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Constructed in Indo-Saracenic style, the magnificent Mysuru Palace also known as Amba Vilas is the official residence of the Wadiyar dynasty and the seat of the Kingdom of Mysuru. Its exquisite interiors – replete with carved mahogany ceilings, stained glass, gilded pillars and glazed tiles – epitomizes royalty and grandeur. The palace, illuminated with 97,000 lights, turns into a glorious spectacle at dusk on Sundays and public holidays. It is arguably the most visited palace in India.

History: Mysuru Palace was built in the early 14 th century by the royal family of Wodeyars. Mysuru palace was originally built in wood and was destroyed once by lightning (in 1638 AD), once by Tipu Sultan (in 1739 AD) and once again by fire in 1897 AD. Current Mysuru Palace is the fourth reconstruction, completed in 1912 and designed by British architect, Henry Irwin.

What to see in Mysuru Palace

  • The Dolls’ Pavilion: The Gombe Thotti was originally meant to display dolls during the Dasara festivities. It is a tradition in Mysuru to worship dolls during Dasara, a tradition which was inherited from the Vijaynagar times. During these festivities, in every house, dolls were tastefully arranged. This tradition continues even today. During the time of Maharajas, this area was opened to the public (during Dasara festivities). Today, the bays of the western part of Gombe Thotti houses a collection of various objects of art including European marble sculptures acquired by the royalty.
  • Golden Throne: In the northernmost bay of Gombe Thotti is the Golden Howdah also called the Ambari. It is the major attraction of the Mysuru Palace and it is the Royal Seat of the rulers of the Mysuru Kingdom. The core of this Howdah is a wooden structure in the form of a mantapa, which is covered with 80 Kgs of Gold Sheets having intricate designs consisting of scrolls, foliage and flowers. It is the focus of the Dasara Procession’s grand finale, a tradition that continues to this day also the idol of the presiding deity of the Mysuru city, Goddess Chamundeshwari, is taken in procession in the Golden Howdah.
  • Public Durbar Hall: Most gorgeously decorated hall with a harmonious composition in colours where the king and his closest advisers would meet to discuss the affairs of state. The Golden Throne is placed in the octagonal pavilion on the western end of the hall and the descendant of the Mysuru Royal Family holds private ceremonials and sits on it during the Dasara Festivities.
  • Paintings Gallery: Between 1934 and 1945, the Wadiyars commissioned five of the finest artists in Karnataka to paint the glory and grandeur of the Mysore Dasara Procession. 26 panels based on actual photographs were created and are displayed here.
  • Marriage Pavilion: It’s an octagonal shaped hall where all royal weddings, birthdays and ceremonial functions were celebrated. Dome supported by clusters of pillars is of cast iron. There are 26 paintings, which depict Dasara procession. The stained-glass ceiling has a rich tapestry of peacock motifs and floral mandalas held in place by metal beams. The design of the glass and framework was created by the artists of Mysuru and manufactured in Glasgow.
  • Portrait Gallery: Many valuable paintings and photographs of the Royal Family are exhibited in the portrait gallery on the southern part of the Kalyana Mantapa. The portrait gallery also exhibits two works of the famous royal artist Raja Ravi Varma dated in 1885.
  • Wrestling Courtyard The Kings of Mysuru were great patrons of wrestling and here wrestling competitions were conducted.

Mysuru Palace Temples

  • Sri Lakshmiramana Swami Temple is one of the oldest temples in the city and is located towards the western part of the fort, inside the Palace.
  • Sri Shweta Varahaswamy Temple is located beside the south gate. It’s constructed in the famous style of the great Hoysala Empire, which controlled most of Karnataka from the tenth until the fourteenth centuries.
  • Sri Trinayaneshvara Swami Temple is an ancient temple and is located outside the original Mysuru fort, on the bank of Devaraya Sagar (Doddakere).
  • Sri Prasanna Krishanswami temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The Mysuru dynasty claims its descent from Yadu Vamsa (Yadu Race) of Sri Krishna. Therefore, Krishnaraja Wadiyar III felt sad that there was no temple dedicated to Krishna. To fulfil this, he started the construction of Sri Prasanna Krishna Temple in 1825 and according to the inscription, it was completed in 1829.
  • Kille Venkatramana Swamy Temple – During the time of Tipu, the Mysuru family was still in Srirangapatna. Queen Lakshmammanni, wife of Krishnaraja Wadiyar II was deeply worried about the dynasty and its future. Then lord Venkataramana is said to have appeared in her dream and directed her that his statue which is in Balamuri should be consecrated in Mysuru. By this pious act, her dynasty would get salvation. She, therefore, proceeded to Balamuri without the knowledge of the Sultan and brought the image of Venkataramana, consecrated it in the temple, and offered continuous worship. This is said to have helped the family and after the fall of Tippu, the Kingdom was restored to the Wadiyar dynasty.
  • Sri Bhuvaneshwari Temple – located on the northern side of the Palace Fort corresponding to the Varahaswamy temple in the south, thus providing asymmetrical structure in the fort complex.
  • Sri Gayatri Temple – located in the south-east corner of the fort directly corresponding to the Trinayaneshara Swamy temple constructed by Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar in 1953. Three shrines are here dedicated to Savithri, Gayathri and Saraswathi.
  • Kodi Bharravasvami Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Bhairava.

Important information to visit Mysuru Palace:  

  • Timings/ Entrance Timings: Every day from 10.00 AM To 5.30 PM. Tickets for (Indian / Foreign) Adults Rs 70 / head. Children above 10 years and below 18 years Rs 30 / head.
  • Illumination Timings: Sundays & Public Holidays from 7.00 PM – 8.00 PM
  • Sound And Light Show (Son Et Lumiere) At The Palace – All Days Except Sundays & Govt. Holidays. 45 minutes sound and light show is performed at 7 PM & 8 PM on weekdays (Monday to Wednesday in Kannada & Thursday to Saturday in English)

How to reach Mysuru Palace:

By road : Bengaluru – 140 km. KSRTC and private operators have regular services to all important parts of the state and country. By rail: Mysuru is well connected to Bengaluru, Chennai and other towns with numerous passenger and express trains. The city’s only 3 hours away from Bengaluru. By air: Mysuru Airport – 10 km, Bengaluru – 140 km. KSRTC runs Flybus airport service to Mysuru from Bengaluru Airport

Places to stay in and around Mysuru: Mysuru city has hotels and resorts in all budget categories.

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Everything you need to know to visit the Mysore Palace

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The Mysore Palace is one of the grandest and most incredible buildings in India without a doubt. Unlike other of the most famous landmarks in India, the Mysore Palace is not centuries old but rather built in the 20th century on the site of previously constructed palaces. It is in fact the fourth building built in the same location.

The history of the Mysore Palace

The main entrance of the Mysore Palace

The Mysore Palace , also known as the Amba Vilas Palace , is one of seven palaces in the royal city of Mysore. The building used to be the residence of the Wodeyar Dynasty and the seat of the Kingdom of Mysore who ruled over the city from 1399 until India’s independence in 1947 through a succession of 25 rulers.

Although the original palace was built in the 14th century in the same location, the building standing there today was finished in 1912 and was commissioned to Henry Irwin, a British architect who also designed other buildings in the south of India. Irwin was given the mandate to design “an exotic palace”, a wish which I am sure was fulfilled.

Gardens of the Mysore Palace

Today’s palace replaced the previous construction which was destroyed in a fire in 1897 although it had been left semi-abandoned for several years during the ruling of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan who moved the capital to the Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace in Srirangapatna . It is when the Wodeyar Dynasty recovered control over the years with the defeat of Tipu Sultan by the British that the name Wodeyar was changed to Wadiyar and Mysore recovered its lost splendour . The second palace to be built before that one was struck by lightning in 1638.

The Mysore Palace is often referred to as a Gothic building but it is in fact a perfect example of Indo-Saracenic architecture blending in elements of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic architecture .

What to see at the Mysore Palace

The palace can already be spotted from the distance regardless of which one of the four cardinal points you approach it from. The four arched gates give way to a large garden area which surrounds the palace. The main building is three-storeys, made of stone granite, pink marble domes and a five storey tower with a gilded dome and faces the East gate which is the one used by VIP guests during the Dasara celebrations , south India’s most famous festivity which celebrates the victory of good over evil.

General entrance is via the south gate. You will need to get tickets to visit inside, something which I highly recommend. To enter the palace, you will have to remove your shoes as they are not allowed inside.

