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GENERAL CULTURE TOUR (BEST SELLER)

 

OVERVIEW

Our private Bangalore tours are are customized with YOU in mind. with a Culture Ambassador and Chauffeured car at service, you are exclusively guided through the city, with conversations and sensitivity to your (possibly) changing moods, interests and curiosities. Our off the beaten path tours take you beyond the guide book to give you access to experiences like home dining with a local family, an up close and personal view into the varieties of local people’s lifestyles, they enhance your social awareness, and provide you with a first hand experience of well preserved but hard to stumble upon sub cultures in a city of ten million.
You will be amazed at how good our culture ambassadors are at gauging your interests, making an on-the-spot program, and improvising along the way. That’s right, you don’t need to plan in too much detail ahead of time.

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SHOPPING TOURS

OVERVIEW

A shopping tour is perfect for you if you’re a serious shopper, a designer looking to do good sourcing from India, if you’re a clueless business traveler who’ll get shovelled if you don’t take home presents for your family, or if you’re just a connoisseur of good taste and appreciate beautiful things. Below is a rough program outline, of course customisable to your needs, mood, and taste. Please go through it and once you’re ready to book, you may either use the booking tab, or write to us on contact@bluefoot.in with your wish list, preferred date, and how many shoppers you are:
POSSIBLE SHOPPING PROGRAM
• Visit a silk weaver and watch his men at work on Jacquard machines, the oldest computerised weaving technology of fabric that replaced hand weaving. Also get a chance to see how he lives and works in a 100 year old building.

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BAR HOPPING

OVERVIEW

Bangalore’s has always boasted the most amazing nightlife and drinking culture. Bars, resto-bars, microbreweries, vineyards and shady drinking nooks dot the city, catering to every type of drinker: from the knockerbackers to the connoisseurs of the finest blends.
Our ambassadors have great taste, a sound knowledge of Bangalore’s drinking history, and a super sense of humour, without which a drink is no good. They take you on a privately crafted tour based on your kind of curiosity. Read our sample program and use our booking form to book yourself such a private tour.
PROGRAM SAMPLE
1 p.m. : Start with a microbrewery tour, beer tasting and wood-fired pizza.
2:30 p.m. : Get a 360-degree view of down town Bangalore while you sip one of Bangalore’s most delightful cocktails.

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FOOD CRAWLS

OVERVIEW

Bangaloreans are foodies. Every locality boasts restaurants dishing out finger-licking food: all the way from fast food to fine dine gourmet and sushi. The great weather makes eating out feel natural, and the fact that Bangalore is a melting pot of cultures makes the variety as exciting as a box of chocolates!
We have curated food tours so that you get the most of these flavours. These tours can be custom tailored to suit your time availability, interest, mood, and tastes! Please find below a sample program:
9 a.m.:Breakfast at a snake temple.
10:00 a.m. : Coffee in Bangalore’s oldest coffee room.
11:00 a.m. : Visit a spice market, a fruit and vegetable bazaar and get an insight into the vegetables, spices and fruit that go into Indian cooking.

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HISTORY BUFF TOURS

OVERVIEW

Bangalore’s History is captured in chronicles and stories, passed down mostly by word of mouth through generations, since the naming of the Bean Town in 1537 by its founder and discoverer, Tribal Chieftain Kempe Gowda.
Sadly, we haven’t done enough to conserve the architectural chronologies of this old town. Too much greed and short term benefits overruled the emotional and heritage values of the gems of eras past.
The British destroyed the forts built by Tipu, the Sultan of Mysore State. And the 1990’s saw a wave of demolitions by property ‘developers’ across Bangalore that razed colonial era buildings to the ground, leaving just a handful for us to look at and remember the beautiful Garden City Bangalore once boasted to be.Our history tours take you to the last remaining historical sites.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

OVERVIEW

Our photography tours are custom tailored to suit your interests. From up close and personal access to real local people and their living, to architecture, nature, wildlife and markets: we cover the whole spectrum of possibilities.
Our photo tours, like all the other tours we offer, are designed specifically for you. The tours may be done in the city or out, again, depending on what you are looking for.So if you have a subject in mind, you can write to us at kaveri@bluefoot.in and we will propose a program that best caters to your interests.
The tours may be done in the city or out, again, depending on what you are looking for. For example, nature photography is best done in the real wild jungles of South India in the reserve forests of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka .Our photo tours, like all the other tours we offer, are designed specifically for you.This involves driving 6 hours or more and staying over a night or two in places we recommend.

