Unique things to do in South India
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Unique things to do in South India

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Mumbai as a local City and Slum Tour by Aircon Car
Before I start you will be pleased to hear that Pick-up and drop is FREE on the Western side of Mumbai also timings are flexible. We will be visiting VT Station known as Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus built in 1888. Then we drive to Dhobi Ghat, place where the washermen wash the laundry for the last 150 years. Proceed to Mani Bhavan the place where Mahatma Gandhi used to live whenever he visited Mumbai between 1917-1934. Visit the Pannalal Jain Temple , said to be 120 years old (optional). Drive along the Marine Drive also know as "Queen's Necklace". Time to take a break for lunch at the famous Leopold cafe started in 1871. On our way back we visit the Rajabai Tower and other iconic buildings. Post lunch we visit Colaba Street Market, Hotel Taj Palace built in 1903 and Gateway of India built in 1924. A cup of Masala Tea and how it is made by a fisherwoman, St. Thomas Cathedral and Flora Fountain. During our journey I will be explaining and showing you the Dabbawalla, a unique Tiffin delivery systems. This tour can also be personalized so that if interested one can add Sassoon Dock which is one of the oldest fishing dock in Mumbai. Other things to note Please do not give alms to beggars or people who ask money. If you are buying things on the street try to bargain for the price. Traveling on the sea link bridge toll will be extra.
Indian Bread Experience - Cook and Dine with a Local Epicure
Choose from: Roti - This immersion can be considered a masterclass for popular Indian breads. It’s focussed on whole wheat flat breads and based on North Indian traditions. A very good place to start your journey. Dosa - This immersion is focussed on South Indian traditions and will feature rice as the hero. Highly recommended if you avoid gluten. Exotic Indian Breads - This immersion goes much deeper and involves a few of the not-so-common breads across the Indian cuisine. We will work with flours including millet, lentil and rice and learn a few specialised techniques. Highly recommended for fellow bread nerds. During the experience we will: Discuss the traditional ingredients and the process, including alternatives and adaptions for your region. Cook a few types of breads. You are free to do as much or as little as you are comfortable during the session. Share a 5-course meal that features the breads you cooked, paired with its traditional accompaniments. Along the way we will trade stories, discuss the local food and beverages scene, food history, nutrition science or any other topic of mutual interests. I offer pick up and return for an additional fee on request.
A day with a South Indian Family
Once you arrive at our home, we begin by learning to brew the aromatic filter coffee. While the coffee brews, I will take you to the temple near by, where we explore some interesting stories and common customs. After you get back home, we sit down for a cup of filter coffee, discussing the menu and ingredients for the cook along session. You get to cook some of the most loved South Indian specialities as we discuss the flavours & spices used. Now we sit down to relish the home cooked meal you made. I will customise the plan according to your interests. This is a fun, relaxed and hands on experience as I take you home and it can't get more authentic than this!
Experience offbeat Mumbai!
In my opinion, one who travels requires a guide to explore the hidden places of a city, not your “top three” destinations on trip advisor. I believe it’s important to do that yourself. To explore the vastness of what the city of Mumbai is, in few days, even months or years, is an incredible task. I strive to connect you to the beat of the city, the pulse, if you will. We take public transport. You move through the city like a Mumbaikar. I start the tour with exploring the biggest flower market of Mumbai. It’s scale, colours and fragrances are mind blowing! It’s a phenomenal spot for photography, to experience some local flavour, and hey, maybe even buy some flowers... by the kilo! ;) Next we head to a fishermen’s village that dates back to 800 years. It’s tucked right in the middle of one of the world's largest metropolises, yet you’d never know it once you’re there. Fishermen/women were the original inhabitants of Mumbai, so if you’re interested in the history of this massive city and how it came to be, you’ll get to know all those little tidbits along the way. After that, we transit to Dhobi Ghat. This is the worlds largest open-air laundromat! Over 100,000 pieces of clothing are hand-washed here in one day! The brilliance and diversity of the colours is something to behold! Also, try and smile! A smile and a head-wag can take you to places you’d never dream in India :) Other things to note 1. If you are interested in the tour but would like to do the same in Private Transportation, that can be arranged. 2. Flexibility in the pick-up or meeting point is possible. (subject to other guests) 3. Food tour can be combined with the tour itself. Please feel free to ask in case of any queries
Hike to the Hidden Gem of Pune - Accessible in Monsoon too
These days its hard to find some quality time with nature. I will take you to a trail in Baner Hills (one of the highest point within the city limits, with an elevation of 2224 ft) where you can experience the nature and I will take you to the point where you can see great views of Pune City. Also I will show you how humans can protect and preserve the natural habitats in this modern time. It's a moderate trek around 2-3 KM which anybody can do including kids. It will take minimum 2 hours to experience this depends on your speed so there is no time limit and you can spend a few hours with the peace and quite of the forests all while still being within the buzzing city.

