The Bengaluru Fort is one of the oldest structures in the history of Bengaluru. Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bengaluru, had initially constructed it as a mud fort in 1537 but, when Haider Ali took over the city in 1761, he replaced the structure with a stone one.
While the fort withheld many invasions in the past, today, it serves as a reminder of the rich cultural heritage of the city. All that remains of the mighty structure is now the Delhi Gate and the remnants of two bastions. A lot of dismantling took place as that made way for roads, colleges, hospitals and more during the British era. It has now become a commercial hub. An early morning walk around the fort will show you different kinds of hawkers selling their fares including fresh flowers.
Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace : This is also situated in the fort area and was the summer residence of Tipu Sultan. Constructed in 1791, the palace is now maintained by the government and has become a tourist spot. the rooms of the palace, which have Indo-Islamic architecture, have been converted into a museum.
Kote Sri Prasanna Venkataramana Swamy Temple : This temple, located in the fort area is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. It is a very important temple for the Brahmin community here, and is regularly visited by Kannada, Tamil and Telugu Brahmins as well. One of the most famous festivals celebrated in this temple is the Kalyan Utsav that sees devotees turn up in large numbers to offer prayers to the Lord.
Victoria Hospital : This is a government-run hospital, perhaps one of Bengaluru’s oldest medical care facilities. It was started by Krishnaraja Wodeyar in 1901.
KR Market : Krishna Rajendra Market, also known as KR Market, is one of the most important markets in Bengaluru and is known to be the largest wholesale market in the city. Named after the former ruler of Mysore, Krishnarajendra Wodeyar, the market is quite close to Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace. Established in 1928, the market is said to be the first area in Asia to have got electricity.