First halls in the Mysore Palace

Stepping inside feels like you’re in a glamorous Bollywood movie with delicate carvings and an abundance of gold. The most notable elements of the Mysore Palace are The Durbar Hall, the Ambavilasa, the royal howdah (elephant seat made with 84kg of gold), the Kalyana Mantapa , a portrait gallery as well as the many items on display.

Some of the rooms are so intricately decorated that they may feel like a sensory overload. The palace area also holds 12 Hindu temples dating back from the 14th to the 20th centuries.

The construction is stunning to see from the outside, especially at night on Sundays and public holidays when it is lit with 97,000 lights .

Let’s take a look at some of the palace’s best elements in more detail. Here’s what to expect when you visit the Mysore Palace.

The Durbal Hall

Durbar Hall

This is the reception hall where the maharaja used to address the public. It is similar to the Ambavilasa hall in design but it is far larger and sitting atop a balcony from where the main gate can be see. The maharaja used this balcony to talk to his people and festivals and celebrations were also performed in the area in front of the balcony.

This hall is fully decorated in pink, yellow and turquoise with intricately painted columns all symmetrically spaced across the hall.

The walls of the Durbar Hall are decorated with priced paintings from the time.

Ambavilasa Hall

Similar in design and style to The Durbar Hall is the Ambavilasa room . However, this room is even more spectacular than the Durbar Hall because of the amount of gold used on the gilded columns and the stained glass ceiling which is a masterpiece . The entire room is overwhelming and since it is one of the highlights of the visit, it is permanently crowded.

Make sure to check out the steel grills on the ceiling and the enormous chandeliers . Even the pietra dura flooring is amazing, if half hidden by the carpets. This room is as majestic and regal as any royal palace could ever look.

As you walk into the room, you will realise you can only see it from one of the sides but, as you leave and descend down the stairs following the visit’s path, make sure to turn your head around when you are in the staircase. The door that opens to the room , which can be seen from the back in the staircase, is beautiful in its own right. Make sure to note its ivory inlays .

Kalyana Mantapa

Kalyana Mantapa

Kalyana Mantapa, also known as the marriage hall , is one of the first halls you will see in your visit and it is sure to leave you speechless.

The hall is octagonal in shape and the amount of detail and work that went into the room, with its vaulted domed ceiling and gilded columns , is remarkable. Make sure to look up to the stained glass ceiling with peacock motifs which are also reflected on the floor. The peacock is a very common animal in India, one which you will see a lot especially in Rajasthan (I saw plenty of them when staying at Amanbagh and going on an excursion to visit the haunted ruins of Bhangarh Fort ) and it is also the national bird of India.

Honoring the animal that presides over the room, the main colors used here are hues of green and golden, like the peacock’s feathers. The walls are decorated with various paintings some of which depict the Dasara festival Mysore is so famous for.

Plan a visit to the Mysore Palace

You could easily spend hours inside but are likely going to want to come out because of the sheer number of visitors amounting to almost 3.5 million every year who visit the palace. That is almost 10,000 people a day.

Mysore Palace at night

Mysore Palace timings and cost

Tickets to visit the palace cost 50 Rupee (less than $1) for foreigners . You can get an audio guide at the palace if you don’t have your own guide. The Mysore Palace timings are from 10am to 5:30pm every day and it is lit from 7pm to 8pm on Sundays and public holidays in the state of Karnataka (public holidays in India vary by state).

There is a the Mysore Palace timings for the Sound & Light Show are from 7pm to 7:45pm from Monday to Saturday after which the palace will also be lit for an additional 15min. Tickets for the show also cost 50 Rupee . The palace remains closed to the public during Dasara which is also known as Vijayadashami Day.

How to get there – Mysore Railway Station to Mysore Palace

If you’re not coming on a guided tour or are not staying at one of the hotels mentioned below, you’ll most likely be heading in from Mysore Railway Station. 

The distance is around 2kms, so the time taken from Mysore Railway Station to Mysore Palace will depend on your mode of transport.  Mysore Railway Station to Mysore Palace by car is the quickest and will take around 10 minutes. If you don’t mind going by foot, it will only take around 25 mins. 

Here’s a map to help you get there with 2 options on foot or by car/taxi:

Mysore and Mysore Palace tours

The best way to experience your Mysore Palace visit is to take a guided tour. This way everything is set out for you and you know you won’t be missing any of the minor details, such as the architecture and history.

Most tourists come on day trips from Bangalore , which is around a 3h drive or 140km away. If this is indeed what you plan on doing, then you can choose from a one or two day tour of Mysore both of which include Mysore Palace. Pick the option below that best suites your needs.

Full day Bangalore to Mysore tour : If you’re in a bit of a rush, then it’s best to take this 12 hour, full day sightseeing guided tour of Mysore . The tour will venture to all the most famous sites including Mysore Palace, the Gothic-style St. Philomena’s Cathedral and Chamundeshwari Temple, all in a private car. The tour includes a traditional vegetarian lunch at a local favorite, entry fees into Mysore Palace and pick up/drop off in Bangalore. You can book this tour here .

Two day Bangalore to Mysore excursion : For those travelers who would prefer to take things a bit slower and get a few more sites in, then a two day visit is a better choice. This tour includes all those in the option above, with a visit to Dariya Daulat also known as the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan, Gumbaz Srirangapatnam, the oldest Ranganathaswamy Temple and the Tipu Sultan Mosque. There is also a dinner and overnight stay at a 4-star hotel included. This tour is a great value for money and a more leisurely tour of the ancient city. Book your tickets here . 

Please note that photography and videography are not allowed inside the palace. I was granted special permission as I was on a trip aboard the Golden Chariot luxury train invited by the Government of Karnataka and the Ministry of Tourism of India.

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Mysore Maharaja Palace (Entry Fee, Timings, Entry Ticket Cost, Phone, Price)

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Mysore Maharaja Palace Entry Fee

  • 40 per person for Adults
  • 20 per person for Children (10-18 Yrs)
  • 10 per person for Students (Letter from School is Required)
  • 200 per person for Foreign Tourists (Audio Kit Included)

Note: Entry from Varaha gate of the Mysore Palace

Free entry for Children below 10 yrs of age

Mysore Maharaja Palace Sound and Light Show Entry Charges

  • 25 per person for Children (7-12 Yrs)
  • 200 per person for Foreign Tourists

Mysore Maharaja Palace Phone

0821 242 1051.

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Mysore Maharaja Palace Address : Sayyaji Rao Road , Mysuru , Karnataka , 570001 , India

Other Facilities @ Mysore Palace

  • Free Camera Custody Counter
  • Free Wheel Chair Facility
  • Free Stand for Footwears
  • Drinking Water
  • Clean Toilets
  • Govt Approved Guides

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Mysore Maharaja Palace Timings

Mysore palace illumination timings.

  • 07.00 pm - 07.45 pm on Sundays, National Holidays and State Festivals.
  • 07.40 pm - 07.45 pm on Weekdays (Monday to Saturday) after the sound and light show.
  • There is no charges to watch Mysore Palace lighting

Mysore Maharaja Palace Sound and Light Show Timings

  • 07.00 pm - 07.40 pm on weekdays (Monday to Saturday) except Sundays, National Holidays and State Festivals.

Additional Info

  • The Palace has four entrance, Main entrance is called “Jaya Maarthaanda” to east, “Jayarama” to North,”Balarama” to South, “Varaha” to west. Public Entry is from Varaha Gate.
  • Photography inside Mysuru Main Palace is strictly prohibited
  • Audio Kit Facility for Indians with additional cost. For Foreign Visitors its included in Entrance Fee
  • Audio Kit are available at Mysuru Palace in the following Languages: English, Hindi, Kan, Germany, Italy, Japan, France

A living exemplary of Mysore kingdom and undying spirit of its people, Mysore Maharaja Palace (Kannada: ಮೈಸೂರು ಮಹಾರಾಜ ಅರಮನೆ) still stands majestically, captivating every visitor with its incomparable beauty and undefeatable strength. Standing impressively in the heart of Mysore city, this palace is said to the one of the largest palaces in India. Mysore palace is the official residence of Wadiyars, the royal family of Mysore.

Also known as Amba Vilas Palace , the present structure is the fourth version of the Mysore palace. It was designed by the eminent British architect Henry Irwin and was completed in 1912, under the supervision of Queen Regent Kempananjammanni Vani Vilasa Sanndihana.

History of the Mysore Palace

The history of Mysore palace goes back to 14th century when the first structure was laid out. It is said that the very first Mysore Palace of Wodeyars, royal family of Mysore, was built with wood which unfortunately was struck by lightning in the year of 1638. Hence, a new palace with many added features, extensive pavilions and buildings was built reconstructed by Kantirava Narasaraja Wodeyar.

