Tipu Sultan’s Palace - A Historical Heritage

I have visited and explored various cities across the country but was having one of the most exquisite trips in the Silicon Valley of my country. From the Vidhana Soudha Assembly, I decided to go the Tipu Sultan’s palace which was located in old Bangalore near Kalasipalepim bus stand. However, before entering the palace, I hired a guide as I wanted to have a sound knowledge about everything existing in the inside. This was mainly because of my love for Tipu Sultan who is undoubtedly one of the greatest rulers born in the country. Its construction was started by Hyder Ali and was completed during the reign of Tipu Sultan, as told by my guide.

Arches
Arches | Image Resource : wikipedia.org

We reached the palace and went inside. I saw that the structure was made of teak wood, adorned with arches, pillars and balconies. It is a blend of Indo-Islamic architecture. It is said that Tipu Sultan used to conduct his court from the western and eastern balconies of the upper front. I gazed at the lovely floral motifs adorning the palace’s walls. There were also the paintings of Tipu Sultan himself which was gold coated and studded with precious emerald stones. The ground floor rooms have small museum with many achievements of Tipu Sultan and his administration. Photography was allowed there and I took many photographs. I enjoyed the elephant and also the horse ride over there.

Interiors
Interiors | Image Resource : wikipedia.org
Tipu Sultan’s Palace
Tipu Sultan’s Palace | Image Resource : wikipedia.org

There were many Sultans’ belongings which gave me a glimpse of the old days. The balconies and upper chambers of the palace can be accessed by the four staircases while central portion which has a large hall that leads to four smaller rooms and the rooms were considered for the Zenana which means women’s quarters. The walls and ceilings were decorated with paintings that have faded with the passage of centuries. The museum inside that, houses many artifacts that showed Tipu Sultan’s bravery which I had read and heard about in the history. It was a great experience visiting Tipu Sultan’s Palace. I stepped out of the palace with loads of fun and information. I, then excitingly headed towards our next spot which was Bugle Rock, Bangalore.

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"Hi there, my name is Lalit Chandran. I currently reside in ‘Pink city’ i.e. Jaipur where I run a garment export business. Having spent all my childhood in Rajasthan, I fell in love with Indian history and all its glory. So, whenever I get an opportunity, I travel to various places all across India exploring old cities, museums, forts and historic monuments. This blog will catalogue all the places I have visited, people I have met along the way and different cultures I got a chance to experience.

I am hoping sharing all my adventures will help raise awareness about our ancient heritage and maybe help preserve and protect these remnants  of India’s glorious past. Feel free to leave your comments. "

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