Are you a history buff? Do you love ancient historical monuments? Are you planning to visit Mysore? If your answer is a ‘Yes’ to any of these questions then make sure you don’t miss ‘Daria Daulat Bagh.’ The name literally means ‘Garden of Wealth’ and it houses the summer palace of Tipu Sultan who is also known as Tiger of Mysore. Being one of the main attractions around Mysore it is located at a distance of about 14 km from Mysore in Srirangapatna, which is an island in the river Kaveri.
The summer palace of Tipu Sultan ‘Dariya Daulat Palace’ is set amidst these beautiful gardens and forms one of the important element of Srirangapatna sightseeing. Its construction was commenced in 1778 AD by Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan completed it in 1784 AD. The palace is built in its entirety with teak wood. Almost every part of this architectural splendor ranging from pillars, walls, canopies, corridors are decorated with several murals depicting scenes of warfare, darbars etc.
If you are planning to visit Mysore then don’t forget the places to visit around Mysore. Dariya Daulat Bagh, now converted to a two storied museum, is an integral part of the list of attractions around Mysore. This place is perfect for getting a deep perception into the history of this region.
DARIA DAULAT PALACE | ARCHITECTURE
- As mentioned above this palace is built mostly with teak wood and is in Indo-Sarcenic Style.
- Palace is built in a rectangular fashion on raised ground. Four side of the platform has open corridors.
- The east side and west side wings of this palace has walls while the remaining two has bays with wooden pillars supporting the roof.
- There are 4 staircases to reach the upper storey.
The most elegant and marvelous feature of this historical place which surely makes it come under the list of one of the most awesome attractions around Mysore is that every empty space in this palace is covered with paintings. Let us talk about the paintings which this place hold:
DARIA DAULAT PALACE | MURALS AND PAINTINGS
- The outer walls depict battle scenes and the inner walls boast of intricate foliage and floral designs.
- Several paintings are there like the celebrated victory achieved by Haider Ali and Tippu Sultan over the English led by Col. Bailee in the battle of Pollilur, armies led by Haider Ali and Tippu Sultan going to battle and scenes of Darbars of different persons including the Hindu Rani of Chitor, the Raja of Tanjore, the Raja Benares, Balaji Rao II Peshwa, Magadi Kepegowda and Madakari Nayaka of Chitradurga and Krishnaraja Wodeyar II.
- The most important painting here is “Storming of Srirangapattanam” an oil painting by Sir Robert Ker Porter made in 1800. This historical painting depicts the downfall of Srirangapatana on 4 May 1799.
You will be truly lost in amazement when you see these masterpieces. The sprawling and well maintained garden Daria Daulat Bagh add four moons to the glory of this one of the most mesmerizing places to visit around Mysore.
SITES AROUND DARIA DAULAT BAGH
Don’t forget the following places, which also come under Srirangapatna sightseeing and places to visit around Mysore, located close to the gardens:
- Very close to this place is Tipu’s fort where he died fighting the British. The fort is in a dilapidated condition as of now.
- The fort also houses Jama Masjid and the Ranganathaswamy Temple.
- Outside of this fort are the tombs of Tipu Sultan, his father Hyder Ali and his mother.
- Also Tipu’s palace, The Lal Mahal, again in ruins, is nearby.
DARI DAULAT BAGH | TIMINGS, ENTRY TICKETS & HOW TO REACH
- Good news is that this glorious architectural wonder is open seven days a week from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM.
- Entry ticket price is Rs.15/- for Citizens of India and visitors of SAARC (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives and Afghanistan) and BIMSTEC Countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar).
- For people other than the nationalities mentioned above the price of the ticket is Rs.200/-
- Srirangapatna is connected via bus and rail. You can easily board any bus or train from Mysore to here or you can travel by road in your own vehicle. Once you reached Srirangapatna you will easily get an auto or a taxi to take you to the destination.
So folks don’t forget to plan to visit places coming under the list of Srirangapatna sightseeing when you are headed to Mysore.