Swap Bengaluru’s tourist sights for one of its traditional industries — silk-weaving — on a 2.5-hour private tour. Stroll through the Old City, and visit a temple. Then, observe some of Bengaluru’s few remaining silk weavers making its famous ‘saris’ (robes worn by Indian women) at a workshop. Watch them reel, spin, dye, and weave; seeing the enormous work that goes into each silk sari. Includes a south Indian breakfast at a popular restaurant.
Private 2.5-hour silk tales walking tour of Bengaluru
Explore the streets of the Old City (Pettah) to learn about the traditional silk industry
Visit a workshop where some of the last local weavers ply their trade
Watch them reel, dye and weave silks for Bengaluru’s saris
See the hard work that goes into weaving silk
Visit a temple and traditional wrestling pit, and enjoy a local breakfast at a popular restaurant
Meet your guide in Basavanagudi in Bengaluru in the early morning, and begin your 2.5-hour private walking tour. Hear about Bengaluru’s past, culture, and silk-making, and learn about its reputation for producing beautiful silk saris, the garment Indian women drape around their bodies. Delve into the bustling Old City (Pettah), the original fort city founded by Kempegowda I in the 16th century, and visit one of Bengaluru’s most popular temples. Having explored here, continue to an akhada (wrestling pit), to learn how Indian fighters of old trained in wrestling before the advent of gyms. See the earth-covered wrestling pit, and then arrive at the main focus of your tour: a silk-weaving workshop. Learn how today’s weavers are some of the last remaining in Bengaluru, and still use time-honored techniques to reel, dye and weave their yarn. Head inside and watch them in action: observing the speed and concentration of the skilled artisans, and noting the enormous work and dexterity that goes into the finished silk. After admiring the skills, stroll to a popular restaurant and enjoy a mouth-watering breakfast of south Indian savory foods. Your tour then ends in the Malleswaram area of the city.
I found this tour absolutely fascinating. Going as a single traveller I felt completely safe in the hands of Ali my guide. Seeing the way the Silk is dyed in the hot and humid conditions was eye opening. And then into the noisy conditions of the weaving looms. We also visited a local temple, the tomb of a Sufi warrior and finished at the city market which was a cacophony of sights sounds and smells! Highly recommend this tour.