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Find fun ways of spending a day which promise to be the new trend in making best use of your weekends. It is definitely worth investing your time in these short but contemporary outings.
While taking a break and travelling to exotic locations for some time always feels good, the fact is that we might not always have that opportunity to go on a long vacation owing to present day hectic schedules. But when you feel like taking a break, try something new, pursue your hobbies, want to have new exposures but would prefer doing them out of your home and out of the routine, then what would you do? I would suggest you to go on a day tour! Yes, day tours are absolutely refreshing while being within your budget and can just be done on any weekend as per your wishes. It’s simple and fun!
Gone are the days when day tours meant only boarding a tourist bus, being with the crowd and just seeing and listening to whatever the tour guide wanted you to. People want to try different things and have newer experiences, including exploring one’s own city in an unconventional way and experience it like they have never knew done before. This is possible with the kind of offbeat tours that are becoming popular.
Having lived in Bangalore for the past few years, this has become my home and it makes me happy that this place holds a lot of scope for quick getaways and day tours.
Now let me give you some ideas that sound better than spending your time in a mall on every weekend!
Apart from the kind of photography workshops that happen on weekends, there are different types of Photo Walks that happen too. These include Photo Heritage Walks, Photo Nature Walks, and Photo Food Walks, which cater to different themes. The photo walks let you walk through the streets and you get to know your city in a very distinct way and at your own pace, while capturing city life in a different angle. There are communities like Bangalore Photo Walk, which brings together people who are passionate about photography.
This for the inherent foodie in you. If you are a street food enthusiast or ready to explore the city’s food on your feet, I bet that you will be spoilt for choice. Whether you are craving for the most common pani puri or a quick juice or north eastern flavors in hot momos or the traditional south Indian snacks, Bangalore offers it all. And if you are not sure where to start and what to eat, check Talking Street for all the information you need to treat your taste buds!
I am bitten by the kitsch bug these days. From the time I saw the images and heard the stories of many flea markets, I am just waiting for the next one to happen in Bangalore. Even my trip to Goa once was planned keeping in mind when the flea markets happen, which is only during the peak season. Flea markets are total fun and definitely a better alternative to your regular shopping in the malls. Don’t forget to check for Sunday Soul Sante, Kitsch Mandi, Second To None (220), Flea 080, etc. for their upcoming events in Bangalore. If you like unique flavours and are inspired by sustainable living, handicrafts and local artisans work, then flea markets are the places to go!
Now this is going to be lots of fun for sure! Grape Stomping is a traditional process of making wine and companies like Thrillophilia offer some great wine tours around Bangalore. And usually grape stomping is accompanied by introduction to wine making process and wine tasting, followed by lunch. Your stamina is put to test while you enjoy the grape stomping along with some good music and dance.
Trekking can be a very good outdoor activity for weekends. I still remember the kind of awesome feeling I had when me and my friends reached the top of Savanadurga – my first trek near Bangalore. Recently night treks are also quite popular on full moon days where a group starts trekking middle of the night and reach the hill top to enjoy the mesmerizing sunrise with amazing views. The Anthargange night trek is one of the prominent treks with a chance to cave exploration in this category.
This kind of day outing is for those who like wild life and also who has kids, as kids in general enjoy looking at different kinds of animals. You can make a trip to Bannerghatta National Park, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Bheemeswari etc, which make for a perfect single day getaway. These are also places for those who enjoy wild life photography, adventure sports, boating etc.
Cycle tours are not just for the joy of cycling but they bring in more experience like cross cultural flavors and heritage. You get to cycle to lesser known destinations on country side where life’s pace and peace are redefined. This is a whole new way of travelling where you get an opportunity to connect with local people. It has many options like self guided tours, weekend tours, day tours etc which make up for a much needed quick break. Check Art Of Bicycle Trips.
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Loves to click pictures, dance, cook, travel, craft, read and write!
nice sowmya! Please provide the links too 🙂
Thank you 🙂 Sorry the links were not available only for a short while, please check them now!
You opened great new insights.
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