YES Arts & Culture, the cultural division of YES Global Institute along with Sahapedia, the online encyclopedia of Indian arts and culture hosts ‘India Heritage Walk Festival’ annually.

 The maiden edition of this nationwide, month-long festival in February 2018 featured nearly 78 public engagement events, including heritage walks (themed, curated and guided tours conducted by experts), baithaks (talks) and workshops in 20 cities, focusing on diverse aspects such as architecture, food, heritage, crafts, nature, and art that make up the cultural fabric of our country.

The heritage walks covered museums, historically significant monuments, markets, interesting natural landscapes and cultural pockets in the cities known for their cuisine or crafts. For those attracted to city lights, there were walks by night; treasure hunts for the adventurous and Insta-meets for social media-savvy photographers.

Curated by Sahapedia and YES Arts & Culture and supported by Incredible India, Ministry of Tourism, the walks were tailored for user groups such as students, travelers and corporate teams. There were special walks for people with special abilities and children from underprivileged backgrounds, lending the festival a more inclusive character. The India Heritage Walk Festival covered large metros, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad, and other historically significant cities such as Agra, Ahmedabad, Bikaner, Kochi, Pune, Patan, Itanagar, Varanasi and Patna.

Simultaneously an online Heritage Film Festival showcased a gamut of films on the myriad social and cultural traditions of the subcontinent. The festival ran through February, with curated screenings of documentaries, one per day, on the YouTube channel of Sahapedia.


Mr. Rana Kapoor, MD & CEO, YES BANK, and Chairman, YES Global Institute: India boasts of a rich heritage and cultural history, which resides in its diverse and profound architectural sites. Civil society participation with heritage through heritage walks is integral to the preservation and conservation of these sites. The model of heritage tourism works in tandem with the local community and has the potential to instill the value of self-pride to further the agenda of development.

Sudha Gopalakrishnan, Festival Mentor and Executive Director, Sahapedia: We are happy to have the support of YES Culture for this project. Heritage walks are a fun, interactive and informative way for people to get to know and understand the history, character and built spaces of their cities and hometowns. The festival will not just be an exploratory exercise; we are hoping it will attract a large number of participants and establish heritage walks as a means to bring people closer to their cities.

To view the festival page, visit: