Bangalore Palace
Bangalore Palace
3.5
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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The Bangalore Palace was the private residence of the royal Wodeyar family. Built to resemble Windsor Castle, this quirky palace is filled with an interesting and eclectic collection of art and paraphernalia from a bygone era. The palace grounds are a popular venue for rock concerts and other music events.
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  • Dreamer21421550678
    3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    British Imprints
    An Indian palace with the feel of Buckingham palace! The audio tour is must it's free and quite informative. A good place to visit a bit out of the way though 😕. Should take around 1-1½hr.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Surajit
    Sugar Land, Texas12 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not worth the time and money.
    Unfortunately, the Bangalore Palace is not something I would recommend. Firstly, the entry fee is very high compared to other similar points of interest. Then no photography was allowed inside. There was very little architectural grandeur that you can see in other palaces. It was a haphazard collection of old photos still in their old frames, old furniture which were quite ordinary and some sarees just hung in closed cabinets. The outside grounds are nice as is the building facade but that’s about all worth seeing.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 December 2023
  • 83lovetotravel
    561 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take audio tour and more artifacts need to be kept out
    Visited palace as it came recommended. Entry fee is higher than humayums tomb and qutub minar fees so my expectations were higher. It’s well kept but photography is strictly prohibited. Do take the audio tour but you need to give aadhar card so no one steals the audio devices. Lots of family history and artifacts on display and also showcases the grandeur it held when fully functional. You can take a lot of pictures outside. Took me around an hour to see everything.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 January 2024
  • Vratin Shah
    Mumbai, India1,305 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Random Museum
    The part of the inside of palace has been converted into museum & some part is retained still by the king for their stay. And hence, random parts of the palace with random items have been kept for public viewing. The ticket price includes audio guide, which can be a little helpful in understanding the random placements. The main attraction is outside the palace, which provides an opportunity to click some good photos.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 January 2024
  • GauravAnand
    Kanpur, India883 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tricked
    So the trick is that you have to pay the entry fees to get this palace in the backdrop of your photos. Beautiful from outside and that's it. Pay INR 250 to get the entry in the premises, else stay outside fences and keep grimming. For those who have been to Windsor palace, this is a miniature. For the entry fees you're given a free audio tour and worth If you've been to the mysore palace before, for all the history lovers it can be a good treat. audio is available in different languages. No photography inside the palace.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 January 2024
  • Mark M
    Leeds, United Kingdom201 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Okay visit for an hour.
    A nice looking building but certainly past its prime. The free audio guide is available in many languages and helps to explain the history of the building and the family. Exhibits are in a poor state.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 February 2024
  • Paradoxical_Jo
    Singapore, Singapore69 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ok to visit if it's your first time
    You pay INR 480, and you will probably only spend less than an hour here. Although the entrance fee comes with an audio guide, I skipped it as I had my own local guide. It's probably worth to see to understand abit more about the Bangalore royal family, but that's it. You will only get to see 2 or 3 rooms and that's it. The Interior is not entirely well maintained and there isn't any fan or AC inside the palace. To me, i don't think AC is required, but at least there should have been fans in the interior to help with the air circulation. Also, the surrounding gardens are not really well maintained as well (pls don't get fooled by the images you see online). Overall, if the royalties go to the royal family, I feel that they should do more to help improve the visitor experience.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2024
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Manish Jain
Gwalior, India189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
Hi, I visited this place and I would recommend every visitor who want to see beautiful architecture in banglore must visit.
The entry ticket is bit high and if u want to use camera then u have to pay much extra.
They provide free audio tour guide with every entry ticket so u need not a human guide , it's very nice idea.
Over all who love history and architect must visit

Written 6 March 2021
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bolkar
United States177 contributions
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Jan 2020
Nice small palace . they have hearing device which tells the story of each room and the articles and history of it ! You have to put Rs1000 per unit which you will get you money back when you return the device ! Royal family still lives in another part of the palace where public is not allowed. There is a beautiful small garden in front of the palace !
Written 24 February 2020
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Ratnesh M
New Delhi, India576 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Solo
Though, this palace is a historic one but it's excessive commercialisation esp. for marriage ceremony has greatly undermined it's importance. The entry fee is excessive RS. 240 pp for Indians and 480/- for foreigners. To make it worse they also charge Rs. 300/- for mobile photography separately. To differentiate among types of visitors, they use colour bands. This palace belongs to the Maharaja of Mysuru, hence, it is not their main palace. Moreover, the magnificence of the building has greatly diminished due to temporary extension of marriage halls. When I visited, hundreds of labourers/technicians were working there in the premises preparing for the show for marriages at night. We had to negotiate our way through them. Very unpleasant experience. But the most abominable was the vulgar display of furnitures made of elephants' body parts like stools and stands. One elephant head with its full trunk was stuck in the wall. Photos showing killings of the elephants are proudly displayed therein. These things might looked good in the time of Maharajas, but in today's time these are just disgusting and should be kept hidden from public view. At least we love flora and fauna and care for the environment.
Written 8 February 2020
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Maria Ligaya
Auckland, New Zealand526 contributions
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Aug 2022
It should get a score of 0 (Zero). I would not suggest visiting here since there is nothing to see, it is overpriced, a waste of money, and the staff is disrespectful, rude, and passive aggressive.

