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    Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” And, he was probably right. Walking tours are one of the best ways to discover something unique and distinct. Customised walking tours are now one of the most sought modes of recreation in the country. You can choose where you want to ‘walk’ that is in its literal sense.

    Moreover, you will be able to relate to the place better as you are on your feet rather than being confined to a metal chassis that goes with the wind. If walking really appeals to you, then why not try some walking tours in India?

    Besides, rejuvenating yourself as you walk in the streets, it will also allow you to witness the beauty that India carries in its domicile. There are over ten beautiful destinations made for walking tours in the country, read on, to take a tour of the best places for walking tours in India.

    Best Places for Walking Tours in India:

    1.  Hop on the rocky terrain in Hyderabad

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    The beauty of the Deccan Plateau is impeccable. The rocks shine amidst the greenery and the hillocks where they rest. There are amazing rock formations in this region each of which grabs the sight of eyes towards itself.

     The part of the plateau that falls at Hyderabad is quite eye catchy for the rocks found in this region are granite that reflect the rays of the sun and apparently these rocks are older than the Himalayas, that would make them around 2,500 million years old.

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    As you walk by the rocky patch, you have an amazing opportunity to discover the history behind the formations, a whole new world of birds, hidden rivers trickling down the lane. With insane names like Hamburger, Mushroom as per their shapes, the rocks will get your imagination run wild.

    This walk tour is conducted on every third Sunday of the month and your imagination can dwell deeper in them every time you visit the place. The tour is free of cost, but the experience will definitely take you a long way.

    2. When the divine spirits visit Kolkata

    Kolkata walking tour

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    The best time to visit Kolkata is during Durga Pooja, but the real fun is when you see the off stage preparations on the auspicious day. All you have to do is take a walk in the by lanes of the old Kumartuli’s road, which is also called the Potter’s Town. You will be greeted with some of the most beautiful craftsmen’s works where the different kinds Durga idols adore the streets. Besides witnessing the strongest of Goddesses standing tall, you will also be a part of the lifestyle of the tender hands that mold these idols with utmost care and worship.

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    You can start off at around 6 am in the morning from the Armenian Ghat where you can catch a glimpse of early morning wrestling followed by the natives of the city. The next stop would be the flower market. This place is more or less like a bouquet of rainbows filled with the most vibrant colors while the fragrance of fresh flowers refreshes your mind and body. Then comes the Howrah Bridge followed by the Old Mint and the Nimtala burning ghat. This walking tour is free of cost.

    3.  Food and more food, a walk in the streets of Old Delhi

    Old Delhi food walking tour

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    If you are an Indian, you are a foodie by default. If you are done relishing the juicy and tender chunks of meat and seafood roasted in the most aromatic of spices, then why not try going vegetarian for a short period. Test your tastebuds on the unique ‘Baniya’ vegetarian street food at Sitaram Bazar, Old Delhi. As you walk by the street, you can also have a look at different spices that go into an Indian cooking bowl as you treat yourself to a sumptuous meal.

    In any case, if you wondering about the variety of the food here, then this could be an apt example for food for thought. From savoury Gol-gappas to the Nagori halwa with small puris with a hint of sweetness to Kucha Chole and Baniya rotis, the list is endless.

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    If your taste buds have been satisfied, you can go ahead to treat your eyes to the Havelis of the yesteryears where you could participate in a cooking a vegetarian meal or just enjoy the aroma of oil blending in with the spices. The tour is free of charge but the refreshments would cost a small amount which would be negligible compared to the experience.

    4.  City walk in Mumbai

    City walk in Mumbai

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    The Glamour town of the country, Mumbai also has a subtle side to add to its glory. If you would want to the enjoy the simplicity of this beautiful city of Maharashtra embark on one of the famed walking tours in India. From the streets of Dariya Mahal, Radhabai Chawl in Jogeshwari to the Brabourne restaurant. These places are jewels on the crowning glory of the state capital.

