I am currently in Bangalore, India for work purposes. I have been here for 5 days and because I am here for work, not a holiday, life has been pretty similar to doing the 9-5 in London. Except, in Bangalore, I am doing 9-6; my accommodation is literally on the other side of the road to the office, which cuts out the commuting time, and there is a shopping mall/restaurants/bars all within the same complex. As a result, I have not left my little “bubble” all week!
I was beginning to feel like I need to get out and see the “real India”, so I did some research online to see if I could find any group/city tours for the weekend. Given the large and growing expat community here, I thought this would be easier than it was and it took me a while to find something that took my fancy. It seems that most people just get a driver and a car from their hotel to take them round the main sites.
I decided to contact Bluefoot Culture Tour, which came out a clear winner in terms of reviews on tripadvisor. Kaveri, who manages the tours, was exceptional in her responses from the word go. Sadly I was unable to access their website as the link seemed to be broken but Kaveri answered all my questions very patiently. At first I was a little hesitant, as the price seemed quite expensive compared to what I am used to – I was also worried about the fact that I needed to organise my own transport, which I found a little daunting being a woman alone in India, but Kaveri understood this and took care of everything. Continue reading