for 2 hours but went on for over 3 hours, just shows how each one of us enjoyed being part of the group. We also saw and discussed a few places which were not a part of itinerary.
There was so much bonding and camaraderie that we have already decided to meet again at a different place and doing different things. And some travel plans brewed as well. 😀
Do you love walking tours? What was your experience?
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