    You could also try the popular snack, Vada pav -- a yummy crispy ball of potatoes boiled to perfection mixed with spices and sandwiched between the soft layers of wheat bun with tangy green chutney and a chilly to add to the spice. You could then quench your thirst at Sikkanagar with the tastiest of the sherbets.

    You could also top this up with Babbanji Bihari’s Bombay tour, where you come face to face with the lifestyle of a typical Bihari, the migrants from the far north end of the country.

    5.  Passing by the lit up streets of Mylapore in Chennai

    Chennai Walking tour

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    Walking by the cities of the North India must have been enjoyable, but the South is no less impeccable. Every part of the Incredible India is incredible, so are the streets of the cultural hub of the Chennai, Mylapore. Tamil Nadu is known for its rich cultural ethics. The state has managed to keep its authenticity intact with the most beautiful temples capturing grabbing your attention, this walk would take you to the 3,000-year-old Kapaleeswarar Temple.

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    The carvings on the temple stones are so intricate that it make you ponder if it has been sculpted with a needle. As you take a few steps further you will come across shopkeepers trying to sell everything from wares, jewellery and silk to puja items, fruits and vegetables. Once you feel famished you can complete your walking tour with snacks and steaming hot coffee from the popular Saravana Bhavan. Again, the snacks may fleece your pockets, not the tour.

    6.  Let the sands play the tune, Goa it has to be!

    Walking tours in India - Goa

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    ‘Blessed are those who live by the sea’- a saying that seems to be stolen by anyone who has loved walking by the beach. Walking in sands of the Goan beach is a different pleasure in itself. The guided walk in here is organised by a library and an educational resource sector, Bookworm. This could be your walk to remember.

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    This is not a normal walk by the beach as it include a flurry of events like treasure hunts, coloring, retracing the map and other activities that will keep you gripped as you enjoy the ride on your feet. The organisation has kept the fun part alive by keeping a different track every time. The tour includes a walk to the Governor’s Palace, through the Museum of Christian Art, a walk by the Natural Heritage Trail and the Azad Maidan.

    7. Mumbai market, food all the way;

    Mumbai market food walk

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    Food and Mumbai are so closely related that it has become a part of their cultural identity. Well, you cannot but help it, but food in Mumbai is awesome. Have you ever wondered about taking a food walk? Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Brace yourselves, for we have now reached Matunga, Central Mumbai.

    This place is known for a beautiful display of different cultures hinting about different communities making a living in here. You can stroll by the markets of this area, where you can treat yourself to cuisines of three different communities, Tamil Brahmins, Gujaratis and Jains. Yes, it is purely vegetarian but the taste stays for a lifetime.

    The Food walk begins at the Kannika Parameshwari temple where you can get to know about the history of Hinduism and Buddhism. Then you will head to the market area where the fruits, vegetables and spices will grab onto your eyeballs immediately. The view is pleasant and soothing.

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    You can follow up the visual treat with as you indulge yourself in a different version of the dosa, which is a popular snack in South India, called the Khakra Dosa where the plain dosa is made very crisp and then dried. There are other interesting fusion desserts like a Jain Mousse which is prepared without egg and of course, the chocolate barfi.

    8. Chennai, Again?

    Walking tours in India - Chennai

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    Have you ever wondered what does a Journalist has to face every day? How about stepping into the shoes of one? Sign up for this new walk around Chennai where your eyes would go with the pen a writer. Bring along resources like pen, paper, or a camera. As you walk by, you can also chat with groups of people.

    Later, you will have to pen down your experience however you like. It could be an essay, a report or feature. You can it keep it funny, serious or adventurous. Your written piece will be combined with the others on your walking tour and will be uploaded online. However, you will have to shell out some amount as fee.

