Bengaluru through its Markets – the “Pete” walk

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  • Some experiences in the market may not be available since the shops are shut on Sunday
  • Not available on National holidays like Gandhi Jayanthi, Independence Day and Republic Day

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Bengaluru through its markets- The Pete walk

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 had a market for every commodity that you can imagine!

On this Unventured walk, we’ll give you an insight into the markets of Bengaluru and how the trading communities of the city work cohesively to help support the city’s need. Traditionally the traders in the Pete “market” comprised 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 battle 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. The 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 a 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.

Itinerary

How It Goes

  • 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
  • 11:30 – 12:30 A.M : Walk through the market for brunch/snack
  • 10:15 – 11:30 A.M : A visit to see artisans at work making jewellery, weaving etc…
  • 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.
Tour Inclusions

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.

Our tour cost is inclusive of:

  • 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
  • All taxes

Excludes

  • Bottled water
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Any personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the “Includes” section
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Brad H

Couple Traveller

We were looking for a safe tour to see Bengaluru and we found a gem here. We started at the Tipu Palace, moved to a Temple, and flower market. Guru provided an excellent blend of his history and cultural knowledge that entertained us all. Very interesting information to learn about the new city we were in. We enjoyed it so much that my wife, who did not have to work while we were here went back for a art-based solo, custom tour with Tejaswini. It, too was very informative. The meals served both days were a real treat as well. We would highly recommend it.

October 11, 2017
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