The Grand Bangalore Palace

by Varsha Arun May. 04, 2019 404 views
Constructed in Tudor style over a span of 80 years, beginning from 1862, the palace was the private residence of the Wodeyars (maharajas of Bangalore)....in all the time this city has been my home town, never have I visited this gem!

Constructed in Tudor style over a span of 80 years, beginning from 1862, the palace was the private residence of the Wodeyars (maharajas of Bangalore)....in all the time this city has been my home town, never have I visited this gem!

Durbar hall once used by the king to address the assembly.

Durbar hall once used by the king to address the assembly.

The British influence is clearly there....Gothic style windows, Belgian chandeliers, Tudor arches, etc...

The British influence is clearly there....Gothic style windows, Belgian chandeliers, Tudor arches, etc...

The palace grounds are the city's most popular concert & event venue!! Rock bands like Iron Maiden, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith & Deep Purple have performed here!!!

The palace grounds are the city's most popular concert & event venue!! Rock bands like Iron Maiden, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith & Deep Purple have performed here!!!

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Sanaya Perez 1 year, 7 months ago

Too beautiful ūüėć

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Varsha Arun Replied to Sanaya Perez 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you :-)

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Lee Santiva 1 year, 11 months ago

Beautiful captures Varsha! I have visited Bangalore several times, however I never had time for sightseeing, since I was there for business. thank you so much for sharing, it is a beautiful palace.

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Varsha Arun Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year, 11 months ago

You have??? That's amazing! If you ever happen to visit with a little leisure, I can tell you what places would be worth seeing...It is the little gems that should be looked at..

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Lee Santiva Replied to Varsha Arun 1 year, 11 months ago

The first time I went to Bangalore it was end of the 90’s, 1998 or 1999 and I stayed in Koramangala, I remember walking through the city gardens but they were all dried out. With some colleagues we took a weekend trip to Mysore and saw the palace there. I came several times thereafter, the last time was in 2013 I think and I stayed in Whitefield. One time we went to the Tiger Reservation and another time to the ayurveda retreat not too far from BLR.

Bangalore really changed dramatically in the past 20 years. I doubt I would make it there again since my job has changed ( still with same company, different function)

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Varsha Arun Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year, 11 months ago

Wow, sounds like you experienced the feel of the city thoroughly. Yes, it has undergone drastic changes & not necessarily for the better. Rapid, unplanned growth has resulted in the loss of major flora. I've seen it happen before my eyes; it is a source of deep consternation to me. It is one of the primary reasons why I got into the field of architecture - to help build a better city.
If you visited now, you would see further chaos. But also hidden in the confusion are places & things that are the essence of the past. That is what I want to write about.

I am very glad to hear this from you...If you don't mind me asking, where are you from & what do you do?

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