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Experience Mysore through its Stories, Sights, & Street Food
One often forgets dates and names, but never a good story! This tour will take you back in time through its stories, and anecdotes that one would miss otherwise. It's a combination of a walking tour and Street food tour. Starting from the Big Ben of Mysore- Doddagadiyara or the big clock tower in front of the Mysuru Townhall, walk past the palace gates and then to the Devaraja Market, a century-old market where local produce is sold. Get a locals perspective of what the market means and entails. Visit a local perfume maker and get to photograph friendly faces of the vendors. Post the market, the tour takes you through small alleyways and hole in the wall places which only the locals know about where you will get to try safe street food (No Delhi belly, I promise) End the walk with the best Mysore masala Dosa and tips on planning your next few days of vacation in India. Or shoot ANY questions about life in India, culture, religion, etc. Good stories, visuals, and amazing food await! *IMPORTANT* - price for a solo booking is 1.5x the cost, try bringing a friend along for a discount. -Feel free to request a date if unavailable on the booking calendar. I'll try to accommodate. - Includes cost for the food tasters on the tour. -Tour doesn't include visit to any ticketed monuments -Tour is limited to only evening slot due to street food shops opening only in the evening.
Street Food Tour and Visit to the local Market in Bangalore
1. Pick up at Vijayanagar Metro station. 2. Exploring the food streets of Vijayanagar for pure vegetarian chats/Starters and local desserts along with exotic beverages. 3. Visit to iconic sweets shop for authentic indian sweets sampling. 4. Travelling through the local market. 5. Main Course and Coffee/Chai at Indraprastha restaurant. 4. Dropping back to Vijayanagar Metro station. Other things to note Don't bring too much luggage be free to move and have space for shopping (Optional) in your bags. (Royal treatment if you bring me Duty free Liquor from the airport, for which i am going to pay for ofcourse)
Bestt kept secret of Bangalore with Dinesh
Join me as I take you on a journey of lifetime; filled with life, laughter, WoWs and more. From Exploring- The best food around hidden delicacies of Malleshwaram, Places around Bangalore that are not much known to travellers and witness Bangalore in no better way than this tailor made curation. So why wait? Take a backseat and witness Bangalore's serene Beauty, we've covered it all. We have well-tried and tested plans that is as smooth as our masala dosa. 5% off for couples. 15% off for defence personnels. 25% off for people with disability.
Iconic Sights Of Mumbai in Four Hours
Discover Mumbai's wonders with me on Airbnb Experiences! I've been a local guide since 2018, eager to showcase the city's best. We'll kick off our adventure by meeting point in a easy ride. Throughout the day, I'll lead you on a comprehensive tour, covering everything except meals. Get ready for an incredible journey through Mumbai's rich tapestry. We'll visit iconic landmarks like the bustling Crawford Market, the majestic Gateway of India, and the serene Marine Drive. But that's just the start! Our exploration includes historic sites, lively markets, and peaceful parks that reveal the heart of this vibrant city. Prepare to be captivated by the history of the Bombay High Court, the bustling energy of Colaba Causeway Street Market, and the picturesque beauty of Hanging Gardens and Kamla Nehru Park. Along the way, I'll share personal stories and historical insights to enrich your experience. Join me for an immersive and delightful tour, where you'll uncover the essence of Mumbai's culture, history, and beauty. Let's create lasting memories together in this incredible city!
