FRIDAY REVIEW

Talk the walk

Come weekend, there are two walks taking you through the city

Walking tours are an interesting way to gain an entry into the many histories of a city. Especially for Bangalore, questions such as-- How did Bangalore come into existence? What happened at the place that is called Bangalore fort? Is Lalbagh just a park for recreation or is there more to it?-- answers to some of these questions can be sought on a few of these tours that have become a regular feature of the city today.

“In Lalbagh, sits a national monument older than the Himalayas. The park was an ancient megalithic burial site, a battleground for heroic warriors, a royal pleasure garden of the Muslim rulers of the kingdom of Mysore and was eventually transformed into a botanical garden par excellence and a crucible for the now familiar horticultural crops in the hands of inspired British and Indian superintendents. It also has a collection of beautiful structures and trees, each with a story of its own,” says Praveen Singh, who conducts the ‘Lalbagh Heritage and Food Street Walk’ every Saturday. The tour that he conducts begins at the base of Lalbagh Rock and exits from the west gate with its lantern-shaped guard room culminating at the food street.

“Once upon a time, Bangalore was just a tiny city with an area of 2.24 square kilometers within the confines of a mud fort. It is here that kings once roamed, that battles were once fought, and it is here that the heart of Bangalore lies,” reads the description on Seek Sherpa, the group that conducts the ‘Old Bengaluru’ walks. This tour begins at Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and then carries on to Bangalore Fort and Victoria Hospital taking breaks for food and photographs along the way. Conductors of these tours feel that some of these walks help in changing the perception about some of these public spaces and even reclaiming them. “The participants begin to feel a new love for the place/s once they realize the significance it holds. For most of them it is a transformations experience,” says Singh.

Details: Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, ticket counter: Albert Victor Road, Chamrajapete, Bengaluru, meeting point: Tipu Sultan’s palace. For more details, contact 9643982934.

Lalbagh Heritage and Food Street Walk Mavalli, near Kempegowda Statue, Bengaluru.

Saturday, March 11, 5 p.m. For more details, contact 9900555558.

“The participants begin to feel a new love for the place/s once they realize the significance it holds”

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