You might have read the post on my fabulous experiance of Thar Desert (If in case you have missed it, click here). There is the post, I shared some pictures of an oasis, which was really a very pleasant sight in the barren desert. Would you believe me if I say that I found an oasis, right in middle of a bustling metropolis of South India, at least the same feeling if not really an oasis. Here I’m talking about the Bangalore Palace, which still stands with all it’s pride, among the hi-tech buildings of the Silicon Valley of India.
An excellent example of Tudor Revival architecture, the Bangalore Palace was built as residance of Maharaja Chamarajendra Wadiyar Xth, during his education and administrative training in Bangalore (now Bengaluru). It took four years to complete in 1878. The palace is very elegantly built, the interiors are decorated with elegant wood carvings, floral motifs, cornices and having relief paintings on the ceiling including paintings of Raja Ravi Verma.
Maharaja Chamarajendra Wadiyar was very fond of hunting. The stuffed head of an elephant at the entrance is one of the collections from his hunting expeditions.
Here follows few very shocking and disturbing pictures which instantly brought me in a state of agony. How the most intelligent creature of the planet could be so cruel and fatal for other creatures?? I’ve seen at many palaces and forts, decapitated heads of lions, elephants, tigers, their hides used as trophies but articles displayed here were really very painful. I absolutely don’t see any creativity in it and feel sorry for those poor animals.
The Bangalore Palace had been a hub and witnessed many international events and cultural programs. Over the years, several musical bands have performed in Palace. American heavy metal band Metallica, Iron Maiden’s Eddfest concert, Aerosmith, Backstreet Boys, Elton John to name a few.
Audio guides in various languages are available at the ticket counter itself. The guide provides authentic information about the palace. The entire narration takes around 40 minutes. A tour of the palace along with the audio guide is helpful in knowing about this heritage.
Although a prime attraction in Bengaluru for history lovers, visiting the palace is a costly affair as compared to other monuments in India. The entry fee costs INR 230/- per person for Indians and INR 460/- for foreigners, while the charges for camera are INR 685/- for still camera, INR 1485/- for video camera and INR 285/- per mobile camera.