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Sometimes there’s nothing quite like exploring this lovely, sprawling city by foot. Luckily for the urban-wanderlust-hit, the last few years have seen several companies offering walking trails in the city. Here are some the city’s best walking tour companies.

LBB’s Loving 

Bangalore Walks

Readers’ Vote

Nandi Valley Walks

Bangalore Walks

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Source: Bangalore Walks

One of the oldest walking tours company in the city — it only seems fair to start with these guys. You can choose from walks such as the “Green Heritage” walks through Lalbagh or the “Military Heritage” one around MEG {Madras Engineering Group} and the Ulsoor area, soaking up the city’s military history. They also have themed tours, ideal for foreign visitors and newbies in the city.

#LBBTip: They are on a break till mid-July.

Contact: Email bangalorewalks@gmail.com to join a walk

Check out their website here.

{They’re happy about not being on social media so far and having a following despite that!}

Oota Walks

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Source: The Oota Walks

Even if you’re resolutely not of the history-minded variety, surely you’d love to sample what the city has in store for your tummy? Oota Walks, founded by Simi Mathew and Shibaji Ghosh, organises food tours around the city’s culinary hotspots, from Basavanagudi to Nagarathpete.

Contact: +91 9916129575 or email simi@simimathew.com

Find them on Facebook here for updates on upcoming walks.

Bengaluru By Foot

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Started by city-based architect, Mansoor Ali, this group offers everything from heritage walks to food trails. From the Houses of Malgudi walks {to explore some of the oldest houses here that will remind you of the fictional town, Malgudi} to a walk in Nagarathpete that will take you through the weavers’ community there, this one’s all about getting to know the city up close.

They have an upcoming Ramzan Iftar walk in Frazer Town on Sunday, June 19. Find out more here.

Contact: +91 9035888429, or email at bengalurubyfoot@gmail.com

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here. 

INTACH Parichays

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The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has been regularly conducting walks around the city’s lesser-explored neighbourhoods such as Gavipuram, or even themed walks such as the Art Conservation Parichay. Beware: their walks fill up very quickly, so keep your fingers on the ready!

We love their walks, but we also love their walks app – they’re perfect for the solitary traveller.

Contact: 080 26794220

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their their website here.

You can download the app for Android here and for iOS here.  

Unhurried

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Image via Unhurried

You’ve gotta love a name like that. Somehow we feel it perfectly captures the languorous pace of our city. Unhurried organises culture and food trails in and around the city’s iconic spots, such as Malleshwaram and Russell Market.

They have a Food/Culture walk in Frazer Town on Saturday, June 18. Find out more here.

Contact: +91 9880565446 or email reachus@unhurried.in.

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

Chai With History

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Image via Chai With History.

This one’s for the serious history buff. Functioning as a Facebook group, they conduct day trips to historical venues in and around Bangalore, such as the Someshwara temple in Ulsoor, and Devanahalli. They also conduct reading groups and talks.

You can see details of upcoming walks on their Facebook events page here

Find them on Facebook here.

Nandi Valley Walks

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Source: Nandi Valley Walks

Reader Siddharth Mangharam shared with us his personal favourite: The Nandi Valley Walks conducts informative walking trails in and around the foot of the Nandi area. They include stops such as the Bhoganandishwara Temple, which dates back to the 9th century, and an abandoned British cemetery nearby. Read more about it here.

They have an upcoming walk on Sunday, June 26. Find out more here.

Contact: +91 9880932380

Find them on Facebook here.

India Foundation for the Arts

Though not exclusively a walks company, India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) conducts occasional walks as part of its Project 560; for instance, one of their trails explored Hanumantha Nagar, with noted historian Suresh Moona leading the group.

Contact: 080 23414681

Find them on Facebook page here.

Check out their website here.

Hasiru Usiru

Hasiru Usiru, the environmental advocacy group, occasionally conducts tree walks in particular neighbourhoods of Bangalore.

Contact: You can stay in touch by joining the Hasiru Usiru mailing list.

Yours Truly India

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Source: Yours Truly India

Photo walks, food tours, shopping tours and walking tours are what you can sign up for with Yours Truly. Be it the Unusual Walk {check out the old town area with strange practices and colonial style homes} or the Forgotten Cultures walk {which explores age-old spots like a medicine shop which treated the Royals and a temple older than 350 years}, the group has interesting options to pick from. You could even customise walks according to your preferences.

They have an upcoming Forgotten Cultures walk on Sunday, June 19. Find out more here.

Contact: +91 9480049807

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

Destination Heritage

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Source: Destination Heritage

Apart from talks, workshops and exhibitions, Destination Heritage also has monthly walks in and around the city, specifically in South Bangalore. Taking you through stories about particular spots, these trails help familiarise you with the rich heritage of the city.

Contact: +91 9980960714

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

With inputs from Roshni Jacob

Featured image via: Nandi Valley Walks

Walk The Talk With These City-Based Tours

Sometimes there’s nothing quite like exploring this lovely, sprawling city by foot. Luckily for the urban-wanderlust-hit, the last few years have seen several companies offering walking trails in the city. Here are some the city’s best walking tour companies.

