Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor of Karnataka
, at Bangalore
features the fine elements of Indian and European architecture. Being the seat of power since the days of the British rule, it commands high respect and authority. Spread over an area of 18 acres, it overlooks other prominent buildings like the Vidhana Soudha, the Legislators Home and the All India Radio Centre.
The architecture of the Raj Bhavan is a blend of the classic traditions from East and West. The overall ambience of the interiors is truly royal, boasting the finest in furniture, tapestry and paintings. There is an enviable collection of crockery, cutlery and hunting trophies. Apart from these artifacts, there is an excellent billiards table, a highly embellished piano and a large collection of antiques and books.
The Raj Bhavan features a sprawling garden in front. The formal garden, situated in front of the portico, contains a walk path in the center which is flanked by rows of royal palms. These palms are bordered by lawns, rose gardens and arches engulfed with creepers. The path splits around a fountain in the center of the garden. Surrounding this formal garden is the informal garden, which boasts of fruit bearing trees and vegetable plants. Both these gardens, measuring a total area of 16 acres, blend finely with the architectural splendor of the building.
Visit to the Raj Bhavan is restricted and requires special permission.