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Bangalore Palace, inspired by the Windsor Castle, was built in 1887 AD by Chamaraja Wodeyar in tudor-style complete with gothic windows, battlements and turrets. It is largely constructed of wood. Standing in the heart of the city, the palace was earlier surrounded by beautiful gardens in the midst of a vast open area.Today the grounds have considerably reduced.

June 2005 Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar decided to open the palace to the public to meet its Rs 20 lakh annual upkeep costs.

What -that- means, we found out when we visited last saturday. Should anyone want to go there, here's some handy trivia... Entry fee -- Rs 100/per head. Mandatory, even to walk around in the grounds which really has nothing much to offer at present. If you have a video camera, you get to pay an additional Rs 1000/per cam. Still cameras are charged at Rs 500/per cam. My friend and I when we visited, had no idea it was so steep. 'The Taj Mahal is cheaper !!' he said outraged :). So we just bought the entry pass and walked around the grounds and clicked what we could. This should be the beginning of a series of shots of the palace at dusk.


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