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Bangalore: Walking Tour of Fort, Palaces, and Market

1. Bangalore: Walking Tour of Fort, Palaces, and Market

Meet your guide at the meeting point at the designated time. Dive straight into the history of the city as you navigate the streets. The bustling market areas with narrow streets are bursting with stories that reflect the real soul of Bangalore. Depending on the starting time of the tour, have an indulgent breakfast or snack of the locals' favourite Masala Dosa and South Indian Filter Coffee. With a true Bangalorean as your guide, navigate the older parts of the city as you learn about its origins, including the fascinating history of Tipu Sultan and the British. Explore some of Bangalore's oldest neighbourhoods. Enjoy delicious snacks for a memorable day to an area often ignored by other travellers. Proceed to KR Market, which is one of the largest wholesale market places in India. Walk through the busy market as you take in the smells and sights of colourful flowers and fresh produce. Next, head to the ruins of the Bangalore Fort, built in the 1700's and compare it the paintings done by the British in the same period. Our final stop will be the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan. Marvel at the teak wood columns and the influence of the Indo-Islamic culture on the frescoes. Learn about the maze-like dungeons designed for defence strategy. At the end of the memorable walking tour of Old Bangalore, your guide will assist you with booking a taxi or finding public transport for you to head back.

Bangalore: Mysore Tour with Lunch and Guide

2. Bangalore: Mysore Tour with Lunch and Guide

The first stop is at the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan, often called the Tiger of Mysore for his valiant fight with the British. Dariya Daulat Bagh, the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan, is built in Indo-Sarcenic style and has a few magnificent murals depicting the war of Tipu with the British. The next destination is the notorious Bailey's Dungeon. Colonel Bailey's Dungeon is the famous dungeon where Tipu imprisoned several British Officers during the war. Tales about this notorious location will also be told throughout the tour. The magnificent Mysore Palace beckons you next. The Palace is a 3-storied stone structure, with marble domes and a 145-foot, five-storied tower. Your guided tour of the palace will take you through the Public Hall, Private Hall, Dolls Pavilion, and the Royal Wedding Hall. India’s first sand sculpture museum is the final destination on your tour. Conceived and built by Gowri, a leading sand sculptor, the sand museum took 4 months and 115 loads of construction sand to build. It is a unique museum where one finds the heritage of Mysore crafted into sand, and it is incredible to note that these marvelous pieces of art were made using just sand and water. After you have finished discovering this unique spectacle, you will be returned safely to your point of origin.

Bangalore: Sightseeing Day Tour with Lunch

3. Bangalore: Sightseeing Day Tour with Lunch

The first stop of your Bangalore day tour is the 240-acre Lalbagh Botanical Garden. Home to more than 1,800 species of plants, shrubs, and trees, see why the garden serves as the lungs of the city and what makes it such a prominent landmark. Escape the concrete jungle of Bangalore as you take refuge here before heading to your next destination. Continue on to Bull Temple, dedicated to Nandi Bull the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Admire the temple's architecture and presence as one of the oldest temples in Bangalore that draws devotees from all over the country. Enter the temple to see the huge idol of Nandi Bull and learn about its mythical origins.  After the temple, visit Vidhan Soudha, one of the most famous buildings in Bangalore. As it houses the legislative chambers of the state government and is a working office, be impressed by the massiveness of the building while viewing it from outside. Hear about its construction and fine architectural details from your guide.  Head to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Bangalore temple cultural complex and learn about this interesting branch of the Hindu religion. Then go to Bangalore Palace which belonged to the Wodeyar Kings of Mysore. Built-in the Tudor style, the palace has fortified towers, battlements, and turrets. Its interior houses elegant wood carvings, floral motifs, relief paintings, and furniture in Edwardian and Victorian themes. Take an audio tour of the palace and hear in rich detail about the lives and times of the kings. During your tour, enjoy a stop for lunch that is included.

From Bangalore: Taj Mahal 2-Day Tour with Flights and Hotel

4. From Bangalore: Taj Mahal 2-Day Tour with Flights and Hotel

Embark on a 2-day trip from Bangalore to the must-see Taj Mahal. Enjoy included private round-trip transportation, 1-night accommodation, flight tickets, entry tickets, and most meals. Visit Agra to explore a local market and Agra Fort. Day: 1The day begins with early morning pickup from your hotel in Bangalore, then head to the airport for your flight to New Delhi. Enjoy a meal on the flight and look out the window to admire views of the world below. Arrive in New Delhi where your driver will be waiting to pick you up. Travel along the Speed Expressway directly to Agra and have a packed lunch on the way there. On Arrival in Agra, meet your private guide and get help checking into your hotel. Explore the Agra Fort on a private tour, then visit a local market and marble shops in the evening. Later, head back to your hotel to have dinner and rest for the night. Day: 2Following early morning pickup, go to the Taj Mahal to see it at sunrise. As you follow your guide around the Taj Mahal, learn about this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the building’s architecture, of which every corner, wall, and detail is beyond imagination. After about 2 hours at the Taj Mahal, get driven back to your hotel for breakfast. Drive to Delhi in the evening for an approximately 2.5-hour return flight to Bangalore. Enjoy dinner during your flight. Upon arrival in Bangalore, your driver will be waiting to drop you back off at your hotel.

Half-Day Cultural Tour of Bangalore

5. Half-Day Cultural Tour of Bangalore

Start you journey with hotel pick-up at around 9:00 in the morning as your guide and chauffeur awaits you. From here head to the neo-classical styled Iskcon temple. You'll stay here for 30 minutes after which you continue to the ornate teak-covered Tipu Sultan’s Palace. This historic two-story royal home was recently converted into museum, offering unique insight into Bangalore history. Stay here for 40 minutes. Visit the lush Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, a facility that houses more than 1,000 unique floras. Your stay of time over here would be around 45 minutes as later you proceed to enjoy a local south Indian lunch. After lunch, admire the beauty of city’s Bangalore palace from outside. Before the tour ends, visit the Bull temple built in the Dravidian style into the surrounding rocks. After this your tour ends with hotel drop-off you are free to explore the city at your own.

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What people are saying about Bangalore

It was a lovely well paced day out. Starting in the beautiful botanical gardens was a wonderful way to start the day and ease you into the hustle and bustle of the city. Don’t be in a hurry… And enjoy every unique experience from drinking green coconut water and eating the insides to feeling the heat on the bottom of your feet while walking into an incense filled temple. All of your senses will be tingled on this learning about Indian culture experience.

I really enjoyed the historical tour in Bangalore with Sushma. She is a very good guide and I really enjoyed the colorful market. The experience was unique. Moreover she shared very good addresses for night life with us.

Wonderful tour guide. Very knowledgeable and helpful. The driver was wonderful as well and the car was clean and well maintained. highly recommend

All perfect. The driver was very professional and good. The clear guides in the explanations

Great experience. Guide really loves this city and it shows.