Inspired by the Windsor castle in London, Bangalore Palace was build
in the Tudor Style architecture with Gothic windows, fortified towers,
arches, battlements and turreted parapets. Situated in the heart of Bangalore
city, near Sadashiv Nagar, this unique edifice was built by Rev. Garrett,
first Principal of the Central High School, which is now Central College.
In 1884, it was bought by the then Maharaja of Mysore, Chamaraja Wodeyar.
The palace spread over an area of about 430 acres with a built-up area
of 40,000 sq. ft, is famous for its elegantly carved woodwork. The interiors
have awesome floral motifs, cornices, mouldings and relief paintings on
its ceilings. Earlier the vast open area of the palace used to be surrounded
by beautiful gardens, and polo matches were conducted on the grounds.
Today the palace ground is a popular venue for various exhibitions, concerts
and cultural programs. After the last restoration in 1927, recently in
2005, work on the interiors of the Bangalore Palace and its gardens was
taken up by the scion of the erstwhile Mysore royal family, Srikantadatta
Narasimharaja Wadiyar. Mr.Wadiyar has put up his own personal collection
of modern art in the Darbar Hall and some rooms in the Maharaja's Suite.
One of the rooms has been converted into a boutique, where silks and garments
are on display. Silk scarves, bras shields and photographs of the royal
family will be sold as souvenirs to visitors.