Vidhana Soudha

This is unarguably one of the most beautiful buildings (monuments) not only in Karnataka state but also in entire India. Vidhana Soudha is actually seat of the state legislature of Karnataka and hence is the most important government building in entire state. In India there is probably no state assembly building that is as beautiful as Karnataka’s Vidhana Soudha.

Apart from its sheer architectural beauty, what makes this monument so unique is rare combination of neo-Dravidian and Indio-Islamic architectural style. The construction of this extremely beautiful monument was completed in 1956. The building is grand, exquisite and is one of those rare monuments that must be visited at least once in entire lifetime.

Vidhana Soudha


Important information: Vidhana Soudha is illuminated with flood lights during Sunday evening and also public holidays; so it is advisable to visit on these days to experience spectacular & breathtaking view of this building.

Address & location: Dr Ambedkar Road, opp Attara Kacheri, Cubbon Park. (approximately 9 km away from Bangalore Railway Station)

Entry: Since this is an important government building, common public are prohibited from entering the premises. This is because it is the most important government building in the entire state. Vidhan Soudha building is also patrolled by huge number of security guards 24 hours and 365 days. However, Vidhan Soudha’s outside view is itself so beautiful that it manages to draw huge number of tourists on daily basis.

Following are some of the important highlights of Vidhan Soudha’s monument:     
Bangalore’s Vidhan Soudha is one of the rare monuments in entire India that bears Mysore Neo-Dravidian architecture style. Another distinct architectural highlight is that this monument also has a touch of Indo-Islamic architectural style. Vidhan Soudha is indeed beautiful fusion of different architectural styles, which indeed makes it unique and stand out amongst all other renowned monuments of India.

Vidhan Soudha is largest legislative or state assembly building in entire India. This monument has a total area of whopping 550505 sq ft. in terms of sheer grand size, none of the other state legislative or state assembly buildings of India comes even near to Bangalore’s Vidhan Soudha.        

Can you guess or wonder how many years did it take to build India’s largest legislative building? Your wide guess maybe 10 or more than 10 years. Well, this majestically beautiful and grand monument was constructed within the span of 4 years (1952-1956). Considering the severe lack of modern engineering equipment during those days, building such a huge monument in a record time was indeed a gigantic engineering achievement.

Most of the workers and laborers used for constructing this monument were ‘convicted prisoners’. And if this isn’t interesting enough then get this: some of the convicted prisoners were even pardoned and freed after successful construction of the monument.

If you’re really, really looking forward to witness this majestically beautiful building, then prefer visiting on Sunday evening. Why? This is because Vidhan Soudha is illuminated with flood lights on every Sunday evening. Watching Vidhan Soudha bathing in flood lights is indeed an out of the world experience. Bangalore’s Vidhan Soudha is one of the rare monuments in entire India that bears Mysore Neo-Dravidian architecture style. Another distinct architectural highlight is that this monument also has a touch of Indo-Islamic architectural style. Vidhan Soudha is indeed beautiful fusion of different architectural styles, which indeed makes it unique and stand out amongst all other renowned monuments of India.

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    Jagmohan Tripathi from Mumbai 1171 Days ago

    I have completed my graducation from Bangalore and my flat was near Vidhana Soudha I used to spend my evening there

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