This is where we do the things that need doing. Out of love. It’s our little way of saying Thank You to the city we love.
And to all you wonderful people who support us and our Beloved Bangalore by joining our walks and tours.
Victorian Bangalore Walk
Traverse history from the fall of Tipu in 1799 to the turn of the 20th Century.
Queen Victoria ascended the throne in 1837, just a few years after the establishment of the British Cantonment in Bangalore.
This quiet little town in South India grew quite spectacularly over the next 70 years. The seeds of Bangalore’s current persona – its leadership in technology, industry, scientific research & aerospace, its pubs, greenery, sporting culture and cosmopolitanism, as also the traffic chaos, demographic diversity and attractiveness to immigrants – were sown at different times and places in the Victorian era.
Great introduction to Bangalore. Breezy walk. Loads of information and entertainment. Walk down the history of a very happening city
– Janardhan Roye, history buff and columnist in Deccan Herald
You know why Bangalore is on the minds of 21st century Americans – now learn why 19th century Britain was just as excited about this city
– Manohar Rao, long-time resident Bangalore resident
A very good reason to be up early on a week-end. Perhaps as stimulating as golf on a three hour course.
– Krishna Chidambi, another long-time Bangalore resident
Green Heritage Walk
with Vijay Thiruvady
Many thanks for the Lalbagh walk. I can’t remember when I have had such a delightful time re-exploring a venue I thought I knew intimately. In three hours your ‘walk’ brings to life history, environment, botany, culture, landscape architecture, gardening and food—unpeeling an unknown Bangalore/Bengaluru. I have been recommending it to all my friends. More power to you and Arun.
– Girish Karnad
Our walkers have included
Zafar Futehally, Nirupama Rao Menon (Senior Diplomat), Dr. W Kalfoken (Harvard Smithsonian), Prof. J. Henry (Johns Hopkins), residents of over a dozen countries including Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Germany, Guadeloupe, India, Singapore, and of course, hundreds of Bangalore residents – those who walk here regularly as well as those who have never been to Lalbagh before.
Military Heritage Walk
Come and discover Bangalore’s Military Heritage!
Join us on a walking tour of the MEG & C and hear the stories of the valour, gallantry and courage of the “Thambi” who has served from 1800 onwards in Egypt, Ava (Burma), Java, Persia, Abyssinia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Mesopotamia, Crimea, Gallipoli, France & Flanders, South Africa and German East Africa and most places in the Sub-continent.
The “Thambi” has built Bailey bridges at 18,300 ft., the highest airfields at 12,000 ft, roads from the Red Sea to the Abyssinian capital Magdala at 5500 ft, railroads in India and elsewhere, invented the Bangalore Torpedo used worldwide, has served and led UN peacekeeping missions from the Congo across to Cambodia. Though established as an engineering enabling unit, the ‘Thambi” has also served as a combat/assault force in different theatres of war.
These were the Madras Pioneers and later – Madras Sappers & Miners who were the “ First Soldiers Of The Empire” and Free India’s Finest now housed (since 1865) in Bangalore.
Bangalore Walks is privileged to take you for a tour through the MEG & C Museum and War Memorial
How long is the walk?
We walk barely 1km over 2 hrs with several stops. That’s easy!
And we treat you well. In addition to a guided walk, you get:
– A heartening breakfast
– An exclusive look at areas not normally open to the public
– A chance to meet others with similar interests
A testimonial from Ujjwala Murthy:
The Military heritage walk at MEG was truly truly memorable. I am not a history buff and came on this walk out of curiosity but was totally blown by the history of the Madras Sappers and Miners. So many things made this walk memorable, just highlighting a few:
The meticulous documentation from centuries back and the care with which everything is preserved at the museum
Honored to place a wreath at the War memorial – just being part of the ceremony was such a privilege!
The attention to detail and the importance to keeping everything spic and span at MEG. Saw the soldier picking small dry grass by hand at the Monkey House
The salutes by the soldiers at every street/corner – when actually we are the ones who should be saluting them.
The chivalry – at every occasion the women were served first. After a long time, really felt like a lady ?
The attention to detail in getting the walk organized – the brochures, follow ups and ensuring everything goes as planned
Last but not the least, the captivating story telling by Vijay – I think we could have all listened to you for hours. Your knowledge is truly amazing.
It was such a great experience to be part of the first military heritage walk and getting a glimpse of what is behind the MEG walls. Looking forward to the other walks now and hope more and more people sign up and experience the Military Heritage walk…I have started spreading the word around!! Thank you again for this opportunity to be part of the walk. Totally loved it!
Cubbon Park Walk
This central park is more than just a park – it is a repository of the city’s history
The Walk will cover the architecture of some major buildings of the 1860s, the history and contribution of the 5 people whose statues are erected at Cubbon Park, the greenery at Cubbon Park and some special people who walk through Cubbon Park in the 20th century – including Rumale, Anderson and Ronald Ross.
We are NOT on facebook or twitter
Not yet, at least! Despite repeated requests from all and sundry to do so. Well, we have bucked every trend in the past 6 years and revel in our maverick streak of doing things differently. We have no sales brochure, carry no ads, have no partnerships with hotels or travel agencies, provide very little information on what we do, and then expect people to get up at 6am on a weekend to join us. Quite crazy if you think about it.
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We make your Bangalore experience special!
Take a walk, go on a tour, see a show…. enjoy this wonderful city.
We’ve done this every weekend since 2005.
Come, connect with your city. Join us on a walk this weekend.
Over 30,000 people have experienced our walks & tours in the past 10 years
We respect those who took the time for a tour with us
NR Narayana Murthy (Chairman, Infosys), Nandan Nilekani (CEO, Infosys), Rick Waddle (CEO, Northern Trust), Jack Little (CEO, The MathWorks), Eli Broad, Penny Brown (advisor to Madeleine Albright), Sophie Fallou (Director, Shell), Joe Podolny (Dean – Yale School of Business), Mitchell Adams (Dean, Harvard Medical School), Lord & Lady Cornwallis, Ravi Venkatesam (CEO, Microsoft India), Kevin Smith (President, Fidelity India), Marcel Hungerbuehler (CEO- Bengaluru Int’l Aiport), Anand Mahajan (MD, Saint-Gobain), Vijay Taparia (MD, Supreme Industries), S Salgaocar (MD, Salgaocar & Bros), Pradip Shah (Chairman, IndAsia), Venu Nair (CEO, Marks & Spencer India), Crissy Carpenter (CEO, Paley Centre for Media), Kanwal Rekhi (Co-Founder, TiE), Scott Stallard (HP), Christopher Perrigo (Target), Abhik Mitra (MD – TNT India), Dr Nagaraja Rao (former Dir Gen, Archaeological Survey of India).