The old buildings, the pristine-royal cultures of the cities still remember about their golden times while we walk past with our modern lives. Each city has its own story. In this series, we would like to cover the same.
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|| Old Wines of New Bottles: (Series – 2: BANGALORE) ||
The “Silicon Valley of India”, the destination of every start-up, and a dream comes true for many professionals these days, Bangalore is a new metropolitan city of India. Highly developed, this city houses top of the technological facilities for the newly arrived youths for their jobs.
Since the city has a long history of its rulers – from Vijaynagar Empire to British Empire, it offers a variety of architectural and cultural grandeur to its present visitors. Let us take you on a ride through the past.
(We have tried to collect as many historically significant places in and near Bangalore as possible. Any more additions from any of our readers is always welcome.)
1 Bangalore Palace: Built by Rev. J Garret (1st Principal of the Central High School in Bangalore / Central College), this place was brought in by the then Maharaja of Mysore Chamrajendra Wadiyar X. Built in the Tudor style architecture, it was later renovated by the British.
The furniture in the palace are in neo-classical, Victorian and Edwardian style. The British added stained glasses and mirrors (imported from England), and manual lift and wooden fence from General Electric.
P.S.: Take your time to have an audio guided tour throughout the palace. Maintain the etiquette and let everyone enjoy the ride throughout the past.
2 Bangalore Fort: Built as a mud fort by Kempe Gowda in 1537. It was converted into a stone fort by Haider Ali in 1761. During 3rd Mysore war, the fort fell to the British. Still some parts are visible in this area which holds the brilliant example of Islamic Architecture.
P.S.: Now the fort is maintained by ASI and is allowed to visit between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with entry fees.
3 Cubbon Park: Created in 1870 under the then British Chief Engineer of Mysore state, General Richard Sankey, this park is in the ‘Lung’ area of the city. Covering around 300 acres (1.2 Sq. Km), it was first named as Meade’s Park (after Sir John Meade – acting Commissioner of Mysore, 1870).
P.S.: Walk through the park in the morning to enjoy the tranquil environment close to nature.
4 Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple: A quick travel to the 12th century right beside a city like Bangalore, this temple has a lot to offer for an excursionist, history-buff, and holidaymaker. Just at the foot-hill of Nandi hills, this 12th-century structures will welcome you to a historical extravaganza. The architectural style is Dravidian.
P.S.: Enjoy the journey to the ancient times and maintain etiquette of the temple while enjoying the history
Read our travelogue on Bhoganandeshwara Temple for more information. (Click Here)