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Bangalore Through the Ages - Full-Day Tour of the City with Lunch

Get to know the evolution of Bangalore from its humble beginings to its transformation into a modern megapolis in this private 8 to 9-hour guided tour . Explore the fascinating sites of different eras and visit a historical temple, archeological museum, heritage buildings, a bustling bazaar and market, statues and a church, remains of a fortification, a lush park, and learn about their significance and contribution in the making of Bangalore.

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7 to 8 hours


Hotel pickup available


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  • What's included :
    • Transport by private air-conditioned car or minivan
    • Authentic local Lunch
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Central Bengaluru area
    • Professional English Speaking Heritage Expert
    • Bottled water
    • Entry Fees
    • Entry/Admission - Lalbagh Botanical Garden
    • Entry/Admission - Bangalore Fort
    • Entry/Admission - Venkatappa Art Gallery and Government Museum
    What's excluded :
    • Personal Shopping
    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Lalbagh, Bengaluru 560004 India

    Our story and exploration begins at this marvellous garden dating form 1760, making it the oldest in the city. It is also the largest in the city with over two thousand species of rare and tropical plant life.
    Along with exploring the unique sights the garden has to offer you will also get to know how Bangalore evolved from its modest origin in pre-medieval times to the times when it was a fairly nondescript place compared to its more illustrious peers, now long faded into oblivion; to the fascinating period when the city was traded and gifted about; then fought over and retained as a prized possession; right down to the time it reached an inflexion point culminating in its transformation into a modern metropolis and IT outsourcing capital of the world.

    Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

    Stop At: Bangalore District, Bangalore District, Karnataka

    Next we make our way to a centuries old historical temple whose tall gopura or tower has stood like a sentinel watching the colossal events of the city and the evolution of the landscape around it. Get to know about the Hindu religion which has a billion adherents and its unique attributes and gods as we seek the blessings of the deity inside the temple.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Bangalore Fort, Krishna Rajendra Rd, Bengaluru 560002 India

    More stories of the city are contained within the modest precinct of this once might fort than in any other part of the city. Get to marvel at the expertly constructed granite walls( the stone placements have been compared to the ones in Machu Picchu), stone carvings/stucco artwork and massive wooden doorways that have gracefully withstood the passage of time.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: KR Market, Near Avenue Road-Mysore Road junction, Bengaluru 560002 India

    We then stroll over to this remarkable wholesale market which emerges in the late 1790s on a dried lakebed. Get to witness the hustle and bustle of the daily life of the buyers and sellers. Some of the unique sights(especially of the flower market), sounds and smells are sure to stay with you for a long time to come.

    We break off for a traditional south Indian lunch after this stop

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Venkatappa Art Gallery and Government Museum, Kasturba Road Cubbon Park, Gandhi Nagar, Bengaluru India

    Post lunch we will explore the sights and landmarks of what was called the Cantonment and later, the Civil and Military station during the British rule of this part of the city. We begin at the Government Archeological museum, a picturesque Greco-Roman building from 1877, a modest home to some unique artefacts and stone sculptors that showcase the glory of Bangalore and its surroundings and India in general.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Sir Mark Cubbon Statue, Ambedkar Veedhi, Bengaluru 560001 India

    We stroll over to a fine cast-iron statue of a unique and likeable Briton from the Isle of Man and get to know why we have many landmarks and locations named after him in Bangalore even to this day

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Vidhana Soudha and Attara Kacheri, Cubbon Park, Bengaluru India

    This stately Pompeian red coloured building is now the High court of Karnataka but was earlier known as the Public Offices or Attara Kacheri and housed the various departments to carry out the administration of the state. It was built in 1868 on a scale way beyond its actual need. Get to admire its perfect symmetry, Corinthian columns and pediments as you listen to interesting facts about this building.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Vidhana Soudha and Attara Kacheri, Cubbon Park, Bengaluru India

    Our next stop is the majestic Vidhana Soudha, the largest state legislature or local parliament building in India made of grey granite. Get to know the interesting story of why this building comes about and the reason it looks the way it is

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Bangalore District, Bangalore District, Karnataka

    No story of British rule of the state from 1831 to 1881 is complete without a visit to a prominent church from that era. Its hallowed walls contain stories and vivid descriptions of its gentry and you will hear from us how a tiny island nation on the edge of the Atlantic ocean, several thousand kilometers from here manages to establish a toehold in India and goes on to establish the largest empire known to mankind.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Bangalore Palace, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru 560052 India

    Our last stop of this comprehensive tour of the city ends at the Bangalore Palace. We will explore the outside of this stately building, the Bangalore home since the 1870s of the Wodeyar rulers of the kingdom of Mysore. Get to know the fascinating story of why this home of the rulers looks so British with its battlements, turrets and ivy on its granite walls

    Duration: 15 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Cauvery Emporium, Brigade Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001, India
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We will pick you up and drop you back to your central Bangalore location/hotel or Cauvery Emporium
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Adult pricing applies to all travelers.
    • Dress code is smart casual
    • Language English only
    • A maximum of 15 people per booking
    • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date
    • Wheelchair not accessible
    • Minimum age is 2 years
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Hidden Gems Tours

Activity ID: V-46765P3

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