OUR OUT OF BENGALURU CITY TOURS

In search of the 'Tiger' in Nandi hills
We take you on a day's journey to Devanahalli and Nandi Hills, as we retrace the origins and life of Tipu Sultan ('Tippoo Saib' as the British called him).
Our first stop will be at Devanahalli- Tipu's birth place. We then proceed to the picturesque Devanahalli fort and hear stories of how it changed the fortunes of Haidar Ali, Tipu's father. Driving ahead to the foot hills of Nandi Hills, we discover the lesser-known villages of Nandi and Sultanpete as we explore the beautiful religious structures there and awe at the picturesque views of Nandi Durga. We continue our journey uphill as we enter the Nandi Durga fort and observe the many heritage structures as well as tales associated with them. Here are some of the structures we get to see here: 
- Tipu's summer lodge, 
- Nandi Durga Fort, including one of the last surviving turret/ observatory post of Haidar & Tipu era. 
- Mirza Ismail's kalyani (step-well) & Tipu Sultan's prayer chabootra.
- British-era structures. 
Note: The host will relate history to the heritage monuments and places and construct events based on available published primary sources & eye-witness accounts.  The guests will be encouraged to think and form their own opinion about the incidents and reasons leading to major historical events surrounding Tipu Sultan.
Category: Heritage tour.
Time: Depart Bengaluru at 7:00 am. Return by 6 pm.
Location/s: Devanahalli and Nandi Hill.
Cost (per person; for a group of 4 adults): For adults INR 3,500/- includes transportation, veg. breakfast & lunch; Kids (up to 16 years)= INR 1,750/-
Bookings: 2 days' prior booking. Contact us.


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A day in the life of the 'Tiger of Mysore'
"To live like a lion for a day is far better than to live for a hundred years like a jackal", is a quote attributed to Tipu Sultan, the 18th century Sultan of Mysore.
Bengaluru by Foot is proud to conduct a tour to Srirangapatna or Seringapatam as it was called by the British. It was the capital of the 'Tiger of Mysore' aka Tipu Sultan, who not only had his main fort and administrative head quarters on this island, but also attained his martyrdom here. 
Guests get to explore the numerous monuments associated with this legendary Sultan. In between sight-seeing we narrate stories of bravery as well as treachery that led to the fall of the one last, true opposition to British colonial rule in the whole of India. On this tour we explore why he is despised by a few of his fellow countrymen on one hand, but is admired by the descendants of the British who vanquished him & ended his Sultanat-e-Khudadad ('Government of God').
It may come as a surprise to many that both Tipu Sultan & Hyder Ali aided the American rebels in the American War of Independence & that one of the first US naval ships was christened USS Haidar Ally. Other surprising facts are how his rockets inspired the US national anthem and his contribution to rocket technology being acknowledged by no less than NASA itself. 
We narrate more such facts to you aided by the beautiful paintings of the Daria Daultat Palace as well as the back drop of the ruins of Srirangapatna themselves.
Category: Heritage tour.
Time: Depart Bengaluru at 6:30 am. Return by 6:30 pm.

Location: Srirangapatna, Mandya District. 
Cost (per person; for a group of 4 adults): For adults INR 3,500/- includes transportation, veg. breakfast & lunch; Kids (up to 16 years)= INR 1,750/-
Bookings: 2 days' prior booking. Contact us.


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Hidden Heritage Jewels of Sira
Did you know that Sira is a place that shaped the fortunes of Bengaluru as well as the rest of erstwhile Mysore Kingdom more than once? The 'Khan Bagh (Garden)' at Sira inspired Haidar Ali and his son Tipu Sultan to establish the renowned Lal Bagh gardens at Bengaluru?


Travel back in time 400 years as we take you on a day's fascinating journey to this former stronghold of the Nayakas, Adil Shahis, Moghuls, Marathas as well as the Mysore-rulers Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan. 


From Bengaluru we pass by Nijagal Betta or Nijagal hill listening to the tales of the tigers that once ruled the today busy national highway 4 here as well as the desperate battles that raged on this hill fort in 18th century between the Marathas and Mysoreans. We also stop briefly at the historic Seebi temple, to take in the beauty of the murals there.

At Sira, guests get to see and hear stories of the pre-Moghul and Moghul era architecture and monuments including a Adil Shahi and Moghul necropolis which has the tomb of Moghul Emperor Aurangazeb’s daughter, the 319-year old Moghul-era Jumma Masjid, the over 400-year old Sira Fort attributed to Kasturi Rangappa Nayaka, among others. 


Sira is located 50 km north of the Smart City of Tumakuru and about 120 km from Bengaluru, just off the busy Bengaluru – Mumbai National Highway No: 4.


Category: Heritage tour.
Time: Depart Bengaluru at 6:30 am. Return by 6:30 pm.
Location/s: Sira- 120 km from Bengaluru; about 2.5 hours’ drive.
Cost (per person; for a group of 4 adults): For adults INR 3,500/- includes transportation, veg. breakfast & lunch; Kids (up to 16 years)= INR 1,750/-
Bookings: 2 days' prior booking. Contact us.


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The trades of the 'Tiger of Mysore'.