    9. Spooky gets the going, Cemetery lane walk, Shimla

    Cemetery lane walk Shimla

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    Spirits are still a mystery today. What does it feel like to walk in a cemetery in the wee hours of the night? The Cemetery Lanes Walk in Shimla will take you to three of the five cemeteries in the city. The Kanlog cemetery being largest one is surrounded by a dense forest of cedar trees and will surely send shudders down your spine.  You can also take a look at the old run-down houses of the yester centuries and also see the Combermere Bridge peeping out of the thick mist surrounding the place.  

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    The walk begins in the morning and goes on till the end of the day. This walk is again charged at a small price but for the purpose for keeping the mystery alive, the price is told to only those who take the tour.

    10. The garden city of India: A short tour in the IT Hub

    Bangalore walking tours

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    What is the joy in underatking walking tours in India, if you don’t walk by the streets of the one of most crowded places of the country, Bangalore? With the concrete jungles filling up the place, the once garden city of India seems to have lost its charm. Well, do not be disappointed, this walk might get your faith restored.

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    This walking tour is organised by Bangalore walks. These walks will take you back in time keeping your mind enclosed in the mysteries of the city. You should actually take this walk to experience it. Not many contestants would reveal the insights of the tour. This tour is not free but it will be a beautiful way to get to know the history and culture of the city.

    Happy Walking!


Walking in India

Attractions

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Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort is one of the most important places to visit in Chittorgarh. This historical fort is the pride of the Rajasthani town as it stands imposingly upon the top of a hill, looking down protectively over the city. Nearly all of Chittorgarh’s attractions are housed inside the fort. 

The Chittorgarh Fort is a massive structure which was first built in the 7th century and covers an area of approximately 700 acres. There are several grand sights to be seen inside the fort itself apart from the commanding views that can be seen of the environs of Chittorgarh.

The fort, which is also known as Water Fort, contained 84 water bodies inside its grounds, of which 22 exist today. The Vijay Stambh, Kirti Stambh, Rana Kumbha Palace, Meera mandir and other consequential structures are also housed inside the formidable fort. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: Rs. 10 for Indians; Rs. 100 for foreigners 
Location: Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001
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Bala Quila Fort

Also known as the Alwar Fort, the BalaQuila Fort is one of the most historic destinations in Alwar, and is one of the tourist attractions in Alwar that should not be missed when you are in the Rajasthani city. Extending over an area of 5 kilometres, the fort stands stern and forbidding at a height of 1000 feet with 15 large and 51 small towers and 446 openings for musketry.

It was first built by Hasan Khan Mewati in 1550, but has since seen various dynasties rule over it as Alwar passed into the hands of Khanzadas, Mughals, Pathans and Jats. The fort still stands as imposing as ever, and is a great place to visit during an evening in the city. 

Timings: 10 am to 5 pm 
Location: Bala Quila   Rd, Near Nikumbha Mahal Palace, Alwar, Rajasthan 301001
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Bhangarh fort

If you are looking for some thrills in Alwar, visiting its “most haunted place” is the best way to fulfil the desire. Bhangarh Fort, on the border of the Sariska Tiger Reserve, has long held its spooky reputation. Though it is a well-preserved fort, the ‘supernatural’ occurrences that seem to occur within its premises tend to ward off many people.

If you are eager to explore Alwar in all its facets, haunted and otherwise, a visit to this fort is a must. Do it while the light lasts, since ghosts are said to hang out here at night. Though spooky, Bhangarh Fort is one of the best places to visit in Alwar for some unique memories.  

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
Location: Gola ka baas, Rajgarh Tehsil, Alwar, Bhangarh, Rajasthan 301410
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Tower of Fame (Kirti Stambh)

The Kirti Stambha is a one of the lovely tourist attractions of Chittorgarh. Housed inside the massive Chittorgarh Fort, this 12th century tower stands as a monument to Adinathji, the 1st Jain Teerthankar.

