Ancient Roots, Modern Pursuits


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Ancient Roots, Modern Pursuits

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Learn the stories of Bangalore’s past that have inspired its modern future.
Taste the exotic flavors of Southern India with its most celebrated dishes.
Breathe the fresh morning air as you explore the park that gave the Garden City its name.
Admire the beautiful Neo-Dravidian architecture of Vidhana Soudha.
Stroll past Bangalore’s most historic monuments, including the life-size statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Queen Victoria, and the gigantic red sandstone high courts.

Local English-speaking guide; Breakfast; Bottle of water; Monument fees.

Additional food and drinks; Tips and gratuities for the guide.

Hours of operation
Available Thursday - Tuesday at 8:30am.

Approximately 3.5 hours.

Meeting point: St. Mark’s Cathedral Church, Bangalore.
Ending point: Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore.

Despite being the modern, cosmopolitan capital of India, a vibrant traditional heart still beats inside Bangalore. This tour will reveal the ancient glory of the city and help you understand it like a true-blue Bangalorean. Discovering the unique stories of the past, you will see how they continue to inspire Bangalore today.
We begin our Bangalore tour at the heart of Indian culture — its food! We’ll drop by a South-Indian restaurant to sample two of Bangalore’s most celebrated dishes: dosai (rice and lentil pancake) and idly vada (a steamed rice cake).
Get ready to burn off those calories as we continue our walk towards St. Mark’s Cathedral, consecrated by the Bishop of Calcutta in the 1800s and rebuilt in the early 90s. The architecture hints at India’s colonial roots, with a huge dome atop a semicircular chancel.
Continuing on in our Bangalore walking tour, we’ll pass the statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Queen Victoria to reach the Government Museum. With two floors and 18 galleries, you’ll get your history fix exploring an amazing collection of ancient coins, art, and 5,000-year-old relics from the Indus Valley civilization.
With Bangalore already touching our hearts, we’ll proceed to the famed park that gave Bangalore the nickname of the “Garden City.” The park has been renamed a number of times, but it remains Cubbon Park to the locals.
Moving on, we’ll pass the gigantic High Court of Bangalore, various secretariat buildings, and finally the Vidhana Soudha. This Neo-Dravidian-style building is the seat of state legislature and a delight to the eyes. Having soaked in the history and heritage of the Garden City, you’ll feel like a certified Bangalorean ready to feast on some great restaurant recommendations by your local guide.

Additional Information
You are advised to dress conservatively as we will be visiting religious sites.

Participant restrictions
Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

Cancellation: 2 days prior 100% penalty. No show 100% penalty.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

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