Get Hooked on Fishing
"Learn To Fish" As they say “The early bird catches the Worm”, the experience begins early in the morning in Baga. The Necessary gear will be provided depending on your prior fishing experience. As we trek towards our first fishing spot, we will brush on the safety requirements for this activity as well as you will be introduced to the equipment which will be utilized for the activity. We will fish at the spot until the fish bites decrease and once you are accustomed to the surroundings we will make our way to another hidden spot which is very scenic and breathtaking. Make sure you are ready and your lines are tight at all times, as you may have the bite of your lifetime. This Fishing Experience is going to be just the beginning to a whole new world of Angling. If you are a beginner need not worry, you will learn to fish from scratch. I will assure everyone experiences the feeling of “one last catch” having you ‘Hooked on’ for more! Important points to keep in mind before booking - We have 2 slots 7-9am and 4-6pm Everyday - Request availability if favorable time slot is not available. - This is a land based fishing experience! - Accompaniment is not allowed. - If you aren't ready to get your hands dirty this Activity ain't for you.
Dharavi Slum Tour
Dharavi is the largest slum in India. We would love to give you an educational insight of the area, by visiting different neighborhoods and discussing everyday life and social issues of the locals. People in Dharavi are very friendly and welcoming. We start our tour from the working district where you will be able to see locals engaged in different professions and jobs and other half we will tour the residential area. We intent to dispel the negative image of the slum and plan to put part of the profits from tour for social activities.
Kayaking in backwaters mangroves pondicherry
Please note this activity is based on tides( water level) Timing will change daily. Kindly message before booking to help you better. Get onboard kayak after general instructions of Do and don'ts. Orientation on Kayaking techniques is given to make your journey smooth. We will start with registration followed by wearing proper life jacket provided with the help of Kayak leader. Board the Kayak, Start paddling in the open backwaters for 900 meters- Get to know the story of ancient port ruins site 'Arikamedu' which dates to 1500BC - 10th century, proceed paddling through the patches of mangroves - a small creek inlet. A kayak leader will join you for this experience. You can opt to choose join with a co paddler or go solo.
Rejuvenate yourself with Cupping Therapy
Hi! Join with me to learn about cupping therapy and immerse yourself in the awesome experience. I'll explain different techniques we use, and how to do cupping therapy. This is a hands-on workshop, so be prepared to enjoy the treatment too which is conducted by male therapist. I will customize the treatment to make your experience unique. ★ Short lesson about cupping therapy, types, techniques, and oils. ★ After this, you will get a back exfoliation, and then, we will start your cupping therapy. We will finish the workshop with some time for questions and conclusions. This is an amazing experience for you to share with a friend or loved one. I am confident you will enjoy learning about cupping therapy and a bit more about yourself. My Other Experience - Abhyanga Ayurvedic Massage Therapy : https://www.airbnb.co.in/experiences/4701923 Message us to customize the timing, location (chennai, mahabalipuram, auroville & pondicherry) etc. for any of my experiences. DM to check few more massage experiences which is not listed here.
Hiking Life on Munnar Mountains & Tea Plantaions
4 to 5 Hours Trekking Covers : Mountain / Grass Land Walking / Tea Garden 1 Hour Steep Mountain Trekking and Reaching Mountain Top with some breath taking view of mother nature with endless mountains -- Walk Through the Grass Lands -- Tea Garden Walking that provide an experience of lifetime Other things to note Starting / Reporting Point : Near KSRTC Bus Depot Munnar Guest have to reach the starting point their own. If they need transportation facility, we can arrange on extra cost Trekking will be ending at Munnar Town.
Photoshoot by travel and lifestyle photographer
You'll need to reach Cliff Stories, A garden cafe located in the cliff edge adjacent to the sea. Have you ever took a professional photoshoot while traveling ? I will take you to scenic tropical places in and around Varkala and shoot some amazing photographs. There will be a wide variety of tropical landscapes which includes backwater, beautiful tropical beaches, stretch palm trees, sunset points and much more. ATTENTION : Pay attention to the times. I have Morning PHOTOSHOOT and also Evening PHOTOSHOOT, with the amazing tropical nature, beaches, unexplored cliffs and hidden spot of Varkala . If you are alone, as a couple, with friends or family, join with me exploring secret places of Varkala , catching tropical unseen places (Insider Experience) with your love mate or your children with beautiful tropical landscapes behind. Furthermore, you will know more about the culture and local fisherman's life. Comments: 1) For wedding proposals and other special occasions, please contact us so we can customize the service. 2) If you wish a day or time not available, please contact me. 3) Let me know if you have any mobility restrictions. @eyediary Other things to note This is a photo tour which means either you can know more about photography or You can explore and to know more about the place in a photographers perspective. You will be exploring the whole scenic and picturesque location in and around.
