Bangalore Through the Ages - Full-Day Tour with Lunch

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165 reviews   (4.97)

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Departs: Bangalore, Bangalore

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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

What's Included

Authentic local Lunch

Bottled water

Entry Fees

Hotel pickup and drop-off from Central Bengaluru area

Professional English Speaking Heritage Expert

Transport by air-conditioned car or minivan

What's Not Included

Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)


Personal Shopping

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 2 - 75

Additional Info

  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers.
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Language English only
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Wheelchair not accessible
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Minimum age is 2 years
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Lalbagh Botanical Garden
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.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Bangalore District
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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Bangalore Fort
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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

KR Market
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

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Venkatappa Art Gallery and Government Museum
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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Sir Mark Cubbon Statue
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

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Vidhana Soudha and Attara Kacheri
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.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Bangalore Palace
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

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Great way to explore Bengaluru
frankmX2731XT, 28-12-2022
We booked a 4-hour tour.

Praveen is just a great and knowledgeable tour guide. We had good fun and learned a lot. We went to the botanical garden, had an authentic Indian lunch and visited the public market.

Time and money well spent.
Organization flawlessly. Good contact and very responsive.

Tina & Frank from Germany
Great tour of Bangalore
David_C, 25-12-2022
We enjoyed the whole tour.- garden, temple, fort, parliament & palace. Pradeep was very engaging and knowledgeable.
Experience the city as a local
695beatrizj, 04-12-2022
Great to experience the city as a local!
I will say this is on of the best tours I had while traveling abroad. Is not a tour is an experience, from the start to the end. Praveen my guide is so passionate, knowledgeable and takes care of every single detail. This is the second experience I book with Hidden Gems and I will highly recommended, I was traveling alone as women and felt safe in every step of the way. I am sure that must be fun for groups too.
Thanks for making my stay at Bangalore unforgettable.
Absolutely amazing adventure of exploring beautiful Bengaluru!
Quest27731688259, 03-12-2022
It is not just a tour. It is unforgettable adventure! Praveen is absolutely amazing guide! Knowledgeable, engaging, inspiring , caring and always helpful! Looking forward to take more tours with Hidden Gems!
Fun day exploring City highlights
lubst, 17-11-2022
This was such a wonderful city tour! Praveen from Hidden Gems was knowledgeable about the history, culture and the city.
This is a really nice highlight tour of Banglore, that is well paced and ends with a delicious South Indian lunch.
We had such a fun day... Thank you!

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