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Culture Rings

Bengaluru, India
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About Culture Rings
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.
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Madhavi. D wrote a review Dec 2019
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We rchd Bangalore Int Airport.. came out.. walked to right.. y can ask for Flybus stand. Already chked on net on KSRTC site for timings.. every hour for Mysore. Outside airport food joints, toilets..also coffee shop near Flybus Stand. Took 5.10 pm Flybus.. luxury.. leg rest too AC bus..halts 10 mins kamat food.. rchd at 9.15 pm.. 800 Rs. Very good. After rching Mysore Got a Auto to hotel... many hotels here. Auto Driver Mr Freddy.. very good. Nxt day fixed with him for sightseeing.. only Rs 800.. i pd 1000 as he was with us till 5.00 pm. Saw Chamundi hills, mysore palace Philomina church mysore sand museum wax museums karanje lake.. jagmohan art gallery.Zoo can be done on nxt day as it takes time.. along with brindawan garden musical fountain show 6.30 to 7.30 pm. Freddy arranges cheap car hire for drop.. i got in 2200 rs to coorg. I recommend Mr Freddy. Enjoy
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Date of experience: December 2019
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FlossyLondon wrote a review Nov 2019
Merton, United Kingdom152 contributions19 helpful votes
Culture Rings was recommended by a colleague for a private tour with a female guide who would give some real insights into the city. She was not wrong. Jackie's tour was simply a brilliant day out after a tough work week. It felt like going on a jaunt with a really interesting and very cultured friend who loves her city and who knows people everywhere. I am skeptical of overly positive reviews on TA, but in this case I am now sure these ones are true. You won't regret taking this tour. Just let your guide know what you will like and they will tailor around you for a great experience.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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karan06011955 wrote a review Nov 2019
Bengaluru, India192 contributions72 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Mark K_ldor wrote a review Oct 2019
Hungary305 contributions19 helpful votes
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This was really something unique, moreover, the tour guide (also interpreter) who was with us always did more than just the expectations. We went into real, local temples for visits, where people were still living their traditional religion. Like worshiping snake or tree gods. We also had the chance in another prayer place to be part a bit of the ceremony. Also to talk, walk by locals at the market, and visit a small village in the village with cows. It was really to get connection with these people living in this traditional area. It was also good for us, maybe for them (as a financial aid) and for the agency/consulate/tour org as well. It was fun to work with one of the washer men, know his family, eat with him/them, have a break with the other 'colleagues'. These people really work hard and are almost workaholic. :) It was even more interesting for me who is working in an office space, there is a huge gap between these workplaces. Some of the workers were more than friendly, and we also can have questions to and about them. The director of the place visited and ate with us, and we also went to his place for a traditional lunch with his family. His wife is an angel, and really served delicious food. :) It was one of the most complex tours I've ever taken. The drive itself was like a tour, we met with a cow walking on the streets, on our way to the Dhobi Ghat. Best part? Maybe the temple visits, being more informed about India by the tour guide, meet with local people, the lunch at the director, some phases of the work itself. (As I could try all phases, except folding and ironing... which are not my favorite, anyways. :D ) These were the highlights.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from CultureRingsTours, Owner at Culture Rings
Responded 11 Oct 2019
Greetings to you from culture rings and from the washing village! The washer men are still asking about you: how are your hands? Did the sun give you a sub burn? Was the food too spicy? :) they learnt as much from you as you from them! You have been one of the most respectful and cool clients we’ve had and it was an absolute privilege to serve you in this experience. We hope for more people like you. And we hope you keep coming back! Thanks for this very detailed and kind review Team culture rings
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K M wrote a review Sep 2019
Seattle, Washington15 contributions10 helpful votes
Outstanding! Thank you, Lina, and Manesh at the Four Seasons for connecting us. Lina customized a private four-hour tour of Bangalore. We saw the Snake Temple, Saree Weavers’ Colony, the Nandi Bull Temple, KR Market and Washerman’s Village. A treat for the senses and amazing photos to share. Unlike so many tours that include shopping stops, this one, at our request, did not - so pleased. The experience was priceless.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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