The renovated palace boasted of great architecture and captivating looks. However, this too was short-lived as unfortunate death of Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar (1673 - 1704 AD) lead to a period of political instability in the kingdom. This was during the 18th century, when Mysore Palace was captured by Tipu Sultan who was the son of Hyder Ali. During this period (1793) the palace saw complete neglect and deteriorated further.

Later, with the death of Tipu Sultan, the royal family of Mysore again gained the control of the kingdom and the palace. In 1799, five year old Krishnaraja Wodeyar III took hold of throne (1794-1868). Soon after the coronation ceremony, a new commission was passed for renovating the Mysore Palace. The new structure which was third version of the original palace was completed in 1803. It was designed in the Hindu architectural style.

However, the palace faced a misfortunate incident again in 1897. During the wedding of princess Jayalakshmmanni, who was the eldest daughter of Chamaraja Wadiyar, the palace caught fire and was burnt completely. It was then transferred to the Queen Regent Kempananjammanni Vani Vilasa Sannidhana, who assigned a British architect Henry Irwin to build the Mysore Maharaja Palace , which is now the current building. This fourth structure of the palace was completed in 1912 and costed about Rs.41, 47,913 then. This masterpiece was built with the intention to pay homage to the Mysore kingdom, its traditions, and the Wadiyar/ Wodeyar Family.

Architecture of the Palace

The present building of Mysore Palace was completed in 1912. Mysore Palace mesmerizes everyone with its magnificent architecture. Known as Indo-Saracenic, a beautiful blend of Hindu, Islamic, Rajput, and Gothic architectural style which the palace represents has been alluring watchers since time immemorial.

Surrounded with an aesthetically designed vast garden, the palace is three storied building, built with stone and marble domes. It also has five-storied tower with a height of 145 feet. The most striking feature of the palace, its deep pink marble domes on top of grey granite three stories building, was designed by Henry Irwin. Its portico is designed with seven vast arches while the central arch is bordered by two smaller arches, surrounded by tall beautiful pillars.

The palace radiates magnanimity, courage and love in its every part, which is the associated with the emergence of Wadiyar, or Yadu dynasty, which came to rule Mysore for almost 6 centuries.

The temple, at the eastern gate of palace also speaks of the emergence of Wadiyar dynasty. This Kodi Bhyraveswara temple is said to be a witness of the dramatic events that happened in 1399 AD, when two princes, Vijaya and Krishna of the Yadu dynasty of Dwaraka (Gujarat) happened to hear the agony of the Princess Devajammanni, upon the death of the local ruler Chamaraja. Princess and her mother were facing a lot of troubles due to Chief of Karugahalli, Maranayaka who wished to capture the place. The two princes, helped the princess in defeating Maranayaka, and later elder brother, Vijaya married the princess, which led to the beginning of Wadiyar Dynasty.

The palace has many prominent rooms and places, each boasting of exceptional beauty. Public Durbar Hall is one of the most popular features of the Mysore Palace. It was used by kings to host various ceremonial meetings. At the entrance of Durbar hall, a life size plaster of Paris statue of Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV has been placed, which was crafted by B. Basavaiah who was the palace artist. Next to it is the photograph of Jamedar Peer Bait, who was his favorite helper. Corners of the halls are decorated with French lamp stands. The durbar hall presents a mesmerizing beauty with its marble floor, varied decorated corridors, walls adorned with paintings from Hindu mythological epics, portraits of royal family members, God and Goddess, etc. Each painting seems to speak tales of Royal family and Mysore historical splendor. Vast mirrors on the walls add on to the overall beauty of the hall.

Private Durbar (Ambavilasa Palace) is another place to see at Mysore Palace. Used by the Kings for private meetings, it also presents a spectacular architectural beauty with mesmerizing interiors. Beautifully carved rosewood doorway ornamented with ivory, hall decorated with stained glass ceilings, golden columns, captivating chandeliers with floral motifs, pietra dura mosaic floor makes this one of the most beautiful rooms of the palace.

Another place to see at Mysore palace, Kalyana Mantapa is the place where royal weddings and other important functions used to be organized. It is an octagonal shaped hall, decorated with paintings on its corridors. Paintings display a range of function of the royal family such as Dussehra procession, birthday procession of Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV, Durga Puja or Ayudha Pooja, car festival of Goddess Chamundeshwari along with Krishna Janmastami celebration. The ceilings of stained glass, adorned with peacock and floral motifs, magnificent chandelier, mosaic tiled floor make the hall look even more beautiful.

Doll’s Pavilion or Gombe Thotti is unique place which displays an excellent collection of dolls from 19th and early 20th century. These are traditional dolls. This pavilion also has a wide array of sculptures, both Indian and European along with ceremonial items. One such item is the wooden elephant howdah which has been ornamented with about 84 kilograms of gold. Another place in the Mysore Palace for art lovers is the Portrait Gallery , consisting of various painting of the royal Wadiyar family. Located on the southern section of Kalyana Mantapa, this gallery displays a range of paintings and photographs of the royal family such as Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV portrait, black and white images of Jayacharamajra Wadiyar’s wedding to a Jaipur princess along with works of well-known royal artist Raja Ravi Varma.

Temples at Mysore Palace

Another most attractive feature of Mysore palace is the temple. Its complex houses many Hindu temples, which are now protected under the Karnataka state division of the Archaeological Survey of India. The oldest temple in Mysore is located in the Mysore Palace, in its western part. Sri Lakshmi Ramana Swami Temple is said to have immense power as there are legends according to which a blind man was cured to his blindness at this temple in 1599. This is also mentioned in the Mysore Royal family records. In this temple ceremonies related to Raja Krishnaraja Wadiyar III child coronation were also conducted during 1799. Kodi Bhairava Swamy Temple is another important temple in the palace. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva, in the form of Bhairava.

Located next to the South gate of the palace is the Sri Shweta Varahaswamy Temple . This temple presents a glimpse into the ancient architecture. It has been constructed in the style of the Hoysala Empire. Another temple which is inside the fort is the Sri Trinayaneshvara Swami Temple . This ancient temple was initially outside the original Mysore palace. However, later when the palace was enlarged the temple came within the Palace boundaries.

Sri Prasanna Krishnaswamy temple , dedicated to Lord Krishna was built by the Krishnaraja Wadiyar III in 1829. As the Mysore Wadiyar dynasty is said to have its routes in Yadu Vamsa, the temple was constructed to respect the legacy. Kille Venkatramana Swamy Temple is said to have high religious significance for the royal family. It was during the time of Tipu Sultan rule, when Queen Lakshmammanni, wife of Krishnaraja Wadiyar II, based on her dreams where Lord Venkataramana has instructed her to bring his statue from Balamuri, had brought the statue of the lord and consecrated in the temple. It is said to have brought good luck to the dynasty. On the northern side of the Palace is the Sri Bhuvaneshwari Temple which was built by Sri Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar in 1951. While in the southeast corner is the Sri Gayatri Temple built by Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar in 1953.

Festivals at the Mysore Palace

Another attractive feature of the Mysore Maharaja Palace is the list of the special events that are organized here. The world famous and Mysore Dussera Festival is held at the Mysore Palace. During this extravagant festival of Mysore Dasara, stages are being set up in the palace ground where many famous artists perform. One the 10th day, when the festival of Dashami is celebrated, a parade with is highly ornamented elephants is conducted from the palace grounds. The festive fervor during this time at the palace and in Mysore is something that every traveler must experience at least once. It mostly occurs during the month of November or October.

During this festival, the Palace is lit with more than 96,000 lights for two months, which add an incomparable charm to the grand palace of Mysore.

Along with festival, another best time to visit the place is in night on Sundays and public holidays, from 7 PM to 7.45 PM, when the palace is illuminated. Except on Sundays and public holidays, sound and light programs are also conducted; the timings are from 7 PM to 7.45 PM.

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Explore the Grandeur of Mysuru Palace: History, Architecture & Beauty

Nestled amidst the vibrant city of Mysore, Karnataka, Mysore Palace , also known as Amba Vilas Palace , stands as a testament to India's rich royal heritage and architectural splendor. This magnificent palace, once the seat of the Wodeyar dynasty and the heart of the Kingdom of Mysore , continues to captivate visitors with its intricate details, opulent interiors, and captivating history.

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Mysuru palace architecture.

