Lucknow

India's hidden Historic and Cultural epicenter ... a living secret held effortlessly and in plain sight, revealed only to those who seek it.

Walking Tours

Food Experiences

Cultural Activities with Local Experts

Walking Tours

Essential Lucknow Walk

During the mid 18th century, with the Mughals at Delhi in decline, Lucknow gained prominence as the brightest star on the Indian cultural firmament – its rise fueled by the immense wealth of the Avadh and the matching extravagance of its Nawabs!

This walk takes you through some of Old Lucknow’s most stupendous buildings, reveling in the stories of their makers. A short Tonga ride (horse-drawn carriage) will take you into the heart of this epicenter of culture. We explore across its bustling medieval markets, tasting sumptuous delicacies of its refined cuisine and interact with the carriers of the city’s suave mannerisms, whose friendly vibes will make you fall in love with this romantic city.

Highlight attractions

    1. Laxman Teela / Teele wali masjid - Mythological beginnings and historical origins of Lucknow
    2. Husainabad heritage zone - The royal buildings of the Nawabs.
      • Rumi Darwaza. (Architectural nuances, Building innovations)
      • Bada Imambara from outside (Anecdotes and the vision overview)
      • A walk through the Clock tower, Terracota picture gallery, Husainabad Imambara
      • Tonga ride to Chowk.
    3. Medieval Chowk
      • Walk from Gol Darwaza to Akbari gate. Savour the delights of the oldest galli in Lucknow
      • Artisans at work – silver foil makers, traditional perfumers, Chikankari traders
      • Sumptuous treats - Tundey Kababi or Kallirams Poori-sabzi-Jalebi, Chai, Namash

Logistics Info

Preferred Timings - 8 am - 11 am; 5 pm - 8 pm
Starting point - Teele Wali Masjid (Map)
Ending point - Manikarnika ghat (Map)
Pricing and Booking Information HERE

Mutiny Chronicles: Lucknow Residency Tour

This exploratory walk is woven around the breath-taking ruins of the British Residency at Lucknow, which was under siege for 148 days during the Indian uprising of 1857 & saw some of the fiercest fighting during the war.

The ruins of this old British settlement are spread over acres of pleasantly forested grounds and listening to interesting, at times unbelievable trivia, anecdotes and stories, will help you get an intimate introduction to the history of the place and the people who once inhabited it.The narrative also touches upon the aftermath of this era-defining conflict which put an end to the East India Company and laid the foundations for the freedom struggles across the globe against colonial rule.

Highlight attractions

  1. Defended buildings and Life inside the Entrenched position
    • A banquet hall turned into a hospital or a basement sheltering women and children, Schoolkids defending a merchant’s house or a mosque harboring refugees from outlying districts
    • Old photographs, sketches, and letters to help re-imagine the trials and the travails of the besieged
    • Spies, African sharp-shooters, deserters, opium addicts, tales of reckless courage and danger
  2. Contemporary Maps covering the larger theatre of war.
    • Movement of armies
    • Timeline of the war
    • Pivotal events
  3. Documented strategies employed by the warring sides.
    • Mines and counter-mines
    • Artillery positions, weapons, and tactics
    • Deployment of forces.

Logistics Info

Preferred Timings - 8 am - 11 am; 5 pm - 8 pm
Starting point - Teele Wali Masjid (Map)
Ending point - Manikarnika ghat (Map)
Pricing and Booking Information HERE

Essential Lucknow Walk

During the mid 18th century, with the Mughals at Delhi in decline, Lucknow gained prominence as the brightest star on the Indian cultural firmament – its rise fueled by the immense wealth of the Avadh and the matching extravagance of its Nawabs!

This walk takes you through some of Old Lucknow’s most stupendous buildings, reveling in the stories of their makers. A short Tonga ride (horse-drawn carriage) will take you into the heart of this epicenter of culture. We explore across its bustling medieval markets, tasting sumptuous delicacies of its refined cuisine and interact with the carriers of the city’s suave mannerisms, whose friendly vibes will make you fall in love with this romantic city.


