We recommend a variety of destinations to travel to if you can get away for a short time out. To  make  it  easier,  we’ve  created for you a number of  packages to choose from.

MYSORE

OVERVIEW

The old capital of the old state of Mysore, Mysore city is one of South India’s most popular tourist destinations, for history buffs, culture vultures, and wildlife enthusiasts. From Bangalore, Mysore is about 140 km driving distance. En route you can visit the silkworm culture that feeds one of the state’s most thriving traditional industries, the Channapatna toy factories, the sugar mills, the natural sanctuaries for birds and crocodiles that offer quaint organized experiences, and the historic town of Shrirangapatna where the big battles between the Indians and British were fought before India fell into the hands of the British Empire. The journey is twice as interesting as Mysore city the destination!In the city there’s plenty to learn and experience, but a day trip normally calls for a quick visit to the palace, a coffee with erstwhile royalty,

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MASINAGUDI

OVERVIEW

Our tours take you 2 hours past Mysore city, to the heart of the Mudumalai rainforests which are situated in the Nilagiri hills, where the borders of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka meet.
The Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary were declared wildlife (esp Tiger) reserve in 2007. The protected area is home to several endangered and vulnerable species including Indian elephant, Bengal tiger, gaur and Indian leopard. There are at least 266 species of birds in the sanctuary, including critically endangered Indian white-rumped vulture and long-billed vulture.
HIGHLIGHTS OF WHAT YOU CAN EXPERIENCE
Visit an elephant care camp, where they are fed, bathed and treated.
Visit a beautiful Indian home, which is in the forest and has no fence because the family believes in integration

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GUJARAT(Royalty,Tribes,Wildlife,Villages)

OVERVIEW

Our Gujarat experiences are different from any other. They are a combination of Royal Gujarat hospitality, up-close interactions with endangered, shy tribes and village folks that otherwise can be hard to plan into a tour program, the most delicious food experiences that might be cookouts, tastings… ; desert phenomenon like a visit to a desert forest sanctuary, birding, the magical white desert, lion-spotting; we also take you to the ship breaking yards to see where ships from around the world make their final stop; we take you to pilgrim towns like Palitana, tell you about the history and offer you customised programs suited to your interest; you visit venues of historical significance, like the Gandhi trail which followed the movement (within and without) in Gujarat. This particular program is along the Eastern Circuit: Royal Families, History, Wildlife, and Tribes. get a glimpse through our videos:

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KOCHI

OVERVIEW

Barely an hour’s flight Eastward from Bangalore, the lush green state of Kerala has conserved the old architecture and heritage of the South East’s most important harbour of the spice trade: Kochi.
Our Kochi curator, Michelle Sebastian, has crafted heartwarming experiences, which her associate culture ambassadors deliver to you with passion, knowledge, and enthusiasm.
HIGHLIGHTS OF WHAT YOU CAN EXPERIENCE
You may go for a very special, unforgettable houseboat experience, cruising the backwaters while you are served the best of food by the on-deck chef. And you may also take a day tour through Fort Kochi.
SAMPLE PROGRAM FOR FORT KOCHI
Chinese Fishing Nets and fish markets.Enjoy a refreshing and leisure breakfast or just get a cup of coffee

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SOUTH KERALA(Trivandrum City and Kovalam  Beach)

OVERVIEW

Barely an hour’s flight South Eastward from Bangalore, the lush green state of Kerala has conserved the old architecture and heritage.
The city of Trivandrum, an important military base at India’s Southern command, is the capital of the state. It’s distinguished by its British colonial architecture and many art galleries. It’s also home to Kuthira Malika (or Puthen Malika) Palace, adorned with carved horses and displaying collections related to the Travancore royal family, whose regional capital was here from the 18th–20th centuries.
HIGHLIGHTS OF WHAT YOU CAN EXPERIENCE
In Trivandrum, we offer you a quaint experience including homestay, dining experience and cookout with a local chef, a boat ride in the backwaters.

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MYSORE - OVERVIEW

The old capital of the old state of Mysore, Mysore city is one of South India’s most popular tourist destinations, for history buffs, culture vultures, and wildlife enthusiasts. From Bangalore, Mysore is about 140 km driving distance. En route you can visit the silkworm culture that feeds one of the state's most thriving traditional industries, the Channapatna toy factories, the sugar mills, the natural sanctuaries for birds and crocodiles that offer quaint organized experiences, and the historic town of Shrirangapatna where the big battles between the Indians and British were fought before India fell into the hands of the British Empire. The journey is twice as interesting as Mysore city the destination!

