The heart of every Indian city is bustling with markets teaming with life and economic activity. The Pete (City Market) area in Bengaluru is the epicentre of business and trade for the locals of the city and beyond. Trading in the Pete is geographically divided by the commodity one wishes to buy or sell. Akkipete (Rice Market), Aralepete (Cotton Market), Balepete (Bangle Market), Chikka Pete (Small Market), Dodda Pete (Big/Wholesale Market), Nagarath Pete (Jewellers market) so on and so forth. As you’ve rightly guessed Bangalore has a market for every commodity that you can imagine!
What is included in the tour
Our city trails can be made private to suit your convenience with the choice of a private pick up option; a local English-speaking guide will ride with you informing and guiding you through the journey.
- Entrance fees to all sites mentioned
- Local English speaking guide
- Snacks and food as mentioned in the itinerary
- Support en route during the cycle trail
What is NOT included in the tour
- Bottled water
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Any personal expenses
- Anything not mentioned in the “Inclusions” section
On this walking tour, we’ll give you an insight of the markets of Bengaluru and how the trading communities of the city work cohesively to help cater to the the city’s needs. Traditionally, the traders in the Pete (market) comprises of both local and migrant people from trading communities. This also means that you get to meet people from various walks of life who’ve made Bengaluru their home and the ones who have learnt their trade from their forefathers and have built a sustainable livelihood supporting the current economy. Here’s what you can expect to see on your walk.
- The remnants of a palace that once belonged to Tipu Sultan.
- Learn of the first ever “rocket” that was used in battles and formed the basis for future warfare.
- Visit an old Hindu temple – the “Kote Venkataramana Temple” with influences of the wealthy Vijayanagara Empire.
- Walk around the famed flower market, wrap your senses with colour and fragrances. This market is a photographer’s delight.
- Visit a weaver to learn about hand and mechanical weaving that makes some of the intricate designs on silks.
- Enjoy a scrumptious plantain leaf meal at a local joint that feeds the traders of the market.
Who can do this tour?
This tour is for anyone with keen interest in walking through the bylanes of Bengaluru, going off the beaten path and learning about the city’s truly local way of life. A contrast of the old and the new, all amalgamated into a half day tour through the markets of the city. This tour is ideal if you are someone who wants to immerse yourself in understanding the “local” way of life.
Physically, this is not an intensive walk making it doable for anyone who wishes to explore Bangalore through its bylanes. Just be warned that the streets are bustling with loads of people and a lot of sights, sounds, and smells.
Please read the Cancellation Policy thoroughly before you make a booking.
- 8:00 A.M : Meet at Tipu’s Summer Palace
- 8:00 – 8:30 A.M : Head to the Kote Venkateshwara Temple
- 8:30 – 9:00 A.M : Tipu’s Summer Palace
- 9:30 – 10:00 A.M : Walk around the flower market
- 10:15 – 11:30 A.M : A visit to see artisans at work making jewellery, weaving etc…
- 11:30 – 12:30 A.M : Walk through the market for brunch/snack
- 12:30 – 01:00 P.M : End of the walk. Your guide will walk you back to Tipu’s Summer Palace or help with transportation back to your home/hotel.