The magnificent Bangalore Palace is a perfect
example of intricate art and beautiful construction and is located in the IT
hub of India, Bengaluru in the state of Karnataka. One of the most prominent
places to visit during your stay at Bengaluru, this royal palace is truly a
spectacle to behold. The construction of this palace was started in the year
1878. The location where this palace is located was owned by the first
principal of the famous Central College of Bengaluru. Later, in 1873, this land
was purchased by the Maharaja Chamarajendra Wadiyar’s British Guardians. It is
spread over 45,000 sq. ft. If you have some idea about the different
architectural styles, then you can see this palace having a touch of Scottish
Gothic and Tudor architecture. From the inside, this place reflects royalty due
to the beautiful carvings and wooden structures.
Not only does this serve as a famous
tourist destination, but you can also enjoy many cultural programmes, marriage
events, rock shows going on here. The people say that the inspiration to build
this palace came from the Windsor Castle of London as Maharaja Chamarajendra
Wadiyar was fascinated by the British art, architecture style and palaces. Every
section of the palace has its own charm, starting from blue ceramic tiles laid
on the ground in the ballroom to many other attractions like the vine-covered
walls, the famous painting of Raja Ravi Varma and the stunning Durbar Hall
situated on the first floor– are truly remarkable.
This palace also tells you the tale of
one of the influential dynasties of South India. There is an arrangement of
audio tape so that people can know and understand the architecture, art,
culture and the story related to this place and palace without any problem.
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Bangalore Palace History
The place where now the Majestic Bangalore Palace is situated
was once the land of a school principal named Reverend J Garrett of the Central
High School, Bengaluru (now known as Central college). This land was bought by
the Maharaja Chamarajendra Wadiyar, and later the construction of the palace
began in 1874.
The architect John Cameron took the responsibility of
landscaping. The first phase of the construction was finished in 1878. After
that, other additions and improvements took place over time. The portion
outside the famous Darbar hall was built during the reign of Maharaja
Jayachamaraja. A lot of attention was paid in order to make this palace look
like the famous Windsor Castle of London.
The descendants of the royal family have the right over the
Bangalore Palace. The Bangalore Palace was opened for the public in the year
2005 and has been open for the masses ever since.
The architecture of this palace was influenced by British
architecture. One can see a mixture of Scottish, Gothic and Tudor architecture. The palace compound
is spread over 454 acres. The decor comprises of cornices, motifs,
wooden carvings and beautiful blue ceramic tiles. Many of the goods, used in making
this palace were imported from Britain. The colour of the arms on the wall is
white and red. You can see a two-headed mythical bird known as Ganda Bherunda
with a head of the lion and elephant which symbolizes the power and royalty.
This two-storied palace has some attractive structures such as
the turreted walls, ballroom, fortified towers, palace grounds, to name a few.
You are welcomed by the Roman arcs at the entrance. Most of the furniture
inside the palace is antique, and many of them belong to the Edwardian style,
neo-classical with a touch of Victorian hue. The total number of rooms in the
Palace is 35 with an open courtyard built by using the dazzling blue ceramic
Durbar Hall will definitely give you goosebumps with the
gigantic elephant’s head placed in it. With the stained glass windows and a
shade of yellow on the wall will capture your attention at once. The colour
combination has been carefully and smartly chosen to make it look more vibrant.
You come across many impressive and famous paintings belonging
to the 19th and 20th century. Most of the artwork was done by one of the famous
Indian painters named Raja Ravi Varma. You can also have a glimpse of the
changes that the Bengaluru city through the centuries.
Bangalore Palace Ground
The Bangalore Palace ground used to be the place where many singing,
dancing and other cultural activities took place, but after a legal battle
between the royal family and government, such events stopped. However, many
popular celebrities and bands like the Backstreet Boys, Enrique Iglesias, the
Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, Lamb of God, Metallica, the Black Eyed Peas, Roger
Waters, Don Moen, Elton John and David Guetta have once rocked this place. But
now this palace can’t be used for commercial purposes; however, if you are
close to the royal family or have any kind of connection and relation, then you
can host an event after seeking permission. The Fun World Amusement Park is
there to entertain you in the best way possible.
Bangalore Palace Timings
The visiting time is between 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Bangalore Palace Entry Fee
If you are an Indian, then you need to pay an entry fee of INR
230 whereas, for foreigners, it is INR 460. You can bring your own camera, but
you need to pay an extra fee of INR 685 for the camera, INR 285 for the Mobile
camera and INR 1,485 for the video camera.
How to Reach Bangalore
The Palace lies in the central zone of the Bengaluru. It is
situated near Mount Carmel Institute of Management in Vasanth Nagar. You can
reach this place via BMTC bus service. The bus number that you should be
looking for are 287, 287C, 287D, 287B, and 287E.
You can also hire a cab service and other private