2010: I had moved to Bangalore as an experimental stint and spent that year in exploring it as much as possible. I had been researching the net and listed out places to visit and photograph. So, one fine morning, armed with my trusted Canon DSLR, a bottle of water and some snacks, I headed out to check out the Summer Palace.
It is said the construction of the palace was initiated by Hyder Ali and completed by his son Tipu Sultan, post his death. The Summer palace is a part of the Bangalore fort (built in 1583 by KempeGowda) and was completed in 1791. It is believed that Tipu Sultan used to hold his durbar (court) in these halls and thus, this palace was rechristened Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace. This palace is a replica of his summer retreat in Srirangapatnam (near Mysore)
I was surprised to see a verdant green expanse where water sprinklers were in full activity while tall lush green trees towered above, offering gloriously cool shade and fragrance from their gorgeous blooms. I later came to know that the Horticulture department takes great pride and care in maintaining these lawns and the greens surrounding it.
The palace is stunning in architectural details, workmanship and artwork. It is completed crafted out of teak wood and is characterized by gorgeous balconies, arches and columns; making it a very fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture. Some gorgeous motifs are artfully scattered on the walls; though I could see some peeling plaster and ruin affecting the walls 🙁
The two storey structure is safe enough to climb and I had a great time walking up on the first floor, peeking out from the balconies and imagining the court life of an era gone by.
I was a tad bit disappointed with the upkeep of the palace and wondered why there was not much information on it in form of audio guides or even printed markers would have helped a lot. I could see a steady flow of curious visitors flocking the Palace and even that is not good enough for the government to do more here. In fact this palace and a temple are all that is left of the Bangalore fort now.
There are small chambers on either side of the ground floor which I am guessing were the sitting area for the women folk. Some of these have been converted into a sort of museum but there is such an air of neglect to the whole place, that it doesn’t look inviting or even welcoming.
My disgust for the government apathy warred with the admiration for this exquisite work of history. Its stood its test of time but is now needing a lot of care and repair. It’s shocking to note that only this room is all that is left for visitors to admire; rest is gone I suppose!!!
I couldn’t stop taking photographs of this place and am shamelessly peppering this post with all of them. Hope you will bear with me for that 😉
‘All that is gold does not glitter; just as not all those who wander are lost.’
– JRR Tolkien –
What do you think of this palace? Would you want to visit it? Is my angst misplaced?
- Tipu Sultan’s Summer palace is located at Kalasipalayam near the KR market in Bangalore.
- The palace is open daily ( 8.30 am – 5.30 pm) for visitors with fees at 5/- for Indian nationals.
T shall tickle the taste buds, so wait for Monday!!
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