| Jan 11, 2016
The students of the Department of Planning and Architecture from NITR made a trip to visit Bengaluru and surrounding areas to witness the architectural marvels present there, both ancient and modern. The trip began on the 11th of December as they boarded the Yeshwanthpur express to Bengaluru. On the first day after their arrival, they visited the ISKON temple at Bengaluru and Brigade Gateway which consisted of the World Trade Centre and the Orion Mall. Their third destination was the Tipu Sultan Palace which is known for its Indo-Islamic architecture after which they again took a surge into modern architecture as they visited the UB City Mall in Bengaluru. On the 14th of December, they went to the Chenna Kesava temple at Somnathpur. The next day, they visited Gol Gumbaz at the historic city of Bijapur which is the tomb of Mohammad Adil Shah and also the Ibrahim Rauza which is the tomb of Ibrahim Adil Shah. Bada Kaman and Different parts of the Bijapur fort were well appreciated by the students for its Islamic Style architecture. They then went to the Cave Temples at Badami and other surrounding places of worship. On 17th December they went to Hampi which is known for its Vijayanagar styled architecture. They saw the Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stable and Ranga temple at the Palatial areas. In the Civic area, notable architectural products were Pan Supari Bazaar and the Hazana Rama Temple. The county consisted of the Royal Enclosure which was the core of the Vijayanagar empire, the Mahanavami Dibba and the King’s audience hall. In the Palaces, the Queen’s bath had notable architecture. On the Religious front, they saw the Vithalla temple, stone chariot, the kalyana mandapa and the Virupaksha temple.
In all, the students felt that it was a very enriching experience as it was educational as well as fun. This 5 day trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all the participants, including the Professors who accompanied them.