The Bangalore Palace is situated right in the center of the city and belongs to the Wadiar Dynasty. Here’s my photoblog of the palace. You can also check out this video when I visited the Bangalore Palace in my wheelchair.
View of the palace from outside I
View of the palace from outside II
There is no ramp at the entrance of Bangalore Palace. The security guard helped in lifting my wheelchair so that we could go inside. Also, make a note of the threshold at the door. You will come across them even after going inside, such as the ballroom.
The ticket counter at Bangalore Palace
The audio guide is available in 9 languages
Definitely pick up the audio guide when you buy tickets. You will get headphones and a control unit from where you can select the language. When you are at different locations inside the Bangalore palace, you can press the corresponding number on the control unit to hear the description. I found the audio guide extremely descriptive and entertaining.
The ballroom at Bangalore Palace
The ballroom is on the ground floor and was the only area inside the palace where I could go in my wheelchair. It has a Gothic design and is made of wood from top to bottom. I loved propelling my wheelchair inside.
The ballroom ceiling with wooden designs
See what I mean when I say that the ballroom is covered in wood from top to bottom! Even the wooden ceiling has furthermore intricate designs made out of wood.
Wall art at the Bangalore Palace – I
Wall art at the Bangalore Palace – II
Steps leading to the first floor of the Palace
The statues, paintings and relics on display are well maintained and the ambience inside the palace is extremely inviting. It is a bummer though that, as a wheelchair user, I could not go to the first floor. The audio guide happily showcases a lift made in the olden times, but unfortunately, it is not functional anymore.
A gallery of pictures on the first floor
The first-floor area of Bangalore Palace
As mentioned earlier, because there is no lift or ramp I could not go to the first floor of the Bangalore Palace in my wheelchair. Thanks to my cousin who clicked the above pictures.
The garden outside the Palace was in full bloom
I hope the authorities fix the lift so that more wheelchair users can enjoy visiting the palace. They could use some inspiration from the Udaipur City Palace that has installed a lift and ramps in many places to make it accessible. You can check it out in my video from the palace.