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A September 2013 trip to Bangalore by phileasfogg

Bangalore Palace Photo, Bangalore, India More Photos
Quote: Most people think of Bangalore as an IT and MNC hub, a city dominated by skyscrapers and busy business. Less well-known is the fact that this city does have some pretty interesting sights to see and places to visit.
At the Bangalore Literature Festival Photo, Bangalore, India
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Talking at one of the sessions ('The anatomy of literature festivals') at the Bangalore Literature Festival, a writer referred to the sudden proliferation of literary festivals in India as "let a million flowers bloom", which is really what this festival is: another one, following in the wake of India's best-known literary festival (the one at Jaipur), of similar events being organized in almost every major city in the country.Despite being an author, I tend to stay away from literary festivals - I am, basically, a rather shy person and prefer to let my writing speak for itself. This time around, though, I'd been specia...Read More

Bangalore Palace

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Attraction | "An introduction to the Wodeyars"

Bangalore Palace Photo, Bangalore, India
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Before India became independent in 1947, the country was divided into hundreds of large and small princely states, some—like Patiala, Jodhpur, Hyderabad and Travancore—being large and very wealthy. After independence and the formation of the Indian union, these princely states were amalgamated into the republic. One of the bigger states to join was that of Mysore, ruled by the Wodeyars from 1399 AD onwards.Although their domain was known as ‘Mysore State’, the reigning Wodeyar dynasty ruled in the 20th century from Bangalore, and it is here, at the Bangalore Palace, that we got a taste of what life was like for this royal family.Built in 1873 as a residence for a Mr Garrett (the principal of...Read More

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Bangalore Palace

Bangalore, India

State Government Museum

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Attraction | "One of India’s oldest museums"

State Government Museum Photo, Bangalore, India
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On our first day sightseeing in Bangalore, we’d hired a cab for a few hours to take us around the sights. When, after having seen a couple of sights, we told the driver we’d like to now go to the Government Museum, he was astonished. "Why do you want to go there?" he said. "There’s only some art there, that’s all." Thank you, but we do like art. We insisted that he take us there, so he drove us to the charming two-storied red-painted colonial building that houses the Government Museum.Bangalore’s Government Museum, according to the sign outside, is one of India’s oldest museums. It was set up in 1865, with a Dr Edward Green Balfour being appointed the first officer in charge of the museum. The muse...Read More

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State Government Museum
Kasturba Road
Bangalore, Karnataka

Bangalore Fort

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Attraction | "Small, obscure, but well-maintained"

Bangalore Fort Photo, Bangalore, India
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When it comes to listing India’s major forts (and this country has a lot of them), most people—even seasoned travelers who’ve trawled the length and breadth of the country—are apt to think of the forts of Rajasthan, or the ones built by the Mughals or their contemporaries in the provinces. Some might even mention the colonial citadels of Fort William (Kolkata), Fort St George (Chennai), Fort Aguada (Goa) or the Dutch fort at Tranquebar. Few will think of Bangalore Fort.In fact, a friend of mine who lives in Bangalore, when he heard that this fort was on my itinerary, asked, "Are you sure you want to visit? I’ve only seen it from the outside, but it looks pretty derelict to me."Bangalore Fort...Read More

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Bangalore Fort
(Tippu Sultan's Fort) New Tharagupet, Karnataka
Bangalore

Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace

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Attraction | "The lair of the 'Tiger of Mysore'"

Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace Photo, Bangalore, India
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Tipu Sultan (1750-99 AD), known as the ‘Tiger of Mysore’, inherited the kingdom of Mysore from his father Hyder Ali in 1782. Tipu Sultan is known for being a brave and resolute warrior, who carried out several campaigns against the British, eventually dying in battle during the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War.In 1781, Hyder Ali began constructing a summer palace within the walls of Bangalore Fort. He never got to stay in it; a year later, in 1782, Hyder Ali had died of cancer and Tipu Sultan had succeeded him. Tipu, however, completed the construction of the palace (the work continued till 1791) and made it his summer headquarters....Read More

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Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace
Albert Victor Road, Chamrajpet, Karnataka
Bangalore 560018
080 2670 6836