Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is an ancient city that has gone through many powerful hands. It has a vibrant history dating back to the rule of the Ganges in c.350. The garden city’s founding father is Kempe Gowda of the Vijayanagara Empire.
There are many historic places in Bangalore which are worth visiting. As a tourist, getting around the city from one historic site to the next can be taxing due to heavy traffic. In order to avoid this, pick a time of the day that is not in the peak office hours for sight-seeing. Taxis and autos aren’t always economical and buses aren’t very reliable. Consider the flexibility and freedom of self-drive cars and bike rentals courtesy of Ziphop.in.
Without much further ado, let us explore the top historic places in Bangalore that you must visit.
Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace:
This ornate structure with teak wood pillars and floral patterns will take your breath away. It was built in 1791 as the summer house of the Sultan. Surrounding the palace there are beautiful gardens, a fountain and colourful flowers. The staircases and balconies are majestic. This two-storey structure has a large hall in the first floor, which was the court of the Sultan. The other officials used to occupy the balcony area. Tipu’s palace is a treasure trove of history and a must-see in Bangalore.
Built by Kempe Gowda in 1530, the Bangalore fort was initially a mud fort. The area around it was called Bengaluru Pete, the capital. Later, Hyder Ali converted it into a stone fort. It became an important historic site because the British army captured it in 1791. The Bangalore fort is located at walking distance from Tipu Sultan’s palace. All that remains of the once mighty fort today is the “Delhi gate” and two bastions. However, it still exudes the regal spirit of by-gone days.
It may not seem like a park should be a historic site, but Cubbon Park is an exception to the rule. Cubbon Park was created by Major Sankey in 1870, initially covering 100 acres. It is now three times the original size, and is one of the most popular gardens in Bangalore city. At the entrance to Cubbon Park is the Attara Kecheri which was built in 1864 by the British. It is now the high court of Karnataka. It has a characteristic vivid red color.
Another structure erected by Major Sankey is the State Archaeological Museum, which is located within the park. It showcases antiques from the Mohenjodaro period as well as ancient coins, specimens and inscriptions.
The Seshadri Iyer Memorial Library established in 1901, is also situated within Cubbon Park.
Bangalore’s historic places and heritage sites are often overlooked. Instead of going to a mall this weekend, why not take a ride around town on a rented bike or car with your friends? If you are a tourist, a hired vehicle is the best way to get around in a busy city. Let ZipHop.in do the hard work for you. Discover Bangalore like you have never seen it before. Visit these famous landmarks and feel history come alive once more.