Price: $75 / ticket
Explore the heart and soul of Singapore’s Indian community—Little India. The heritage district associated with vibrant colours, the fragrance of flowers and spices, and an eclectic mix of houses. But on this tour, you hear not just about its present-day vibrancy, but also its early days of cattle slaughtering, horse-racing, baby delivering, and more!
Your tour starts from the corner of Rochor and Perak roads where you discover a lesser-known, religiously diverse, and contrastingly hipster section of Little India. See how old run-down buildings found a new identity, from a former-school-turned-hotel (Wanderlust Hotel) to numerous budget backpacker’s lodgings as well as cafes and restaurants. Learn about Little India’s different community groups and where they worship, including a visit to the historical and architecturally-marvellous Abdul Gaffoor Mosque.
Move on to Campbell Lane (one of the many roads with a European name), and Buffalo and Kerbau roads (names associated with cattle), to discover traditional Indian trades, food, customs, attire, decorations and businesses, and uncover the significance of each. Take a short break at Tekka Centre to sample local fare and observe where and how locals live and shop. Along the way, you’ll see the last remaining Chinese villa in Little India and the only North Indian temple in Singapore—see if you can spot it. A must visit is the ornate and super colourful Sri Veerakaliamman Temple, a national monument, where you learn to appreciate the symbolism and meaning behind the South Indian-style of Hinduism and its rituals.
We end at Mustafa Centre, the 24-hour mega-mart, where you can enjoy some retail therapy or just browse through the mind-boggling variety of goods, a reported 300,000 items.
Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Verlocal message to all registered.
Happy guests on past Tuesday Walking Tours are saying…….
“I have been on many of Jane’s Tours, they are informative, fun, fascinating, just a true pleasure to spend time discovering this wonderful island. I’m always looking out for the next one.“
“I particularly love the Tuesday walks exploring the different distinct areas of Singapore...including Tiong Bahru, Kampong Glam, Geylang and The Botanic Gardens to name a few. Jane and her team are knowledgeable without being over -facing; interesting in the telling of local stories and fun to be with. “
“Jane’s tours are always fascinating. She recruits such excellent tour guides. We saw several temples and renovated shop houses. The history, diversity and cultural heritage of Singapore is so extensive and celebrated in these unique tours. Loved it thanks...”