Today’s Bengaluru is the IT city of the country, a major hub for all the engineers and technological developments. The quaint paradise of yesteryears is now full of malls, tech firms, pubs, and exciting and thrilling nightlife. For those who still miss those quiet and subdued days here are some places in Bengaluru that even now offer the same sublime bliss and joy:
Bengaluru is the greenest city of India. One of the best offerings from the city is the “Green Heritage Walk.” It offers a variety of walks. There are multiple knowledgeable volunteers who offer a plethora of information to those interested. For example, The Military Heritage Walk provides a history of miners and Madras Sappers. The history includes documentation of the courage, gallantry, and valor of the “Thambi” who served from 1800 onwards.
Another walk is the Cubbon Park Walk. It is the repository of the history of the city covering architecture of a few of the best buildings in the city of 1860s. Cubbon Park offers a view of the five statues of the people who contributed to history during those times.
Shibaji Ghosh and Simi Matthew are the people behind Oota Walks in Bangalore. Almost a decade ago, Simi and Shibaji, both a dedicated foodie met each other and together with other people interested in food formed a group calling it Oota Company. It, later on, evolved into Oota Walks.
Both Simi and Shibaji thought of making people discover the rich stories and heritage through food. The first walk started with Basavanagudi that offers legendary eateries like Brahmin’s Cafe, Vidyarthi Bhavan, and SLV. The group of foodies includes 23 people who enjoy exciting stories along with much-savored South Indian dishes.
Bengaluru By Foot
Bengaluru By Foot by Mansoor Ali offers you darshan of temples, monuments, and even old Basavanagudi houses. Ali tells everyone the story behind Kallu Malleswara temple and what is ‘Lal’ in Lalbagh Gardens. The tour also gives you details about Tipu Sultan’s rockets that the historians found in the working condition 60 years ago in the Kingdom of Mysore. You will also get to know details about Nagarathpete textile dyeing.
From old style food to a traditional fine-dining experience – Mansoor Ali will give you all the details, taking you through yummy bakery goodies and Chamarajpet evening snacks.
INTACH Parichay Walks
The Indian National Trust For Art and Cultural Heritage, a non-profit body was set up in 1984 to preserve the heritage of India. The group includes a team of engineers, architects, writers, planners who take you on the walk. It helps you understand the contribution by the Protestants and Catholic missionaries to the beauty of Bangalore. Also, it gives you a tour of the vintage cars that the royalties and dignitaries once owned.
Yours Truly India
It is neither walking nor bus tour of Bengaluru. Rather “Yours Truly India” is a “Tuk-Tuk Rickshaw” tour hosted by Sushma. The tour includes a visit to dhobi ghat, a wrestling house, a laughing club, the Aurobindo Ashram, and a mystery temple. It offers you options to choose from food history, heritage, and religion-oriented walks. One of the important ones is a visit to Kali Temple in a graveyard. The group also offers day-trips to Nandi Hills, Mysuru, Chitradurga, Madhugiri Betta, Lepakshi, and Belur.
Formed by Poonam Dasharathi, Unhurried has a lot of things to offer; the most special being the “A Trail Through Bengaluru’s Market.” The tour of the market includes KR Market famous for flowers, and Russell Market well known for fresh fruits, dates, and vegetables.
The British Trails offers a tour of Cantonment area of Bengaluru. Frazer Town Food Walk introduces you to halwa puris, khoya naan, kulfis, and biryanis. And the Military Hotel Food Walk is especially for non-veg lovers.
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