HeritageWalks

A Trip To Banganga: Mumbai's Own Varanasi (Heritage Walk)
To the 'Centre of the Earth' and Back!
Walking Tour of Banganga + Tour of the By-lanes + Banganga Temples + Bathing Ghats + Aghori Samadhis + Shrines + Dhobi Ghat + Community Interaction + Snacks + Tea/Coffee + Expert Talk


Banganga is an ancient water reservoir tucked away in Walkeshwar, Mumbai. A walk through the Banganga settlements is an adventure in itself as the maze of cobbled lanes and narrow paths lead, almost magically, to a set of giant steps and a serene green water tank. An early morning visit to Banganga, Mumbai's very own Varanasi, is probably the best time when one can experience the spiritual energy at its best. Local inhabitants, pundits and visitors can be seen offering prayers amidst the sound of chimes at surrounding temples.

According to legend, on an occasion during exile when Sita was thirsty, Ram shot an arrow in the ground and a tributary of Ganga sprung out from the spot. That spring of water forms what is known today as Banganga. Interestingly, despite the tank being a stone's throw from the Arabian Sea, the water is sweet.

The lanes, walls, temples, old houses and the air of Banganga have a treasure of stories and as one moves among them, they come alive to tell their own stories. The tour will include visits to the water tank, bathing ghats, ancient temples, Aghori samadhis, community settlements, a local Dhobi Ghat (open-air laundromat), etc.

WHAT YOU WILL DO:
- Explore the legendary Banganga water tank
- Experience the ancient ambience of Temples, Ghats and Shrines
- Learn about the History of the place and significance
- Explore the mystical Aghori Samadhis
- Get a chance to visit the local communities residing in the area
- Experience the culture and lives of the inhabitants
- Learn about the local issues
- Know about the 'Wish Ducks'
- Enjoy the picturesque walk in the by-lanes of Banganga
- Meet and Network with like-minded individuals
- Take Photographs and Selfies at the centuries-old ancient site and Capture Heritage Digitally
- Make memories of a lifetime

WHEN: EVERY SATURDAY (7 am - 10 am) till 30 June 2018

COST: Rs 1,750/- per person (both Indian and Foreign Nationals)

COST INCLUDES: Walking Tour of Banganga + Tour of the By-lanes + Banganga Temples + Bathing Ghats + Aghori Samadhis + Shrines + Dhobi Ghat + Community Interaction + Snacks + Tea/Coffee + Expert Talk

HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Tour can be customised as per personal requirements for e.g. We could conduct a tour exclusively for a couple or a small group of friends or family on ANOTHER day/date

ITINERARY:
07:00 am - Meet at Cafe Coffee Day, Walkeshwar
07:15 am - Walk towards Banganga water tank
07:30 am - See the morning rituals and the bathing ghats
08:00 am - Walk of the vicinity including Temples, Aghori Samadhis and Hindu burial ground
08:45 am - Return to Banganga water tank
09:00 am - Explore the bylanes of Banganga and interaction with local communities
09:30 pm - Snacks and Tea/Coffee
10:00 am - End of Tour. Group leaves Banganga to walk towards Cafe Coffee Day, Walkeshwar

MEETING POINT: Cafe Coffee Day, Walkeshwar Road, Mumbai

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS:
- Participants must REGISTER IN ADVANCE, to reserve a spot on the Tour
- Spots will be given on a 'First Come First Serve' basis
- All Registrations close by 6 pm Thursday for the subsequent Saturday Tour
- Payments have to be made IN FULL IN ADVANCE, at the time of registration
- Carry an Official Photo ID (Aadhar Card, PAN Card, Driving Licence or Passport)
- Photo ID will be checked before the start of the Tour
- Wear comfortable Clothing and Cap or Sunshades, if you need
- Wear Sports Shoes as the tour will involve substantial walking
- Bring a Camera if you want to shoot
- Carry your own Water (you will be able to buy water at the site)
- If you have a medical condition, please carry the necessary Medicines

TO REGISTER:
Email events@draftcraft.in or Call/WhatsApp at 8080441593, after which availability and payment information will be provided.