In the city, there’s plenty to learn and experience, but a day trip normally calls for a quick visit to the palace, a coffee with erstwhile royalty, and a drive up to Chamundi hill by Sunset before heading to the highway again, for a 3-hour long drive back to Bangalore.

SOME UNIQUE POSSIBILITIES (subject to availability)

• An exclusive Mysore private tour by a Mysore princess

• A private meal with the erstwhile royal family of Mysore State

• A cookout with a Mysore Princess

• Bicycle Tour of Srirangapatna

POSSIBLE INCLUSIONS FOR A MYSORE PROGRAM
(a lot can be squeezed into a day, but we strongly recommend overnight).

• A silk village, where worms are bred and cocooned.

• A silk cocoon market and auction house.

• Visit a toy factory where traditional wooden toys are crafted by artisans.

• Visit a traditional Indian Village and see people’s lifestyles.

• An ancient Hindu temple built in the 9th century.

• Sunset Prayer on Chamundi hill.

• Boatride among migratory birds and marsh crocodiles.

• Mysore Palace

• A silk factory, where you see the silk-making process.

• An old palace converted into an art gallery.

• Sugarcane fields and a sugarcane factory.

• Traditional South Indian/Karnataka coffee and a snack.

• Riverside lunch

• Mysore flower and bangle bazaar.

To inquire, please write to cultureringstours@gmail.com with your preferred dates of travel, the number of travelers including each travelers age, any special conditions (like wheelchair, diet, kids), and anything else you think might help us customize our proposal to the maximum.

HOW TO BOOK

To inquire, please write to cultureringstours@gmail.com with your preferred dates of travel to this destination, the number of travelers including each travelers age, any special conditions (like wheelchair, diet, kids), and anything else you think might help us customize our proposal to the maximum.

COSTS

The cost of a tour depends on the mode of transport, inclusions, where you stay, choices of activities and food.

Once a tour program has been drafted, costs will be advised. We will continue to customize, working with you to ensure the tour suits your interests and fits your budget.

NOTE: 18% Service and Swaccha Bharat Tax will be added to the total bill

Choose your guide:

• Amateur guide (from Bangalore) at 6500 INR for a day trip and 10000 INR for overnight.

• Pro guide (from Bangalore) at 13500 INR, and 23500 for overnight.

• Special guide in Mysore (from the erstwhile royal family of the old state): 6500 INR for half a day or 10500 INR for a full day.

Transport cost (if you're going from Bangalore)

• Car: Sedan at 6500 INR for a day trip,
or 11500 INR for overnight

• SUV at 8000 INR for a day trip, or 15000 INR for overnight.

• For bigger groups / bigger cars, please inquire by writing to cultureringstours@gmail.com.

Along the way variable cash expenses (depending on what you do):

• Basic Meals and refreshments (pay in cash along the way): approx: 1000 per person per day.

• All palaces tickets (approx 1000 per head)

• Boat ride in the crocodile pond (approx 1500 per head for a private boat)

Unique Experience Options and Activity options:

• A delightful lunch hosted in the home of the erstwhile royal family of the late Queen of Mysore: 1000 INR per person per meal.

• Cookout and meal with the Mysore princess: INR 2500 INR per person.

• Bicycle tour of Srirangapatna: INR 1500 INR per person.

MASINAGUDI - OVERVIEW

Our tours take you 2 hours past Mysore city, to the heart of the Mudumalai rainforests which are situated in the Nilgiri hills, where the borders of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka meet.

The Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary were declared wildlife (esp Tiger) reserve in 2007. The protected area is home to several endangered and vulnerable species including Indian elephant, Bengal tiger, gaur and Indian leopard. There are at least 266 species of birds in the sanctuary, including critically endangered Indian white-rumped vulture and long-billed vulture.

HIGHLIGHTS OF WHAT YOU CAN EXPERIENCE

• Visit an elephant care camp, where they are fed, bathed and treated.

• Visit a beautiful Indian home, which is in the forest and has no fence because the family believes in integration with the animals and wildlife without creating boundaries and barricades.

