Bhubaneswar: Around 20 domestic tour operators from different parts of the country were taken on a Heritage walk on Saturday morning around Old Town of Bhubaneswar.
These tour operators are participating in the 3rd edition of Odisha Travel Bazaar organised here by Odisha Tourism and supported by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (FICCI).
The objective of the heritage walk was to familiarise the group on the great heritage corridors of the temple city of Bhubaneswar.
Walk started from the earliest monument of Parsurameswar and finished at the Herbal Garden on the bank of Holy Bindusagar.
Seven monuments were covered in chronological order while the national awardee tour guide Tapan Kumar Mishra enlightened the operators on the architectural development in temple construction through ages in the state and significance of Odishan Temple Architecture.
Mishra narrated the group about the specialty of Kalingan architecture and temple building traditions and how in the past the same had also influenced temple structures in faraway South East Asian nations across the Indian Ocean as Kalinga, the ancient land was having a strong maritime link with these island nations.
The operators were spellbound to see the great architectural efflorescence and have expressed positive response on the promotion of Odisha’s product including heritage, cultural, tribal and Buddhist tourism.
“We will definitely promote Odisha’s best kept secrets in our tour plans and advisory when the customers will come to us and seek assistance and travel plans. We have also received splendid hospitality here which will take Odisha Tourism to new heights,” they added.