Summer is not that time of the year when we like to walk long distances. But,what if it were a walk in a mango orchard? Irrespective of the high mercury and humidity levels,summer does have a few delights chief among these being mangoes. Keeping this is mind,Delhi Heritage Walks is organising a day-long trip on June 30 for mango lovers to the orchards of Rataul,a village located 50 km from Delhi.
Led by city-based academician,documentary filmmaker and historian Sohail Hashmi,the walk will
include accounts of how mango varieties such as Samar-e-Behisht and Himsagar are grown,discussions with growers,lunch and the opportunity to dig into as many mangoes as possible. The orchards of Rataul used to grow more than 500 kinds of mangoes. Though this number has gone down now,the village is still home to the famous Rataul mango, says Hashmi. He adds that participants can carry back 5 kg mangoes for free.
The walk is open to 80 members,and one can sign up on the Facebook page of Delhi Heritage Walks with Sohail Hashmi. Charges: Rs 2,000 per adult.