Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka
My unprecedented love for forts and palaces shoots up sky-high when I stumble upon places such as these. A true masterpiece of royalty, the Bangalore Palace gives a bona fide testimony of the Indian architectural heritage. Situated amidst the hustle bustle of the cosmopolitan city of Bangalore, this majestic castle is owned by the royal family of Mysore. It serves as the venue for holding various programs, exhibitions and concerts in the city. The Bangalore Palace is one of the most impressive pieces amongst the notable architectures of Bangalore.
The construction of the Palace was effected in the year 1884 by the first principal of the Central High School of Bangalore, Rev. Garrett. Impressed by the royal splendour of the palace, the Maharaja of Mysore, Chamarajendra Wadiyar bought the palace from him and later renovated it to make it even more spellbinding. The Tudor style of architecture was used in its construction combined with Gothic windows, battlements and turrets. The palace has a great resemblance to the castles that were built in England at that time. It features some of the most beautiful paintings and carvings of the famous painter Raja Ravi Verma.
The palace opens up to a massive courtyard embellished with granite seats comprising of fluorescent blue tiles. Inside the premises, there is a ballroom which earlier hosted the private parties organized by the king. The palace has been mainly painted in yellow color. On the first level, there is a Durbar Hall which carried out assemblies and meetings. The other attractions of the palace include a huge elephant head, a dining table of the Diwan of Mysore, Coat of Arms and a chair to weigh jockeys.
The Bangalore Palace is a striking embodiment of class and eminence. It is one of the best places to get a grasp of the proficiency of the architects of the ancient period.
Timings: 10 am – 5.30 pm
Entry: Rs.225 (Indians); Rs. 450 (Foreigners)
Photography: Rs.675 for camera; Rs. 280 for mobile recording; Rs. 2500 for camcorder