Wednesday, 28 January 2015


Through the years Bangalore has had many changes including the name itself, the one thing that hasn't changed in this beautiful city is the grand Bangalore palace. Located in the heart of city  you can step into the splendorous world of the kings and queens for a taste of British royalty.

The palace was built as a boarding school; construction started in the year 1862 and it was completed in 1944. In 1884 the palace was bought by the Maharaja of Mysore and is now owned by the Mysore Royal family.

The architecture of the palace has a mixture of Tudor architecture with a hint of Gothic Influence. At a first look the palace shows very strong resemblance to the Windsor Castle in London. 
Bangalore palace
Entrance of the Bangalore Palace

Interior Décor 

The ground floor consists of 2 open courtyards ; the smaller courtyard has a Spanish theme to it and the bigger courtyard is Arabian inspired.The Spanish courtyard has granite seats covered with bright blue ceramic tiles . The interior are decorated with elegant wood, carvings and Victorian furniture. 

Bangalore palace courtyard
Spanish Courtyard

Beautiful tiles imported from Spain
In the first floor of the palace is a huge Durbar hall where the Maharaja used to address the assembly . The Durbar hall is by far the most beautiful room in the palace with large stained glass windows, beautiful chandeliers  and intricate patterns on the wall.

inside Bangalore palace

The beautiful wooden stairs that lead to the Durbar hall . A giant elephant head is hung on the wall of the stairs along with several paintings 

Grand Wooden Staircase
The Mysore Royal family loved to hunt and it is pretty evident from the photos of hunting parties posing with their kill and all the furniture made from animals ( Elephant foot chairs, antelope leg stools etc)

Elephant foot stools 
Furniture made with deer legs
Kaleidoscopic patterns of the Bangalore palace
The interior walls of the palace are adorned by old paintings belonging to the mid-19th century, including some Greek and Dutch paintings.

Paintings on the wall

Colourful Belgian lamp shades

palace grounds
The palace is open to visitors everyday from 10:am to 5:30 pm .When I visited the palace a movie was being shot and certain sections were not accessible.There is a entry fee for taking a tour of the palace and its quiet expensive.

  • 225 for Indians
  • 450 for foreigners
  • 675 for a camera pass
  • 1000 for video camera
  • 100 for mobile camera 
Bangalore Place is worth a visit and it will take you about 2 hours to cover the entire palace.


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  2. Thank you for this fantastic visual treat.... being a Bangalorean, I haven't gone there so far. your blog has surely spurred me to go there... :)