Culture Rings
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Culture Rings pioneered in creating Experiential Tourism in Bangalore. Today, it is the most trusted name among travellers and expats alike, and has earned a pristine reputation for best in class tours that take you to the heart of culture. The experiences we share bring out relevant realities about life and work in India, and shed light on the present, while unraveling the history of our land, and painting a true picture about the future. Our team is a pool of cultural anthropologists, historians, artists, photographers and writers from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life, who share a passion for bridging cultural divides.
Bengaluru, India

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Louise H
Adelaide, Australia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Family
This was my family's first visit to India (I had a previous visit) and I was hoping that we could find a tour that would allow us to understand the variety of lifestyles that are part of living in Bangalore. We certainly were not disappointed as our tour guide Kaveri, clearly enjoyed interacting with all the people we met on our journey and went out of her way to show us a city she was clearly familiar with and proud of. Kaveri realistically but respectfully opened our eyes to the diversity of life in Bangalore with every sentence.
After peacefully meditating at the Aurobindo Ashram meditation centre, we were then driven to a busy, noisy slum that had been set up on unused land when construction workers and their families moved to Bangalore to construct a railway overpass. With the end of the project, the worker families had been left in limbo and slum clearances were just starting. We visited an initiative for women in the slum to upcycle products to make bags and heard about the difficulties these women faced with little rights or empowerment.
It was "no moon" night at the Smashanakali temple, the night that Shiva's wife Parvati becomes Kali ( the blue goddess with many weapon filled arms) to kill a demon while Shiva sleeps. A big celebration was scheduled for that night and the priestesses were cleaning the buildings, blessing the animals to be sacrificed and organising lights and food. We looked at the tree of doom to which you can tie a token of your enemy to bring bad luck!. We also learnt how the surrounding graveyard was of the Lingayat sect of Hinduism a tradition being burying their dead sitting in the lotus position rather than by cremation and we met several gravediggers and other community members who frequent the graveyard (and a few rats!).
We then visited Dhobi Ghat (washerman's valley) where the decedents of the community who washed the uniforms of the soldiers in the British army now commercially hand wash linen in the local stream for hospitals and other businesses. As the tour was only a half day one to enable us to meet other friends, our last visit was to the flower market, which is a lively, bustling place of commerce with an incredible variety of flowers vegetables and fruit and pyramids of turmeric and paprika.
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and wished we had longer as there was several other places we could have visited, however Kaveri tailored the trip to our tastes and time committments and driving in Bangalore was all part of the experience. The tours was moderately expensive but worth every penny and I would thoroughly recommend it.
Written March 14, 2015
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Yvonne K
Bengaluru, India4 contributions
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Feb 2015 • Friends
We went whit Kaveri and her colleague on Bluefoot, on a one day trip through Bangalore.
First we started of with breakfast at the Snake Temple, then of to see the weaving of fabric to Saris. They were being made out of old pattern.

After that it was of to the Ashram. A quite serene place. Quite contradictionary to the City Market whit all its noise around the fruit, vegetables and flower stands. Before lunch we found our self in a Sikh temple. Very different and interesting place.

After the Indian lunch it was of to the Black Magic Temple. A place to visit rather then to describe.
Then the day went on with a visit to ANU. The women in the slum area who makes bags, wallets etc. out of tetra Pac.

The day ended with the pot market. We so enjoyed this trip and the good guide that shared so much knowledge with us.

Are you in Bangalore. Take the trip. You can choose from many suggestions where to go and what to see. I know for sure I wouldn't have found these places on my own.
Written February 24, 2015
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Hannah S
London, UK2 contributions
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Jan 2015 • Business
I had an excellent day with Kaveri and her team. As I was a sole traveller, she was very accommodating about hooking me up with some other individuals to make the tour more affordable. My taxi driver was great: very friendly, patient and knowledgeable which even made the long transits in Bangalore traffic part of the experience. Kaveri has devised a very unusual programme which caters for everyone. We ate copious amounts of delicious food in various locations, saw the underbelly of life and culture in this colourful City, had a bit of a history lesson and even fitted in some shopping. The tour is expensive, but by avoiding all of the obvious tourist sights, you will come away feeling that you have got to see a side of life that you would otherwise never have come across. I look forward to Mysore when I am next back in Bangalore!
Written January 28, 2015
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Prithvi D
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Being a part of the Food Walk was an amazing experience. The best part about the walk was that we could explore the neighbourhood of Malleshwaram on foot which made it adventurous. I got to taste the history of various varieties of food that this place could offer.
I would like to thank the amazing host of the day Mr. Aashish and Mrs Anuja.
Looking forward to be a part of anything that Culture Rings has to offer in the near future. Good Work 👷
Written June 19, 2018
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janicejulesk
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Nov 2016 • Friends
My first Indian Experience Tour was with Jackie Pinto of Blue Foot tours, my dear friend Katie Forsman, and our five best Girlfriends.