Premium pet-friendly guided kayak tours in Chapora river
Hi globe trotter! Join me on the most picturesque kayaking experience in the backwaters of river Chapora --- a calm,little-known river, yet home to unique fauna and birds. We walk by the river as we sip on some freshly picked tender coconut water before we start kayaking in one of the cleanest river waters in the country. We watch birds fly and fish jump out of the water almost always in this pure ,untouched hinterland experience of a lifetime,leaving you yearning for more of a Goa that you never knew existed. The trail is easy and short,lasting around 2 hours. While kayaking is a fairly easy exercise in the calm backwaters, NON -SWIMMERS,PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER KAYAKED BEFORE, interested CHILDREN and SENIOR CITIZENS can enjoy this activity in absolute safety with me in government licensed kayaks and safety equipment , accompanying you throughout.
The story of Local Vibes- Memorable Moments in Kochi
Join us on a journey unlike any other! As a local Guide from Fort Kochi, I have been conducting this unique tour since 2006, offering an authentic local experience that goes beyond the typical tourist spots. Get ready to explore Kochi in its truest form, discovering hidden gems and untold stories that shaped this historic city. Hop aboard a Tuk Tuk and venture into the heart of Fort Kochi. Witness the enchanting Chinese fishing nets, Manja Bhagavati Temple, and delve into the fascinating history of the European settlements, such as Vasco de Gama church and the Dutch cemetery. Marvel at the beauty of the Dutch palace, an ASI museum holding ancient secrets. But that's not all! Our tour goes beyond the surface, taking you through the charming Jewish street, leading to the iconic Jewish synagogue. Along the way, you'll experience the vibrant local life, immersing yourself in the culture and traditions of the people who call this city home. Come, be a part of our exclusive Fort Kochi Local Experience Tour, where every step unfolds the rich tapestry of the past, the present, and the real essence of this remarkable city. Join us for an unforgettable adventure that will leave you with cherished memories and a deeper connection to the soul of Fort Kochi.
Pondy Heritage Cycle tour
Join with a local to know the story of Pondicherry from the prehistory to present - the session gives you a perspective of storyline and incidents and few facts from the times of many kingdoms to the French and the influence of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville. We shall be covering the quaint charming heritage quarters of the Ashram with its departments, French history and colonial buildings, monuments, institutions with its cultural and architectural significances and if time permits we shall touch on the Tamil quarter with the amalgamation of Franco-Tamilian through people and expression of unique architecture plus all what is local. The experience through the eyes of a local makes its compelling and special. We will be providing normal Indian cycles. The seats, adjustments are fixed cannot be changed. For the tour it will be just fine. One can bring one's personal cycles for tour as well. This tour can be done by walk as well subject to terms and conditions. There is also Forest cycling and Beach cycling available The storyteller is not at disposal. Experience time is 2hr and usually extended by 30mins. Shopping affects tour coverage.
Culture walk
Let's start the tour at the Someshwar temple, where we will discuss about ancient Indian art and architecture. After this we head to Ulsoor lake for a walk, where we will talk about the colonial military settlement around this area. We will discus the significance of historical events, flora and fauna, the development of this region over the years. We end the walk at a cafe by the lake.
Mumbai as a local City and Slum Tour by Aircon Car
Before I start you will be pleased to hear that Pick-up and drop is FREE on the Western side of Mumbai also timings are flexible. We will be visiting VT Station known as Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus built in 1888. Then we drive to Dhobi Ghat, place where the washermen wash the laundry for the last 150 years. Proceed to Mani Bhavan the place where Mahatma Gandhi used to live whenever he visited Mumbai between 1917-1934. Visit the Pannalal Jain Temple , said to be 120 years old (optional). Drive along the Marine Drive also know as "Queen's Necklace". Time to take a break for lunch at the famous Leopold cafe started in 1871. On our way back we visit the Rajabai Tower and other iconic buildings. Post lunch we visit Colaba Street Market, Hotel Taj Palace built in 1903 and Gateway of India built in 1924. A cup of Masala Tea and how it is made by a fisherwoman, St. Thomas Cathedral and Flora Fountain. During our journey I will be explaining and showing you the Dabbawalla, a unique Tiffin delivery systems. This tour can also be personalized so that if interested one can add Sassoon Dock which is one of the oldest fishing dock in Mumbai. Other things to note Please do not give alms to beggars or people who ask money. If you are buying things on the street try to bargain for the price. Traveling on the sea link bridge toll will be extra.
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