Mysuru Palace, also known as Amba Vilas Palace, stands as a majestic testament to the architectural prowess of the Wadiyar dynasty. This three-storied marvel, a harmonious blend of Indo-Saracenic styles , dominates the skyline of Mysuru, Karnataka. Built between 1897 and 1912, it replaced the previous wooden palace destroyed by fire.

Here's a closer look at the architectural tapestry woven into Mysuru Palace:

1. Indo-Saracenic Fusion: The palace facade presents a captivating fusion of Hindu, Islamic, and Gothic elements . Intricate stone carvings depicting mythical creatures and floral motifs adorn the walls, reminiscent of Hindu temples. Arched doorways and bulbous domes reminiscent of Islamic architecture add a touch of grandeur. Gothic-inspired stained glass windows bathe the interiors in vibrant hues.

2. Imposing Presence: The palace boasts a three-storied structure with square towers at each cardinal point, capped by majestic domes . The balconies adorned with intricate railings offer breathtaking views of the city. The grand entrance gates with their towering arches set the stage for the opulence within.

3. Lavish Interiors: Stepping inside is like stepping into a fairytale. The Durbar Hall , the heart of the palace, is a feast for the eyes. Its ornate ceiling , adorned with dazzling chandeliers , is supported by carved pillars in the shape of mythical Yali beasts . The polished marble floors reflect the intricate stained glass windows , casting a kaleidoscope of colors.

4. Exquisite Craftsmanship: Every inch of the palace showcases the exquisite craftsmanship of artisans from across India. Detailed stone carvings , hand-painted murals , and elaborate inlaid work with ivory, sandalwood, and precious stones add layers of visual richness. The golden throne , adorned with precious gems , is a testament to the royal legacy.

5. A Blend of Tradition and Modernity: While steeped in tradition, the palace also embraces modern elements. The electric lighting system , installed in 1908, was one of the first in India. The water supply and drainage system was also ahead of its time, showcasing the Wadiyar dynasty's foresight.

6. Illumination Spectacle: On Sundays, public holidays, and during the famed Dussehra festival, the palace comes alive in a dazzling spectacle. Over 97,000 bulbs illuminate the facade, transforming it into a glowing masterpiece against the night sky.

Key Features (Mysuru Palace)

  • Indo-Saracenic Architecture: Mysuru Palace showcases a seamless blend of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles. Its intricately designed arches, domes, and ornate ceilings make it a visual masterpiece.
  • Royal Museum: The palace houses a Royal Museum that exhibits artifacts, clothing, and possessions of the Wadiyar dynasty. Visitors can explore the private chambers of the royal family, gaining insights into their lifestyle.
  • Festivals: Mysuru Palace is a focal point for vibrant celebrations during the Dasara festival. The entire palace is illuminated with thousands of lights, creating a breathtaking spectacle. The grand procession during Dasara is a highlight, attracting visitors from across the globe.
  • Grand Durbar Hall: Step into the Grand Durbar Hall adorned with sparkling chandeliers, stained glass ceilings, and a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors. This ceremonial hall echoes the regality of a bygone era, hosting important events and celebrations.
  • Illuminated Beauty: Witness the breathtaking illumination of Mysuru Palace during the Dasara festival. The palace comes alive with thousands of bulbs, creating a mesmerizing spectacle that attracts visitors from around the world.
  • Palace Grounds: Wander through the lush palace grounds, surrounded by well-maintained gardens. The manicured lawns and vibrant flowerbeds add to the charm, providing a serene escape in the heart of the city.
  • Chamundi Temple View: Capture panoramic views of the Chamundi Temple from the palace premises. The temple, perched atop Chamundi Hills, adds a spiritual dimension to the scenic beauty surrounding Mysuru Palace.
  • Dasara Procession: Experience the grandeur of the Dasara procession that commences from Mysuru Palace. Witness the regal procession, cultural performances, and vibrant celebrations that mark this significant festival in Karnataka.

Your Mysuru Palace Visit

Here's a suggested itinerary for your visit to Mysuru Palace:

Best Time to Visit

  • Pleasant Season (October to February): This is the golden period for visiting Mysuru. The weather is delightful , with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 28°C, perfect for exploring the palace and surrounding attractions comfortably. Skies are clear, making for stunning photos, and the atmosphere is festive, especially during Dussehra (October) and Dasara Exhibition (November).
  • Monsoons (July to September): The palace takes on a mystical charm during the monsoons. Greenery explodes around the palace grounds, and the waterfalls in the Brindavan Gardens become even more magnificent. However, be prepared for occasional downpours and humid weather.
  • Summer (March to June): Temperatures can soar up to 38°C, making sightseeing uncomfortable. The palace illumination is still a draw, but exploring other attractions might be tiring.

Festivals and Events:

  • Dussehra (October): Witness the palace decked up in a million lights , with vibrant processions and cultural performances. Tickets for the palace illumination show sell out quickly, so book in advance.
  • Dasara Exhibition (November): Immerse yourself in the cultural extravaganza showcasing Karnataka's handicrafts, art, and cuisine.
  • Mysore Palace Illumination: Every evening, the palace comes alive with a spellbinding light and sound show , narrating its history. Catch it on Sundays and national holidays for a free show, or choose the weekday English or Kannada versions for a deeper dive.

Places to Visit Nearby Mysuru Palace

  • Delve into the fascinating world of wildlife at Mysuru Zoo, home to a diverse range of species. Experience the joy of observing animals in a well-maintained environment, making it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts.
  • Embark on a scenic journey to Chamundi Hills, an iconic landmark offering not only breathtaking panoramic views of Mysuru but also housing the revered Chamundeshwari Temple. The journey itself is adorned with serenity, making it a tranquil escape.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Mysuru by visiting Jaganmohan Palace. The art gallery within showcases an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, and artifacts, providing a captivating insight into the region's artistic evolution.
  • Step back in time as you explore the grandeur of Lalitha Mahal Palace, a masterpiece of architecture and opulence. The palace, once a royal residence, allows visitors to relive the regal era through its splendid interiors, expansive gardens, and historic anecdotes.
  • Marvel at the architectural splendor of St. Philomena's Church, a majestic structure that stands as a testament to Mysuru's religious diversity. The church's Gothic-style design and serene ambiance create a tranquil setting for contemplation.
  • Elevate your Mysuru experience by visiting Karighatta Viewpoint, where nature unfolds its beauty. Surrounded by lush greenery, this viewpoint provides a picturesque setting to capture stunning photographs and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings.
  • Uncover the rich history of rail transport in the region at the Mysuru Railway Museum. Exhibiting vintage locomotives, carriages, and railway artifacts, the museum offers a nostalgic journey into the evolution of rail travel in Mysuru.
  • Witness the magical transformation of sand into intricate sculptures at the Sand Sculpture Museum. Marvel at the skill and creativity of the artists as they bring stories to life through their expert craftsmanship, making it a unique and visually engaging experience.
  • Seek serenity at Karanji Lake, a tranquil oasis nestled in the heart of Mysuru. With its peaceful surroundings, boating facilities, and bird sanctuary, the lake provides a perfect escape for those looking to unwind and reconnect with nature.
  • Tee off at the prestigious Wadiyar Golf Club, where lush greens meet the horizon. Golf enthusiasts can indulge in a round of golf surrounded by scenic landscapes, adding a touch of leisure and recreation to their Mysuru visit.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Devaraja Market, where the pulse of Mysuru's local life beats. Wander through bustling aisles filled with colorful stalls offering spices, textiles, and traditional crafts, creating a sensory-rich experience.
  • Experience boundless fun and excitement at GRS Fantasy Park, an amusement destination that caters to thrill-seekers of all ages. From water rides to theme park attractions, GRS Fantasy Park promises a day filled with laughter and adventure.
  • Unravel the artistry behind Mysuru's famed silk industry with a visit to a Mysuru Silk Factory. Witness the intricate process of silk weaving, from cocoon to fabric, and gain a deeper appreciation for the craftsmanship that defines this cultural heritage.
  • Step into the world of wax figures at the Melody World Wax Museum, where lifelike sculptures depict musical icons and cultural legends. The museum offers a unique blend of art and entertainment, making it an engaging stop for enthusiasts and curious visitors alike.
  • Explore the aromatic world of sandalwood at the Sandalwood Oil Factory. Gain insights into the extraction and production of sandalwood oil, an integral part of Mysuru's heritage, and take home a piece of this fragrant legacy.

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Mysore Palace: A Guide To Karnataka’s Stunning Jewel!

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Mysore Palace: A Guide To Karnataka’s Stunning Jewel!

