Bhubaneswar, September 7 (LocalWire): The extended golden hour and a little drizzle was the perfect setting for over 100 students from IIT Bhubaneswar for a morning walk through the Twin Hills of Khandagiri and Udayagiri on Saturday.
The students along with walkers from around the country were fascinated to learn about the stories and legends of Emperor Kharavela.
They were intrigued by how these hills have been in use for thousands of years and how the city of Bhubaneswar has grown around it from a tiny hamlet to a cosmopolitan hub.
The students had a good time learning the history of these hills and the stories of these caves as it was something different from their regular daily schedule.
The IITs attract the best minds from around the country and the heritage and culture walk was an enriching experience for the students.
The cave trails began at the foothill of Udayagiri which translates to a sunrise hill.
It proceeded through the Rani Gumpha and went around the hill.
The engraved panels of Rani Gumpha provide a glimpse into the evolution of the art of stone craftsmen of the land of Kalinga, and the life and times of Emperor Kharavela.
The greenery and the breathtaking view of the city from the top of the Udayagiri hill excited the students who joined the 82nd Cave Trail.
The Heritage Walk that is organised every weekend is an initiative to introduce people to the rich history and culture of Odisha to the world.
These walks are curated to be fun and enlightening both for the young and old alike.
The heritage walks under the umbrella of Ekamra Walks aims to build a bridge between the glory of the past and hope for the future.
Ekamra Walks, the first curated heritage walk of the Temple City of India, has become a popular venture for locals as well as visitors interested in Kalingan art, architecture and culture.