To showcase the charm of the major hubs in the capital and share the in-depth knowledge about all the monuments and the related history, Delhi Tourism has selected six circuits for heritage walks starting from March 25, 2023.
“Focusing on providing a fully immersive experience, we have identified six different walks, two are of Old Delhi, one in Shahjahanabad, the food walk. Then there is the walk of Qutub Minar and Mehrauli archeological Park, a walk of Hauz Khas, and a walk of museums and memorials. These heritage walks will be launched on March 25 at 8:00 am by the Minister of Tourism Delhi government, Atishi at Hauz Khas. It will continue on Saturdays and Sundays from 6:30 am to 9:30 am,” Geetika Sharma, General Manager, Delhi Tourism announced.
Taking approximately three hours, these will be guided walks conducted by the government licensed guides having in depth knowledge about these circuits, said Sharma. These guides accredited by the Ministry of Tourism have been selected after a thorough interaction process, she said.
“Picking Hauz Khas for instance, this walk will cover everything, including going back to the water history of Delhi, as to how Delhites in the medieval times were getting water from Baolis, natural lakes and other water bodies. And this is how both beauty and the in-depth knowledge about all these monuments and lesser known facts will be facilitated through these heritage walks,” Sharma told ETTravelWorld.
Asked about how Delhi Tourism, apart from bringing the licensed guides into the picture, is planning to prep up the other tourism service personnel looking ahead at the G20 Heads of State and Government Summit in the capital, Sharma informed that Delhi tourism has started behavioral training.
“With an idea to make Delhi a more friendly tourism hub, we have started training for police personnel, and all the personnel involved in providing hospitality services, the taxi drivers, or people who run these kiosks near the tourist monuments. We just did training for a batch of 50 police personnel last week and we are continuously upskilling them through training,” she added.
“Going forward, we would also like to make utmost use of emerging technologies like AI at our key attractions so as to make an experience memorable for both G20 delegates and other visitors,” said Sharma.
Also highlighting the challenge of ‘land availability’, she said the multiplicity of authorities in Delhi and their permission issues is restricting Delhi Tourism to put thought into bigger projects like theme based parks. “Another example is the beautification of entry points to Delhi which is in the pipeline but then, the moment we think of any such project or scheme, then comes the issue of taking permissions from the authorities,” she added.
Putting forth this ask from the government to ease such restrictions, Sharma added saying that Delhi Tourism is focusing parallely on encashing the available assets, announcing the redevelopment of Garden of Five Senses which may happen soon.
She also spoke about the Delhi Film Festival being planned in September that is going to showcase about 200 films including the promotional films from G20.