Udaipur’s Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF) along with the city’s Municipal Corporation, has been organizing heritage walks for tourists and natives alike. On March 12, this Sunday, these heritage walks would complete a month, since it began a month back.
Rajasthan Post talks to Mayank Gupta, deputy secretary (Development), MMCF, who informs that the heritage walk is an attempt to protect and preserve Ahar’s ancient culture
Tell us about the Ahar Udaipur Heritage Walk?
Ahar Heritage Walk is the story of the day’s bygone era. Story of an era that goes back 4,000 years, but still has an impact on our lives today. Ahar is one of the largest rural bronze age sites of Ahar-Banas Culture of South Rajasthan. Records claim that Ahar living heritage was an uninhabited civilization known as Tambavati Nagari of Tamravats.
Heritage Walk is an initiative to protect and promote the crafts and folk arts of Ahar.
What is its USP?
Evidence of various stone structures, hearths, copper, bronze objects and evidence of smelting have been found in Ahar. Beginning from the Ahar Mound, the walk will be the story of the great culture, that was found in the oldest layer of excavation, dating back to the bronze age of the Indus Valley Civilization.
Archeological Museum in Ahar is a popular attraction and a place to preserve these excavated items of ancient period. The museum houses an unusual assortment of antiques that dates back to the 10th century. Soak pits about 2000 year old have also been discovered in one of the trenches, which proves hygiene was important amongst people of this region.
Where else does the Walk go?
The walk will take one to the royal cenotaph complexes, which is located amongst the other Medieval Rajput cenotaphs covering an area of 3.02 hectare.
The splendid architecture, beautiful torans, 319 Chattris and Chautras which recalls the contribution of Maharanas of Mewars, towards the region, is a place not to be missed.
It would also bring into play the gradual evolvement of construction style in Mewar region.
What else in the Walk for the tourists?
The walk continues through various walk spots including Gangaudbhav Kund- believed to be the spot where river Ganga originated from here, Bhaktimati Meera temple – built in the 10th Century. It has projected walls resting on high plinths, and famous for elevated plinth with intricate carvings and sculptures, then moves onto Ahar Jain Temple-the first Teerthankara Adinath , the 24th Mahaveera and temple of Shantinatha and ends in traditional musical instrument musical shops, where one can also find traditional tie and die craftsmen in these craftsmen colonies.
What was the need for such a walk?
Not much is know about these places when one comes to Udaipur. Tourists see the usual and popular tourist sites and leave whereas such an important ancient site remains out of the traditional tourist circuit.
How can tourists register for the walks? Any fees?
They can call at this number, 0294-2419021-9 to register themselves. Till now these heritage walks have been kept free. The walk will be one hour long from 8 am till 9 am. It will start from Hanuman Temple, Mahasatyaji Circle, Ahar. The Ahar site is located around 3 km from the walled city of Udaipur.