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A walk down Delhi's heritage lane

Ashwini Phadnis

NEW DELHI, Sept. 8

WORRIED that your children do not know enough about the rich cultural heritage of the capital? Are you among the several Indians who feel that the Indian business community is just interested in lining its own pockets and not caring about their stakeholders?

Well, if the answers to both the questions is a vehement YES, then it may be a good idea to sign up for the two-hour guided tour of `Jamali Kamali' on October 18.

The tour is part of the three-day third international conference-cum-showcase: India tourism and heritage — Challenge 21, being organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

"Many of us do not know about the heritage that we possess. And if industry can help maintain these heritage monuments, there is no reason why we cannot make an attempt to showcase these for the people,'' the Deputy Director General of CII, Ms M. Roy, said.

On hand will be an expert from Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Consultant, who during the walk will tell the audience about the finer points of the monument and its grand history. Besides, the crispy winter morning will also see the famous painter, Ms Bulbul Sharma, put her thoughts about the monument down on canvas.

Apart from celebrities like Sonal Mansingh, Malvika Tiwari and Muzzafar Ali, school children from different parts of Delhi are also likely to be invited for the event.

The walk comes close on the heels of a similar exercise conducted during the second international conference during which a tour of Qutub Minar was organised. But unlike the previous year, the organisers have decided to make this more leisurely and fun experience.

"This time we will not rush through the monument and will spend time examining the finer details,'' CII officials said.

And if this does not interest you, then you can always sign up to listen to stalwarts of the travel and tourism industry such as the Acting Deputy Chief Executive of Air Mauritius, Mr A.K. Gujadhur, or the Union Minister for Tourism and Culture, Mr Jagmohan, speaking at the various sessions spread over the three days beginning October 17 at the Hotel Taj Palace in Delhi.

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