Bangalore Palace, is a palace located in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, in an area owned originally by Rev. J. Garrett, the first principal of the Central High School in Bangalore, now known as Central College.
Construction of a palace building was started in April 1874 and completed by 1878. Mr. Cameron of Lalbagh did the landscaping, The palace complex, including the gardens, is spread over 454 acres, of which the palace has a floor area of 45,000 sq. ft. The Tudor-style architecture is eminent from the turrets, the battlements on the fortified towers. The furniture has a touch of Victorian, neo classical and Edwardian styles. The interior of the palace is magnificently decorated with floral motifs, cornices and wood carvings. The ceiling is ornamented with relief paintings. There are 35 rooms in the palace, along with a manual lift. Wooden fans from General Electric and imported stained mirrors and glass are also used.
There is an open courtyard on the ground floor, which is covered with blue coloured fluorescent ceramic tiles and has a ballroom that held private parties of the royals. Decorated with paintings, a staircase leads to the elaborate Durbar hall on the first floor. This was used as an assembly hall by the king. The hall is beautified with Gothic-style stained-glass windows, while profuse use of the yellow colour is eminent on the walls and sofa sets. An area separated by screens was used for the ladies to attend assembly proceedings. Paintings from the mid-nineteenth century, including some of Dutch and Greek origin, adorn the walls of the palace. It also contains a dining table, originally belonging to Sir Mirza Ismail, the Diwan of Mysore, and has a mother pearl inlaid using Chinese lacquer.
Palace grounds – The sprawling grounds surrounding the palace used to be used for holding public events including Many cultural events and social functions, such as marriage ceremony, exhibitions, musical concerts, sports events, etc., are being conducted in the palace grounds for the past few years. Artists like Elton John, Backstreet Boys, Akon, and Iron Maiden, to name a few, have performed here. There is an amusement park, better known as Fun World, inside the palace complex. An audio tour of one-hour duration is available in seven languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hindi and Kannada.
Timings of Bangalore Palace : 10 AM to 5.30 PM
Entry Fee for Indians : Rs.210
Entry Fee for Foreigners : Rs.450
Visit Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Mobile Camera Fee : Rs.100
Cam-order Fee : Rs.1000
Still Camera Fee : Rs.675
Address: Bangalore Palace, Palace Road, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru – 560052
Phone: +91 80233 60818/15789
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