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Experiential Culture Tour of Bangalore

From US$65.00
  • Half- or full-day experience-based cultural tour of Bangalore
  • Go beyond the guidebook and experience the people and activities that make the city tick
  • Meet the locals and explore secret lanes, markets, scrapyards, slum projects, temples and more
Experiential Culture Tour of Bangalore
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Start with breakfast and local coffee, tour for a while, lunch, and then tour some more. The 8-hour is the most popular tour option on the Bluefoot menu. Meals not included in tour price.
From US$80.00
Four hours tour, with a quick local coffee break. Coffee not included in tour price.
From US$65.00
Uncover the true essence of Bangalore on an experience-based small-group tour. Ditch the guidebook and discover the Bangalore known to the locals; experiencing markets, secret temples, slum projects, scrapyards, craft workshops, and more. Explore hidden alleyways, try pottery-making, and meet locals at a café. Your itinerary is fluid, evolving on route around your group’s wishes. Choose a 4-hour tour with breakfast (own expense), or an 8-hour tour with lunch (own expense).
What to Expect
Select a 4-hour or 8-hour tour when you book. Then, meet your guide and group of no more than 15 in central Bangalore. Your guide will listen to your group’s interests, and tailor the itinerary around your shared wishes, evolving and improvising your experience on the spot if need be.

Perhaps take a drive around some colonial-era buildings, old roads, and parliamentary districts before discovering off-the-beaten track gems such as scrapyards where inventive programs are helping Bangalore’s poor. 

Stop for breakfast (own expense) at a Snake Temple, explore alleyways to see arts, crafts, and religious activities; stroll through food markets; and maybe gossip with locals over tea and coffee (own expense) at an old café.

Other options include exploring a farmer’s market, viewing a Sikh temple or Kali temple in the heart of a Hindu cemetery, or seeing Bangalore’s oldest church and the scrapyard behind it where dubious car parts are traded.

For those interested in art and crafts, perhaps visit a local pottery village to try pottery-making, or a cartoon gallery where artists capture Bangalore in caricatures.

If you’ve chosen the full-day tour, stop for lunch in a traditional Karnataka tasting room or at an authentic local family home (both own expense).

Other possible activities include visiting a women’s empowerment project in Bangalore’s slums, block printing a silk scarf, or watching a rangoli street artist creating delicate pavement patterns from rice and flowers.

Alternatively, call at Bangalore’s famous Bull Temple or an ISKCON (Hare Krishna) temple, or maybe have your future told by a parakeet-aided astrologer. Perhaps finish with some souvenir shopping, scouting out saris, silks, or other goods at some of the city’s best markets.

When it’s time, your tour ends at the original departure point.
Reviews (7)
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Reviewed today
Wonderful Day Experiencing Bangalore

We visited Bangalore on business travel and had an extra day to explore the city. We choose to do a 6-hour Experiential Culture Tour of Bangalore with Jackie as our guide. It was a wonderful experience that felt like visiting with a close friend as...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank David R
Reviewed 5 March 2018
Fantastic! You must take the all-day tour here!

A wonderful way to see all the best parts of the city, especially if you're interested in seeing the real Bangalore from a local perspective, not just what tourists should see. The driver and guide were fantastic. I can't imagine seeing this city any other...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank kasimo770
Reviewed 17 February 2018
A Must-do in Bangalore!

Culture Rings provides incredible tours with great local knowledge and personal touches. They are highly flexible and offer a range of options for anyone. I have taken a tour with my 6 & 8 year old, who got to design and create their own clothes,...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank farrahg2017
Reviewed 1 December 2017 via mobile
Great city tour of Bangalore with extra touch

We filled a minibus with a mixed age group from 50-8 and we all had a great day ! Our guide gave the trip that extra touch with her reflections and insight to what we saw during the tour. We had a traditional lunch cooked...More

1  Thank kalleviken
Reviewed 30 November 2017
Thank you for a great day!

Thank you Jackie for a fantastic cultural tour of Bangalore. Your local knowledge, insight and variety of experiences offered, made it a very enjoyable day.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank JoBocc1512
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