The city of Bangalore is known as the IT hub of India. However, this city has played an important role in India's history. Hence, this city has a rich history and a colorful culture. A large number of tourists are attracted to the Bangalore city. The tourists interested in history and architecture come for heritage tours of Bangalore.
While on heritage tours of Bangalore, tourists can visit the historic forts and palaces of this city. Tourists can also visit temples, which are rich in architecture. The heritage tours of Bangalore give you an insight into the rich history of Bangalore.
Tourists who are fascinated by history can pay a visit to the summer palace of Tipu Sultan. This palace was started by Hyder Ali, and completed by his son Tipu Sultan in 1791. This palace was the summer retreat of Tipu Sultan. Wood is the main material of this palace. The striking features of this palace are the beautifully craved pillars and arches. The palace is a two storeyed structure, surrounded by beautiful gardens.
The eastern and western projected balconies have the seat of the state. Tipu Sultan conducted his administrative affairs from these balconies. According to the inscription on the wooden screen, this palace was known as the abode of happiness. Today this palace is converted into a museum, which displays various artifacts from the times of Tipu Sultan. The Tipu Sultan Fort is a part of the heritage sites of Bangalore hence; tourists visit this fort during their heritage tours of Bangalore. Today the remaining parts of the fort are the standing proofs of the struggle between Tipu Sultan and the British. This fort was decorated with Islamic style craved arches. The Ganapati temple build in the 1537 was renovated and restored by Tipu Sultan. Tourists can visit this temple located at the premises of Tipu Sultan Fort.
The Bangalore Palace is inspired by the Windsor Castle and built in Tudor style. It took a whooping 1 million rupees to build this palace. This palace has a built up area of 45,000sq.ft and is about 110 years old. The Wodeyar King built this palace in between beautiful gardens. The Bangalore Palace is one of the important tourist attractions of the city and is included in the itinerary of heritage tours of Bangalore. Towers and arches fortify this palace. The Gothic windows and battlements are the striking features of this palace. This palace is famous for paintings and wood cravings.
The Government Museum of Bangalore is famous for its antique displays. Tourists visit this museum to see the remains from the Mohenjodaro period. The museum displays paintings, pottery, carvings and relics from the 5000-year-old civilization. This museum was established in 1886, since then, it has been catering to the needs of the tourists.
The cave temple of Gangadhareshvara is the reflection of the architectural genius of the 16th century chieftain Kempe Gowda. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is carved out of monolithic stone. The temple is built inside the natural caves of Gavi, and hence it is termed as an architectural masterpiece.
Apart from these heritage sites, tourists can visit the Gandhi Bhavan, the classical building of Vidhana Soudha and the famous Jama Masjid. A visit to these heritage sites will definitely make your heritage tours of Bangalore unforgettable.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/11