Highlight attractions

    1. Laxman Teela / Teele wali masjid - Mythological beginnings and historical origins of Lucknow
    2. Husainabad heritage zone - The royal buildings of the Nawabs.
      • Rumi Darwaza. (Architectural nuances, Building innovations)
      • Bada Imambara from outside (Anecdotes and the vision overview)
      • A walk through the Clock tower, Terracota picture gallery, Husainabad Imambara
      • Tonga ride to Chowk.
    3. Medieval Chowk
      • Walk from Gol Darwaza to Akbari gate. Savour the delights of the oldest galli in Lucknow
      • Artisans at work – silver foil makers, traditional perfumers, Chikankari traders
      • Sumptuous treats - Tundey Kababi or Kallirams Poori-sabzi-Jalebi, Chai, Namash

Logistics Info

Preferred Timings - 8 am - 11 am; 5 pm - 8 pm
Starting point - Teele Wali Masjid (Map)
Ending point - Manikarnika ghat (Map)
Pricing and Booking Information HERE

Essential Lucknow Walk

During the mid 18th century, with the Mughals at Delhi in decline, Lucknow gained prominence as the brightest star on the Indian cultural firmament – its rise fueled by the immense wealth of the Avadh and the matching extravagance of its Nawabs!

This walk takes you through some of Old Lucknow’s most stupendous buildings, reveling in the stories of their makers. A short Tonga ride (horse-drawn carriage) will take you into the heart of this epicenter of culture. We explore across its bustling medieval markets, tasting sumptuous delicacies of its refined cuisine and interact with the carriers of the city’s suave mannerisms, whose friendly vibes will make you fall in love with this romantic city.

Highlight attractions

    1. Laxman Teela / Teele wali masjid - Mythological beginnings and historical origins of Lucknow
    2. Husainabad heritage zone - The royal buildings of the Nawabs.
      • Rumi Darwaza. (Architectural nuances, Building innovations)
      • Bada Imambara from outside (Anecdotes and the vision overview)
      • A walk through the Clock tower, Terracota picture gallery, Husainabad Imambara
      • Tonga ride to Chowk.
    3. Medieval Chowk
      • Walk from Gol Darwaza to Akbari gate. Savour the delights of the oldest galli in Lucknow
      • Artisans at work – silver foil makers, traditional perfumers, Chikankari traders
      • Sumptuous treats - Tundey Kababi or Kallirams Poori-sabzi-Jalebi, Chai, Namash

Logistics Info

Preferred Timings - 8 am - 11 am; 5 pm - 8 pm
Starting point - Teele Wali Masjid (Map)
Ending point - Manikarnika ghat (Map)
Pricing and Booking Information HERE

Food Experiences

Street Food Walk

The lively and labyrinthine Varanasi streets famous for their hidden historical gems, are also home to some of the most delectable desserts and street food options, whose recipes have been perfected over centuries!

Join us as we walk through the bylanes to the best of the food joints savoring Malaiyo, Tamatar Chaat, Kalakand, Malai Toast, Maalpuas, Gol-Gappas, Banarasi Paan and much more! And relish in not just the mouthwatering delicacies, but also hearty conversations with their Banarasi makers 🙂

Logistics Info

Preferred Timings - 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Starting point - Saint Thomas Church, Girijaghar Crossing (Map)
Ending point - Saint Thomas Church, Girijaghar Crossing (Map)

Pricing and Booking Information HERE

Cooking session with a Family

Food is widely regarded as a great way of understanding a culture. And what's better than learning how to cook it with a local family in their kitchen!

Understand how to expertly use spices (not just the hot spicy ones!), make yummy curries, and bake the perfect chapatti. And at the end, relish it with the family over some hearty conversations 🙂 Also included with the meal is a chai/herbal tea, a dessert, and bucket-full of Indian hospitality!

Logistics Info

Preferred Timings - 10 am - 2 pm
Starting point - Roobaroo Walks office, Durgakund, Varanasi (Map)
Ending point - Roobaroo Walks office, Durgakund, Varanasi (Map)

Pricing and Booking Information HERE

Cultural Activities with Local Experts

Classical Music performance, with an intro to Ragas & Talas

Immerse yourself in a soul-moving Jugalbandi of Sitar, Flute, and Tabla in a heritage haveli inside the Gallis of Varanasi - where music thrives. Also, be introduced to the fundamental principles of Melodies and Gharanas (Schools of Hindustani Classical Music) as the musicians guide you through their nuances with ample demonstration 🙂

About the host - Coming from a family of Varanasi's acclaimed musicians, Sandeep Ji is a professional Tabla player. Accompanying him are his Banarasi friends who hold Masters degree in Sitar and Flute. The performance will take place inside Sandeep Ji's house where stirring music has been played every day for more than 100 years now!

