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Ravinder Malik Jul 10 2014

Which are the top 10 walking tours in India?

Jigyasha Prasad Jul 10 2014
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Some places are best discovered on foot. Here are the top 10 walking tours in India. Not only are these tours highly informative, but they allow the traveller a very unique experience of these cities. Come, take a walk.

1. Heritage Walking Tours, Hyderabad

The Heritage Walking Tours in Hyderabad are perhaps the best way to explore this historical city. Accompanied by professional guides, the tour allows gives you a unique insight to the city. Listen to the colourful stories behind the city’s splendid palaces. Get to know about the Nizams and their many wives and as many eccentricities. The Hyderabad Heritage Walk allows you to choose between 4 different routes depending on your point of interest.

Photo of Chowmhalla Palace (by heatheronhertravels)

One of the most interesting option is Walk 1 that starts from Charminar and ends at Chowmhalla Palace. Then there is another one which takes you to Badshahi Asurkhana from Charminar. These heritage walks make you feel like you are taking a few steps back into history and reliving the glorious past of these places!

Telephone: +91-40-23450444

2. Mylapore Walk, Chennai

The 2.5 hour Mylapore Walk is like opening a new window to the interesting and unseen side of Chennai. The guided tour takes you to the famous San Thome Cathedral, Kapaleeshwar Temple and to a household of a temple priest for an in-depth understanding of the local culture and traditions. There is also a small rickshaw ride to the neighbourhood areas to experience the true flavours of Chennai.

You will be a part of a small group of 15-20 people along with a professional guide in this tour, which is one of the popular activities in Chennai. Another major highlight of the tour is a hearty south Indian breakfast at Saravana Bhavan at the end of the walk.

Telephone: +91-98677-07414

Photo of San Thome Cathedral (by Indyblue)

3. Victorian Bangalore Walk

Start your morning with a strong cup of coffee and a 3-hour walk of Bangalore city. The Victorian Walk is like a sneak peek into 19th century Bangalore. The trip starts at the gates of the Holy Trinity Church at MG Road and covers the major attractions along the way. Along the way, you will see palatial buildings, splendid churches and stately homes of the 19th century.

You will also get a chance to hear several intriguing stories about the evolution of this city from a sleepy town to a cosmopolitan hub. Not many people are aware of the fact that this city was a hot favourite choice for Britishers in 19th century. In fact, several affluent British citizens chose to settle in Bangalore after their first trip here. The walk ends with an amazing breakfast at a local restaurant and loads of memories!

Telephone: +91-984555-23660

Photo of Vidhan Soubha, Bangalore (by Mydreamsparrow)

4. Delhi Food Tour

Attention all foodies! You are in for a wonderful delight if you decide to take the Delhi Food Tour, one of the most famous things to do in Delhi, as it allows you to indulge in some of the best culinary preparations across a number of restaurants in the city. The customized tour covers around 5-6 excellent eateries along with a tea tasting programme where you can sip on the finest flavoured brews. An expert tea taster and a food guide will accompany you on your tour. The groups are kept small--2-8 people--so that there is good interaction between the participants. Both dinner and lunch are included in the package.

Delhi Food Tour (from official Facebook page)

Telephone: +91-95600-02222

5. Old Delhi Bazaar Walk and Haveli Visit

Want to experience the real Delhi? Well, we suggest you take the Old Delhi Bazaar Walk and Haveli Tour that promises some enriching insights into the history of Delhi via its grand historical monuments. The major highlight of this tour include a visit to Old Delhi, which is lined with old historic shops selling gold, silver and spices. You will also get a chance to visit the famous attractions of Delhi, swanky malls and even a local household where you can get a very personal insight of the city and its culture. Visitors can opt for a half-day or full-day tour, depending on the time they want to spend on the tour and places of interest that they want to visit. All in all, the tour is a delightful experience that promises a lifetime of memories for you!

Telephone: +91-98107-50217

Photo of Jama Masjid (by Saad.Akhtar)

6. Ahmedabad Heritage Walk

Ahmedabad has a lot to offer when it comes to history and culture. It is a city that is evolving rapidly but also holds on to its past. You can see it on the roads where camel-pulled carts chug along slowly as young men and women whiz by on their two-wheelers. You can also see it in the pols (traditional homes) that survive next to modern buildings. One of the best ways to explore this city to the hilt is by taking the Ahmedabad Heritage Walk.

