The Bangalore Palace

Well, I had posted that KSTDC had no information about the Bangalore Palace being open to the public. But I did some digging, not satisfied with the pathetic response from the Tourism Department….And here are the details. NO website about the Palace yet has the information that the Palace is now open to the public. But I persevered, and a friend of mine, Jayashree Thiagarajan, ultimately contacted Urmila Devi herself.

The Bangalore Palace IS open to the public, from 10 am to 6 pm every day. (I don’t know if there is a weekly holiday though.) Admission is Rs.100 per person. Camera fees are a not-worth-it figure of Rs.500. (I really don’t know why the two figures are so disproportionate, and how they can prevent someone going in with a discreet mobile phone. A typical instance of imposing a rule which cannot be enforced.)

A “guide” comes along. I put it in inverted commas because the one who came with me did NOT have any accurate knowledge and would often go off somewhere else just when I had a question, to many of which he gave demonstrably wrong answers.

There is a lot that is wonderful to see….the carved staircase, the mirrors, the Indo-Saracenic architecture inside, some of the superb artefacts.

There is a lot that is falling to ruin, heart-breaking to see…parquet floors with no polish, stained glass missing, whole panels of wainscoting or celings coming apart; huge stains in the lovely wallpapers….

There is a restoration effort going on…but it is done, not to restore things to their original condition, but to pull down and rebuild without taste or imagination, with garish colours and cheap materials.

Amazingly, beautiful objets d’art and exquisite paintings co-exist with some real junk. The Palace is really a case of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. But well worth a visit.

Entrance is from the main (Vasanth Nagar) gate. Call Mr Pandiyan at 23360818 for details.

If any reader is interested in the photographs that I took, please respond to this post and I can give you the URL’s.

4 Comments so far

  1. Mytri (unregistered) on April 6th, 2007 @ 3:36 am

    How interesting. Until recently I did not know that the Bangalore Palace was actually in use. I thought it was only the Mysore one. Actually please do post the url here. It will be nice to see pictures of the palace. Even in the Mysore Palace we are not allowed to take pictures. It is quite frustrating. I am actually not sure what the reasoning behind that is? If they charge an extra Rs.50 I am sure that they will raise a lot of money.

    Same goes for taking pictures inside temples. But there are sooo many floating around. Oh well another day another topic :-)

  2. Jose (unregistered) on April 6th, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

    I think i am the only person who didnt know till now that the Bangalore Palace was open to public. Please let me know how I can see your pictures. I would love to go have a look at the palace myself. Is the palace open on weekends also?

  3. Carlos (unregistered) on April 7th, 2007 @ 12:43 pm

    I never understood why only Indian tourist spots charge money for taking pictures. Pictures are often great memories of a nice spot that you visited and often a great means of free publicity for the place.

    ps: Pls dont give me the revenue BS. “India’s travel and tourism market was valued at US$42 billion in 2005” Source

  4. Shrish (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 6:47 pm

    Found a link to bangalore palace on google map. It might be useful if someone is intereted in visiting this place.

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