The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival was born out of a love for art and culture and a need to put the heritage precinct in the spotlight. The Heritage Walks section came into being as an extension of this thought at the heart of it. Over the years Heritage Walks have covered many iconic structures and locations in the city including Mumbai Police Headquarters, Royal Opera House, Irani cafés, Mumbai’s docks and many more that have given laymen the opportunity to visit these otherwise out of bounds locations. Children and adults alike have enjoyed these heritage walks, bus rides and cycle rides with the response only increasing with each passing year.
The theme for this section this year is Bombay Green which is also the erstwhile name for the area where Horniman Circle Garden stands today. The theme pays homage to the heritage of the city and weaves the various walks around its green spaces.
Heritage enthusiasts can look forward to the following walks at HTKGAF 2018:
- The popular Heritage Bus Tour for chidren makes a comeback once again as kids get on to an open bus for a breezy and concise tour of the South Mumbai Heritage for an hour, and witness landmarks like the Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai University, High Court, Victoria Terminus, Asiatic Society and many more.
- A walk around the green open space that links 19th and 20th century and also celebrates the existence of what was once called the ‘Esplanade’ – The Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble walk includes a tour of this unique area and delves into its fascinating history.
- Totally Mumbai is a special walk through CSMVS curated specially for children that imparts history lessons with a twist, making the journey engaging and fun.
- The Ballard Estate Walk explores Mumbai’s iconic neighborhoods – the stories that lie behind, around, and within, the buildings, streets and spaces. A walk through Ballard Estate, with its wide, tree-lined streets and elegant European architecture, will transport you to early 20th century Bombay, to a port city that stood at the centre of a map dominated by sea trade and travel, and at the brink of modern living. From trade and shipping to train travel, migration, hotels and public dining, this walk will highlight remarkable, hidden connections between Bombay and the world.
Acknowledgements: MTDC, Central Railway, Maharashtra State Police Headquarters, Royal Opera House and Royal Bombay Yacht Club.