Ten-Second Takeaway

The backdrop for many a wedding, concert and expo, the Bangalore Palace is an architectural marvel that has been standing tall since 1887 and deserves a visit or many.

King’s Tale

Built over a century ago in the Tudor-style of architecture that’s reminiscent of French and English castles, the Bangalore Palace was designed by Rev J Garrett, and was bought by the then Maharaja of Mysore Chamarajendra Wadiyar X. Standing the test of time, the palace is still the property of the Wodeyars of Mysore – in fact the current Maharaja Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar was married there only earlier this year.

Attend The Durbar

Photo: John Hoey

Photo: John Hoey

Surrounded by massive grounds, the building, with an uncanny resemblance to the Windsor Castle is great for history buffs and lovers of art. The coat of arms of the royal family — the Ganda Bherunda or the double-headed eagle, welcomes you, while an elephant head trophy watches over. Minimalist and striking, the durbar hall isn’t loaded up like a museum. Instead, coat of arms, a few swords and antique furniture dots the space. Do check out the weighing machine chair, carved into a horse-shoe shape, that was used to measure jockeys! What leaves us in awe, though, are the stunning stained glass windows. While looking at eye level, don’t miss the wonderful ceilings and the rather dainty chandeliers that line the corridors and inside rooms.

Courtyard Magic

A solid wood stairway leads you to the upper floors and along the way portraits of former monarchs, antique vases and priceless paintings by Raja Ravi Varma will give the artsy folk much to swoon over. But there’s not much else upstairs. We advise you spend your time in the Maharaja’s courtyard downstairs. In stark contrast to the rest of the palace {especially the drab Maharani’s courtyard, oddly}, this space is bright and vivid. Thanks in most part to the Spain’s King Alfonso XII for he presented the Mysore king with a brilliantly colourful Azulejo tiled-bench and a fountain to go with it. Try getting here just before the sun sets for the perfect Instagram moment.

#LBBTip

They started renting out audio guides {in six languages that too}, which are very useful if you think the devil is in the details. It’s a tad expensive but well worth it for the information you’ll get. Also, camera fees are rather hefty and start at INR 250 for the mobile phone.

Feature Photo: SMit224