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RELIGION

OVERVIEW

India is considered the epicentre for spiritual awakening and religion. The land of the nature-revering Hindush River people soon gave birth to strong religions like Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. It welcomed from its shores Christianity, Islam, and Zoroastrianism. And they say that the number of named Hindu demi-gods might outnumber the number of practicing Hindus!
At the same time, beyond and before religion, India was the land of spirituality. It still holds a mystic magnetic effect on seekers of the truth, who recognise the limitations of scientific research and are looking for the answer to that yogic question: WHO AM I?
Put on your Kurta and get on the Spirituality and Religion. See the sample program below.See the sample program below. Of course, completely customisable to your specific quest.
Start with meditation at the Ashram of Aurobindo

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CRAFT AND ART

OVERVIEW

Gain amazing Crafts Insights from our Art and Craft curated experiences, led by connoisseurs.
Our tours are custom tailored to suit your interests and objectives.
You may take some ideas from our sample program and write to us to customise.
SAMPLE PROGRAM
• A visit to Pottery town, try your hand at pottery
• Visit a project focused on Women’s empowerment set in the heart of one of Bangalore’s old slums
• Visit a cartoon gallery that captures the post colonial history of Bangalore in caricatures
• Visit the Bangalore Palace (a guided tour by a princess, subject to availability).
• Block print a scarf for yourself

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TOURS FOR KIDS

OVERVIEW

While Bangalore was once a wonderland for children, with its avenues of trees, parks, accessible outskirts for hiking and picnicking, and safe streets, it is now increasingly hard to bring a smile of a child’s face with a city tour.
Hence, our tours focus on less sightseeing and more of handon experiences, where the children feel a sense of involvement, and learning.
Our tours are custom tailored to suit the interests, attention span, and stamina of your children, which you would know best. So we could work together to make a program that would work for them.
You may take some ideas from our sample program and write to us to customise.
KIDS TOUR (5 hours plus lunch program). 9 am to 2 pm
• A visit to Pottery town, try your hand at pottery.

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BANGALORE COUNTRY SIDE

OVERVIEW

Our Countryside tours take you for a long drive out of the madness and noise of the city, into the calm, organic outskirts. An ancient temple, a privately hosted lunch in a most elegant farmhouse by a family, a walk through a village, a historical temple more than 1000 years old, and wine tasting and a meal in a magical vineyard are the highlights.

The long drive is the down side, but those who have done this tour came back to us saying it was truly worth it! See the sample program below. It can be custom tailored to suit your needs:

PROGRAM SAMPLE
•Set out at 11 am, drive out of the city into the outskirts on the North side.
•Visit a silk weaving unit that uses the handloom technique

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GENERAL CULTURE TOUR - OVERVIEW

Our private Bangalore tours are are customized with YOU in mind. with a Culture Ambassador and Chauffeured car at service, you are exclusively guided through the city, with conversations and sensitivity to your (possibly) changing moods, interests and curiosities. Our off the beaten path tours take you beyond the guide book to give you access to experiences like home dining with a local family, an up close and personal view into the varieties of local people's lifestyles, they enhance your social awareness, and provide you with a first hand experience of well preserved but hard to stumble upon sub cultures in a city of ten million.

You will be amazed at how good our culture ambassadors are at gauging your interests, making an on-the-spot program, and improvising along the way. That's right, you don't need to plan in too much detail ahead of time. The more careless abandon you come with the more happy you'll find yourself as the tour unfolds.

