Private Tour: Palaces of Bangalore

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Private Tour: Palaces of Bangalore
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After pickup by a private air-conditioned vehicle at your hotel in Bangalore city in the morning, leave for the nearby Tipu Sultan's Palace as a replica of the Daria Daulat Palace of Srirangapatnam and then go to one of the most popular attractions in India - Bangalore Palace, featuring magnificent architecture and interior design. Also stop by the spectacular Bangalore Fort (also known as Kempegowda Fort) and learn about the historical significance of this 16th-century defense, originally made of mud brick. Your friendly, knowledgeable private guide will take good care of you and your family by providing undivided attention and illuminating commentary throughout the journey.
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In Brief

Location:
Bengaluru, India
Country:
India
Duration:
4 to 6 hours
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
All entrance fees included
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Private guide for a more personalized experience
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Itinerary
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Stop At: Tipu Sultan Fort and Palace - Bangalore KR Market, Allbert Victor Road Chamrajpet, Bengaluru 560018 India

A two-story teakwood palace completed in 1791 by the sultan as a summer retreat. Adorned with pillars, arches and balconies, it resembles the Daria Daulat Palace in Srirangapatanam. In the palace museum, marvel at the clothing and crown of Tipu Sultan as well as silver vessels given by a general to Hyder Ali. Your guide will accompany you to Bangalore Palace, built by a Wodeyar king in the Tudor style. Ogle Gothic windows, foiled windows, battlements and turrets. Walk through picturesque gardens leading to the main entrance, and view exquisite floral motifs, cornices and relief paintings that decorate the elegant palace walls and ceilings. Then, head to the Bangalore Palace gallery to see historical photos and elegant carvings.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Bangalore Palace, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru 560052 India

Bangalore Fort, located opposite the city market in Bangalore. Initially constructed by Kempe Gowda – Bangalore’s founder – in 1537, the fort was rebuilt and expanded by Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, the emperor of Mysore, in the 18th century. As you privately tour Bangalore Fort with your guide, hear anecdotes about its historical role in the sultan’s resistance to British rule. Admire the Islamic style of the gate's intricately carved arches, and glimpse the well-preserved 16th-century Ganapathi Temple within its courtyard, where Hindu devotees pay homage to Lord

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Bangalore Fort, Krishna Rajendra Rd, Bengaluru 560002 India

Learn about the historical significance of this 18th-century defense. Originally built in 1537 as a mud fort by the founder of Bangalore. Later it was replaced with a stone fort, but damaged during an Anglo-Mysore war in 1791. Nevertheless, Bangalore Fort still remains a good example of 18th-century military fortification.

Duration: 20 minutes

Inclusions

  • Private tour by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Pickup and drop-off at Bangalore city hotels
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • Professional guide
  • Admission to all attractions
  • Entry/Admission - Tipu Sultan Fort and Palace - Bangalore KR Market
  • Entry/Admission - Bangalore Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Bangalore Fort

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Complimentary pickup and drop-off at Bangalore city hotels/homestays.

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.14 out of 5 based on the last 7 recent reviews

Thoroughly enjoyed my private tour of Bengaluru with Sharma my guide. She took me to many wonderful sites around Bengalore that included: Shree Dodda Ganapathi Temple, Sri Big Bull Temple, Tippu Sultan's Palace, Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Vidhanna Soudha Karnataka State Capitol building and Bengaluru Palace. She was very knowledgeable and told great stories about each place and their history. Would highly recommend this tour especially if you can get Sharma as your tour guide! Thanks, Sharma!
• Submitted 19 Mar 2017
Fantastic guide in a beautiful city filled with energy and culture. The gardens were a pleasant surprise.
• Submitted 01 Jun 2016
Excellent tour if you are in Bangalore for a short time. In just a few hours, we were able to see some interesting palaces, gardens, markets and forts. We also enjoyed driving through the city with an excellent commentary from the guide. We learned a lot about the history of the city as well as its current growth and progress as the Silicon valley of India.
• Submitted 05 Jan 2016
Great tour, especially if you're pressed for time. A leisurely ~4-5 hours with knowledgeable tour guides.
• Submitted 29 Jul 2014
The driver and guide were both very nice and helpful. However, I was not impressed with the palaces. Be prepared to pay for you toilet and it may just be a hole in the ground...seriously.
• Submitted 27 Aug 2017
It was good to visit the historic sites of Bangalore. The experience could have been better if the tour guide kept us engaged with more relevant information on the points we visited.
• Submitted 04 Aug 2017
General comment about Bangalore that has nothing to do with this specific tour - traffic in Bangalore is bad! Think big city rush hour all day. As a result, 2 hours of this particular tour were in the car Note - tour was advertised as 5 hours but we were done in 4. This is not the tour operator's fault, it's the nature of Bangalore. Taking the tour on a Sunday morning would minimize the impact of traffic. I took this trip as an individual, and for a single person I thought the tour was overpriced for what I got in return. The prices shown on Viator's main page are From and you can only get those costs if there are multiple people in your tour group. If you have 3 or 4 people in your group this trip may be worth it. The operator was very good about email follow-up confirming hotel pickup and the driver picked me up from the hotel on time. We drove for an hour to pick up the guide. She was pretty knowledgeable and I think someone more extroverted than me would have benefited more by asking her lots more questions. After the last stop, we dropped the guide off and spent another hour getting back to the hotel. The first stop was the Karnataka stake government office building, and the high court opposite. This stop comprised of stopping by the side of the road, stepping out onto the sidewalk, getting a brief history lesson, taking a couple of photos and getting back in the car again. The next stop was the Lalbagh Gardens - these are large botanical gardens which we took a walk through this is subjective but not the best botanical gardens I've seen. If you do the tour around Republic Day in January, there is a special flower show that is interesting. The next stop was Tipu's Summer Palace. Interesting architecture but relatively small and so you see everything in about 30 minutes. The last stop was Bangalore Palace. Lots of photos and interesting things to see but still done in less than 45 minutes. Only a portion is available to see as the current Queen still lives in the rest of the Palace.
• Submitted 30 Jan 2017

In Brief

Location:
Bengaluru, India
Country:
India
Duration:
4 to 6 hours
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
All entrance fees included
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Private guide for a more personalized experience