SideTour helps individuals enjoy group experiences direct from artists, chefs, travel guides and even monks.

SideTour is a web service that connects groups of people around the same sort of experience. Founded by Vipin Goyal, the service offers impossible-to-buy-yourself services direct from artists, chefs, travel guides and even religious gurus. One of the most popular experiences booked is one where folks can dine with a “banker-turned-monk” at an East Village monastery. There you will learn about Rasanath Dasa's spiritual journey over tea and a traditional meal prepared by monks.

The experiences on offer can range from the opportunity to explore the Brooklyn Cocktail Scene to a multi-course Irish-cuisine inspired meal to be enjoyed on St Patrick's Day. The organizers, or hosts, set the prices of their experiences, and SideTour takes a 20% fee on completed transactions.

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