Anyone and everyone who visits Mysore in Karnataka, knows that the Mysore Palace is the city’s crowning beauty. Ironically, with four different trips to the city, this was just my second visit to the palace. My first visit was when I was just 15 and the beauty of the palace stuck with me.

Shawn on the other hand had never seen the palace before and I couldn’t help but bug him till he gave in. I am glad that he did because the Mysore palace has an intriguing story and is so pleasing to the eyes.

In fact, Shawn and our friend Veeshan loved the palace so much that we landed up spending around three hours just in the palace. A large part of that time was spent clicking photographs of our surroundings and with such beautiful surroundings, who could blame us?

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Top mysore tours to consider, who built the mysore palace, getting to the mysore palace and entrance fees, inside the mysore palace, the palace gardens, the main palace courts, the residence quarters of the mysore palace, the temples in the mysore palace, light and sound show in the mysore palace, fun facts about the mysore palace, full-day private tour of mysore from bangalore.

This is one of the top rated tours that leave from Bangalore. It is a private tour so you can set the pace much better as compared to the other tours. It includes a guide who will take you around and show you the sights.

Aside from the Mysore palace, you will also get a chance to visit the Chamundeshwari temple, the Tipu Sultan palace and St. Philomena’s cathedral. These are all must sees if you are headed into Mysore.

Since it is a small group tour, it is much cheaper than a private tour which is why it is one of the popular picks for people who have a short while in Bangalore and still want to see the Mysore palace.

Bangalore: Mysore Tour with Lunch and Guide

This tour leaves from Bangalore and is perfect if you want just a day trip out of the city. That way you leave early in the morning, see the whole of Mysore including the Mysore palace and are back in approximately 10 hours.

It includes a comfortable air conditioned bus journey and a pick up and drop service. The tour takes you to Bailey’s dungeon in Srirangapatna which many other tours do not. It is a quick stop on the way. It also includes the sand museum.

Note that this tour includes both lunch and a guide!

Mysore Palace

This is just a small peak into the interiors of the Mysore palace.

The Mysore Palace however is the most majestic of them all. One thing that not many people realize is the fact that the Mysore palace is not very old.

In fact, the building was actually constructed in the 20 th century and hence its architecture appears to be so modern. Why is an interesting question.

The previous palace was a wooden palace. During the Dussehra celebrations in 1896, the palace however caught fire and was burned to the ground.

Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV   and his mother commissioned a new palace to be built and they hired a British architect named Lord Henry Irwin. Their mandate was that the new palace should be well… Palatial!

Lord Henry did not disappoint. An interesting point to note is that the entire construction of the palace cost approximately Rs 41,47,913/-. If you adjust for inflation that is approximately $4 million today!

The Palace is a very popular landmark in the city and anyone who lives in the city can direct you to it with ease. To be more specific however, the palace is located in Chamrajpura.

Since the palace is vast in size, you can catch a glimpse of the tip of it from whichever side you approach. One nice thing about the palace is it has a nice parking lot. You pay a nominal fee to park there but it saves you the headache of hunting for parking space in the city. 

The best time to visit the palace is during Dussehra. It is when the palace is illuminated with lights and is a participant in the celebrations.

Alternatively, if you can’t be in Mysore during those days, aim to visit on a Sunday evening (7-7:30) or on a public holiday. That is when you will get to see the palace lit up.

As far as the entrance fees go, we paid Rs 50/- per person which allowed us admittance into the palace grounds, the gardens, the main palace area and to the temples.

From what I remember the cost for children below 10 years was free, children aged 10- 18 years have to pay Rs 20/- and foreigners have to pay Rs 200/- for their entry. This ticket however does not the residential complex of the Mysore palace.

There is quite a lot to see when one enters the gates surrounding the Mysore Palace. Honestly, at first, we did not know what to do. There were no signs and we just followed the crowds.

Big mistake! We landed up going round and round the palace three times before we saw everything that we wanted to catch a glimpse off. The palace can be divided largely into the gardens, the main palace area, the residence area and the temples.

Unfortunately, there is a flow to the human traffic that isn’t discernible immediately. This is what I suggest you do to make the most of your experience and to save time as well as the impact on your feet.

I would suggest visiting the Palace gardens either the first or the last. This is because if you choose to visit them first you will definitely have to walk less. Unfortunately, sometimes the time of the day you arrive at matters a lot. So, if the sun is overhead and the heat is killing you, it may make better sense to enter the palace first where it is definitely cooler.

The Mysore Palace gardens extend in front of the palace and are well manicured. They extend right down to the main gate.

While you may not be allowed on the lawns, there is enough and more of the paved walkways to explore. The gardens provide a great place to get a great photograph with the whole palace in view. Definitely not something that you should miss.

Inside Mysore Palace

The majestic inside of the Mysore Palace.

One of the first things that you have to do before entering the main palace courts of the Mysore Palace is to deposit your shoes with the counter outside.

The fee attached to it is Rs 2/- per set of shoes that is kept there. You will be handed a white bag in which everyone n your group can keep their shoes and a token to prove they are yours at a later time.

Once you have done this, join the line of the numerous tourists entering the palace. This part of the palace tour (self tour) is covered under your ticket.

The main palace courts have a number of halls including but not limited to the Durbar hall, Ambavilasa and the Kalyana Mantapa. Don’t worry about missing out on any of the areas because the flow of tourists walking from spot to spot will guide you in the right direction. I found the inside of the Mysore palace overwhelming.

Not only is the palace grand and beautiful but the colors that highlight the walls, the ceilings and even the tiles are hypnotizing.

They also form a great backdrop for photographs. I think one of the reasons why we spent so much time inside the main palace halls was because of the number of photographs that we kept clicking. It was hard to stop!

The residence quarters of the Mysore palace should be stop two on your self-guided tour of the palace. This part of the palace is not covered under the initial ticket that you bought. We had to pay an additional Rs 45/- per person to enter.

There is a spot to deposit your shoes here too. It is just Rs 2/- per person and shoes are not allowed inside.

Compared to the main palace area, the residence quarters appear less well kept. They however are no less fascinating.

One thing to note is that photography is not allowed here so I can’t show you what the inside looked like. The residence quarters contain a number of artefacts from the clothes that the royals wore to the swords that they used.

Old pictures adorn the walls. Some are black and white photographs. Others are almost ancient portraits of the Wodeyar royals.

It is fascinating to look at each of them and note the date in which it was painted. As you meander through the residence quarters of the palace you will also see the furniture that the royals used and the trophies that the collected.

Temples in Mysore Palace

One of the many temples in Mysore Palace.

One thing that struck me when we entered the palace complex was the number of temples that are present in it. Lines of devotees form to pay their respects. Like all temples in India, these temples too require that you remove your shoes before entering.

We walked through just one of these temples and found the architecture and carvings really pleasing to look at. If you love exploring temples in south India, I would suggest spending a little more time looking at the ones that are within the complex. We were a little short of time and sustenance, so we decided to head on to grab a bite to eat.

One of the main attractions is the light and sound show in the Mysore Palace. Chairs are organized in front of the palace and the show depicts the story of Mysore and the grandiose palace.

Note that the story is usually retold in Kanada which is the regional language and was one of the reasons why I hardly caught much of the story.

On the flip side, I paid quite a bit of attention to the displays within the palace itself so I was able to piece bits of the story together.

The palace illumination is totally worth it even if you don’t understand the language. I highly recommend it if you are in the vicinity during that time.

Timings of the Light and Sound show in the Mysore palace: 7 pm- 8 pm every day except Sundays and government holidays.

Languages: A quick update. I recently learned that Monday to Wednesday the show is held in Kannada and on Thursday to Saturday the show is held in English.

Where To Stay In Mysore When Visiting?

Safari quest (budget).

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If you are looking for a nice budget spot to stay in when visit, the Safari Quest hits all the right notes. It is located just under 5 kilometers from the Mysore palace and gives you a taste of the city life and some gorgeous mountain views.

One big bonus is that the Safari Quest allows pets which is important to people like me who travel with ours. It also has a free parking which is great if you are driving from Bangalore to Mysore with your own transport.

Fortune JP Palace (Mid-Range)

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If you are looking for a place to stay in Mysore that does not break the bank and yet gives you the luxury stay experience then check out the Fortune JP Palace.

This hotel has some epic views of Chamundi hills. That isn’t all it offers. The rooms definitely live up to the five star experience with air-conditioning, a large flat screen TV, toiletries, free Wi-fi and more.

Don’t think of it as an old school Indian palace either. Fortune JP Palace is as modern as it gets and even has a large swimming pool for the guests to indulge in!

