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Experiential Culture Tour of Bangalore

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Bengaluru, India
icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Uncover the true essence of Bangalore on an immersive, experiential tour. Ditch the guidebook and discover the Bangalore known to the locals; exploring hidden alleyways and experiencing markets, secret temples, slum projects, scrapyards, craft workshops, and more. Your itinerary is fluid, evolving on route around your group’s wishes. Choose a 4-hour tour with breakfast (own expense) or an 8-hour tour with lunch (own expense).
  • Half- or full-day experience-based cultural tour of Bangalore
  • Go beyond guidebooks to find people and activities that make the city tick
  • Explore secret lanes, markets, scrapyards, slum projects, temples, and more
  • Try local restaurants or opt to eat in a home (special request only)
  • Itinerary customized along way to suit yours and fellow travelers’ interests
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A friendly local tour ambassador
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Transportation wherever needed (car/metro/tuk tuk) for the tour
Limited selection of food and drinks along the way
Bottled water
Personal Expenses:In case you choose to buy things along the way, you are encouraged to spend your own cash so that reimbursements aren’t invoiced to you with added taxes. Otherwise please let us know in advance if you would like us to pick up any bills along the way and invoice them to you in the end.
Entrance fees (in case a palace or museum is included, but most often we do not go to such places unless specifically requested for by the whole group)
Special Home Dining experience available on request and subject to availability, at 1000 INR/person.
Ground Prestige RR Building 55 and 51, 1, Church St, Haridevpur, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001, India

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Select a 4-hour or 8-hour tour when you book. Then, meet your guide and group of no more than 15 in central Bangalore. Your guide will listen to your group’s interests, and tailor the itinerary around your shared wishes, evolving and improvising your experience on the spot if need be.

Perhaps take a drive around some colonial-era buildings, old roads, and parliamentary districts before discovering off-the-beaten track gems such as scrapyards where inventive programs are helping Bangalore’s poor. 

Stop for breakfast (own expense) at a Snake Temple, explore alleyways to see arts, crafts, and religious activities; stroll through food markets; and maybe gossip with locals over tea and coffee (own expense) at an old café.

Other options include exploring a farmer’s market, viewing a Sikh temple or Kali temple in the heart of a Hindu cemetery, or seeing Bangalore’s oldest church and the scrapyard behind it where dubious car parts are traded.

For those interested in art and crafts, perhaps visit a local pottery village to try pottery-making, or a cartoon gallery where artists capture Bangalore in caricatures.

If you’ve chosen the full-day tour, stop for lunch in a traditional Karnataka tasting room or at an authentic local family home (both own expense).

Other possible activities include visiting a women’s empowerment project in Bangalore’s slums, block printing a silk scarf, or watching a rangoli street artist creating delicate pavement patterns from rice and flowers.

Alternatively, call at Bangalore’s famous Bull Temple or an ISKCON (Hare Krishna) temple, or maybe have your future told by a parakeet-aided astrologer. Perhaps finish with some souvenir shopping, scouting out saris, silks, or other goods at some of the city’s best markets.

When it’s time, your tour ends at the original departure point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Bengaluru
We take you on an off the beaten path, showing you the city's best kept treasures, in limited time, with limited driving, making the best use of your time, and ensuring you see what you're interested in and will find delightful.
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Confirmation subject to availability
  • All items listed in the program are samples, and subject to availability. In case some item is not available we will replace it with something else
  • Bodyguards, company representatives and accompanying officials will be charged rack rates
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • We do our best and are reputed to follow the best safety and hygiene standards. But we do not take responsibility for accidents, illnesses, theft, or any personal losses consequent to the tours.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • OPERATED BY Culture Rings

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.


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Amongst street-cows and dirty laundry
bjarkew2016
, Sep 2019
This is a truly cultural tour of real Bangalore. You learn a lot about local culture and history all while walking, smelling, feeling and tasting the city. Kaveri is so knowledgeable an adapt the tour to your wishes. I loved walking the streets with her visiting an urban Sheppard, a washing village, temples, coffee-shops etc. Afterwards I toured the city with Tuktuk with her colleague Nancy visiting markets and temples. Such a great experience. Will recommend to everybody.
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Great tour with an awesome tour...
Eva
, Feb 2017
Great tour with an awesome tour guide. I was looking for a true local experience and that is exactly what I got. The tour was very accommodating and I can choose much much time to stay at each place. Overall, great day to see Bangalore!
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Gerard H
, Oct 2016
300 Characters isn't enough to say how amazing this tour was! Well worth every cent! We spent the day with Kaveri and Jackie and can't thank them them enough for a wonderful day! It made our holiday and our only regret was that that we should have done it sooner!
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