The Fusion of Cultures

Gate of Seringapatnam

Always marked by diversity, every region of India reflects a unique perspective, a legacy as varied as the fabric of the country today.

Not far from Mysore lies the city of Seringapatnam, the capital of the Mysore Rajahs in the 17th and 18th centuries. Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were the most well known kings. The final conquest by the British in 1799 was achieved by breaching the Fort wall and entering the kingdom.

The ruins of Tipu Sultan’s fortified palaces and the Sultan’s favourite mosque – the Juma Masjid are worth a visit. The Daria Daulat Bagh palace is beautifully adorned with ornate arches, ceilings and liberally gilded panels. Along the walls are frescoes depicting the luxury lives of the rulers

Another outstanding monument is the tomb of Tipu Sultan- the Gumbaz. A cream coloured structure standing on black marble pillars, with a delicately carved lattice balcony balustrade enhanced at the four corners by minarets. The interior is lacquered with Tipu’s tiger stripe emblem and the doors of ebony are inlaid with ivory.

Tipu Sultan's Tomb

Temple of Seringapatnam

The breach in the fort wall made by the British
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