Having never experienced India before Bangalore was the ultimate introduction.

Beautiful and diverse, Jackie's tour wasn't pretentious or arduous. We ate the most incredible breakfast in a wee home we'd never have found or experienced, and talked a lot about culture. The bustle of the markets, Washer Woman's Alley and the Woman's Empowerment project was a highlight.

Also, Kaveri a friend to Katie, kindly guided us through the daunting monetary situation amongst other things along our journey through India. So grateful to both yourself and Katie for a beautiful and privileged journey.

Thank you!
Written November 15, 2016
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KiwiJoker
NZ18 contributions
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We did a half-day tour of Bangalore with Kaveri. We visited the slums and women bag makers, Auro Mirra society, washer women's village, Hindu cemetery and voodoo temple. Kaveri was the perfect tour guide. She is incredibly knowledgeable on India, Bangalore and each of the mini-societies we visited. It's also impressive how much she gives back to these societies through her tours and associated work.

I am an expat who has lived in Bangalore for 18 months. Her tour really opened my eyes to the real India. Absolutely fascinating day. I'll be going again.

Written May 2, 2015
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cphiggin
Alphington, Australia17 contributions
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Dec 2013 • Solo
Simply outstanding. I had Rohan for a personalised tour/guide of Bangalore. I had limited time, but Kaveri and Rohan took care of everything - all the way from the transport to the places to see. Highlights would have been the conversation with Rohan - an inspirational social entrepreneur - he even stopped off at his home to give me some tea he had! Definitely visit the social enterprise in the slums. The KR flower and vegetable market is a must - and have the chicken roll from the Calcutta street food place.

A thoroughly enjoyable few hours - I felt like I was grazing round the city with a friend. While it is probably a little bit more expensive that what you might pay elsewhere, it is worth every penny!

Thanks for making my spare day in Bangalore so interesting!
Written December 10, 2013
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R_M_Martensen
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia14 contributions
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Nov 2011 • Friends
My friends and I have wonderful try to Mysore with Kaveri. We went for a wonderful village tour and got an up-close look of silk worms, sugar production, bird sanctuary and well as a behind-the-scenes tour of Mysore palace. Kaveri is extremely well-educated in so many aspects of India social, cultural and religious history as well as current affairs.

I cannot praise her enough. You can't go wrong.
Written October 2, 2012
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Dear Rasmus, Thanks for taking the time to write this review. Glad that you enjoyed the experience. Hope to serve you again soon! Kind regards, from warm India--- Kaveri
Written October 8, 2012
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karan06011955
Bengaluru, India218 contributions
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Oct 2019
This is a complex topic and hopefully, it'd be read and understood with an objective mindset.

The tradition of holybull walking, particularly in the auspicious months of Tamil Month Marhazhi is very precious. The Bull walker usually accompanies a Wind Instrument - Nadaswaram" - and plays that to the tunes of "Bhajans" and / or songs of divinity and seeks alms from houses. They are also particular to seek alms only from those houses where the house is decorated with "Rangoli" and flowers to indicate that the residents are pious and generous.

Generally the house people see the Bull as the "Vahan" of Lord Shiva and offer fruits, rice and similar other things, pray nd seek blessings. The walker also is offered raw rice, and some other vegetables etc., as their life support to them. The walker also for his part would play the instrument to the tunes of divine songs praising Lord Krishna and / or Shiva and pleases. He leaves collecting whatever is offered, blesses, asks the Bull to bless the house / home and leaves.

But it has slowly petering in to a personal life saving event for the Walker and he's keen to seek money and quality goods for his survival.
Written November 6, 2019
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Hannahlou87
Paris, France2 contributions
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Nov 2018 • Solo
I was shocked at the extremely low quality of the tour. Starting off by after arriving 30 minutes after the famous Mavalli Tiffin closed and missing that, we went to one busy street and stayed in a 3 block radius the rest of the day, visiting multiple fast food chains and a pub offering Budweiser among other mostly-foreign options. I think the guide must have been new, and so I felt bad for him because he was unsure of where we should go and what we should eat, so we just went to the closest options, not using the car to "see the city" and certainly not tasting anything at all specialty or local. This wasn't a tour. It was a lazy stroll in a boring neighborhood with some fastfood and foreign beer.
Written February 17, 2019
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