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One of the best places to stay in Mysore is the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel . This amazing hotel has it all! A central location, unbelievable amenities and amazing rooms. Trust me… Once you sink into the soft bed, you may not want to get up to explore the city again!

Pro Tip: Ask for a room with a mountain view. Just because the hotel is centrally located doesn’t mean that you have to look out at the city. A select few rooms in the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel have some epic views. If they aren’t full, they may upgrade you at no cost!

Oh and if you do stay here, make sure that you try out the Indian restaurant. They have some amazing chefs in employ and they can rustle up some amazing South Indian (And North Indian) food.

Before we wind up talking about this interesting spot, there are a couple of interesting facts about the Mysore Palace that I thought I would share with you.

1. The Original Palace Burnt Down

When the Wodeyars ruled Mysore way back in the 14th century, the palace was built of wood. The old fort surrounded the palace. Being made of wood, the structure was susceptible to fire. Despite multiple renovations, the initial palace succumbed to a fire in the midst of a royal wedding.

2. The New Palace Was Designed By A British Architect

Interestingly enough, the burnt down palace did not deter the Wodeyars. Maharaja Krishnarajendra Wodeyar IV commissioned a new palace. This one would outshine the original palace. The architect that he chose was of British origin and well known back in the day. His name was Henry Irving.

3. It Took 15 Years To Build The New Palace.

If you’ve been to the Mysore palace and seen the sprawling structure, you will realize that 15 years wasn’t much to build such a huge structure back in the day. The design mingles Hindu, Muslim and Gothic architecture. It is a unique structure and is often Buckingham palace of India.

4. Dussehra Is The Most Popular Time To Visit The Mysore Palace

The palace received 6 million visitors every year. Loads of them visit during Dussehra. This is because the festival is celebrated in the palace with a lot of pomp and joy.

It is a tradition that spans back many years. It draws in lots of tourists from the neighboring cities. Many drive from Bangalore just to take part in the celebration.

If you are planning a trip to Mysore browse through the details of our weekend road trip to Mysore for inspiration.

Saturday 11th of June 2022

This is an incredible palace! The interior is just stunning, and I love the look of the architecture from the outside as well.

The Light and Sound Show sounds like an amazing multi/sensory experience. Your photos of the palace are stunning.

Thursday 16th of April 2020

Wow amazing palace I have heard about this place but I didn't visit. By reading your post really excited to visit.

Thursday 30th of August 2018

The palace looks exceptionally beautiful and the blog is so beautifully written! Looking forward to reading your next adventure!

Thank you Sally. The palace is really beautiful and I am so glad that I had a chance to visit again. I've heard that it looks even more impressive when it is lit up. Unfortunately we were not there on a Sunday night. Maybe next time.

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Mysore Palace (aka Mysuru Palace) is among the most resplendent of the seven palaces that give Mysore the nickname of City of Palaces. Once home to the rulers of the Wadiyar dynasty, today it dazzles with its flamboyant architecture, vast courtyards, richly adorned temples and orderly gardens. Discover centuries of regional history while visiting Mysore Palace and attending light displays.

The present Indo Saracenic-style palace dates back to 1897 and replaced a wooden structure that burned to rubble during a festival. Designed by British architect Henry Irwin, the palace combines elements of Byzantine, Hindu, Islamic, Gothic and Rajput styles. Bay windows, huge arches, marble domes and a five-tiered tower dominate the façade. Above the central arch is a statue of Gajalakshmi, the goddess of wealth, alongside elephant sculptures.

Inside, carved wooden doors, chandeliers, frescoes, mosaicked floors and stained-glass ornamentations complement the palatial exterior. Brightly colored pillars, Egyptian figurines and a stucco ceiling in the Durbar Hall present an idea of the exultant lifestyle enjoyed by Wadiyar rulers. Admire the Golden Throne and paintings that portray religious festivals, royal parades and scenes from the lives of maharajas. Look inside temples dedicated to Hindu deities such as Krishna and Shiva.

Nightly multimedia displays light up the palace, accompanied by a soundtrack that recounts historical events from Mysore’s past. Shows in English take place from Thursday to Saturday. Stay after the show, when thousands of lights illuminate the palace. During the Dasara Festival, in late September, the palace is the starting point for a flamboyant procession of song and dance.

Find the palace in the area called Old Fort, in the heart of Mysore’s city center. It’s about 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) southeast of Mysuru Junction train station. Travel here by taxi and rickshaw or walk for 20 minutes from the station through the lively city streets. Nearby attractions include Crawford Hall, Jaganmohan Palace Art Gallery and Mysore Zoo.

Mysore Palace is open daily. Buy admission tickets online or at the palace entrance. Fees are also applicable for the sound-and-light show. Find more information on open hours and show schedules on the palace’s official website.

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5/5 - excellent.

Go Sunday night!!!! It’s amazing

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A tour of Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas Palace).

Also known as the Amba Vilas Palace, this grand structure is located at the heart of Mysore city, dominating the city’s skyline.

The first iteration of this palace was built in the 14th century by Yaduraya Wodeyar, after which this palace has been reconstructed and renovated several times, to become the architectural and artistic marvel it is today.

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Table of Contents : Mysore Palace at a Glance    1. How to reach, Tickets & Timings My journey to Mysore Palace    1. Gateway of Mysore Palace    2. First Impressions    3. History of Mysore Palace    4. Architecture of the Palace    5. The Palace Grounds    6. Temples inside the Palace complex    7. Tigers on duty    8. Ane Bagilu – The Elephant Gate    9. The Wrestling Courtyard    10. Dolls Pavilion    11. Kalyan Mantapa    12. Royal Photographs and Caskets    13. Royal Furnitures    12. Public Durbar    13. Ambavilasa – The Private Durbar    14. Final Thoughts

It was an overcast July noon when I set foot in Mysore with my wife, to visit the famous Mysore Palace. The drive down from Bangalore was as pleasant as it could have got, with the sun playing hide and seek with the clouds throughout the route. It was as if we were taking the pleasant weather of Bangalore wherever we were going. The cloud cover also meant that we would not have to bake in the scorching sun while roaming around the palace grounds.

After a quick lunch stop at some crappy restaurant, out cabbie drove us towards the palace which happens to be the second most visited landmark in India after the Taj Mahal. Almost 6 million tourists visit the Mysore Palace every year, to marvel and wonder at the abode of the Maharaja of Mysore.

The Gateway:

The palace complex has quite a few gates, it is however the southern gate from where tourists are allowed inside. The huge yellow colour gate is perenially baricaded by the police, flocked by small vendors selling knick knacks and teeming with tourists.

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Besides the gate there is a ticket counter, for which the queue is usually pretty long. It took me around 5 minutes in that queue, to get the tickets to enter the complex and another 5 minutes to pass through the security check. Once in, a short walk later, we were able to catch our very first look at the wonder called the Amba Vilas Palace a.k.a the Mysore Palace.

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First Impressions:

The palace is a humongous 245 feet by 156 feet structure, with it’s main building being three and central tower being five storeys tall. Made up mostly of granite and adorned with pink marble domes the palace faces the revered Chamunda Hills, the abode of Goddess Chamundeshwari. The royal family, the Wodeyars, still own the palace, it is however maintained by the Karnataka government as a heritage structure.

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Huge manicured gardens cover the entire area between the palace and the boundary wall, adding to the aesthetic appeal of the already pretty palace. There are thousands of light bulbs fixed to the edges of the pillars, domes, arches, and every other feature of the palace. These bulbs, light up on special occasions and provide for the most dazzling display of opulence and grandeur. We were not lucky enough to witness this, however if pictures could speak, the picture below is worth a thousand words.

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History of the palace:

The Wodeyars are the descendants of the Yadavs from Gujarat who settled down in Mysore sometime in the 1300s. Shri Yaduraya Wodeyar, who was the patriarch of the dynasty, built a wooden palace, in the same spot, where the Mysore Palace stands today, in 1399 AD. This palace got destroyed by lightning sometime in the 15th century thus making way for another wooden but more elaborate palace.

Followed by massive political instability in the 18th Century, a maverick general of the king’s army, Hyder Ali rose to became the de facto ruler of Mysore, followed by his son, Tipu Sultan. During these turbulent times the Mysore Palace slipped into a state of neglect culminating in its demolition in 1793.

In 1799, upon the death of Tipu Sultan, the five-year old Krishnaraja Wodeyar III assumed the throne, and commissioned a new palace which was completed in 1803. This palace was again struck by calamity as a result of a fire in the year 1897, which razed it to the ground.

