The Georgetown Bazaar Walk

Chennai (Madras)

Originally called ‘Black Town’, the busy area of Geaorgetown came up in the late 1600s after the founding of Fort St. George, where locals settled to trade consequently. Today, it consists of well-established specialised bazaars, with small winding streets, warehouses, covered wholesale markets, street stalls and retail shops.

Pricing:  US$ 28 per person for minimum 2 participants.

Walking Tours

Originally called ‘Black Town’, the busy area of Geaorgetown came up in the late 1600s after the founding of Fort St. George, where locals settled to trade consequently. Today, it consists of well-established specialised bazaars, with small winding streets, warehouses, covered wholesale markets, street stalls and retail shops.

Tour Consists of:
• We stroll through NSC Bose road and the previously open area of old Black Town where presently we find the grand building of the Madras High Court that was built in the mid 1800s.
• We also visit the various markets at their peak hours, and get enamoured by the vibrancy and colours on display while watching women haggle with the sellers at the stationery market, flower market, fruit and vegetable market.
• We also walk through Kasi Chetty Street and the various side lanes to get a feel of the daily life of the people.
• We end our tour at King George’s statue, after whose visit in 1910, Blacktown was renamed as Georgetown.

Duration: 2 hours

TOUR STYLE: Bazaar

MEETING POINT: at Armenian Church

END POINT: at Flower Bazaar Police Station

TOUR START/END: Our guide can fix a taxi for you to get back to the hotel or we can also arrange for your pickup and drop from/to your hotel with an extra cost. Please write to us for cost.

TOUR DURATION: 2 hours depending on your interest.

GROUP SIZE: Maximum 6 people and Minimum 2 People.

PRICING: All our tours are private.

INCLUSIONS: Local English speaking guide, entrance fees and transport as indicated.

EXCLUSIONS: Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for guide & driver.

WHEN: Every day at 5PM. Prior reservation required. Timings may vary slightly depending on weather / season. We will confirm the exact start time along with tour logistics once you book the tour.

WHAT TO WEAR: Please dress modestly and ensure you have adequate sun protection.

TOUR NOTES: Please note, the food on the street is delicious but does not meet national or international hygiene standards. Although we only go to very popular places, with good local reputations, these stalls do not cook using bottled water or wash their utensils with it. So eating street food is always risky. If you prefer not to risk it, but still want to see what it’s all about, then at the end of the walk, we can take you to Haldirams where you can try chaats and other popular dishes in safe and hygienic conditions.

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