LBB’s Loving 

Bangalore Walks

Readers’ Vote

Nandi Valley Walks

Bangalore Walks

One of the oldest walking tours company in the city — it only seems fair to start with these guys. You can choose from walks such as the “Green Heritage” walks through Lalbagh or the “Military Heritage” one around MEG {Madras Engineering Group} and the Ulsoor area, soaking up the city’s military history. They also have themed tours, ideal for foreign visitors and newbies in the city.

#LBBTip: They are on a break till mid-July.

Contact: Email bangalorewalks@gmail.com to join a walk

Check out their website here.

{They’re happy about not being on social media so far and having a following despite that!}

Oota Walks

Even if you’re resolutely not of the history-minded variety, surely you’d love to sample what the city has in store for your tummy? Oota Walks, founded by Simi Mathew and Shibaji Ghosh, organises food tours around the city’s culinary hotspots, from Basavanagudi to Nagarathpete.

Contact: +91 9916129575 or email simi@simimathew.com

Find them on Facebook here for updates on upcoming walks.

Bengaluru By Foot

Bengaluru by Foot_jpg

Started by city-based architect, Mansoor Ali, this group offers everything from heritage walks to food trails. From the Houses of Malgudi walks {to explore some of the oldest houses here that will remind you of the fictional town, Malgudi} to a walk in Nagarathpete that will take you through the weavers’ community there, this one’s all about getting to know the city up close.

They have an upcoming Ramzan Iftar walk in Frazer Town on Sunday, June 19. Find out more here.

Contact: +91 9035888429, or email at bengalurubyfoot@gmail.com

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here. 

INTACH Parichays

INTACH_jpg

The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has been regularly conducting walks around the city’s lesser-explored neighbourhoods such as Gavipuram, or even themed walks such as the Art Conservation Parichay. Beware: their walks fill up very quickly, so keep your fingers on the ready!

We love their walks, but we also love their walks app – they’re perfect for the solitary traveller.

Contact: 080 26794220

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their their website here.

You can download the app for Android here and for iOS here.  

Unhurried

unhurried_jpg

Image via Unhurried

You’ve gotta love a name like that. Somehow we feel it perfectly captures the languorous pace of our city. Unhurried organises culture and food trails in and around the city’s iconic spots, such as Malleshwaram and Russell Market.

They have a Food/Culture walk in Frazer Town on Saturday, June 18. Find out more here.

Contact: +91 9880565446 or email reachus@unhurried.in.

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

Chai With History

Chai wiht history_jpg

Image via Chai With History.

This one’s for the serious history buff. Functioning as a Facebook group, they conduct day trips to historical venues in and around Bangalore, such as the Someshwara temple in Ulsoor, and Devanahalli. They also conduct reading groups and talks.

You can see details of upcoming walks on their Facebook events page here

Find them on Facebook here.

Nandi Valley Walks

Reader Siddharth Mangharam shared with us his personal favourite: The Nandi Valley Walks conducts informative walking trails in and around the foot of the Nandi area. They include stops such as the Bhoganandishwara Temple, which dates back to the 9th century, and an abandoned British cemetery nearby. Read more about it here.

They have an upcoming walk on Sunday, June 26. Find out more here.

Contact: +91 9880932380

Find them on Facebook here.

India Foundation for the Arts

Though not exclusively a walks company, India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) conducts occasional walks as part of its Project 560; for instance, one of their trails explored Hanumantha Nagar, with noted historian Suresh Moona leading the group.

Contact: 080 23414681

Find them on Facebook page here.

Check out their website here.

Hasiru Usiru

Hasiru Usiru, the environmental advocacy group, occasionally conducts tree walks in particular neighbourhoods of Bangalore.

Contact: You can stay in touch by joining the Hasiru Usiru mailing list.

Yours Truly India

Photo walks, food tours, shopping tours and walking tours are what you can sign up for with Yours Truly. Be it the Unusual Walk {check out the old town area with strange practices and colonial style homes} or the Forgotten Cultures walk {which explores age-old spots like a medicine shop which treated the Royals and a temple older than 350 years}, the group has interesting options to pick from. You could even customise walks according to your preferences.

They have an upcoming Forgotten Cultures walk on Sunday, June 19. Find out more here.

Contact: +91 9480049807

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

Destination Heritage

Apart from talks, workshops and exhibitions, Destination Heritage also has monthly walks in and around the city, specifically in South Bangalore. Taking you through stories about particular spots, these trails help familiarise you with the rich heritage of the city.

Contact: +91 9980960714

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

With inputs from Roshni Jacob

Featured image via: Nandi Valley Walks

Neha is a Malleswaram hudugi who somehow ended up in Koramangala. She loves writing about the city’s places and people, and her work has appeared in The Ladies Finger, Time Out Bangalore, The Hindu, and The Caravan.

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