After breakfast, A Classic Tours Collection’s representative will assist with your transfer to the airport to board your flight departing for Bangalore via Mumbai. On arrival, you will be met by A Classic Tours Collection’s representative and transferred to the hotel. Bangalore also known as Benga??ru is the capital of Karnataka, located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka, Though, historical references to the city predate 900 CE, a modern written history of continuous settlement exists only from 1537, when Kempe Gowda I, who many regard as the architect of modern Bangalore, built a mud-brick fort at the site and established it as a province of the imperial Vijayanagar Empire. During the British Raj, it became a centre of colonial rule in South India. Bangalore is known as the Silicon Valley of India because of its position as the nation's leading IT exporter. This afternoon, your first stop on your sightseeing tour will be at Vidhana Soudha, amongst the most impressive and magnificent buildings in Bangalore, the seat of the legislative assembly in Karnataka. It is known for its grand architecture, a specimen of the Neo-Dravidian style of architecture, with elements of Indo-Saracenic, Rajasthani Jharokha, South Indian and Dravidian styles. The sprawling building and its surroundings occupy 60 acres. Sri Hanumanthaiya wanted Vidhana Soudha to symbolize the legislative sovereignty of the people like the White House in Washington and The House of Commons in London. The late Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharalal Nehru laid the foundation on 13 July 1951 and construction was completed in 1956. The building was commissioned by Kengal Hanumanthaiah, Chief Minister of Mysore. The three hundred rooms of Vidhan Soudha accommodate about twenty-two departments of the state government. The chief engineer, B.R. Manickam, mainly used granite from Bangalore for the construction of the edifice. The granite was excavated from the areas around Mallasandra and Hessaraghatta. For visual effect and relief, Magadi pink and Turuvekere black stones have been used. Embellishing the entrance of the buildings is the Four-headed Lion, India’s national symbol. There are three main floors (each measures over 132,400 square feet) and a top floor (101,165 square feet). The total floor area adds up to 505,505 square feet. Its overall length is 700 feet, width is 350 feet and height (measuring from floor level to top of central dome) is 150 feet. The building's central dome is sixty feet in diameter and is supported by eight pillars. It also has six smaller domes, four in front and two behind. There are twelve forty-foot columns over the entrance steps. About 5,000 laborers and 1,500 chisellers, masons and wood-carvers worked on the project. Almost all the unskilled workers deployed in its construction were convicts, who were freed on its completion. Continue to The Fort, initially built by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore. The fort was later extended by Tipu Sultan, who was the king of Mysore. Situated near the City Market, the fort dates back to the year 1537. It was here that Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan’s father, imprisoned David Baird, along with a number of other British army officers. The Fort stands as a witness to the struggle of the Mysore Emperor against the British domination. The intricately carved arches of the Tipu Sultan Fort are Islamic in style. Another major attraction of the fort is the well preserved Ganapati Temple (Lord Ganesh). Within the fort lies Tipu Sultan palace, which dates back to year 1790. Built entirely of teakwood, the palace was constructed as the summer residence of Tipu Sultan. The two-storied palace stands adorned with pillars, arches and balconies. On either side of the palace are beautiful gardens, which lead to the main entrance along with beautiful floral motifs embellishing the walls as well as the ceilings. Tipu Sultan used to conduct the affairs of the state from the eastern and western balconies of the upper floor. After his demise, the palace was used by the British as their secretariat, till 1867. Your last stop will be at Tipus Sultan’s Palacelocated within the original citadel, a mud brick fort lies Tipu Sultan's Palace, dating from about 1790. Made mostly out of wood with finely embellished balconies, pillars and arches, this two-storeyed structure, a replica of the Daria Daulat Bagh in Srirangapattana served as a summer retreat for Tipu Sultan. He endearingly called it Rashk-e-Jannat, or the "Envy of Heaven". Although, now dilapidated, it is still a hauntingly atmospheric place. While the palace retains the original elegant teak pillars, most of the painted decorations have been destroyed. The palace housed the public administrative offices from 1831, until it was transferred to the Attara Kacheri in 1868.