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Bangalore Palace, Bengaluru

Bengaluru is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. Located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka, Bengaluru is India s third most populous city and fifth-most populous urban agglomeration. Bengaluru is well known as a hub for India s information technology sector. It is among the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in the world. So today, let us have a look at a monument from the past of this beautiful city.

Bangalore Palace, a palace located in Bengaluru, India, was built by Rev. Garrett, who was the first Principal of the Central High School in Bengaluru, now known as Central College.

The construction of the palace was started in 1862 and completed in 1944. In 1884, it was bought by the Maharaja of Mysore. Now owned by the current scion of the Mysore royal family, Srikanta Datta Narsimharaja Wadiyar, the palace has recently undergone a renovation. It is mistakenly believed to be a replica of the Windsor Castle in England.

History

Rev. Garrett, the first principal of the Central High School, built this palace with a floor area of 45,000 sq ft (4200 m²). The Palace and the grounds surrounding it are spread across 454 acres (183 ha). British officials who were in charge of the education of the young prince HH Chamaraja Wadiyar bought the palace in 1873 A.D. from him at a cost of Rs. 40,000 and later renovated it. The palace was built in Tudor style architecture with fortified towers, battlements and turrets. The interiors were decorated with elegant wood carvings, floral motifs, cornices and relief paintings on the ceiling. The furniture, which was neo-classical, Victorian and Edwardian in style, was bought from John Roberts and Lazarus. The upkeep of the gardens was the responsibility of the horticulturist Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel. A total of 35 rooms were built in the palace with most of them being bedrooms. The renovation included addition of stained glass and mirrors, specially imported from England, besides a manual lift and wooden fans from General Electric. The Wadiyars used to own the palace until the demise of the king HH Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar in 1970. Srikanta Datta Narsimharaja Wadiyar gave 28 acres (110,000 m2) each to his five sisters namely Late Gayatri Devi, Meenakshi Devi, Kamakashi Devi, Indrakshi Devi and Vishalakshi Devi in 1983 along the Ramana Mahasrhi Road. They are in possession of their respective portion and many events like Rock shows, exhibitions, marriages, tennis, cricket, golf and horse academies are conducted in those portions.

Interior décor

The ground floor consists of an open courtyard containing granite seats covered with fluorescent blue ceramic tiles. It also contains a ballroom for holding private parties. The first floor, containing an elaborate hall known as the Durbar Hall, can be reached by climbing a decorated staircase. This is a sprawling hall where the king used to address the assembly. The walls along the staircase are adorned with paintings and the Durbar Hall has a massive elephant head mounted in it. One side of the hall contains stained glass windows in Gothic style. The yellow colour is used profusely and the walls and the sofa set in the hall are in yellow. A screen on one end separates the area where the ladies used to sit and watch the assembly proceedings in relative privacy. Some paintings of Raja Ravi Verma are also displayed here.

The interior walls of the palace are adorned by old paintings belonging to the mid-19th century, including some Greek and Dutch paintings. Some of the other attractions include a dining table belonging to the Diwan of Mysore, Sir Mirza Ismail. This table contained a mother-of-pearl inlay with Chinese lacquer work.

Palace Grounds.

The sprawling grounds surrounding the palace are used for holding public events including music concerts. Many international artists have performed in the grounds.

Over the past few years, Palace Grounds have been hosts to major artists like: Iron Maiden (twice), Opeth, Metallica, Aerosmith, Backstreet Boys, Elton John, Deep Purple, Textures, Amon Amarth, Lamb Of God, Mark Knopfler, Akon, Black Eyed Peas, The Rolling Stones, MLTR, Roger Waters, Guns N Roses, The Prodigy, No Doubt, Scorpions, Enrique Iglesias, Machine Head, Cradle of Filth.

Other attractions in and around Bengaluru.

Tipu s Palace, Bengaluru

A visit to Tipu s Palace is an enriching experience. Built in 1791, this summer retreat of Tipu Sultan in Bengaluru is a two-storied ornate wooden structure with fluted pillars, cusped arches and balconies. It now houses a museum, which contains artefacts relating to the Hyder-Tipu regime.

Nandi Hills

This popular weekend getaway is just 60km from Bengaluru. The bracing air and serene environs of Nandi Hills, perched at a height of 1455m above sea level, provided Tipu Sultan and the British with an idyllic summer retreat. Here, you can take leisurely strolls or experience the spine-chilling thrills of paragliding. Two ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva grace the hill, one at the foot and the other at the peak. Nandi Hills shot into prominence during the visits of Queen Elizabeth II in the 1960s and the heads of SAARC countries in the 1980s

Kolar

The once-capital of the Ganga Kingdom is also a place worth exploring. Visit the famous Kolaramma Temple, originally built by the Gangas and later renovated by the Cholas. Some of the other spots to visit here are the Someshwara Temple built during the Hoysala period, a shrine with its attractive individual stucco figures of Sapta Matrikas, and the Makbara with the grave of Haider Ali’s relatives. Apart from temples, there are beautiful hillocks overlooking the town of Kolar, providing ideal trekking tracks for adventure enthusiasts. Kolar is reputed for its country blanket (Kambli). Shop for some on your way.

Shivanasamudra Falls

Discover nature s handiwork in the form of this tiny island-town. Forested hills and lush green valley’s cradle a small hamlet and two fine temples. Together, they provide a startlingly calm setting for the Cauvery River as it plummets from a height of 75m into a deep, rocky gorge with a deafening roar, to form two picturesque falls, Barachukki and Gaganachukki. When the Cauvery is in spate, watching the river crash into a cloud of foaming spray can be an exhilarating experience. During the monsoon (June-September), the falls are at their impressive best.

Kokkrebellur Pelicanry

Every year, hundreds of winged visitors come together to set up a unique orchestra at Kokkrebellur with their shrill cries and cacophonous calls. You can watch the performances of painted storks and pelicans resplendent in their breeding plumage, as well as the seemingly frail but gregarious fledglings perched atop the tamarind, peepul, and portia trees dotting the village. These birds have become an integral part of this tiny hamlet in the sugarcane-rich Mandya district. It is believed that the villagers look after them like family members.

So this is in short about the Bangalore Palace. It is a Palace with a difference. So when are you planning to visit it?
 

 

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