Bangalore Palace is the most iconic structure in Bangalore, and one of the most interesting colonial buildings in all of India. This smaller replica of the Windsor Castle in England took more than 80 years to complete from 1862 to 1944 during the Wodeyar Dynasty. It was first established by Reverend J. Garrett, who was principal of the Central High School of Bangalore (now Central College of Bangalore). He used his personal money to pay construction expenses. In 1884, it was purchased by Chamaraja Wodeyar, the Maharaja (King) of Mysore, for 300,000 rupees. It used to be surrounded by lush, beautiful gardens and other attractions that have long disappeared. Today, the palace’s rightful owners are members of the Srikanta Datta Narsimharaja Wadiyar royal family of Mysore. The family members, however, have long been in dispute over who owns which part of the palace.
Also known as Bengaluru Palace, the palace has been a venue for rock concerts, important exhibitions, wedding ceremonies, private functions and sporting events [Read more…]