I had written about the Victorian Walk on M G Road by Bangalore Walks couple of years back. Last week I was invited for the trial run of their to-be launched ‘Basavanagudi Walk’. As expected the walk was interesting and informative, punctuated by some awesome food, traditional Bangalore stuff and lots of interesting trivia about Basavanagudi and Bangalore.
If you have migrated to Bangalore in the recent past, as in last few years, in all probability Basavanagudi is not the area that you frequent. You may be aware of couple of famous attractions in that area, like Bull temple and Ramakrishna Math (I had written about these two places after our heritage walk). But you may not know a few other hidden treasures that are scattered around that locality. And I am quite sure that you would not know lot of stories behind the origin of Basavanagudi and a whole lot of things that have their origin in Basavanagudi. As you walk around with the enthusiastic walk guide, she takes you through some of the landmarks of the area and talks about the evolution of Basavanagudi which at some point in time would have been a town in itself.
There are beautiful buildings from various eras that you would have passed by at times but may not have noticed, and there are connections that you may never establish. There are temples that you may have heard of but never visited. There are origins of culture, education, migration and lifestyle, some by design and some by default. It’s a place that has seen many bygone eras and you see the remnants of these eras lying here and there, which would escape your eye in the usual hustle bustle of everyday life. By walking around early morning, you get to see them, listen about them and wonder why you not saw them earlier.
As an ardent ‘Walking Tours’ fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this walk too. All the best Bangalore Walks for this new walk…