• A blue mountain train ride.

• A tribal lunch.

• A nature trail/trek.

HOW WE PLAN THE PROGRAM

• To make it worth the long drive, we recommend at least two nights stay.

• This tour could be clubbed with some pit stops along the way (esp for people who don't enjoy long drives or have kids on board).

• These pitstops could include a boat ride in a natural river surrounded by crocodiles and migratory birds, a village that breeds and cocoons silkworms and auctions them, a stop at the Mysore palace, and a toy factory making wooden toys in the Persian, old glazed fashion.

To inquire, please write to cultureringstours@gmail.com with your preferred dates of travel, the number of travelers including each travelers age, any special conditions (like wheelchair, diet, kids), and anything else you think might help us customize our proposal to the maximum.

HOW TO BOOK

• To inquire, please write to cultureringstours@gmail.com with your preferred dates of travel to this destination, the number of travelers including each travelers age, any special conditions (like wheelchair, diet, kids), and anything else you think might help us customize our proposal to the maximum.

COSTS

• The cost of a tour depends on the mode of transport, inclusions, where you stay, choices of activities and food.

• Once a tour program has been drafted, costs will be advised. We will continue to customize, working with you to ensure the tour suits your interests and fits your budget.

GUJARAT - OVERVIEW

Our Gujarat experiences are different from any other. They are a combination of Royal Gujarat hospitality, up-close interactions with endangered, shy tribes and village folks that otherwise can be hard to plan into a tour program, the most delicious food experiences that might be cookouts, tastings... ; desert phenomenon like a visit to a desert forest sanctuary, birding, the magical white desert, lion-spotting; we also take you to the ship breaking yards to see where ships from around the world make their final stop; we take you to pilgrim towns like Palitana, tell you about the history and offer you customised programs suited to your interest; you visit venues of historical significance, like the Gandhi trail which followed the movement (within and without) in Gujarat.

This particular program is along the Eastern Circuit: Royal Families, History, Wildlife, and Tribes. Get a glimpse through our videos:

ROYAL HOME OF THE PRINCE OF UTELIA, TRIBES OF GUJARAT

This is a sample program and can be customized to your time availability and interests:

SAMPLE PROGRAM

3 nights and 4 days: Landing in Ahmedabad

January 25

• 11:00 AM Land in Ahmedabad

• Drive straight to Utelia

• 1:00 PM Welcome and introductions by Yuvraj Bhagirath Sinhji, prince of Utelia Palace, followed by informal check-in and lunch

• 3:30 PM Visit neighboring villages (bird trappers tribe, and Parhal village)

• 5:30 PM Chai with parhal chief 7:30 PM Dinner at Utelia palace

January 26

• Early morning village walk with little Kanha the village boy

• Breakfast at Utelia palace

• Visit Lothal where you see the ruins of the 3700 BC Harappan civilization: site and museum

• Lunch at Utelia palace

• Desert Nomadic Tribe tour including Opium ceremony, settlement visit with photography

• Camel water hole visit

• Dinner at Utelia palace

January 27

• Breakfast at palace

• Set out for Black buck park

• Drive through the semi-desert salt plains

• Check into the Black buck lodge

• Lunch at lodge

• Afternoon Safari

• Barbecue dinner

• Overnight stay at Blackbuck forest lodge

January 28

• Breakfast at Blackbuck Lodge

• Check out

• Back to Ahmedabad to catch the flight back to Bangalore

To inquire, please write to cultureringstours@gmail.com with your preferred dates of travel, the number of travelers including each travelers age, any special conditions (like wheelchair, diet, kids), and anything else you think might help us customize our proposal to the maximum.

HOW TO BOOK

• To inquire, please write to cultureringstours@gmail.com with your preferred dates of travel to this destination, the number of travelers including each travelers age, any special conditions (like wheelchair, diet, kids), and anything else you think might help us customize our proposal to the maximum.

COSTS

• The cost of a tour depends on the mode of transport, inclusions, where you stay, choices of activities and food.

• Once a tour program has been drafted, costs will be advised. We will continue to customize, working with you to ensure the tour suits your interests and fits your budget.

To customize this program further, please write to cultureringstours@gmail.com.