PAYMENT MODES:
1) Cash - You could make a cash payment, in full and in advance, at DraftCraft - The Mumbai Studio located in Colaba (See Map).

2) Paytm or FreeCharge - You could make the payment through Paytm or FreeCharge, in full and in advance, by transferring the amount to the number - 8080441593 (DraftCraft International)

3) Online Funds Transfer - You could process the payment, in full and in advance, by making a Fund Transfer through NetBanking or adding DraftCraft HDFC Bank Current Account as a beneficiary. Details are given below:

Name of Bank - HDFC Bank Ltd
Current Account No - 00852560000890
Name of Account Holder - DraftCraft
IFSC Code: HDFC0000085

IMPORTANT - After making payment by Paytm OR FreeCharge OR Online Funds Transfer, confirm payment by sending (through WhatsApp) a snapshot of the transaction to 8080441593. Following this, DraftCraft will confirm receipt of payment by way of SMS or WhatsApp message.

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HEAD OFFICE ADDRESS:
DraftCraft - The Mumbai Studio
7/A Sukh Niwas, Ground Floor,
Third Pasta Lane, Colaba (Landmark Colaba Market),
Mumbai - 400005
Phone: 8080441593 / 022-22841593
Email: contact@draftcraft.in
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WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
DraftCraft is an international think tank that works primarily in the area of social justice. DraftCraft is not an NGO and all income is taxed in full. Funds generated from the event are directed towards pro bono activities in the respective site such as legal aid camps, workshops for awareness and education, community welfare and women empowerment initiatives, films produced to spread knowledge, document culture and practices, etc.

DraftCraft organises Walking Tours, Heritage Walks, Photo-Walks, Film Screenings and Expert Talks on heritage sites across India under the DraftCraft Heritage Project. You may visit www.draftcraft.in for an insight into DraftCraft's wide range of activities and works.

DraftCraft works on a wide range of issues of social justice across borders, communities and tribes. If you are interested in VOLUNTEERING, you may contact us on 8080441593 or email at contact@draftcraft.in and we would love to meet you.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
- All payments are to be made in Indian Rupees (INR).
- Payments need to be made in advance, after confirmation of availability.
- Any Change or Cancellation will be accommodated ONLY in advance.
- For Change of Date, there will be no refund and the next available slot will be allotted if the request is made 24 hours before start of the event.
- Any Cancellation till 48 hours before the start of the event may be accommodated and a 75 per cent refund of the registration fee will be made. Cancellation requests after this time will not be adjusted.
- Participants are advised to stay with the group and follow instructions provided during the tour or event to avoid any mishap or loss.
- Concurrently, should any damage to property occur, the loss will have to be compensated for by the participant(s) responsible.
- Neither is DraftCraft or any of DraftCraft's management or volunteers responsible for any unforeseen loss or injury or damage brought to a participant's personal belongings or personal vehicle during the tour.
- All disputes are subject to Mumbai jurisdiction only and will be dealt with through Arbitration, Conciliation and Mediation only.
- DraftCraft reserves the right to admission and expulsion of participant(s) for benefit of group members, law and order or for any reason following failure to resolve an issue. In such situation, no refund shall be provided.
- It is mandatory to disclose any personal medical conditions so that prior arrangements can be made.
- Smoking or consuming alcohol (without requisite permit and permission) is strictly prohibited during field trips or tours, particularly in public places.
- By registering for the event, you undertake that you accept all conditions and pre-requisites unless refuted and communicated in writing.
- If any participant is found violating the rules, DraftCraft reserves all rights to remove the participant from the group. In such a situation, no refund shall be provided.

NOTE: All visuals are indicative and used for representational purpose only.