IHWF 2020

One of India’s key strengths lies in its myriad and diverse culture that has helped it find a unique position on the world map. It was the need to celebrate this cultural heritage and make it accessible to everyone that led to the inception of India Heritage Walk Festival (IHWF), a month-long festival led by Sahapedia. The festival has completed two editions and has also received the PATA Gold Award 2018 under Heritage and Culture category.

Ranging from museums, historically significant monuments and markets, explorations of interesting natural landscapes and areas known for their rich cuisine, to gender-oriented narratives, the programme is curated thematically. The festival is made multifaceted and as inclusive as possible, by targeting diverse user-groups. Led by locals, experts, scholars and researchers, the events will not just tell stories, but also help one discover, learn and experience the vibrant heritage of India. However, the festival goes beyond it’s indicative name to organize baithaks, workshops, Instameets, Twitter chats and Insta Tours.

The past editions saw events led by eminent professionals and scholars like Sohail Hashmi, Esther David, political cartoonist E P Unny, historian Parvati Sharma, Dr. George Michell, Ratish Nanda, artist Vinu V V and Author Tony Joseph. This edition of IHWF works towards a collaborative approach, and invites organisations and individuals to host events with us.



Sahapedia is an open encyclopedic resource on the arts, cultures and histories of India. Sahapedia offers digital content in multimedia format—articles and books, photo essays and video, interviews and oral histories, maps and timelines, authored by scholars and curated by experts. Subject areas range from ideas and belief systems, rituals and practices, to visual and performing arts. The values that guide our work are accessibility, inclusiveness, collaboration and reliability.


UNESCO New Delhi's culture programme focuses on empowering decision-makers and communities to preserve and enhance their rich and diverse culture in South Asia, in particular Bhutan, India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka while having close working relations with our country offices in Bangladesh and Nepal. In a time of unprecedented economic and social change, UNESCO's mandate is to ensure that diverse histories, cultures and habitats are not only preserved, but also filled with renewed relevance for future generations. The countries in South Asia, like any other nations, have set priorities for development. Assessing their specific needs, UNESCO New Delhi Culture Sector develops and implements activities that would project culture as a tool for development.


NMDC was incorporated in 1958 as a Government of India fully owned public enterprise. NMDC is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Steel, Government of India. Since inception it has been involved in the exploration of a wide range of minerals. NMDC is India’s single largest iron ore producer, presently producing about 30 million tonnes of iron ore. Strong back up of an ISO 9001 certified R&D Centre, which has been declared as the “Centre of Excellence” in the field of mineral processing by the Expert Group of UNIDO.


Tata Technologies is a global leader in engineering services outsourcing and product development IT services to the global manufacturing industry; enabling ambitious manufacturing companies to design and build better products. The foundation of Tata Technologies is the Legacy of Trust that is the hallmark of the Tata group.


InterGlobe Foundation is the philanthropic arm of InterGlobe Enterprises. The Foundation has 3 main focus areas which include Heritage Restoration, Protecting Environment and Livelihoods Promotion. IGF’s key philosophy is of a lasting impact and sustainable changes in the community. We started our journey with the first project being the restoration and preservation of Rahim’s tomb in Delhi in 2014. Since then, we have come a long way whereby we have impacted more than 6,00,000 lives.


Founded in 2008, Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where people can belong through healthy travel that is local, authentic, diverse, inclusive and sustainable. Airbnb uniquely leverages technology to economically empower millions of people around the world to unlock and monetize their spaces, passions and talents and become hospitality entrepreneurs. Airbnb’s accommodation marketplace provides access to 7 million unique places to stay in more than 100,000 cities and 191 countries and regions. With Experiences, Airbnb offers unprecedented access to local communities and interests through 40,000 unique, handcrafted activities run by hosts across 1,000+ cities around the world. Airbnb’s people-to-people platform benefits all our stakeholders, including hosts, guests, employees and the communities in which we operate.


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Online Events

This February, we bring the #IHWF2020 to you! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to become a part of the third edition of India Heritage Walks Festival. Stay tuned to our weekly activities to explore the gullies, gardens and gol-chakars of your cities through Insta-tours, an innovative addition to our festival that allows you to join in on scheduled heritage walks with a local expert, all through the comfort of your phone!

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Our Curators

Moulshri Joshi

Moulshri has spent 15 years to the study of industrial heritage in India and Asia. Question of documenting, interpreting and reusing post-industrial landscapes and its intangible heritage is central to her work. Moulshri represents TICCIH (The International Committee for Conservation of Industrial Heritage) in India, is the Coordinator for National Scientific Committee on Industrial Heritage (NSC-IH) at ICOMOS India and is an Advisory Board Member, Asian Heritage Network. Moulshri is an architect and academic and leads the acclaimed design practice SpaceMatters in New Delhi.


Kavita Gupta

A PhD in Management, Kavita Gupta is also an explorer. She is a heritage enthusiast and believes in discovering cities in a way that is doable, sustainable and responsible, besides creating memories. Her infectious enthusiasm and endless energy allow her to keep discovering her city despite her academic and corporate commitments.

Kavita Gupta

Avani Varia

Avani Varia, hailing from a traditional potter’s family of Gujarat, admires the great culture of her home country and its rich legacy of arts and crafts. She was formally educated in India in numerous aspects of design and teaching and subsequently received her MA in Arts and Heritage Management from London. She has initiated and managed collaborative international projects with education, research, design and tourism to safeguard Heritage and Arts apace with sustainable income generation.


Sangeeta Singh Bais

Sangeeta Bais, an alumnus of the School of Planning and Architecture, New-Delhi (1999), she has immense working experience in conservation spanning for over 18 years with several national and international organizations such as the National Centre for Safety of Historic Structures (NCSHS) IIT Madras, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), UNESCO and UNDP. She has written books and articles on building lime which include “ Lime manual for conservation works” with NCSHS, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and “ Why use lime” published by INTACH UK trust. She is presently conducting research on Cultural Spaces of Chishti Dargah of India, stone craftsmanship of Mughal monuments.