Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace

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Coordinates: 12°57′34.18″N 77°34′24.86″E / 12.9594944°N 77.5735722°E / 12.9594944; 77.5735722

Front view
The Old Palace in the Fort, Bangalore by Albert Thomas Penn, 1870
British Period Engravings of the Tippu Palace at Bangalore by Robert Home (1752-1834)

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. Hyder Ali commenced its construction within the walls of the Bangalore Fort, and it was completed during the reign of Tipu Sultan in 1791. After Tipu Sultan's death in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War, the British Administration used the palace for its Secretariat before moving to Attara Kacheri in 1868. Today the government of Karnataka maintains the palace, which is located at the center of Old Bangalore near the Kalasipalyam bus stand, as a tourist spot.

The structure was built entirely of teak and stands adorned with pillars, arches and balconies. It is believed that Tipu Sultan used to conduct his durbar (court) from the eastern and western balconies of the upper floor. There are four smaller rooms in the corners of first floor which were used to known as Zenana Quarters.[1] There are beautiful floral motifs embellishing the walls of the palace. The site also holds a painting of grand throne visualized by Tipu Sultan himself. Coated with gold sheets and stuck with precious emerald stones, Tipu had vowed never to use it until he completely defeated the English Army. After Tipu Sultan's death, the British dismantled the throne and auctioned its parts as it was too expensive for a single person to buy whole.[citation needed]

The rooms in the ground floor have been converted into a small museum showcasing various achievements of Tipu Sultan and his administration. There are newly done portraits of the people and places of that time. There is a replica of Tipu's Tiger, which is in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Tipu Sultan's clothes and his crown are present in silver and gold pedestals. The silver vessels given by a general to Hyder Ali is also displayed.

The Horticulture Department, Government of Karnataka, maintains the area in front of the palace as a garden and lawn.

The palace is open to public daily from 10am to 6pm and from 8.30am to 5.30pm on Sundays, and there is an entry fee of ₹5 per person for Indians and ₹100 per person for foreigners. Photography is allowed and there is no special fee for use of a camera.

Vintage Gallery[edit]

Sketches of James Hunter[edit]

James Hunter served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery. He was a military painter, and his sketches portrayed aspects of military and everyday life. Hunter served the British India Army and took part in Tippu Sultan Campaigns.

Hunter has sketched different landscapes of South India, including Bangalore, Mysore, Hosur, Kancheepuram, Madras, Arcot, Sriperumbudur, etc. These paintings were published in 'A Brief history of ancient and modern India embellished with coloured engravings', published by Edward Orme, London between 1802-05, and 'Picturesque scenery in the Kingdom of Mysore' published by Edward Orme in 1804.[1]

Hunter died in India in 1792.[2] Some of his paintings of Bangalore Palace are below


  1. ^ a b Hunter, James. A Street Leading To The Palace Of Bangalore. p. Plate 11. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Ebinesan, J (2006). "James Hunter's Bangalore". Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Hunter, James (1804). The Square And Entrance Into Tippoo's Palace, Bangalore. p. Plate 12. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Hunter, James (1804). 'Square at Bangalore' and on reverse: 'The Entrance of Tippoo's Palace, Bangalore Feby. 92'. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Hunter, James (1804). North Entrance Of Tippoo's Palace At Bangalore. p. Plate13. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Hunter, James (1804). North Front Of Tippoo's Palace, Bangalore. p. Plate 9. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Hunter4, James (February 1794). The Entrance of Tippoo's Palace, Bangalore. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 

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