We offer these tours in 4 hour, 6 hour and 8 hour capsules. Please click on the Sample program tab to see details of how our tours are planned, according to your preferred duration of tour):

Suggested start time: 9 am
Suggested end time: 5 pm

Suggested program:
• Start with Breakfast at a Snake Temple.
• Walk through old alleyways and explore what goes on in them: some art, some craft, some tradition, some religion.
• Gossip with locals over tea or coffee at a local, old cafe.
• Go trigger happy with your camera in the colourful farmer’s market: wholesale flowers, fruit, vegetables, spices. A treat to all your senses!
• Historical drive through the city’s old roads and parliament area and some monuments.
• Visit Bangalore’s oldest church.
• Walk through a scrap market behind it where dubious car parts are sold.
• Lunch in a traditional Karnataka tasting room.
• Visit a Kali temple, set in the heart of a Hindu cemetery.
• Witness life in a washerman's village where people do laundry traditionally, on stone, for a living.
• Visit a Sikh temple and understand a little about India's youngest religion.
• End tour with a beer at one of the city's hot spots.

POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVES
• Meditation at a spiritual center, and a glimpse into spirituality vs religion.
• Visit a slum where powerful empowerment initiatives show promise in helping change the lives of the poor resident women.
• Visit a potter's village and see how the clay workers live and work with their craft and community.

Suggested start time: 9 am
Suggested end time: 3 pm

Suggested program:
• Start with Breakfast at a Snake Temple.
• Walk through old alleyways and explore what goes on in them: some art, some craft, some tradition, some religion.
• Gossip with locals over tea or coffee at a local, old cafe.
• Go trigger happy with your camera in the colourful farmer’s market: wholesale flowers, fruit, vegetables, spices. A treat to all your senses!
• Historical drive through the city’s old roads and parliament area and some monuments.
• Visit Bangalore’s oldest church.
• Walk through a scrap market behind it where dubious car parts are sold.
• Lunch in a traditional Karnataka tasting room.

Some suggested alternatives:
• Meditation at a spiritual center, and a glimpse into spirituality vs religion.
• Visit a slum where powerful empowerment initiatives show promise in helping change the lives of the poor resident women.
• Visit a potter's village and see how the clay workers live and work with their craft and comminity
• Visit a Kali temple, set in the heart of a Hindu cemetery.
• Witness life in a washerman's village where people do laundry traditionally, on stone, for a living.
• Visit a Sikh temple and understand a little about India's youngest religion.
• Beer at one of the city's hot spots.

Suggested start time: 9 am
Suggested end time: 1 pm

Suggested program:
• Start with Breakfast at a Snake Temple.
• Walk through old alleyways and explore what goes on in them: some art, some craft, some tradition, some religion.
• Gossip with locals over tea or coffee at a local, old cafe.
• Go trigger happy with your camera in the colourful farmer’s market: wholesale flowers, fruit, vegetables, spices. A treat to all your senses!
• Historical drive through the city’s old roads and parliament area and some monuments.

Some suggested alternatives:
• Meditation at a spiritual centre, and a glimpse into spirituality vs religion.
• Visit a slum where powerful empowerment initiatives show promise in helping change the lives of the poor resident women.
• Visit a potter's village and see how the clay workers live and work with their craft and community.
• Visit a Kali temple, set in the heart of a Hindu cemetery.
• Witness life in a washerman's village where people do laundry traditionally, on stone, for a living.
• Visit a Sikh temple and understand a little about India's youngest religion
• Beer at one of the city's hot spots.
• Visit Bangalore’s oldest church.
• Walk through a scrap market behind it where dubious car parts are sold.

GENERAL CULTURE TOUR - FEES & COSTS


ADULT FEES

8 hour tour

  • 1 guest: 10500
  • 2 guest: 5250 each
  • 3 guest: 4250 each
  • 4 guest: 3500 each
  • 5 guest or more: 3000 each

6 hour tour

  • 1 guest: 8500
  • 2 guest: 4250 each
  • 3 guest: 3500 each
  • 4 guest: 3000 each
  • 5 guest or more: 2500 each

4 hour tour

  • 1 guest: 7000
  • 2 guest: 3500 each
  • 3 guest: 3000 each
  • 4 guest: 2500 each

 

Note: Accompanying officials including bodyguards, are charged the same way as tourists.

Included in fee: GUIDANCE BY A BLUEFOOT BAR HOP CULTURE AMBASSADOR and REFRESHMENT BASKET in the car.

