Tourist Places in Karnataka
Daria Daulat Bagh (Summer Palace) of Tipu Sultan was constructed in the year 1784 and is an extant reminder of Tipu's love for the verdant environs and open space.
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Daria Daulat Bagh was his summer palace where the exhausted Tipu sought repose after his physically and mentally draining confrontations with the British. Daria Daulat Bagh (Summer Palace) of Tipu Sultan with graceful proportions and arabesque work in rich colors is a fine example of Saracenic architecture.
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Teak wood is used in its construction and the structure stands on a raised platform that is about 1.5 meters high.The Daria Daulat Bagh (Summer Palace) of Tipu
Sultan has a corridor that runs along its four sides with narrowing lotus-form wooden pillars with trefoil arches at the edges of the footstall. The pillars made of wood that support the trefoil arches lead to halls that have interesting paintings on the walls.
These mural paintings are characterized by their macabre details of Tipu's ordeals in the battlefields.
The construction of the palace is said to be inspired by a palace in Sira built by the Moghul Governor Dilavar Khan. The palace is now no more.
One remarkable feature about Daria Daulat Bagh (Summer Palace) of Tipu Sultan is the amount of wood used in the constructions of its ceilings, walls, pillars, canopies and
These woods are very brightly and artistically painted too. While the outer walls of the building are devoted to war scenes and portrait paintings, the inner walls are graced with floral patterns and geometric designs.
The summer palace doubles as the Tipu Sultan Museum that has a rare and priceless collection of coins, paintings and Tipu's personal belongings.
Though a large part of the palace is preserved well, the eastern wing of Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace that housed the 'Zenana' or 'Harem' has been destroyed over the time. What exists today are the wonderfully cusped rosewood arches that rise above the fluted stone pillars and the beautiful frescos, painted elaborately on the ceilings and walls of the palace.
Although the palace was previously painted in the elaborate style of the Daria Daulat palace, now the arches and ceilings, made of expensive rosewood have been painted with dark-brown enamel paint. This gives the interior of the palace a rather sober look than warm.
However, the delicate and serene white flowers painted on a warm brick-red background cover the walls like a bright carpet. Also the raised frieze of gold flowers and leaves on the plain white base of the borders are a feast to the eyes.
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