Here is the story:

I travelled all the way from New Zealand to India in order to get knowledge about other cultures. Unfortunately, it was in Bangalore Palace that I met the most repulsive, impolite, and disagreeable attitude I had ever encountered throughout my travels.
I work as a photographer in New Zealand, and one of my projects is photographing diverse landscapes and architecture from across the globe.
When I first arrived to the palace, I was unaware that a fee was required to snap photographs. I saw the camera fees, and they were EXORBITANT. For a foreigner such as me, it is a rip-off.
Second, a guard was already tailing me and peeking into my camera. I snapped a photo since I was unaware that taking photographs from the outside was also prohibited, and the guard began yelling at me when I did so. He attempted to take my camera and instructed me to pay at the counter (for only one photograph! And that was taken outside). There were many tourists and natives shooting shots and even selfies with their mobile phones and cameras, but I was picked out for some reason.
It was an honest error on my side, but I could not accept and forgive the staff's hostility and disregard for my status as a woman. You should all feel guilt for your actions. They will not even allow me to talk or complete my sentence. Moreover, he continued to shout at me. Your security officer and another guy who did not seem to be a manager were yelling and screaming at me, and he was doing it in front of a large crowd to attract attention. It was abhorrent! The behaviour of your staff is simply repulsive.

As a photographer carrying huge cameras, I am fully aware that there are restrictions when it comes to taking photographs, especially in historical and private spaces. I am susceptible to being yelled at and even removed from the vicinity, but those are some of the rarest experiences I've had because I followed the rules. Men have never yelled at me or called me names in my life. It only occurred in the Bangalore Palace. It was thoughtless.

I phoned the office to make more complaints in an official capacity. But I was treated the same way. When I questioned whether guys in this city yell at and humiliate women, the individual I was dealing with said "yes, madam."
That very much encapsulates the culture you guys possess.
I will write an official complaint, and I will never recommend this place to anybody.

*Avoid this horrible location and just save your money on something more valuable. You may also visit Mysore, which is home to a multitude of gorgeous palaces and temples.
Written 14 August 2022
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Smit_Sheth
Ahmedabad, India32 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
Palace is not that big, you get to walk around the lobby only and picture and paintings are hanged over the wall but nothing much to see. There are two rooms which you can see but stand out of room and see what you can see. You can't even go inside, so that's also not worth. A room with royal clothes but totally useless, nothing to see there, clothes have been kept in a way that you can't even say those are royal clothes. The only good part is outer look of the small palace. That's the only good thing. But for that you will not need to spend the high cost, pictures are available on internet. They charges INR 240 per person that's too high for this palace, if you want to take mobile camera then cost is INR 300 in which you can carry three mobiles but that is too high cost for mobile camera. If you want their audio device then submit your original OD proof and take it back when you give the device back. Now this is pathetic, you cannot ask for someone's original ID card. If you want you keep cash deposit and return it. So all in all i would not suggest anyone to waste time or money on this. Better visit Mysore palace.
Written 7 May 2022
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JoyBose
Bengaluru, India377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This is a unique structure in Bangalore, architecture is like a British castle (has some similarities with Windsor castle).
The cost for Indians is Rs 240 + 300 for mobile phone camera. It is absolutely worth it for the wealth of information and variety of architecture. An audio guide is included in the admission, one just needs to deposit their ID card to get the guide.
The palace has many sections such as ballroom, audience room, womens quarters, library, etc. Each of these has a lot of history which one can hear from the audio guide.
This was and still is the Bangalore residence of the Wodeyar kings of Mysore. In the past, luminaries like king of Austria and king of Spain have visited and stayed there.
There are a number of paintings by famous painters in the palace.
To summarise, it is a must visit for those interested in Indian history and how the kings used to live.
Written 5 April 2021
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sanjayvora45
Ahmedabad, India676 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Bangalore palace was constructed by Maharaja Chamarajendra Wadiar in 1878. The palace was built in Tudor style architecture with fortified towers. The interiors were decorated with elegant wood carvings, floral motifs, and relief paintings on the ceiling.

Palace ground is used for concert and events. Host a number of international rock star concert on surrounding open ground.

Now it is poorly maintained as the legal issue relating to property rights is going on since long.
Written 2 May 2020
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Ajay Arora ( Food N Travel Diaries )
Bengaluru, India2,235 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
Bangalore palace is a good place to visit in the city. Very small when compared to the mysore palace but nevertheless a great experience to revisit history and soak in the architecture and a lot of paintings and pictures. Self audio tour option is available and is a great way to know the details. There is a grand park outside. Entrance is Rs 240 per person with camera charges extra, it was 300 for using mobile camera. Kids under 12 is free. Car parking is available.
Written 6 March 2022
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Aug 2022 • Family
Bangalore palace isn't worth visiting at all. Not much historical importance. Just a dirty business of the Royal members. They ask too much entry fee, 240 Rs per head and for taking pics in mobile 300Rs additional. For camera 720Rs. Additional. And the staff is having very bad attitude towards visitors. The top Google review is is completely false, it is just a 15-20min visit and not 3hrs. No one could take 3hrs to visit. Its small and no entry allowed inside rooms of Palace.
Written 4 September 2022
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OnHols2017
Geneva, Switzerland163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Less opulent than other palaces, this property provides a sense of what it might have been like to live in, which I found interesting.

The audioguide provides interesting jnsights although the descriptions in the commentary are often out of sink with the numbers placed around the property.

The architecture can only be described as bizarre: gothic, Victorian and Art Deco all at once!
Written 6 February 2020
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