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Discover Bangalore’s cultural and colonial past; its present ecological and social way of life in ways you have never done before!
A half-day tour into British Colonial BengaLuru on a cycle; exploring the influences of Christianity and the architectural reminiscence of the British East India Company in Bangalore.
On this ride you will visit five prominent churches of Bengaluru, learn of its political, cultural and rebellion movements that these institutions have witnessed. We will take you through 17th century Cathedrals of Gothic architecture, and learn of stories about Winston Churchill and his time in Bangalore.
These churches are Bangalore’s colonial legacy and their past is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Some of the experiences on this trail are…
Distance Cycled: 15 Kms
7:00 – 7:30 A.M : Meet and greet at St Andrews church, begin with a brief on your trail and bike fit. Parking will be available at the premises.
7:30 – 8:30 A.M : Ride to St Mary’s Basilica dates back to the 17th Century. Known as the chapel of “Annai Arokya Mary” (Our Lady of Good Health), legend has it that when the plague spread through the then village, the intercession of devotees to Mother Mary rid them off the dreadful disease. With many such stories and legends the St Mary’s Basilica remains a grand monument of cultural history
8:30 – 9:30 A.M : St John’s Church, Located in the Bangalore Cantonment area, the ride toward the church in itself is quiet a delight, we will ride past many homes that still have the “Monkey top” architecture, the aroma freshly baked bread from bakery’s owned through 4 odd generations whiff past and welcome you in.
9:30 – 10:00 A.M : Ride to the Holy trinity Church. Located at the east end of the central of Bangalore, the Holy Trinity Church is a major landmark. Built in 1851 for the Brtish Regiment stationed in Bangalore. This church is famed to hold a Cross-presented by Queen Victoria’s own West Kent regiment.
10:00 – 11:00 A.M : Breakfast at Koshy’s: We’ve been told many times the best part of any trail is the food itself. Buckle up, well… ease a buckle to feast on some colonial influenced Anglo-Indian cuisines. Think Mulligatawny, Fish and Chips, Mutton Stew. Known to be one the oldest café’s in town which still draws a bee line of regulars who are actors, musicians and authors. The walls hold on them a picture gallery of bygone Bangalore and its then glory.
11:00 – 11:30 A.M : St Mark’s Cathedral. This cathedral was modeled along the lines of the 17th-century St Pauls Cathedral. The entrance has elaborate woodwork and ornate carvings coupled with majestically done ceilings and domes. Known for its intrinsic stained glass work, your guide will walk you through the origin of the art work itself and its progress and travels over the centuries.
11:30 – 12:30 P.M : St Andrews Church for a pipe organ recital and a walk through the workings of one. The Scottish Presbyterian church is famed for its tall belfry and chiming clock at the apex of its tower. Your guide will walk you through its rich history, significant flora around the church and the essence of Gothic architecture.
Return to our start point and end of tour.