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Friday , August 24 , 2012
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Calling all Calcuttans with an attitude for adventure and a penchant for puzzles, for this Sunday will be like no other in the city!

What: Heritage Huntage, organised by The Telegraph as part of the TT30 celebrations, partnered by the Calcutta Municipal Corporation, Ordnance Club and Ecospace.

When: Sunday, August 26.

The format: It’s all about fun and funda. On Sunday morning, registered teams will hit the city roads on foot and in cars, cracking codes and solving puzzles on the move. Participants have to visit 10 designated heritage sites in a given time to complete the hunt. This is not a race, so all traffic rules will apply.


Who can play: Anyone and everyone. Each team must have a minimum of three members and a maximum of four. While there is no age limit, the team captain must be 18 years or above. Teams have to bring their own cars.

how to join in: If you haven’t signed up already, call 8100826998 or 8100826999 (8am to 8pm) and register your team. For details, log on to

Mayor speak: “Calcutta has a very rich built heritage and I am happy that a fun activity has been planned around some of these historical spots,” was the word from mayor Sovan Chatterjee.

The start: All teams must report to Ordnance Club in Hastings at 7.30am. After a captains’ briefing, the teams will face a written quiz on the history of Calcutta. Points gathered here will be added to the final score and will also be taken into account in the event of a tie.

The endpoint: The hunt will culminate at Ecospace in New Town. Ecospace, which is a business park with work and leisure spaces, offers “the best combination of nature and technology and is perfect as the final destination for a rally,” feels Vijay Dwivedi, senior general manager (brand & corporate communication), Ambuja Realty. He promises the green open spaces of Ecohub, a business club within the Ecospace premises, will relax and energise the participants after their adrenaline-fuelled hunt across town.

Ready to play: Several Calcuttans have registered their teams of family and friends and are now poring over history books and websites to brush up on their CK — Calcutta Knowledge, silly!

Like Abhishek Mundhra of Keshtopur, his wife Kavita and friend Kaushal Chandak. “We are reading as many tourist guides on Calcutta as we can. Also, Kaushal has a keen eye for architecture, I’m sure he’ll be of great help during the hunt,” said team captain Abhishek.

The team is also paying extra attention to Abhishek’s silver Hyundai Getz, their heritage hotwheels on Sunday.

If it’s travel guides for one team, it’s good ol’ Google for another. “We are looking up the history of Calcutta on Google and also studying maps,” said techie Akash Mondal, who has teamed up with colleagues Rangan Dutta and Sunandit Chowdhury and friend Biplab Mondal, who will drive them in a red Chevrolet Beat.