Not included in fee: COST OF DRINKS & FOOD, TAX, CAR with driver, Hotel pick ups, PERSONAL EXPENSES

EXTRAS IN DETAIL

• 18% GST tax

• Tour Car: We need a car and driver to accompany us throughout the duration of the tour. Bring your own, or pay 2000 extra overall + 18% TAX for group size 5 and under, if your group is bigger than 5 people but less than 12 people, a luxury 10 seater van costs 10000 rupees for a full day tour, and a regular tempo traveller basic costs 3750 rupees for a full day tour. For bigger groups 12 people upwards please write to us.

• Hotel pick up and drop back: If we are using our car, our pick up for guests within 3km from MG road is free. Beyond that is chargeable at 13Rs per km + 150 per hour extra driving.

•Lunch: 750 rupees per person plus you pay 750 for guide, Kids at half price if they are over 5. Less than 5 free.

• Breakfast: 200 INR per person plus 200 INR for guide. Kids 5 to 12 years at half price if they are over 5. Less than 5 free.

• Personal Expenses: In case you choose to buy things along the way, you are encouraged to spend your own cash so that reimbursements aren’t invoiced to you with added taxes. Otherwise please let us know in advance if you would like us to pick up any bills along the way and invoice them to you in the end.

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A note about this estimation:

  • This estimate has been calculated based on group size, transportation inclusion (or not), meal requests etc. If you have any questions or concerns, you may add them in the notes area just above the submit button.
  • If you have requested a pickup and drop off, the costs will be communicated to you for your approval before you make the final booking and payment.
  • Certain meals are default included, like lunch is a default on the 8 hour tour. If you need a change made there please write that in the notes above.

Thank You !


SHOPPING TOURS - OVERVIEW

A shopping tour is perfect for you if you're a serious shopper, a designer looking to do good sourcing from India, if you're a clueless business traveler who'll get shovelled if you don't take home presents for your family, or if you're just a connoisseur of good taste and appreciate beautiful things. Below is a rough program outline, of course customisable to your needs, mood, and taste. Please go through it and once you're ready to book, you may either use the booking tab, or write to us on contact@bluefoot.in with your wish list, preferred date, and how many shoppers you are:

TOUR DURATION: Minimum 4 hours, max 8 hours.
Suggested start time: 10:30 am (Bangalore is lazy, everything opens late)

POSSIBLE SHOPPING PROGRAM

• Visit a silk weaver and watch his men at work on Jacquard machines, the oldest computerised weaving technology of fabric that replaced hand weaving. Also get a chance to see how he lives and works in a 100 year old building, with his extended family, all in the same game.
• Take a walk down a lane dotted with small enterprises of embroiderers. Custom embroidery orders are taken by these people, most of whom happen to be men.
• Go to a commercial hub where local shoppers abound in Indian fashion. Window shop while you walk down.
• Take a food break in the middle of down town Bangalore, at a Dosa place known to have the city's best Butter Masala Dosa.
• Drape a sari at the city's most popular and trusted Silk Store.
• Try your hand at block printing a scarf for yourself.
• Visit a designer home accessories boutique where the traditional art of block printing embodies a new age avatar to find itself a place in the modern context.
• Visit a silver bender, who specialises in the rare, dying art of Filigree that was once used by Persian royalty to embellish their crockery.
• Stop by for coffee at a carefully curated designer boutique in the heart of the city, that homes collections by designers from across the country.

OTHER POSSIBLE INCLUSIONS
• Antiques
• Silks and fabric
• Home accessories
• Jewelry (precious and semi precious)
• Custom tailors (for men and women, Western and Indian)

SHOPPING TOURS - FEES & COSTS


ADULT FEES

( for 13 years old and over, per head)

8 hour tour

  • 1 guest: 10500
  • 2 guest: 5250 each
  • 3 guest: 4250 each
  • 4 guest: 3500 each
  • 5 guest or more: 3000 each
6 hour tour

  • 1 guest: 8500
  • 2 guest: 4250 each
  • 3 guest: 3500 each
  • 4 guest: 3000 each
  • 5 guest or more: 2500 each
4 hour tour

  • 1 guest: 7000
  • 2 guest: 3500 each
  • 3 guest: 3000 each
  • 4 guest: 2500 each

Note: Accompanying officials including bodyguards, are charged the same way as tourists.