The royal family then enlisted a British architect, Henry Irwin, to design a brand new palace. Completed in 1912 and at a cost of Rs. 41,47,913 the result was the Mysore Palace you see standing today. It has undergone some expansion in the year 1940, quite notable of that being the Public Durbar.

Architecture of the palace:

The most significant feature of the palace is the mix of styles. The palace heavily borrows the Indo Saracenic structure and blends in elements from the British, Rajput and Mughal styles. The deep pink domes are a clear remnant of Mughal design, almost similar to the domes of many palaces and forts in Delhi and Agra.

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The arches and pavilions remind people of the Rajput architecture, very similar to the forts of Jaipur. The widows and floors sport a very British feel, owing to the pillared look. Even the towering central dome, appears like a gothic cathedral of Victorian England.

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The fact that the palace is so recent has ensured all its features remain intact, which adds to its appeal. The amalgamation of all these distinct styles is a rare combination not seen elsewhere.

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The Palace Grounds:

Before entering the palace, we thought of taking a stroll around the palace. A lazy walk took us to the grouds just infront of the palace, which is paved with concrete. This is where the Dushera procession starts and other than that serves as a viewing station for the light and sound show that happens in the evening. This is also the place from where one can get a clear look at the whole face of the palace.

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While walking besides the exterior of the palace, we got to close look at the bulbs that light up the palace during special occasions. These were the regular incandescent bulbs we used to have at our homes earlier, before CFL and then LED bulbs came into being. They were attached to a narrow wooded plank which inturn was attached to the palace’s exterior.

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Temples in the palace complex:

There are a lot of temples within the palace boundary, the most important of these temples is the Sri Lakshmiramana Swami Temple. This is apparently the oldest and is revered as devotees are mysteriously cured of their ailments after offering prayer in this temple. This temple is also, used for the coronation ceremonies.

Other temples in the complex are Sri Shweta Varahaswamy Temple that dates back to the Vijayanagar days, Sri Bhuvaneshwari Temple, Kille Venkatramana Swamy Temple, Kodi Bhairavaswami Temple, Sri Prasanna Krishanswami temple and Sri Trinayaneshvara Swami Temple and Sri Gayatri Temple. The Trinayaneshvara Swami Temple used to be outside the palace complex earlier, but when the boundaries were redefined, it was enlarged and included in the Palace premises.

Tigers on Duty:

Six huge bronze tigers are located on either side of the east, south and north pathways radiating from palace. Built by a Renouned British Sculptor, Robert Colton in 1909, these tigers now bear a dark, blackish colour owing to the elements of nature they are exposed to.

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I have come across plenty of tiger sculptures around palaces and some temples, but the ones at Mysore palace look really different. Instead of the regular standing posture, these tigers stood low, as if they had marked their prey and ready to attack. The posture, even though made them look smaller, but showcased them as more aggressive. It’s as if they were held with a light trigger, and will pounce any moment now.

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Ane Bagilu – The Elephant gate:

After having enough of the palace from the outside, it was time to move in, and take in all that mysore palace has to offer. First off, we had to drop our shoes in the designated shoe stand. There after we started following a group of tourists who were gradually making their way towards an ornate gate.

This gate that leads into the palace is called Ane Bagilu , which literally translates to the ‘Elephant Gate’. The gate has beautiful brass filigree and sports the royal crest & coat of arms. A two-headed eagle forms the centre of the crest below which is written “ nabhibhatikadachan ” in Sanskrit. It translates to “never being scared”.

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Earlier the gate used to remain closed and opened only for the Royal family and VVIPs, however now a days this is the main entrance into the palace. Once we entered the gates, it was like we had entered an art exhibition.

The Wrestling Courtyard:

Inside the gates, we were welcomed by high symmetrical arches leading towards the insides of the palace. One side of which was adorned by paintings of various festivals, celebrations those have taken place in the kingdom. the beautiful paintings were so well maintained that I felt these were just created a few days ago.

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On the other side however was a courtyard that looked very humble, except for two bronze tigers those guarded the doorway. A spiral staircase also added to the already grand arena. This is the Wrestling Courtyard where during the hey days of the king, coveted wrestlers used to fight. These wrestlers were called Jetties and they practiced a particular form of wrestling called Vajramusti . This fight included metallic knuckle weapons, and used to last till one of the fighters drew blood, while the wrestling enthusiast crowd watched from the windows above.

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Dolls and a Golden Howdah:

Coming back onto the corridor, we took a look above and saw an ceiling art that deserved special mention. The ceiling had beautiful hand crafted floral pattern with a huge circular arrangement of flower and a central lotus. A bulb hangs from this lotus that lights up the pathway.

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Already in awe from what we have already seen, we walked ahead to check out what else Mysore palace has instore for us. The pathway was decorated with intricate tiled mosaics throughout the route. We now understood why there are no shoes allowed inside the palace. It helps keep the tiles from getting chipped or worn due to footwear.

A glass partition started to appear on one side of the corridor now, with various dolls and artifacts of the old age coming up. This place is called the Gombe Thotti or dolls pavilion. The long corridor was decorated with numerous dolls, tastefully arranged in settings to depict mythological stories or even scenes from everyday life. The dolls were part of the Royal collection, some of which were procured from Europe, way back in the 1920s.

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One object in the pavilion however attracted our eyes. It was a Golden Howdah . A howdah is basically a platform with a canopy that is used as a seat for riding an elephant. This howdah in particular is made up of wood, and then covered with 84KG of gold. This howdah is mounted on the lead elephant and Godess Chamundeshwari rides through Mysore city on it during the Dushera festival. Rest of the time this beautiful piece of art remains behind a glass wall, for tourists like us to see and gasp.

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The Dolls pavilion does end with a bang. Quite literally. A barrage of cannons all arranged as if to launch a fight at the slightest of hint. Canons are an integral part of most royal palaces, the ones in Mysore however still have life in them. They are taken out every year during Dushera and fired, thus giving the onlookers a first hand experience of medieval warfare.

Kalyana Mantapa – The Wedding Hall

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After crossing the cannons we landed in the an octagonal hall in the middle of the Mysore Palace called Kalyan Mantapa. The hall is used for important religious and social functions like marriages and coronations, hence it has to live up to certain standards. And it does live up.

Arguably the grandest hall in the whole palace, the whole room is bathed in colors of a peacock, mostly in hues of green and gold. The eight cornered hall is made up of colorful mosaics all converging in the middle of the hall, into a eight pointed star. There is some remarkable detail in the intricate work done on the gilded columns and domed ceiling. The ceiling itself is made up of delicate stained glass, with peacock and flower motifs. This ceiling was made in Scotland before being transported to Mysore.

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A stunning glass chandelier, imported from Czechoslovakia, hangs from the ceiling that offsets the green iron pillars. The chandelier runs on electricity, which basically ascertains the fact that the palace was one of the first buildings to be lit with electricity in the early 1900s.

Royal Photographs and Caskets:

Moving ahead we reached a staircase that lead to the second level of the palace. The very first room was a photograph gallery, filled with photographs of the royal family. These were some really old photographs from the early 1900s, during the initial days of the camera. Photographs were a novelty back then that not many could afford, apart from the royal families of course. The technology was so new that these photos could not be developed here, but were rather sent to England to be developed, framed and transported back.

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After the photographs we encountered a room full of small caskets. We were completely lost as to what these were. On reading of the description written on a small board, we got to know that these were gifts. So basically when the king used to go on state visits, where ever he went people used to receive him with gifts enclosed within these small caskets. These are made up of Sandalwood, one of the major trading object of the Mysore kingdom.

Royal Furniture:

A special room with an intricate rosewood door, dedicated to the royal furniture is also part of the palace. Adjacent to the Photograph Gallery, this room contained elaborate chairs made with silver, ivory framed mirrors and carved tables all meant for visiting dignitaries.

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Every chair here has the Wodeyar coat of arms carved on its back, have tigers on their armrest and tiger paws as their legs. The furniture in Mysore Palace were made by specialized temple craftsmen called Gudiyars.

Public Durbar:

We were not prepared for what awaited us next in this grand palace. A huge hall fully decorated in pink, yellow and turquoise with intricately painted columns all symmetrically spaced across the hall. There are well-spaced symmetrical  arches with their golden floral filigree and an ornate stucco art ceiling enclosed within.

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This was the Public Durbaar hall, where the king used to address his citizen or hold meetings with members of the public. It has an adjacent balcony, from where the huge palace ground could be seen.

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The king used to sit in this balcony, his ministers and dignitaries sitting in the special enclosure in one side of it to witness parades, dances and other public functions. The ceiling of the balcony sports paintings of various gods of Hindu mythology, surrounded by 12 zodiac signs.

