• Location: Bengaluru, India
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Uncover the true essence of Bangalore on an experience-based small-group tour. Ditch the guidebook and discover the Bangalore known to the locals; experiencing markets, secret temples, slum projects, scrapyards, craft workshops, and more. Explore hidden alleyways, try pottery-making, and meet locals at a café. 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).

Highlights

  • Half- or full-day experience-based cultural tour of Bangalore
  • Go beyond the guidebook and experience the people and activities that make the city tick
  • Meet the locals and explore secret lanes, markets, scrapyards, slum projects, temples and more
  • Try your hand at pottery, block printing and other local skills
  • Savor breakfast (own expense) at a Snake Temple and lunch (own expense) at a local eatery or family home (if option selected)
  • Itinerary customized to suit yours and your fellow travelers’ interests
  • Small group of 15 travelers or fewer

What You Can Expect

Experiential Culture Tour of Bangalore

Breakfast at the snake temple

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.

Customer Reviews

Eva

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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!

Gerard H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

300 Characters isn and #39;t enough to say how amazing this tour was! Well worth every cent! We spent the day with Kaveri and Jackie and can and #39;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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