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An example of Indo-Islamic architecture, this marvelous structure was once the summer residence of Tipu Sultan. The construction of this palace was commenced by Hyder Ali and it was completed during the reign of Tipu Sultan in 1791. After the death of Tipu Sultan in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War, the British Administration used the palace for its Secretariat. The government of Karnataka maintains the palace today, which is located at the center of Old Bangalore near the Kalasipalyam bus stand, as a tourist spot.
Built entirely of teak, it was adorned with pillars, arches and balconies. There are beautiful floral motifs embellishing the walls of the palace. The site also holds a painting of grand throne visualized by Tipu Sultan himself. The rooms in the ground floor have been converted into a small museum showcasing various achievements of Tipu Sultan and his administration. There are newly done portraits of the people and places of that time. There is a replica of Tipu’s Tiger, which is in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Tipu Sultan’s clothes and his crown are present in silver and gold pedestals. The silver vessels given by a general to Hyder Ali is also displayed.
2. Bangalore Palace:
Bangalore Palace was built by Rev. J. Garrett. He was the first Principal of the Central High School in Bangalore. Construction began in the year 1862 and was completed in 1944. The palace was built in Tudor style architecture with fortified towers, battlements and turrets. The interiors were decorated with elegant wood carvings, floral motifs, cornices and relief paintings on the ceiling. The furniture, which was neo-classical, Victorian and Edwardian in style, was bought from John Roberts and Lazarus. The ground floor has an open courtyard containing granite seats covered with fluorescent blue ceramic tiles. It also contains a ballroom for holding private parties. The first floor contains the Durbar Hall, where the king used to address the assembly. The glass windows on one side of the hall are Gothic in style. The interior walls of the palace are adorned by old paintings belonging to the mid-19th century, including some Greek and Dutch paintings.
3. Lal Bagh:
Lal Bagh, in English, means the Red Gardens. Like the Tipu Sultan Summer Palace, the garden was originally commissioned by Hyder Ali, the ruler of Mysore, and later finished by his son Tipu Sultan. It has a famous glass house which hosts an annual flower show. Lal Bagh houses India’s largest collection of tropical plants, has an aquarium and a lake, and is one of the main tourist attractions in Bangalore. The Lal Bagh Gardens are based on the design of the Mughal Gardens that once stood at Sira. If you are a nature lover and need to spend some time away from the bustling city, this is a sure place to visit.
4. National Gallery of Modern Art:
National Gallery of Modern Art, inaugurated in the year 2009, is an art gallery in Bangalore. The gallery showcases modern Indian art and houses paintings by Raja Ravi Verma, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil, Rabindranath Tagore and a large number of Modern and Contemporary artists. It currently houses approximately 500 exhibits. You need at least half a day to see the entire space. The exhibits have been displayed – classified into broad categories – according to different time periods, art schools and by artists.
5. HAL Aerospace Museum:
HAL Aerospace Museum is India’s first aerospace museum. Established in 2001, the Museum is part of the HAL Heritage Centre and Aero Space Museum, and showcases the growth of the Indian aviation industry and HAL for six decades. The museum houses displays of various aircraft and helicopters, Aircraft engine models, Flight simulators, a mock Air Traffic Control Tower and exhibit of Indian aviation history. The Museum is maintained by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. It’s a great place to visit if you have a thing for flying metal.
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