KIDS FEES (0 to 12 years): Free (but kids must be accompanied by at least one adult)

Included in fee: GUIDANCE BY A BLUEFOOT CULTURE AMBASSADOR and REFRESHMENT BASKET in the car.

Not included in fee: TAX, CAR with driver, Hotel pick ups, LUNCH, BREAKFAST, PERSONAL EXPENSES

EXTRAS IN DETAIL

• 18% GST tax

• Tour Car: We need a car and driver to accompany us throughout the duration of the tour. Bring your own, or pay 2000 extra overall + 18% TAX for group size 5 and under, if your group is bigger than 5 people but less than 12 people, a luxury 10 seater van costs 10000 rupees for a full day tour, and a regular tempo traveller basic costs 3750 rupees for a full day tour. For bigger groups 12 people upwards please write to us.

• Hotel pick up and drop back: If we are using our car, our pick up for guests within 3km from MG road is free. Beyond that is chargeable at 13 INR per km + 150 per hour extra driving.

•Lunch: 750 rupees per person plus you pay 750 for guide, Kids at half price if they are over 5. Less than 5 free.

• Breakfast: 200 INR per person plus 200 INR for guide. Kids 5 to 12 years at half price if they are over 5. Less than 5 free.

• Personal Expenses: In case you choose to buy things along the way, you are encouraged to spend your own cash so that reimbursements aren’t invoiced to you with added taxes. Otherwise please let us know in advance if you would like us to pick up any bills along the way and invoice them to you in the end.

Sub-Total:

Optimal Inclusions:


Sub-Total:

Total:



A note about this estimation:

  • This estimate has been calculated based on group size, transportation inclusion (or not), meal requests etc. If you have any questions or concerns, you may add them in the notes area just above the submit button.
  • If you have requested a pickup and drop off, the costs will be communicated to you for your approval before you make the final booking and payment.
  • Certain meals are default included, like lunch is a default on the 8 hour tour. If you need a change made there please write that in the notes above.

Thank You !


BAR CRAWLS - OVERVIEW

Bangalore's has always boasted the most amazing nightlife and drinking culture. Bars, resto-bars, microbreweries, vineyards and shady drinking nooks dot the city, catering to every type of drinker: from the knockerbackers to the connoisseurs of the finest blends.

Our ambassadors have great taste, a sound knowledge of Bangalore's drinking history, and a super sense of humour, without which a drink is no good. They take you on a privately crafted tour based on your kind of curiosity. Read our sample program and use our booking form to book yourself such a private tour.

PROGRAM SAMPLE

1 p.m. : Start with a microbrewery tour, beer tasting and wood-fired pizza.

2:30 p.m. : Get a 360-degree view of down town Bangalore while you sip one of Bangalore's most delightful cocktails.

3:30 PM : Visit a bar at Bangalore's most upbeat address, and enjoy a glass of local wine paired with Sushi.

Do an Indianised shot at a celebrity owned restaurant.

5:00 PM : Pop corn and beer at one of the drinking institutions of the 1980s.

END TOUR AT 6 pm

BAR CRAWLS - FEES & COSTS

ADULT FEES

( for 21 years old and over, per head)

8 hour tour

  • 1 guest: 10500
  • 2 guest: 5250 each
  • 3 guest: 4250 each
  • 4 guest: 3500 each
  • 5 guest or more: 3000 each

6 hour tour

  • 1 guest: 8500
  • 2 guest: 4250 each
  • 3 guest: 3500 each
  • 4 guest: 3000 each
  • 5 guest or more: 2500 each

4 hour tour

  • 1 guest: 7000
  • 2 guest: 3500 each
  • 3 guest: 3000 each
  • 4 guest: 2500 each

Note: Accompanying officials including bodyguards, are charged the same way as tourists.

Included in fee: GUIDANCE BY A BLUEFOOT CULTURE AMBASSADOR and REFRESHMENT BASKET in the car.

Not included in fee: TAX, CAR with driver, Hotel pick ups, LUNCH, BREAKFAST, PERSONAL EXPENSES

EXTRAS IN DETAIL

• 18% GST tax

• Tour Car: We need a car and driver to accompany us throughout the duration of the tour. Bring your own, or pay 2000 extra overall + 18% TAX for group size 5 and under, if your group is bigger than 5 people but less than 12 people, a luxury 10 seater van costs 10000 rupees for a full day tour, and a regular tempo traveller basic costs 3750 rupees for a full day tour. For bigger groups 12 people upwards please write to us.

