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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….
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.
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.
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.