Tipu Sultan's Fort and Palace
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The magnificent fort was originally built by Kempe Gowda in 1537 AD in Bangalore under the rule of Vijayanagara Empire. After the fall of the empire, Bangalore passed through several hands and ultimately feel in to the lap of Haider Ali. Haider Ali was a great warrior of Mysore and fought many battles against Britishers in the 18th century AD. From Haider Ali the reign of Bangalore was transferred to his son Tipu Sultan. It was then, the fort underwent massive extensions and became the summer retreat of the brave Sultan. Tipu Sultan's fort is an architectural marvel with intricate carvings and exquisite Islamic style arches. The fort also boasts of a generous number of lush gardens and a well preserved Ganpati temple that stands inside its premises. The fort also houses a Palace of Tipu Sultan, that dates back to 1799. The Palace exudes eminent grandeur and splendor of the past era. The walls and ceilings of the grand Palace are embellished with beautiful floral motifs. The two-storied Tipu Sultan palace is made of pure teak wood and stands adorned with pillars, arches and balconies. After the death of Tipu Sultan the palace was used by the Britishers as their secretariat, till the year 1867. The Tipu Sultan Fort and Palace are the two most visited destinations in Bangalore missing on which will surely render your tour incomplete.