A Cultural and Heritage Travel Guide on Bangalore (Bengalooru)

FAQ by Travellers Visiting Bangalore

What is the early history of Bangalore?

The history of Bangalore before its founder, Kemapa Gauda, needs to be clarified. Gauda was a local ruler under the Vijaya Nagara Empire and built a mud fort that marked the beginning of Bangalore’s history. While some believe that the Western dynasty ruled the region before Vijaya Nagara, the temples in the area suggest the influence of the Chola kingdoms. Archaeological evidence confirms human settlement in the region as early as 912 CE. In the 16th century, the Mughals and, later, the Marathas ruled Bangalore. By the 18th century, it became a part of the Kingdom of Mysore under the leadership of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan.

What is the colonial heritage of Bangalore? 

Bangalore has a strong colonial heritage, which is evident in its architecture and institutions. The city was a significant centre of British power in India and played an essential role in the country’s history. As a result, the British established many landmarks in Bangalore, including the Bangalore Palace, Victoria Hospital, St. Mark’s Cathedral, and the Bangalore Cantonment.

What is the relationship between the Bnaglore and the Mysore Royal Family? 

The history of Bangalore (now Bengaluru) and the Mysuru royal family dates back to the 16th century when the city’s founder, Kempegowda, established a strong alliance with the Mysore kingdom. This alliance continued even after the fall of the Vijayanagara Empire and the rise of the Wadiyar dynasty in Mysore. During the colonial period, the Mysuru royal family played a significant role in Bangalore’s development by funding various educational, healthcare, and cultural institutions, such as Victoria Hospital and Bangalore Palace.

Can you tell me about the important art forms in Bangalore? 

In Bangalore and throughout Karnataka, ivory carving is a well-liked art and craft. These carvings frequently depict images of deities. Furthermore, stone carving is a significant art form in Bangalore that requires different skills than ivory carving. Artisans with exceptional talent create stunning designs on the stone that are breathtaking. Additionally, we have encountered numerous skilled silk weavers in nearby villages.

What are the important historical and heritage destinations to visit in Bangalore?

Here are some must-visit destinations:
– Bangalore Palace: This mock Tudor-style palace was built by the Musure Royal family in 1874.
– Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace: This beautiful wooden palace was built by Tipu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore, in 1791. It boasts intricate carvings and beautiful paintings.
– Vidhana Soudha: This magnificent government building was built in 1956 in the neo-Dravidian style of architecture.
– Lalbagh Botanical Garden: Established in the 18th century, this 240-acre garden features a vast collection of exotic plants and trees.
– Bangalore Fort: Built in the 16th century by Kempegowda, the founder of Bangalore, this fort has four watchtowers and a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh.
– St. Mary’s Basilica: This beautiful church was built in the Gothic style of architecture in the 19th century.
– Bangalore Palace Grounds: This sprawling parkland features many historical buildings, including the Bangalore Palace and the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium.

What are the places of tourist interest other than historical places in Bangalore?

In addition to its historical and heritage sites, Bangalore boasts numerous other tourist attractions. Some top places to visit include Cubbon Park, Nandi Hills, ISKCON Temple, Bull Temple, Ulsoor Lake, and Bannerghatta National Park.

Which is the best time to visit Bangalore? 
If you’re planning a trip to Bangalore, the ideal time to visit is between October and February due to the pleasant weather. Remember that the city typically experiences heavy rainfall from June to September, while summers are hot and humid.

What art forms should you experience in Bangalore? 

In Bangalore, you can immerse yourself in the beauty of classical dance and music, such as Bharatanatyam and Carnatic music. Additionally, you can explore other art forms, including traditional dance-drama known as Yakshagana and the exquisite art of puppetry.

What are the best souvenirs you can buy from Bangalore? 

In a previous blog post, we mentioned that artisans in Bangalore are renowned for their ivory and stone carvings and silk weaving. If you’re looking to buy something in these categories, it’s a great idea. If you cannot visit Mysore, consider purchasing some sandalwood products.

How many days are required to explore Bangalore? 
If you want to experience Bangalore’s historical and cultural heritage fully, you should spend two to three days exploring.

Is visiting Bangalore worth it for its History & Heritage?
It would be a good idea if you had some extra time. Nonetheless, if you have a tight schedule, we suggest prioritizing spending more time in Mysore. 

What are the best historical and heritage hotels available in Bangalore? If you’re looking for the top heritage hotel in Bangalore, look at the Taj West End. See below for more information about this incredible heritage hotel.

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