KOCHI - OVERVIEW

Barely an hour's flight Eastward from Bangalore, the lush green state of Kerala has conserved the old architecture and heritage of the South East's most important harbor of the spice trade: Kochi.

Our Kochi curator, Michelle Sebastian, has crafted heartwarming experiences, which her associate culture ambassadors deliver to you with passion, knowledge, and enthusiasm.

HIGHLIGHTS OF WHAT YOU CAN EXPERIENCE

You may go for a very special, unforgettable houseboat experience, cruising the backwaters while you are served the best of food by the on-deck chef. And you may also take a day tour through Fort Kochi.

SAMPLE PROGRAM FOR FORT KOCHI

• Chinese Fishing Nets and fish markets.

• Enjoy a refreshing and leisure breakfast or just get a cup of coffee at a quaint cafe nestled in a prominent art gallery and cafe.

• Visit the ‘Bishop House’ to understand the history and influences that helped shape Fort Kochi into a bustling port.

• Visit ‘Jew Town’ - a heritage walk through the fabled spice markets, antique shops, and Crafters antique shop which houses the largest boat on Bazaar Road in Mattancherry.

• Visit the Jewish synagogue from the outside and get a sense of its beauty & architecture.

• Retail therapy at some of the boutique and designer stores in the Fort Kochi area, that house fashion, fabric, antiques, furniture, spices etc.

• Visit St Francis Xavier Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Thakur Tea House, Poovar Palace (an old Dutch palace) by the beach and Vasco Da Gama Inn which are a few prominent landmarks around the area. These locations are absolutely pictured worthy so we can stop by and get some nice photos.

• If you're feeling adventurous we could hop on to a ferry to Vypin island like the locals do and return (its a fun experience and a one-way trip won’t take more than 10 min) If you are lucky we might just spot dolphins, or enjoy the sea view by the Pepper Art Cafe.

• The traditional Kathakali dance performance synonymous with Kerala, you can view the artists putting on their elaborate makeup and preparing themselves before they get on stage.

To inquire, please write to cultureringstours@gmail.com with your preferred dates of travel, the number of travelers including each travelers age, any special conditions (like wheelchair, diet, kids), and anything else you think might help us customize our proposal to the maximum.

HOW TO BOOK

• To inquire, please write to cultureringstours@gmail.com with your preferred dates of travel to this destination, the number of travelers including each travelers age, any special conditions (like wheelchair, diet, kids), and anything else you think might help us customize our proposal to the maximum.

COSTS

• The cost of a tour depends on the mode of transport, inclusions, where you stay, choices of activities and food.

• Once a tour program has been drafted, costs will be advised. We will continue to customize, working with you to ensure the tour suits your interests and fits your budget.

 

SOUTH KERALA - OVERVIEW

Barely an hour's flight South Eastward from Bangalore, the lush green state of Kerala has conserved the old architecture and heritage.
The city of Trivandrum, an important military base at India's Southern command, is the capital of the state. It's distinguished by its British colonial architecture and many art galleries. It’s also home to Kuthira Malika (or Puthen Malika) Palace, adorned with carved horses and displaying collections related to the Travancore royal family, whose regional capital was here from the 18th–20th centuries.

HIGHLIGHTS OF WHAT YOU CAN EXPERIENCE

• In Trivandrum, we offer you a quaint experience including homestay, dining experience and cookout with a local chef, a boat ride in the backwaters, walk through a spice garden and do a coffee tasting.

• The stunningly beautiful and pristine Kovalam beach also makes this a perfect getaway for romantic couples, families with children, older people, and in season, even surfers!

• You could opt for a resort holiday or turn to us to plan a curated homestay and culturally rich experience.

To inquire, please write to cultureringstours@gmail.com with your preferred dates of travel, the number of travelers including each travelers age, any special conditions (like wheelchair, diet, kids), and anything else you think might help us customize our proposal to the maximum.

HOW TO BOOK

• To inquire, please write to cultureringstours@gmail.com with your preferred dates of travel to this destination, the number of travelers including each travelers age, any special conditions (like wheelchair, diet, kids), and anything else you think might help us customize our proposal to the maximum.

COSTS

• The cost of a tour depends on the mode of transport, inclusions, where you stay, choices of activities and food.

• Once a tour program has been drafted, costs will be advised. We will continue to customize, working with you to ensure the tour suits your interests and fits your budget.