Market at Ahmadabad (by Nichalp)

The walk goes through the twisting lanes of the Old City. The tour starts at around 8 AM from the Swaminarayan Mandir and covers most of the popular attraction of Ahmedabad including various havelis, pols, Hindu and Jain religious places, Manek Chowk and concludes at the beautiful Jama Masjid in the heart of city at 10:30 AM. The highlight of the walk is the 90-year-old Doshiwada ni Pol. With so much to explore, no wonder the Heritage Walk in Ahmedabad is one of the top 10 walking tours in India.

Telephone: +91-79-26578369/4335

Photo of Swaminarayan Mandir (by FrancisTyers)

7. Kala Ghoda Walking Tours

Much of south Bombay, especially its colonial heritage zone, is best seen and discovered on foot. A not-to-miss activity is the Kala Ghoda Walking tour which is a part of the annual Kala Ghoda Festival. The walk starts at Regal Circle and the first building you will come across on your walk is Mumbai National Gallery of Modern Art, one of the famous attractions in The walk also covers the famous and centuries old buildings like Rampart Row, Prince of Wales Museum and a number of art galleries like Jehangir Art Gallery where you can take a close look at some brilliant paintings and sculptures.

Telephone: +91-98677-07414

8. Shimla Heritage Walk

As the capital of British India, and now of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is a treat of heritage architecture and astounding scenic beauty. It is one of those places which can be best explored on foot and the Shimla Heritage Walk is your best bet. As you come out of The Ridge stretch, a veritable parade of historic buildings accompanies you down the winding Mall. Since many of the original buildings were made of wood, over the years several have burned down. The “new” buildings are fairly old themselves and continue with their famous older names.

Some of the famous attractions of this walk are Telegraph Building (1886) , Catholic Church (1885), State Bank of India building (1903), 150 year old Kali Bari Temple and the Railway Board building (1896). If you go on straight, you come to The Oberoi Cecil, at Chaura Maidan. A road leading upwards takes you to the State Museum on Inverarm Hill. Or go onwards to the Viceregal Lodge, one of the famous attractions in Shimla.

Telephone: +91-177-2654589 (you can contact the government office on the Mall Road)

Photo of the Mall Road (by Aleksandr Zykov)

9. Kolkata Heritage Walk

Kolkata, being the cultural capital of India, has a lot to offer when it comes to history and culture. And what better place to begin your walk than at BBD Bagh (Benoy Badal Dinesh Bagh), also known as Dalhousie Square, which is one of the oldest areas in the city. A huge water body called Lal Dighi lies at the very centre of this quartier—facing it on the northern side is the historic Writer’s Building, one of prominent tourist attractions of the city. Originally built in 1777 as a red brick, barrack-like structure to house the clerical staff of the East India Company (thus “Writer’s”), it was given a Corinthian-like Renaissance façade in 1889.

Photo of Writer's Building (by manumenal)

At the crossing of Netaji Subhash Road and Koilaghat Street is the elegant General Post Office with its shiny golden, high-domed roof over a huge rotunda. White columns of combined Ionian-Corinthian style support the building. The other highlights of this tour include a visit to the Town Hall, St. Andrews Church and High Court. Not too many stop to look at the Treasury Building, for it is completely upstaged by the magnificent residence opposite—the Raj Bhavan. Unfortunately, the Governor’s residence is not open to tourists and you can only have a look from outside. There is a lot to explore and experience in the city and this heritage walk is the best way of discovering the historical side of the city of Kolkata. Just to add, don’t forget to grab a bite of the delicious street food in between your sightseeing expeditions!

10. Cholta Cholta Walking Tours, Goa

Literally meaning “Whilst Walking” in Konkani, the Cholta Cholta Walking Tour allows you to explore the heritage aspect of Goa. Start your tour by visiting Panjim City for a complete Goan experience. The walk takes you to the local markets, bustling streets and a typical household where you can know things about the culture and lifestyle of people living in Goa. You will also get a chance to visit some historic ruins on this tour. Accompanied by a professional guide, the 2 hour trip ends with a delicious Goan meal at a local restaurant where you can experience the true flavours of this place. Make sure to pack it all in on your next trip to Goa!

Palolem Beach by Martin Frey~commonswiki

Telephone: +91-93261-29761

When planning your next holiday, keep these top 10 walking tours in India in mind. Walking tours are truly a great way to explore and experience a city.

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