Usually, we explore the city after his lectures get done in the afternoon but this time in Bangalore, his schedule was packed. So it was left on me to either stay at the hotel room or explore the city solo. Obviously, I chose the latter.Bangalore, or as it is now called, “Bengaluru” is known for its Silicon Valley, night life, amazing pubs and has a cosmopolitan feel to it. While all that defines Bangalore, the cultural & historical aspect of Bangalore is unknown to many.Bangalore has a rich history of rulers & knights in armors, of kings and war mongers. At the same time, it also boasts of rich gardens constructed by the rulers then, various temples and even museums & serene lakes. The 17th & 18th century palaces and architectural marvels still stand tall today. One such historical wonder in the centre of the city is Tipu Sultan’s summer palace.
Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace:This was my 1st sightseeing stop and the only day when my husband could take out some free time and accompanied me to the palace & fort. The grandeur of the royal era of the south can be felt when you visit the Tipu Sultan’s Summer palace located in the old city of Bangalore. Though it is a small structure which stands tall today, the opulence of it still revives the old charm and history in your mind. It has some 160 pillars which are mainly made of wood and was a place for holding durbars during the summer with the nobles and common people. The entrance to the palace is through a garden and in the past, there used to be a palace to the left which was destroyed by the Britishers during the Anglo Indian war. It also houses a temple in the vicinity of the palace which is open to visitors in the evening 6 pm onwards. Tipu Sultan, a Muslim king, also worshipped the Hindu Gods. He built this temple in the palace premises giving a message of universal faith. He was also known as the “Tiger” as he had once fought with a tiger and killed it. He was also known for his unparalleled bravery and hatred for the British. The palace has a small room dedicated to Tipu Sultan’s reign as an able administrator & gives you a sneek peak into his life as a ruler of Mysore. This palace is a must visit to explore the historical facet of the brave Tiger.
Tipu Sultan fort/Bangalore fort:At a walking distance of 5 mins, approx. 0.5 km is a fort which stands in a dilapidated condition. It was this fort which the Britishers had captured during the third Anglo Mysore war and Tipu Sultan had to forcefully sign the Treaty of Srirangapatnam surrendering various forts and areas captured. The fort has nothing to see except a small temple housed at the entrance to the fort. Most of the fort area has been destroyed over the years and all that remains now are the broken walls of the fort. 10 mins are enough to explore this place.
Day 2: Due to my husband’s busy schedule today, I had to explore the city on my own. I accompanied my husband till Malleswaram where he had his lectures, & from there I went alone to Iskcon Temple & thought of exploring Malleshwaram while coming back.Iskcon Temple:
Iskcon temple of Bangalore is at the north end of Bangalore very close to Orion Mall. The temple is huge and stands overlooking the city of Bangalore. However, unlike other Iskcon temples, this temple was totally commercialized and it took me 15-20 mins to find my way out. This is because as soon as you leave the main temple and follow the exit route, you pass through myriad of shops and stalls inducing you to buy either books, prasad, branded Iskcon calendar & diaries, eateries, etc. It looks more like a marketplace brimming with buyers and sellers rather than an abode of God. This temple was highly disappointing.