Bangalore Walk

Bangalore has changed not only its name but also its demeanor. Nevertheless there are still ways to discover the city of yesteryear, a jasmine-scented, tree-lined mini-England, sandwiched by the British Cantonment on one side and the traditional "old" Bangalore on the other. Most people who visit Bangalore come for business and leave without learning much about the city and those who live here are too busy to spare time."

Bangalore or Bengaluru originates from "Bendha Kaalooru," meaning "town of boiled beans" in Kannada. Legend states that the 12th Century south Indian king Veera Ballala II lost his way in the forest and came upon a lonely cottage where an old lady told him she had no food to offer except boiled beans. Afterwards, the king christened the area "Bendha Kaalu Ooru" (Boiled Beans Town), which later changed to Bengaluru and was adopted by the British as Bangalore

The "original" Bengaluru Walk, takes you through "pete" area. "Pete" (prounounced "pay-tay") in Kannada translates to "market." The tour takes you through the old city and some of Bangalore's oldest bazaars, tracing the history of the metropolis back to another medieval chieftain, Kempegowda, who built a fort in the area in 1537 and transformed the sleepy town into a bustling city.

Conducted in the morning Bengaluru walk by Travel India Company provides a glimpse on Bangalore's history, you can amble through alleyways into ancient temples and unmarked buildings all related to Kempegowda's history.

There are also special walks designed to explore the city's British past. The British built a cantonment around 1809 and divided the city in two. The natives, a mix of Kannadigas and Tamils, occupied the west and the British stuck to the east. Cubbon Park, Bangalore's version of Central Park in New York, served as the green line demarcating both populations. Most walking tours exploring British Bangalore center on the busy commercial area M.G. Road. Tours begin at Trinity Church – the first one built by the British.

Bangalore old city shopping districts, which are always like beehives bustling with business activities, provides one with a perfect ambience to indulge in some smart shopping of the traditional silks and sandalwood artifacts, locally made savories and end it all with a sumptuous south indian traditional meal served on a banana leaf while one is also learning about the history of the area.

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