Private Tour: Palaces Of Bangalore - Bengaluru

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Complimentary pickup and drop-off at Bangalore city hotels/homestays.
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

See the breathtaking palaces of Bangalore on a private half-day tour! Travel by private air-conditioned vehicle to the spectacular Bangalore Fort (Kempegowdas Fort) and learn about the historical significance of this 16th-century defense, originally made of mud brick. Visit the nearby Tipu sultan\'s palace; it's a replica of the Daria Daulat Palace of Srirangapatnam. Behold the magnificent architecture and interior design of the stunning Bangalore Palace. You can enjoy undivided attention and illuminating commentary from your expert guide on this private tour.

Highlights

All entrance fees included

Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Private guide for a more personalized experience

Know More about this tour

After hotel pickup by private vehicle, your knowledgeable guide will transport you to Bangalore Fort, located opposite the city market in Bangalore. Initially constructed by Kempe Gowda Bangalores 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 sultans 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 Ganesh.
Visit Tipu sultan\'s palace, 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 on display before your guide delivers you back to your Bangalore hotel.

Inclusions

Private tour

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by private vehicle

Bottled water

Professional guide

Entry/Admission - Bangalore Palace

Exclusions

Food and drinks

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please note that dress codes are conservative throughout India; modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees are recommended

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

  • 27-Aug-2017

    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.

  • 04-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.

  • 19-Mar-2017

    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!

  • 30-Jan-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.

  • 01-Jun-2016

    Fantastic guide in a beautiful city filled with energy and culture. The gardens were a pleasant surprise.

  • 05-Jan-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.

  • 19-Jul-2014

    Great tour, especially if you're pressed for time. A leisurely ~4-5 hours with knowledgeable tour guides.