Logistics Info

Preferred Timings - 11 am - 1 pm; 4 pm - 6 pm; 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Starting point - Saint Thomas Church, Girijaghar Crossing (Map)
Ending point - Saint Thomas Church, Girijaghar Crossing (Map)

Pricing and Booking Information HERE

Know Your Guides

Coming from a family with a strong ethos in ancestral wisdom, Anchal grew up with a deep interest in Yoga, Sports and the healing power of food. A highly perceptive nature, coupled with marketing stints in healthcare & education space which took her to different parts of India, kindled her passion to know more about Indian culture. And what better way to learn than to help people discover it, she thinks!

Experience with her the harmony in Varanasi's chaos 🙂

We are a registered company (Reg. No. - UPSA43707842), with a team that's keen on sharing the Indian heritage with the world. We all come from different educational and industrial backgrounds, held together by a common philosophy rather than a formal network. 

Testimonials from our explorers

We took back to back tours with Akansha (essential Delhi walk) and Aayush (food tour) and both were absolutely amazing!! Worth every rupee and so much fun. The walking tour takes you to places you would never get to otherwise, and the food tour - well, simply delicious. Plus, Aayush was such an outstanding guide, we wish we could have continued all day. Highly recommended!

Reni Ashkenazi

Reviewed on TripAdvisor

We had a great day in Delhi with Roobaroo walks. We asked them specifically to customise a trail and they promptly researched the area and constructed a fascinating tour through it which enhanced our historical understanding and appreciation of the site. Plus, Roobaroo always has the best stories! Afterwards, Aayush took me to the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh temple, and showed me around with deep knowledge and sensitivity. Helping out in the Gurudwara kitchen after eating lunch with the community was one of the highlights of my trip 🙂

Esther Drill

Reviewed on TripAdvisor

Roobaroo planned a splendid walking tour for us in Mehrauli in Delhi even though this site was not on their list of organized tours. They researched it thoroughly and provided us with a well thought out and very knowledgeable tour of the area. I can’t say enough about this tour group. As a world traveler, I have had experiences with many tour organizations but none with the thoughtfulness and intelligence displayed by Roobaroo

Sharon Messitte

Reviewed on TripAdvisor

Roobaroo Walks will take you to places few meters away from chaos & you will be awe struck to experience the gentle side of Varanasi - peace like no other place has. Every corner has a story & Roobaroo Walks is best at narrating them. I have been to the city multiple times in the past but only got to know the real city after going for the tour!

Pragya Verma

Reviewed on TripAdvisor

Rivendell, a bunch of hobbits, and Gandalf! That's how I pictured ourselves while Aayush was navigating us through the narrow labyrinths of the mystical & magnificent Banaras. Saw all cultures & beliefs converging into one space and modifying themselves as per modern times. Tales from the oldest civilisations wrapped up in a 3-hour walk! 

Dhruv

Reviewed on TripAdvisor

While we had explored the city by ourselves, & all of us have been in India for several months, having the walk made Varanasi come alive and added so much more context to everything we had seen. They were also very responsive while booking (it was a bit last minute and we were a bit indecisive), so that was much appreciated!

Sonya S, USA

Reviewed on TripAdvisor

I participated in the north & south walks. They were both different and offered real insights into life and religion in Varanasi that a guide book will never give you. These tours are not to be missed. The walk reveals Varanasi's history through personal stories of inhabitants. An added advantage is that they are realistically priced!

Helen Barrow, Australia

Reviewed on TripAdvisor

There are 2 Varanasis: BR (Before Robaroo) and AR (After Robaroo). BR is a crowdy, caotic, smelly, noisy and dirty city where you want to run away asap. AR is one of the most interesting places you've ever been and you'll ever be with a very rich history, super interesting culture, crazy rituals and habits, and one of the best food you can find on earth!

Pato Castellano, Argentina

Reviewed on TripAdvisor