It is decorated with the naked figures of the Digambars, and reflects the cultural beliefs of the Digambars comprehensively. There are seven storeys in the tower, and a narrow and steep staircase leads to the top from where views of the Chittorgarh environs can be taken in. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001
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The Palace Museum

The Palace Museum, also known as the Government Museum, is a worthwhile place to visit when in the city. There is a wonderful range of artefacts that are displayed in the museum that speak of the history of Rajasthan, and of Alwar in particular.

The entire collection of the museum comes from the Royal families reserves and consists of 234 sculptures, 11 inscriptions, 9702 coins, 35 metal objects, 2565 paintings & manuscripts, 2270 arms & weapons and 1809 objects of local art, crafts and musical instruments. Spending a couple of hours in the museum is a good way to initiate yourself into the history of Alwar and take back memories of its unique culture and tradition. 

Timings:10 am to 5 pm
Location: City Palace, Alwar, India
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Vijay Stambha (Victory tower)

The Vijay Stambha stands tall and mighty in the premises of the Chittorgarh Fort. Built in 1440 AD by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over Mohamed Khilji, this 9-storyed tower is adorned by sculptures of Hindu deities around and reflects the historical traditions of its age quite successfully.

The view from the top of the structure is breathtaking- there are steep steps that lead to the top of the tower, from where the whole town is revealed in all its glory. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001
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Siliserh Lake Palace

Siliserh Lake Palace is an erstwhile royal palace and hunting lodge located on the banks of the Siliserh Lake that has now been converted into a heritage hotel which is run by RTDC. The hotel makes for a perfect dropback to a romantic holiday because of the beauty of its exteriors and the simple elegance of its interiors.

The lake is perfect for fishing, sailing and boating. It is also a wonderful budget option for those who wish to enjoy luxury but do not wish to burn a hole in their pocket for the experience. The in-house restaurant offers a great range of Indian and Continental cuisines that are soul-satisfying and filling. 

Price: 2000- 3000 INR/ 50- 80 USD per night approx.
Location:Siliserh Circle, Alwar 301001, India
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Padmini's Palace

Loacted inside the Chittorgarh Fort, the Padmani Palace has a unique history attached to it making it one of the must-visit attractions in Chittorgarh fort. This palace was the reason for the battle betweenAla-ud-din Khilji and Rana Ratan Singh. Padmini Palace was the very legendary palace from where Ala-ud-din Khilji was permitted to obtain a glimpse of Padmini in a mirror placed in the main hall.

Allured by her beauty, Ala-ud-din Khilji fought a fierce battle with Rana Ratan Singh, husband of Rani Padmini. A visit to this palace gives one an insight not only into the history of Chittorgarh but also into human passions. The palace overlooks a lovely pool, and the views from inside are delightful.
 
Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001
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Rana Kumbha Palace

Rana Kumbha Palace is one of the most interesting places to visit in Chittorgarh fort. The massive proportions of the ruined edifice of the palace reveal what an imposing structure it was in the height of its glory. Rana Kumbha Palace is the largest monument in the Chittorgarh Fort and has a grand history attached to it. It has been the residence to people like Bappa Rawal, Maharana Kumbha, rani Padmani, Princess Meera Bai among others.

Legend of Panna Dhai, who saved infant Udai Singh with the heart-breaking sacrifice of her infant son, is also associated with this palace. The dungeons of this palace are also supposed to be the place where Rani Padmani and the other women of the palace committed Johar. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001
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Hill Fort Kesroli

Ancient fort turned heritage hotel, Hill Fort Kesroli is a magnificent place to indulge yourself in when on vacation in Alwar. It is a beautiful structure to look upon, and just as gorgeous to inhabit. The décor is in keeping with the traditional image of the fort, and history still has a presence in the long glossy halls of the hotel.

A stay in this fort allows you to escape the everyday bustle of Alwar while letting you immerse yourself in its culture and tradition as you rest your body in relaxation. 

