GENERAL CULTURE TOUR (BEST SELLER)

OVERVIEW

Our private Bangalore tours 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 guidebook 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 subcultures 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 happier you’ll find yourself as the tour unfolds.

We offer these tours in 4 hours, 6 hours 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 the 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 colorful 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.

 

 

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, customizable 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 cultureringstours@gmail.com 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 computerized 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 downtown 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 specializes 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)

 

 

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 humor, 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 PM: Start with a microbrewery tour, beer tasting and wood-fired pizza.

2:30 PM : Get a 360-degree view of downtown 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 : Popcorn and beer at one of the drinking institutions of the 1980s.

END TOUR AT 6 PM

 

 

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 AM : Breakfast at a snake temple.

10:00 AM : Coffee in Bangalore’s oldest coffee room.

11:00 AM : 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

 

 

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 in Bangalore, some ancient temples nearly 800 years old… some even older, the homes once inhabited by royal families of the state and of other states with family affiliations to the erstwhile royal state of Mysore: like the Gondal royal family and the Nepal family. We also go down memory lane in art museums, antique stores, old townships within the city, to understand what events brought this city to be where it is today.

9 AM to 5 PM: 8 HOUR TOUR

• Rural cuisine for breakfast

• Start with an early morning prayer at one of Bangalore’s oldest temple districts.

• Visit a palace that has been the most recent private property of the Royal Family of Mysore that ruled the land for 27 generations.

• Lunch in an old colonial cafe that boasts having baked a cake for Queen Elizabeth during her fleeting visit to Bangalore city.

• Visit Bangalore’s oldest church and understand the legends of the relationship between the French and the Mysorean armies.

• Drive through colonial Bangalore.

• Visit an art gallery by a painter who captures the history of Bangalore in the form or caricatures, showing the city’s transformation from the Garden City to what it is now Coffee in what was once a royal home and now a heritage hotel.

 

 

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. 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.

SAMPLE PROGRAM:

• Have breakfast in an old cafe, frozen in time. Follow your lens as it captures the character of old school Bangaloreans, as they indulge in their breakfast, coffee, gossip or shop talk. And the non-stop churn out of food and drink from the busiest kitchen South of Mahatma Gandhi road.

• Witness the morning ritual and blessing at an ancient Hindu temple, weathering carvings while the sun starts to pick up strength.

• People-watch at Bangalore’s oldest church. Capture people being true and sincere to not just their own religion, but also offering their humility and faith to others just as well. Capture folded hands, trances, rituals.

• Capture the Dhobis in action: the washermen’s community that does laundry for a living. Sunshine, splashing water, muscle, fabric textures, colors, fire, children, families, drying yards… a kaleidoscope of impressions for a culture enthusiastic photographer.

• Drive through old colonial Bangalore, making pictures of old homes built by the British Capture the last of Bangalore’s charming bungalow architecture that once was its pride.

• Walk through old residential lanes areas, crumbling and fast disappearing old Hindu multi-storey residential buildings.

• A heart-wrenching experience for philanthropists and just anyone who looks from the
heart: the slums of North Bangalore is an asbestos bits leaning on each other to create shelters for people who can’t afford themselves a home to rent.

• Walk through an ancient Hindu cemetery where a certain sect of Hindus buries their dead with the head propped above the ground.

• In the heart of the cemetery capture the rituals performed by worshippers of the goddess of darkness, slayer of demons: KALI.