Saturday, 28 April 2012

Daria Daulat - Tippu's Summer Palace, Srirangapatnam

On the way to Mysore, we visited Daria Daulat which is in Sringapatnam. Daria Daulat is two storeyed palace where Tippu Sultan used to spend time in Summer. So the name "Tippu's summer palace". This is located 14 kms from Srirangapatnam. Nearly 80% of the palace is built out of teak wood. Interior of the palace is very beautiful and watching this is a feast to eyes. Ceilings, walls, arches contains some geometrical designs and  colorful floral patterns.


But camera is strictly prohibited inside the palace. I began to click the photos from mobile and got two strict warnings from security guards who constantly watch and warn tourists. Few tourists ignored their warnings and continued to click photos from their mobiles. Security guards took their mobiles and kept with them until they came out. 

Interior of the palace

History says that Tippu's father Hyder Ali started constructing this palace and Tippu completed it. During Tippu's  tenure Shriranagapatnam was the capital of Mysore for a very short period of time.
The palace houses a museum where belongings of Tippu's have been exhibited. It also contains beautiful paintings which depict rise and fall of Srirangapatnam, childhood days of Tippu and some war portraits.
This palace is set amidst of a lush green garden called Daria Daulat Bagh. This garden is very beautiful and contains many plants like mango, orange, pomegranate, decorative plants and many varieties of flower plants.
Pair of beautiful bird enjoying the cool weather in Daria Daulat Bagh
It was a cloudy evening and weather was cool. We spent few hours in the garden. This garden is good place for birders as one can see many birds. It started drizzling and we left for KRS.

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