During lockdown, explore Hyderabad through virtual heritage walks


Did you already know that the Qutb Shahi rulers of erstwhile Golconda kingdom had camels, even supposing they weren’t reigning over a desert kingdom? Golconda was on the principal caravan route known as the spice route, connecting Masulipatnam on the east coast with Surat on the west. Camels had been most well-liked for the caravans since they’ll stand up to lengthy journeys with out frequent water and meals necessities. Nuggets of data like these had been revealed through the heritage stroll performed by Hyderabad Trails on Sunday. It was a virtual heritage stroll, unravelling on Twitter, complying with the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

Hyderabad Trails kicked off its collection of virtual heritage walks on World Heritage Day, April 18, with a stroll to Charminar. Hyderabad Trails intends to proceed these virtual walks till it’s protected to enterprise out for group heritage walks once more. After Charminar and Golconda, the following one is more likely to be in Hussaini Alam, on International Mother’s Day, May 10.

A B Gopalakrishna, the founding father of Hyderabad Trails, was a tad hesitant when the concept of a virtual stroll on Twitter was floated by Andrew Fleming, the British Deputy High Commissioner to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. “He would attend our heritage walks and live tweet, sharing around 25 to 30 tweets with images, information and keep it interactive through questions. He was confident that we could try out a similar method,” says Gopalakrishna.

Hyderabad Trails has stayed lively on Facebook and Instagram previously, however not on Twitter. This time, Gopalakrishna determined to provide it a attempt. He knew that it might be a bit more difficult to get the eye of on-line customers than whereas having an actual group of walkers who meet at a heritage web site.

Gopalakrishna seemed on the previous walks, gathered images and data and determined to conduct the virtual stroll like he would an actual one. It started with transient introductions, supported by {a photograph} of some walkers who had been the early birds at Golconda Fort’s entrance, ready for the others to hitch.

Back in time

  • Virtual heritage walks: The subsequent virtual stroll will probably be held on International Mother’s Day, May 10, to Hussaini Alam.
  • Stories of India: The new collection will recap the historical past of various cities. Gopal Singh will discuss Bikaner, Sivakumar Sethuraman on Chennai, and Gopalakrishna on Hyderabad. The talks will probably be supported by images of those cities through the ages. Other cities comparable to Jaipur, Delhi, Kolkata, Bhopal and Aurangabad are within the pipeline.

The virtual stroll continued for over two hours, through a collection of tweets with images and interactive questions and anecdotes from historical past. “During a real walk, now and then people would share stories that they have heard or read, pertaining to a historical site. We tried to bring in that interactive nature online through questions and answers,” says Gopalakrishna.

Nearly 300 Twitter customers engaged with the virtual stroll over its two and a half hour period, with at the least 40 individuals responding at a given level of time.

Stories of India

Gopalakrishna desires to proceed these virtual walks. He additionally intends to do a ‘Stories of India’ on-line speak collection by inviting specialists from completely different cities and bringing to fore historical past insights of various places in India.

Recently, Hyderabad Trails performed one such on-line speak on the historical past of Warangal, in Telugu, peppered with Telugu poetry. “That’s when I thought it would be interesting to engage people with stories from different regions of the country,” says Gopalakrishna.

Stories of India goals to contextualise India’s historical past through its geography. Expect to pay attention in to tales of origin of a metropolis and its historical past, from those that conduct heritage walks in numerous cities.

(Check @HyderabadTrails on Twitter, their Facebook web page and @hyderabadtrails on Instagram for particulars)

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