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This was a great tour! I had an amazing tour guide, Aarti, who took me to an authentic Bengaluru market, where I was able to have an experience like no other. We saw many vendors selling beautiful flowers, a shop where silk clothes are made from scratch, and the hustle and bustle of Bengaluru. I even saw some cows walking around! We went by some Hindu temples and I was taken to a special hole-in-the-wall restaurant where I had some delicious dosa! Lastly, I got to see a palace that was home to one of the great Indian war heroes, Tipu Sultan, and learned about his story. Would highly recommend!
My tour guide, Aarti, was amazing! This was my first trip to India and she was able to help me get around everywhere. I was able to see multiple Hindu temples and even pray at one of them! She also explained many of the stories of the Hindu gods to me, which was very insightful and helped me to better understand the different designs and statues at the temples. She also took me to a roadside coconut stand where I was able to try authentic coconut water, freshly cut open. We also saw some of the British-era government buildings. On top of that, Aarti was able to hail a tuktuk auto-rickshaw for me to ride back to the hotel in, to get a fully authentic Bengaluru experience. She was also kind enough to take some pictures of me in front of some of these places and was able to answer all the questions I had about the various stops we saw. Would highly recommend!
This was a great tour for any new visitor to Bangalore - although it helps if you are comfortable riding a bike already! I was picked up from my hotel in a cab and dropped back there too after the ride - very easy.
My guide for the day was Aarti and she was brilliant! Very friendly and full of lots of local knowledge at all of the places we stopped. I went on the tour on a Sunday morning which might have meant the roads were a bit quieter than usual - however the areas we cycled in were pretty easy to navigate and not as scary as many people thought it would be many people were initially horrified I was thinking of cycling in the Bangalore traffic!!. Aarti was great at giving me instructions on where we were headed and most of the other road users were happy to go around you and give you space. It was actually quite exhilarating to be amongst that!
The breakfast at the MTF was yummy - it was great to try the traditional south Indian breakfast foods and this was a very popular place. The three temples we visited were also pretty quiet which was a relief - no hoards of tourists to fight through. Aarti had lots of interesting information to share at each place.
The cycling was relatively easy - the heat can make it a bit tiring but there are no crazy hills or big distances to cover. I had been previously advised that in temples women must have their shoulders and knees covered - so make sure you are dressed appropriately.
We ended the ride at food street which was just opening - I got to try some street food snacks that I might not have tried on my own and that were a perfect end to the morning ride.
All in all a great morning trip and well recommended!!
As reference, this tour is with Unventured Expeditions and is called Treasures of Nandi Cycling Trail.
The tour is structured as a way to present a story of key sites around the Nandi hills countryside. Guru and Sandish provided a captivating experience by constantly telling stories and providing historical and cultural context for the different areas we visited. This was my first time in India, so I was able to learn a lot about the culture and food of Bangalore from my guides prior to meeting up with my friends who were then surprised with my familiarity of the area.
I highly recommend going on this tour as well as the other tours that Unventured offers. The tour guides really emphasize telling a story to give more context and understanding to the places touched upon during the tour.
A few tips:
-The tour description mentions that this is a casual biking tour that should not require intense physical activity. Note that there is an option to bike up Nandi hill and if you do choose to do so, the path is quite challenging if you are not used to biking up inclines. Nandi hill takes around an hour or so to bike up and has great views throughout the climb. Coming down the hill was extremely fun and takes around 10 minutes.
-Before starting, take some time to properly learn the gears for the bicycle if you are unfamiliar with changing gears. Using the right combination of gears and adjusting properly throughout the ride will make everything easier.
-Definitely try fresh coconut water, it is delicious and refreshing.
-Bring lots of water and make sure you stay hydrated throughout the tour.
-Put on sunscreen, you will be under the sun all day.
-Look up some pottery techniques beforehand since you will get some time to play with some pottery but without instructions.
-This tour is a group tour and the group size will depend on how many others sign up for the same day. I was the only participant for the tour so it was more of a private tour experience.