Bengaluru Walking Tours
Good Morning Bangalore or Subhodaya Bengaluru.
• Did you know that of the 6500 construction workers, who worked on building the Vidhan soudha, 5000 were convicts? They were set free after the Vidhan Soudha was built.
• We crib about the Bangalore traffic day in and day out, but did you know that it is the first city in the world that averted a terrorist attack, thanks to busy traffic.
• Did you know how many tonnes of flowers come into the city daily?
Interesting things, that possibly you didn’t know.
While the walk will take you to important places, it is the human element, the stories and anecdotes which will make it more interesting. Stories pertaining to history, economics and politics that will help you in having a holistic appreciation of the place. And yes, the trivia on the city, will leave you surprised and smiling.
We have quite a few tours below that might get you walking with some more in the pipeline. Please click on the tours below for details.
1. Cubbon Park Walk
A tour covering the essentials about Bengaluru in the form of history, myths, anecdotes, stories and more. You will learn of facts you never would have thought of before.
We start from Vidhan Soudha then walk through Cubbon Park and ending it at the landmark Airlines hotel for a hearty Bengaluru style breakfast.
Days: Saturday, Sunday.
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Meeting Point: In front of Vidhan Soudha.
Getting there: Best way is to take the metro or a taxi/auto. Please do not bring your car as parking would be a challenge. Or you could park your car in MG road and take the metro to get there.
2. Medieval Bengaluru Walk
As the name suggests this is a walk back into the medieval ages how Bangalore was once was. This was during the times of Kempegowdas, Marathas, Mughals, Rajas and Sultans till the time British took over. We will learn how the early city was built with its ancient temples, markets and the fortifications, some of which still remain even after destructive wars raged the city.
We will also walk through the colourful bazaar which is bustling with activity right from the wee hours of the morning. And we will befittingly end it with an authentic Idli-Vada and hot filter coffee.
Days: Saturday, Sunday.
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Meeting Point: KR Market Metro Station Exit.
Getting there: Best way is to take the metro or a taxi/auto. Please do not bring your car as parking would be a challenge.
3. Basavanagudi Heritage Walk
Basavanagudi is a residential and commercial locality in South Bengaluru. It is one of the old localities of the city that still maintains its old Bengaluru charm. The name “Basavanagudi” refers to the Bull Temple that has a monolith statue of the Nandi Bull.
The walk in this part of town is all about rediscovering what old Bangalore was all about, the various temples that adorn the area and their stories and rituals and of course the authentic South Indian food in many of the old restaurants that as popular as ever.
It will be like walking back in time.
Days: Saturday, Sunday
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Meeting Point: Ramakrishna Math
Getting there: Best way is to take the metro or a taxi/auto. If you are bringing your own vehicle then you could park it at the Ramakrishna Math parking area.
4. KR Market Photo Walk
Learn the nuances of photography through your camera phones or DSLR cameras while you walk around the crowded marketplaces of Bengaluru. You will learn the street photography the way it is meant to.
We start from KR Market Metro station then walk through the crowded KR market into the flower market and that’s where we spend most of the time.We will have a quick breakfast at a small authentic place there. And while coming back we will stopover at Bengaluru fort where we will end the walk. You could also visit Tipu Sultan’s summer palace, which is 10-min walk from there.
As you learn photography, the group leader would also narrate the various historical facts and interesting stories about the place.
We may have different locations for the photo walks and will be informed in advance in case of any changes.
Days: Saturday, Sunday.
Time: 7.15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Meeting Point: Bangalore Fort Entry Gate.
Getting there: Best way is to take the metro or a taxi/auto. Please do not bring your car as parking would be a challenge. In case you bring your vehicle, you could park it at Victoria hospital, which is next to the Bangalore For. Parking is subject to availability.
5. Tours for Corporates, Schools and Exclusive Groups
We could curate customised city tours – walking and/or with vehicles based on your requirements in terms of objective, content, duration and location. We could pick any one or more of the above tours and combine them or could curate a new tour altogether based on your request.
These are free walking tours (except for tour no. 5). You just have to register and confirm your participation.
Join us on our free walking tour in association with Say With Love