Price: 5000- 8000 INR/ 70- 100 USD per night approx. 
Location: Near M.I.A Post Office-Bahala, District Alwar, Kesroli
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Sariska Palace

This luxurious resort near the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary offers you the indulgence of a luxury hotel at the rate of a budget accommodation. Staying in this Palace during your stay in Alwar will allow you to experience the best of Alwar’s wild scenery, decadent luxury, and gracious courtesy.

The palace is located close to the sanctuary and the haunted fort, thereby offering its guests some of the best sights and sounds to be had in Alwar. 

Price: 1500- 2000 INR/ 30- 50 USD per night approx. 
Location: Near Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Alwar, Sariska, Rajasthan 301022
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Kalika Mata Temple

Built originally in the 8th century, this serene temple was dedicated to the worship of the sun god before it was converted into a shrine for Kalika, an incarnation of Goddess Durga, in the 14th century. This temple is one of the most important pilgrimage attractions in Chittorgarh, and should not be missed when touring the grounds of the Chittorgarh fort.

The architecture of the temple reflects the devotion of its builders- a lot of hard work has been put into the intricate carvings and embellishments that adorn the ancient walls of the temple. Even though it is partially in ruins now, the beauty of the temple still shines through. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001
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City Palace Alwar

The City Palace of Alwar is actually a fort that is located right below the Alwar Fort in the foothills of the Aravalli ranges.  Built in the 18th century, this fort reflects its rich cultural heritage in its blend of the Mughal and Rajput architectural styles.

Though it mainly houses government offices today; the City palace is one of the best places to visit in Alwar. The Palace houses an artificial lake inside its premises as well as a museum that is one of the best in the state. A visit to the City palace will allow you to experience the best of Alwar in a comprehensive way. 

Timings: 10 am to 5 pm
Location: City Palace, Alwar
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Sanwariaji Temple

Sanwariaji Temple is one of the most renowned places to visit in Chittorgarh. The massive temple complex is considered second in religious importance only to the Krishna Temple in Nathdwara, and is a popular pilgrimage shrine in Rajasthan. Located approximately 40 kilometres away from Chittorgarh, this temple is a lovely place to spend a couple of pious hours in.

Serenity and positivity enrich the ambience of the temple, and the sacrosanct halls make for a peaceful place to mediate and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Visiting the temple as soon as dawn breaks is a pleasant way to experience the solitude and quiet that the temple offers.
 
Timings: 5 am to 12 pm; 2.30 pm to 11 pm
Price: Free entry 
Location: Bhadsoda and Mandphiya village, Dist. Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, Bhadsora, Rajasthan 312024
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Sathis Deori Temple

Located inside the Chittorgarh fort, close to Fateh Prakash Palace, this temple is one of the best sacred places to visit in Chittorgarh fort. The temple forms a part of the Jain temple complex, and is the largest amongst them. This massive Shwetamber Jain Temple was built in the 11th century and celebrates the life and virtues of Bhagawan Adinatha. 


The name of the temple signifies that at some point in history, there were twenty-seven temples inside this temple alone. Though no trace of these monuments remains, the SathisDeori Temple is a grand sight to behold in and of itself. The architecture is to be marvelled at for its intricate detailing and awe-inspiring domes. Sitting quietly in the temple allows you to immerse yourself in its ancient solitude.

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort

Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001

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Vijay Mandir Palce

One of the most famous tourist attractions in Alwar, the Vijay Mandir Palace is one destination you simply cannot miss while touring the city. It is located 10 kilometres away from the main city and is spread over a vast area of land.

The imposing structure attracts the eye from far off, and reflects its grandeur in the best possible way. The picturesque image is magnified in beauty by the reflection which sparkles in the lake below. An hour spent roaming the halls and grounds of this Palace will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated, and you will return to Alwar armed with many Instagram-worthy images too. 

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
Price: Free 
Location: Alwar District, Near Vijay Sagar Lake, Alwar, India

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