A heritage tour with a difference. This is a tour to Mandya, Channapatna & Ramnagaram to learn more about the industries started by Tipu Sultan. In Mandya he started the sugar industries. In Channapatna, he invited craftsmen from Persia who taught the locals the art of making the famous wooden toys & in Ramanagaram he set up the silk industry.
The guests get to view how sugar is made from sugar cane, the toy making as well as the process of making silk.
The ticket for this tour costs 2299/- and includes transport in an a/c vehicle, breakfast, lunch as well as evening chai.

Category: Heritage tour.
Time: Dep. from Bengaluru at 7:00 am; Return at 6 pm. 
Location/ Distance: We will cover about 240 km both ways. 
Cost (per person; min of 4 adults): For adults INR 3,500/- includes transportation, veg. breakfast & lunch; Kids (up to 16 years)= INR 1,750/-
Bookings: 2 days' prior booking. Contact us.



Mysore Dasara

A 3-day all-included package tour to Mysore city (ex-Bengaluru) to participate in the Dasara (Dusera or Dushera) festivities.


Itinerary:

Day 1:  
 1.Departure to Mysore from Bangalore on the afternoon/evening by either-
     a) Volvo bus from the Mysore road Satellite bus stop

          OR
     b) Tippu Express (Train no: 12614) from Krantiveera Sangolli

          Rayanna Railway station.
 2. Arrival in Mysore at 5:30 pm & transfer to hotel
 3. Local shopping followed by a traditional dinner in Mysore

Day 2:
 1. Early morning visit to Chamundi hills after breakfast
 2. Viewing the Dasara procession in the afternoon
 3. Visit the Palace if possible
 4. View the light show in the evening
 5. Retire for the night.

Day 3:
 1. Take the early morning train or Volvo bus to Bangalore.


Category: Heritage tour.

Duration: 3 days
Location: Mysore, We will cover about 350 km both ways. 
Cost: Please contact us
Bookings
 a) This actual program schedule depends on Government regulations in place for the festival, which may change at the last minute.

 b) The fees includes the guide fees, hotel stay (single room), all meals (veg. only) as well as travel to and from Bangalore. 

 d) Not included: Camera fees (if any), entrance fees to monuments.


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Forts, Forests, Temples & Tatte Idlis- Devarayanadurga Heritage Walk
Devarayanadurga (popular among Tumakuru residents as 'DD') is a small hamlet located close to 4,000 feet above sea level, about 75 minutes' drive from Bengaluru and about 20 minutes by road from Tumakuru City. 'DD' is famous for its temples as well as the woods surrounding it that teem with wildlife. It is one of India's oldest wilderness areas.

We will narrate from our personal experiences of this area as well as fascinating tales hidden in 18th century British Raj literature. These include the Battle of Devarayanadurga (1791) where Mysoreans defended this once prosperous district headquarter against the combined might of the British forces allied with Marathas. These hills also resonate with numerous shikar tales including tiger hunts. Visitors get to explore the ramparts of this picturesque hill fort, the circular bastions that once housed the best of big guns manufactured in Mysore Kingdom, some of the over a dozen gates that protected this once bustling settlement apart from the centuries' old temples, all amidst lush, cloud kissed hills. 

Category: Heritage tour.

Venue: Devarayanadurga Village, Tumakuru District
Time: Preferably at 8:00 am but can be done anytime of the day 3 hours prior to sunset (3 hours' duration)
Location/ Distance: Devarayanadurga is about 75 km from Bengaluru City. 
Cost: 600/-* includes an authentic veg. breakfast of Tumakuru tatte idlis

*Transportation: Guests are required to come to the venue on their own. Transportation can be arranged at an additional cost. 

Bookings
 a) Min. 6 persons; In case we don't have such numbers, we reserve the right to cancel the event & issue a full refund to you.
 b) For logistical reasons all our walks have a maximum number 16 guests. 
 c) 2 days' prior booking.Contact us.


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Leaf to Cloth- The silk tales of Sidlaghatta

Here's Bengaluru's own 'Silk route', a 'mulberry leaf-to-silk cloth' tour that lets our guests learn about silk manufacture from start to end. We travel to Sidlaghatta town in a forgotten corner of Karnataka state, north of Bengaluru International Airport. The import, subsequent rearing and the manufacture of silk in the erstwhile Mysore Kingdom is attributed to Tipu Sultan, its enlightened ruler. This tour is exclusive to Bengaluru by Foot. 
Category: Heritage tour.
Time: Dep. from Bengaluru at 7:00 am; Return at 6 pm. 
Location/ Distance: 140 km both ways from Bengaluru city centre. 
Cost (per person; min of 4 adults): For adults INR 3,500/- includes transportation, veg. breakfast & lunch; Kids (up to 16 years)= INR 1,750/-
Bookings: 2 days' prior booking. Contact us.


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Payment, Cancellation and Refund terms for outside city tours:
a) 100% payment to be done 3 business days in advance of the tour start date.
b) Cancellations if any will result in 25% deduction.
c) Refund for cancellations will be issued within 7 business/ working days.
d) Kindly contact us for any clarifications.

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