It was a little cloudy and windy “ Perfect Bangalore Palace (Bangalore Weather) on this Sunday and me and my friend felt a quest to go somewhere. But where to go? We were not at all interested for the shopping malls. The weather was discouraging us for outing as well. So, eventually we decided on Bangalore Palace. (in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India). In Google search the building looked mighty ! Crossing the Cubbon Park metro station we saw a sign board for GEMS Business school and next was the palace ground.
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explore Bangalore Palace
c. Open to the visitors from 10.00am to 5.30 pm, it has an entry fee – INR 250 for the Indian visitors. For foreigners it’s INR 500. You need to pay separately if you wish to carry a camera. Now, there is this audio guide (looks like a mobile handset) included in the ticket amount. There are about fourteen spots elaborated in the audio guide. This audio guide is something “seldom found” in Indian monuments.
I was happy to experience this for the first time. It allows you to enjoy your tour at your own pace. You don’t have to run after the guide and take as much time as you want for a particular spot.
The palace also features a museum that showcases the rich heritage of the Wodeyar dynasty and displays royal memorabilia such as photographs, paintings, and royal artifacts. The palace is open to visitors on all days except on public holidays and special occasions.
The palace can be accessed by bus, train, or car and there is ample parking available on the palace grounds. Overall, the Bangalore Palace is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in history, architecture, and culture, and is a great place to visit while in Bengaluru.
A tusker-head welcomes you once you enter. Taxidermy? Probably yes. Climbing up the round staircase we then visited the first floor. One elegant drawing room, replica of some famous paintings such as Cleopatra’s marriage, women being kidnapped in British India etc, one or two portrait of Wadiyar Kings, stuffed legs of a tusker etc., were there to see.
Rooms/ places of importance were listed and you can just press that digit in your audio-guide handset and know the importance of that object/place. The outside of the palace looks awesome with all its grandeur and perfect for those ‘ profile picture’ clicks!
Bangalore Palace is a historical palace located in the city of Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), India. It was built by the Maharaja of Mysore, Chamaraja Wodeyar, in 1887 and is now owned by the Mysore royal family.
The palace is a popular tourist attraction and is located near the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru. The palace is known for its architectural style, which is a mix of Gothic and Tudor styles, and its lush green gardens. Visitors can take guided tours of the palace to learn more about its history and see the various rooms, including the throne room, the ballroom, and the Durbar Hall. Additionally, the palace grounds host a number of cultural events throughout the year, including music concerts and festivals.
Overall, it was a nice experience, though I felt a bit costly considering what all you can see.
Distance from Bengaluru International Airport : Around 32 km
Time required: 2-3 hours