Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Out with My Camera: Palaces In Karnataka

It's been more than two weeks since I was last seen on this blog. I've been super busy with my classes and gym to find the time and energy to blog. I hate that I wasn't able to blog sooner but real life is top priority for me and I have to focus on that the most.

That being said, during the time that I was away, I've been focusing on improving my photography. I have been going around the city a lot and snapping ten pictures for every two steps I take. A lot of these pictures have made it onto my Instagram feed and the folks on Instagram have been so kind to me by liking and leaving positive comments.

This weekend, I went on a little trip to a small heritage town about 100 kilometers from Bangalore called Srirangapatna. Before the British invasion, a king named Tipu Sultan used to rule over this area and was well loved by the locals. After the British invasion, he was the only king in the area who refused to sign any sort of treaty with the British rulers. As a result, he was killed in his own home by one of his own soldiers who had been bought over by the British.

Another interesting thing about this part of the country is that a lot of migratory birds fly in during the summer to lay their eggs and avoid the cold temperatures in their home country. We got to see a lot of Siberian pelicans which were bigger than any birds I'd ever seen.

Needless to say, I had a field day snapping pictures at an alarming speed. Some of them didn't turn out so well, but I thought I'd share the ones that turned out okay.

The first place we went to was to see the migratory birds. We basically drove into a tiny village as this is where they are usually found.

We didn't spend too much time here because there isn't much to see. Next we went to Tipu Sultan's summer palace. The first thing you would see there are the many horse drawn carts. I like taking pictures of them, not so much taking a ride in them. 

They wouldn't let me take pictures inside the palace but I did manage to slyly take a few pictures on my phone. I put up the good ones on my Instagram yesterday for the world to see. 

One thing that is quite common in these heritage sites are these pigeon towers. In the olden days, messages would be sent using pigeons and these towers would be a resting spot for the birds.

The final spot was the Gumbaz, which is the burial area of Tipu Sultan and his closest family. The architecture of this place was unbelievable, and they did allow me to take pictures in the Gumbaz but not in the burial chamber in the middle. 

I was only in the area for a day but I feel like it was a day well spent, despite taking more than three hours to cover the 100 kilometers back home due to traffic. 

I hope you liked looking through my pictures. Please leave me a comment telling me what you thought of it and whether you'd like more posts of this kind in the future. I'm always looking for constructive criticism. 

For more pictures from my trip, be sure to take a look at my Instagram

Thanks for reading!


  1. Wow! Beautiful photographs! I definitely need to explore the UK more for some photo opportunities.

    EL xx

  2. The Gumbaz has such stunning architecture!! I love the 2nd photo with the bird (and i don't even like birds haha!) and the one of the Gumbaz and the clouds.
    I love walking about and taking pictures too, thats really how we improve i guess :) Practicing and practicing some more!

    X, Carina
    Running White Horses | Fashion + Travel

  3. The photos you took are breathtaking! The horse drawn carts are gorgeous as well, this is place I definitely want to visit sometime soon!

  4. Great photographs! x


  5. Oh wow! This looks like such an interesting place - beautiful photography. I now miss travelling haha!
    Becky xx // GeekGetsGlam: Lifestyle Blog

  6. Amazing photos! gumbaz looks incredible id love to go one day!

    Milli x

  7. Thank you! I hope you visit someday. :)

  8. Thank you! I find this place extremely interesting as it's so full of history.
    You definitely should get around to travelling soon! :)

  9. Thank you so much! I hope you get the chance to visit sometime soon. :)

  10. Thank you so much! That's what I love doing too! I'm desperately trying to improve as well. :)

  11. Thank you! I hope you do because I'd love to see what's around you. :)