• Hotel pick up and drop back: If we are using our car, our pick up for guests within 3km from MG road is free. Beyond that is chargeable at 13Rs per km + 150 per hour extra driving.

•Lunch: 750 rupees per person plus you pay 750 for guide, Kids at half price if they are over 5. Less than 5 free.

• Breakfast: 200 INR per person plus 200 INR for guide. Kids 5 to 12 years at half price if they are over 5. Less than 5 free.

• Personal Expenses: In case you choose to buy things along the way, you are encouraged to spend your own cash so that reimbursements aren’t invoiced to you with added taxes. Otherwise please let us know in advance if you would like us to pick up any bills along the way and invoice them to you in the end.

Sub-Total:

Optimal Inclusions:


Sub-Total:

Total:



A note about this estimation:

  • This estimate has been calculated based on group size, transportation inclusion (or not), meal requests etc. If you have any questions or concerns, you may add them in the notes area just above the submit button.
  • If you have requested a pickup and drop off, the costs will be communicated to you for your approval before you make the final booking and payment.
  • Certain meals are default included, like lunch is a default on the 8 hour tour. If you need a change made there please write that in the notes above.

Thank You !


FOOD CRAWLS - OVERVIEW

Bangaloreans are foodies. Every locality boasts restaurants dishing out finger-licking food: all the way from fast food to fine dine gourmet and sushi.

The great weather makes eating out feel natural, and the fact that Bangalore is a melting pot of cultures makes the variety as exciting as a box of chocolates!

We have curated food tours so that you get the most of these flavours. These tours can be custom tailored to suit your time availability, interest, mood and tastes! Please find below a sample program:

•  9 a.m. : Breakfast at a snake temple.

•  10:00 a.m. : Coffee in Bangalore's oldest coffee room.

•  11:00 a.m. : Visit a spice market, a fruit and vegetable bazaar, and get an insight into the vegetables, spices and fruit that go into Indian cooking.

•  12:00 PM : Do a cookout in the home of the royal family of Bangalore.

•  1:00 PM : Lunch with the Indian family.

•  2:30 PM : Coffee in an old colonial cafe.

•  4:00 PM : Indian street food (Chaat, and Muslim food like Kabab and Biriyani) tasting

•  END TOUR AT 5 pm

 

FOOD CRAWLS - FEES & COSTS

8 hour tour

1 guest: 10500

2 guest: 5250 each

3 guest: 4750 each

4 guest: 4000 each

5 guest or more: 3750 each

Included in fee:

GUIDANCE BY A BLUEFOOT CULTURE AMBASSADOR and REFRESHMENT BASKET in the car.

Not included in fee:

TAX, CAR with driver, Hotel pick ups, actual cost of drinks and food along the way, BREAKFAST, PERSONAL EXPENSES

Extras in detail:

•  Tour Car: This tour can be done hitch-hiker style, a combination of walking, metro and rickshaw. Or maybe even Uber. but if you would like need a car and driver to accompany us throughout the duration of the tour. Bring your own, or pay 2000 extra overall + 18% TAX for group size 5 and under, if your group is bigger than 5 people but less than 12 people, a luxury 10 seater van costs 10000 rupees for a full day tour, and a regular tempo traveller basic costs 3750 rupees for a full day tour. For bigger groups 12 people upwards please write to us.

•  Hotel pick up and drop back: If we are using our car, our pick up for guests within 3km from MG road is free. Beyond that is chargeable at 13Rs per km + 150 per hour extra driving.

•  Food and drinks: Approx 2500 INR per person, but could be more or less depending on your appetite.

•  Personal Expenses: In case you choose to buy things along the way, you are encouraged to spend your own cash so that reimbursements aren’t invoiced to you with added taxes. Otherwise please let us know in advance if you would like us to pick up any bills along the way and invoice them to you in the end.

Note: Accompanying officials including bodyguards, are charged the same way as tourists.

Sub-Total: