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Tipu Sultan Palace

The Tipu Sultan Palace is located in the Bangalore Fort, which is situated in old Bangalore in the south-west Indian state of Karnataka. This grand palace was once used as a summer retreat by the King and was often referred to as the “abode of happiness” and “Rash e Jannat” meaning “Envy of Heaven”. The palace boasts of ornamental frescoes, magnificent arches, protruding balconies and brilliant motifs. Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, in Bangalore, India, is an example of Indo-Islamic architecture and was the summer residence of the Mysorean ruler Tipu Sultan.

The entire palace is built of teak wood, mortar, stone and plaster. Laid on a stone plinth, the structure of the palace is two-storied and is supported by wooden pillars that rest on the stone base. The pillars of the palace are exquisitely carved supporting giant wooden beams that constitute the palace structure. The pillars beautifully collide with brackets and cusped arches that are decorated with beautiful carvings emphasized in two colours.
The carvings at the base of the pillars are designed in a way that it looks as if the pillars have emerged out of flowers. The walls and ceilings of the palace are decorated with floral motifs, giving it a magnificent look. The palace is a perfect example of Indo-Islamic style of art and architecture.

About the palace museum
The Tipu Sultan Palace now houses a museum that exhibits the artifacts and collections from the bygone era. Every display here displays the bravery and dexterity of Tipu Sultan and the grand lifestyle of the royals. Portraits of people and places of that era done in the recent past are also displayed.
Tipu Sultan’s crown and his clothes are placed in gold and silver pedestals in the museum. Silver vessels that were given to Hyder Ali by a general are also on display. The palace complex also houses a magnificent temple of Lord Ganesha that reflects Sultan’s tolerance for other religions.
The fort area has an art gallery that exhibits numerous pictures, paintings, photos and fine carvings of the lost times. The Palace not only attracts tourists round the year but also remains a place of interest for historians and archaeologists.

Palace Timings
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Sunday

Entry Fee
Rs. 5 per person
Entry for children under 15 years is free
Tickets are availed from the counter located near the main gate

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