Private Tour: Palaces of Bangalore

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From $74.68

16 reviews   (4.12)

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Departs: Bangalore, Bangalore

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

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Book the tour offered by one of the most reputable and popular local tour companies in India! As a family business since 1971, the company specializes in hosting international travelers from U.S., Europe, Australia, and everywhere else, and provide high quality service and cultural experience.

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Fort (also known as Kempegowda Fort) and learn about the historical significance of this 16th-century defense, originally made of mud brick.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.

What's Included

Admission to all attractions

Bottled water

Pickup and drop-off at Bangalore city hotels

Private tour by air-conditioned vehicle

Professional guide

Transport by private vehicle

What's Not Included

Food and drinks


Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Tipu Sultan Fort and Palace - Bangalore KR Market
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.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Bangalore Palace
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

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Bangalore Fort
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.

40 minutes • Admission Ticket Included


The royal history of Bangalore
goalgent, 28-10-2019
Had a wonderful tour with our driver Ranjith and mr. Srinivas as the experienced tour guide. They drove us to sultan Tipu’s summer residence, the Bangalore Fort and of course Bangalore palace. Stopping at or pointing out places of interest along the way. Mr. Srinivas is knowledgable and has a wonderful way of sharing his love for the city he grew up in. He spoke good English too. So definitely recommend this tour.
Bangalore Palaces
bryanego, 28-12-2018
The tour was great. The tour guide was not only knowledgeable about the palaces but he gave us a city history as well all in the same tour. I would highly recommend it.
The guide is a really nice guy. Palaces are so-so.
leonidb645, 14-06-2019
We had been driven around in a clean private car with a driver and the guide --the overall experience was very pleasant. The guide is a really nice guy sharing his views on the Indian values and the way of life -- so it was a really interesting insight into Indian society.
As for the attractions as such... that was a very so-so experience.
The places are not well kept. The Fort is just a piece of the wall. No entry inside or anything.
The Palace of local rajas is under repairs and there is no access to most of the rooms.
If you are accustomed to the standards of tours at the European palaces and monuments -- you'd be disappointed.
But as a local experience -- it still counts as interesting.
This palace takes you back in time
Jan A, 07-02-2019
This palace was a delightful mix of English style in exterior design and Indian detail in the interior. The beautiful collection of artefacts gave an insight into how lives were led in this amazing palace. Audio guides through out provided additional background information to extend your knowledge. I was concerned from a long term conservation perspective that what seemed to be original photos and illustrations were too accessible (on exterior verandah) and would deteriorate in time but were nevertheless appreciative of the opportunity to view them. I also appreciated one of the officers who allowed me into his office to see some incredible photos and who recommended I travel to Mysore to see the new palace which I did and it was even more amazing. A wonderful tour steeped in history.
A bygone age
helend241, 02-02-2019
This is quite an expensive ticket even for Indians but worth it as there's lots to see and theres still some of the opulence of a bygone era. Also a good selection of various art work and photos of past Maharajah's and their families. They were about to renovate the Billiard room when we visited. For those that don't approve of hunting there's some trophies you may not want to see but this is how they lived.

Hunting was part of the lifestyle and it didn't seem to occur to them that fur and tusks were better worn by the owners! Or that they were destroying our planet.

The formal gardens are also in the process of being restored. Lovely greenhouse that would make a super cafe/gift shop.

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