“Photoblog: Bangalore Palace in my wheelchair”
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Really happy to have found your blog. I would love to visit India. Worries about accessibility because of serious mobility and other challenges caused by a degenerative neurological codition have been putting me off. Your blog will be one of the resources I use to decide whether to finally take the plunge before my health makes it impossible. Thanks.
Hey Miles, Glad to know that you found my blog useful. Keep me posted on when you plan to visit, I’ll be happy to help you with more information. Can also introduce you to a friend who helps plan accessible tours in India, so that you are able to make the most out of your visit.
p.s. would love to see India through your lens 🙂