Once upon a time there was a brave King and his beautiful queen who lived in a grand palace, filled with opulence of every kind!!!
This is the thought that flashes through my head, every time I wander in a fort, palace or mahal in India. Meandering through the hallowed corridors of Bangalore Palace was no exception and I fell in love with its gorgeous architecture and interiors.
First up it looks like something out of a fairytale. In fact it wears a striking resemblance to the Windsor Castle, UK as its built-in a similar Tudor style architecture. And that Ivy winding all over its walls, lends weight to its fairytale aura!
Have a look at one of its grand halls where the King held court – I fell in love with the golden walls and glass chandeliers. Just wish I could have gone inside for a closer look but this section has been cordoned off for visitors.
This is another grand assembly hall with some beautiful colonnades! The wooden floor and ceiling lent a warm and rich feel to this otherwise opulent space.
Pure indulgence and charm in these coloured glass chandeliers which graced it’s equally stylised corridors with the graceful arches and colonnades.
Isnt the wrought iron trellises worked into a geometrical pattern a beauty? Imagine this was made in 1836 – look at the finesse of detail in the intricateness of the design.
The fading wallpaper still retains its pattern and brings out the vividness and beauty of the art hung over it! Please don’t miss the multi panelled wooden door!
I loved this colourful array of artworks, set up in a series on one of the walls in the corridor.
Do you know what this is? Stumped? I was too!!
This is a jockey measuring/weighing station where the height and weight was checked. They were horse racing enthusiasts who dwelled in this palace and this sport was highly revered by them. Do notice the horse hoof on the leg of the table!
This stunning piece is made out of original spanish mosaic tiles which were imported from spain at that time. This sits in the courtyard in the male section and yes there is a fountain too which was once upon gazed at by the courtly royals as it joyously sprinkled water.
I could go on sharing more and more pics but that would make this one unbelievably long post. I have to confess I was loath to step back into the real world after a leisurely wander through this glorious relic! I just wish this was as proudly maintained and exhibited as the many palaces in Rajasthan are. There was an absolute air of neglect to this charming palace and a very “sarkari” attitude of its officials which was extremely sad to see.
” Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen” – Benjamin Disraeli
What did you think of this? Do you like wandering through historical monuments?
- The Bangalore Palace was built in 1836 by Rev. J. Garrett and construction period was 1862-1944
- It was purchased by the then maharaja of Mysore – Chamarajendra Wadiyar in 1884.
- It’s open to public and photography is allowed at a steep price – I paid about 700/- for my ticket and photography license!!
A Parsi affair is up tomorrow
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