Tipu’s Summer Palace, Bangalore
This post is continuation of #makeheritagefun walk to Tipu’s Summer Palace from Bangalore Fort. This event was initiated by GoUnesco on 13th March. Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace looked so simple to me from its exteriors. It is a double storeyed structure, nothing like huge palaces that Kings are reputed to have. Not much grandeur yet a striking structure in teak wood.
History of Tipu’s Summer Palace
A little bit of history, as explained to us by Mansoor Ali during the #makeheritagefun tour. Construction of this palace was started by Nawab Hyder Ali Khan in 1781. It was completed in 1791 by Tipu Sultan. He named it Tashk-e-Jannat meaning the abode of happiness and envy of heaven. Tipu held durbar (court) here during the summers. After Tipu’s defeat and death in the fourth Anglo-Mysore war in 1799, British administration used this palace as its secretariat. A major portion of its right flank was demolished; Sri Venkataramana Temple of 17th century on the right however was left untouched. Strange that Tipu chose this Vishnu Temple’s backyard to build his summer palace. He was indeed tolerant of Hindus.
Architecture and Interiors
Stepping into the palace interiors a series of arches in 3 rows catch your attention first. The arches are carved with motifs and painted in cream color (this color must be a later addition). We had to strain our eyes to see the beautiful motifs painted on the walls and ceilings of the palace. One good thing I noticed guards are present to check the vandals from defacing whatever is remaining now.
A small wooden balcony served as seat for the king. A throne was made coated with gold sheets and studded with precious stones, the arm rests sculpted in the form of tiger heads; Tipu vowed never to use it until he completely defeated the English Army. The throne was so expensive that no single buyer could afford it. British got it dismantled completely and sold it in parts.
Four staircases lead to the upper chamber which looks like a hall where the King and his ministers would have sat. His army must have paraded in the huge open space in front of the palace. There are smaller rooms on either side of the hall which were Zenana quarters (for the womenfolk). A large hall on the ground floor is converted into museum and has artifacts from Hyder-Tipu regime.
Tickets and Open Timings
Tickets are Rs.5 for Indians and Rs.100 for foreigners.
No separate camera charges.
No refreshments inside, but okay okay washroom facilities.
The heritage site is blind people friendly.
Open on all days 8.30AM to 5.00PM.