Timings : 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Closed on Sundays
Time Required : 1 - 2 hrs
Entry Fee : Indians- INR 5, Foreigners- INR 100
Constructed in : 1537
Constructed By : Kempe Gowda I
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Originally built as a mud fort by Kempe Gowda I in 1537, Bangalore Fort was transformed into a stone fort by Haider Ali in 1761. Unfortunately, 20 years later, Bangalore Fort fell into the hands of the British and the entire fort was dismantled and reconstructed into schools, hospitals and roads etc. Today, only the ruins remain of what was once a stronghold of Tipu Sultan i.e. the Delhi Gate and two primary bastions. However, these ruins also reek of glory, splendour and magnificence. The fort premises include several structures which include Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace. Standing tall as an ancient heritage structure, the monument is one of the most popular attractions of the city.
The original fort with a one mile long fortification and a moat does not exist anymore. However, what exists is the majestic Delhi Gate and two bastions. The entrance is adorned with elaborate motifs and spectacular designs. Moving inside, you can spot the remains of an old Ganesh Temple that is currently deserted and do not function any longer. Near the entrance itself, you will find spiked doors that suggest guarded quarters. The campus also has some quarters for or rest areas for the guards and watchmen. However, most of these are shut and cannot be seen from outside.
Towards the left of the entrance, there is an open courtyard that has now been turned into a green lawn. The place has alcoves for the soldiers to sit and relax. Besides, the walls are all covered in carvings, some of which are the famous Hoysala symbols. A tunnel from here leads to the main gateway which can also be targeted from one of the bastions. This was done to keep a close watch on whoever was entering the fort. There is also a third gate in the fort that is kept closed.
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