Friday, 1 February 2013

Walking Tour of Little India, Singapore

Inspired by my Bangkok based pal, Anna, who has really made an effort to discover her city since she moved there six months ago, I did a bit of research before this visit to Singapore to find some activity that would open up a bit more regarding the culture of the city and its people. I stumbled across some excellent reviews of the Original Walking Tours, who run various walks around the city, and decided to take their’ Dhobis, Saris and a Spot of Curry’ trip around little India. Whilst I had been to Little India before, I felt like I had really only scratched the surface of the place, and hoped that this would give me a bit more insight into the area.

What a good choice I made! The trip was guided by a local, Geraldine, who was fantastic, giving us lots of local detail on the religion, history and culture of both the Little India area and Singapore in general. The tour itself was 2.5 hours long, and we visited a Hindu temple, saw a demonstration of sari tying, visited a wet market and learnt about some of the local delicacies, including trying a jackfruit (in taste like a cross between a banana and a mango with the texture of a lychee) and some Indian sweets. We also visited spice grinders and sellers, a member of the group received a henna tattoo, and Geraldine pointed out lots of great food options for us.

At SGD 35 this was incredible value for money, very interesting and had a brilliant guide. The company run a number of different tours and I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again. They really opened up an aspect of Singapore for me, and you never felt herded or pressurised to buy, like I have felt on coach tours before. Definitely recommended.

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