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Interestingly the Public Durbar Hall was not part of the original construction of the Mysore Palace. It was made almost 25 years later in 1938, and is probably the most recent big addition to the palace.

Ambavilasa (The Private Durbar):

The next and final hall began with a silver door with amazing art work on it. It remains closed for and entry into the room is through a different door just besides this silver door.

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The palace designer definitely kept the best for the last. The final hall in the palace is called Ambavilasa, where the King met his council of ministers and had meetings with important dignitaries. Build to impress, every aspect of this hall has a tale to share. The amount of gold used on the gilded columns and the stained glass ceiling makes it a masterpiece. The entire room is overwhelming and since it is one of the highlights of the visit, is permanently crowded.

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The blue and gold pillars of the hall are made of wrought iron and are hollow to absorb sound better. The gold used in the pillars is real and apparently the paint in the hall has never been changed or touched upon. This is how it has been for the last century or so.

Between these pillars, the floor is made with marble and has the same inlay work as what you see at the Taj Mahal. In fact, pietra-dura artists from Agra were called in for this work. Rest of the floor remains covered in Carpet, but as per our guide, the floor contains some of the parts of the wooden palace that got burned down.The floor is made with marble, made by pietra-dura artists from Agra, which is why the inlay work on the marble seen so similar to the ones seen in the Taj Mahal. An almost to floor chandelier adds to the ornamental appeal of the hall. While those hang from a glass ceiling, the rest of the hall had a teak wood roof that reduced the noise levels. This room is as majestic and regal as any royal palace could ever look.

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Final thoughts:

The private durbar was the last part of our palace tour. While climbing down the staircase, walking towards the gate, we felt that the palace stands as a pleasant reminder of the irrepressible spirit of Mysore. It has weathered through, politics, wars, calamities and destruction to rise from the ashes even stronger than before. The palace surely deserves its place as one of the most visited landmark in the world.

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Unveiling the Untold Secrets of Mysore Palace: A Majestic Journey into Royal Grandeur

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Mysore Palace, steeped in history, is a mesmerizing testament to the opulence and grandeur of Indian royalty. This architectural masterpiece has stood the test of time, bearing witness to the rise and fall of dynasties, and offering a glimpse into the rich heritage of Mysuru. Let us embark on a journey of discovery as we explore the untold secrets of Mysore Palace, unearthing its hidden treasures and unraveling its captivating stories .

Architectural Marvels: The Grand Facade of Mysore Palace

Distinctive architectural style.

At the heart of Mysore Palace lies a distinct architectural style, blending elements of Hindu, Islamic, and Rajput designs. The amalgamation of these influences creates a unique and visually stunning palace, showcasing intricate craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Intricate carvings and artwork

The walls of Mysore Palace come alive with exquisite carvings, depicting mythological tales and historical events. Every surface is adorned with delicate motifs and intricate patterns, capturing the essence of a bygone era. This artistry reflects the skill and dedication of the craftsmen who labored tirelessly to create such magnificence.

Ornate gateways and towering domes

Welcoming visitors into a realm of splendor are the palace’s ornate gateways, each bearing intricate carvings and embellishments. As we gaze at the towering domes that grace the palace’s skyline, we are entranced by their majestic beauty, standing as a testament to the architectural mastery of the past.

The Royal Treasury: A Glimpse into Opulence

Priceless jewels and gem-studded regalia.

The royal treasury of Mysore Palace houses a dazzling array of priceless jewels and regalia. Sparkling gemstones adorn crowns, necklaces, and ceremonial attire, representing the wealth and grandeur of the former rulers. Each jewel tells a story, encapsulating the regal history of Mysore.

Rare artifacts and antique furniture

Among the treasures preserved within the palace are rare artifacts and antique furniture, giving us a glimpse into the refined tastes and lifestyle of the royal family. Ornate thrones, intricately carved furniture, and exquisite tapestries transport us to an era of unparalleled elegance and luxury.

The mesmerizing Durbar Hall

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Stepping into the Durbar Hall, we are transported into a world of splendor and ceremonial opulence. Adorned with intricate murals, gilded ceilings, and expansive chandeliers, this magnificent hall was once the venue for lavish receptions and official gatherings. The grandeur of the Durbar Hall leaves an indelible impression on all who behold it.

Maharaja’s Private Quarters: Where Royalty Resided

Lavish living spaces and exclusive chambers.

The private quarters of the Maharajas provide a tantalizing insight into the privileged lives they led. Lavish living spaces, adorned with exquisite artwork and luxurious furnishings, unveil the refined taste and opulent lifestyle reserved for royalty. Exclusive chambers serve as a reminder of the Maharajas’ seclusion and their personal haven within the palace walls.

Personal anecdotes of the erstwhile Maharajas

Exploring the Maharaja’s private quarters reveals personal anecdotes and stories of the erstwhile rulers. Intriguing tales of their quirks, habits, and idiosyncrasies highlight the human side of the royal family, bridging the gap between history and the present.

Opulent lifestyle of the royal family

Behind the palace walls, the royal family led a life of unparalleled opulence. From their ceremonial attire to their daily routines, every aspect of their existence reflected luxury and status. The opulent lifestyle of the royal family is a testament to the enduring legacy of Mysore Palace.

Unveiling the Palace Museum: A Treasure Trove of History

Historical artifacts and royal memorabilia.

Within the confines of the palace, a treasure trove of historical artifacts and royal memorabilia awaits curious visitors. Intricately designed weaponry, regal garments, and personal belongings of the Maharajas provide a vivid glimpse into their lives and the turbulent moments of history they navigated.

Exhibits depicting Mysore’s culture and heritage

The palace museum serves as a custodian of Mysuru’s rich culture and heritage. Enthralling exhibits showcase the city’s vibrant traditions, depicting the art, music, and dance forms that have thrived throughout the ages. Each artifact is a precious link to the cultural tapestry of Mysore.

Narratives showcasing the palace’s glorious past

Embarking on a journey through the palace museum, visitors are immersed in narratives that bring to life the glorious past of Mysore Palace. Historical events, cultural celebrations, and triumphs of the royal family are carefully woven together, painting a vivid portrait of a bygone era.

Mythology and Symbolism: Deep-rooted Beliefs

Symbolic representations in the palace architecture.

Delving deeper into the palace’s architecture, we uncover a tapestry of symbolic representations. Intricate carvings and motifs, steeped in ancient beliefs and customs, carry hidden meanings. Each design element interweaves mythology and symbolism, lending an enigmatic aura to the palace.

Spiritual significance of the palace design

Central to the palace’s design is the infusion of spiritual significance. From the positioning of temples within its compounds to the inclusion of outer courtyards, each element is meticulously planned to honor the religious beliefs and practices of the royal family. The palace design serves as a physical manifestation of their faith and devotion.

Stories and legends associated with Mysore Palace

Embedded within the walls of Mysore Palace are stories and legends that have been handed down through generations. Tales of valor, romance, and divine intervention continue to captivate the imagination. These narratives, entwined with historical events, add a layer of mystique to the palace’s grandeur.

The Dussehra Extravaganza: A Royal Celebration

Spectacular illumination and decorations.

Dussehra, a festival of immense significance, is celebrated with a grandeur befitting Mysore Palace. The palace is adorned with elaborate decorations, illuminated in a mesmerizing display of lights. The resplendent glow of the palace during this festive season is a sight to behold, evoking a sense of awe and wonder.

Elaborate processions and cultural events

During Dussehra, Mysore Palace becomes the epicenter of grand processions and cultural events. Ornately decorated elephants, intricately designed floats, and captivating performances symbolize the triumph of good over evil. These vibrant festivities pay homage to the rich traditions ingrained in the heart of Mysore.

Ancient rituals and significance of Dussehra

Steeped in ancient rituals and customs, Dussehra at Mysore Palace holds immense significance. The ten-day celebration culminates in the auspicious torchlight parade, commemorating the victory of the Goddess Chamundeshwari. This age-old tradition echoes the deep-rooted reverence and devotion of the people towards their divine heritage.

Mysore Palace During Wartime: Tales of Resistance

Palace’s role in historical battles.

Beyond its role as a symbol of grandeur, Mysore Palace is also synonymous with tales of wartime resistance. During conflicts and invasions, the palace transformed into a fortress, defending against external threats. Walls that once witnessed opulent celebrations bore witness to the spirit of bravery and resilience during challenging times.

Strategic importance and defensive architecture

The strategic layout and defensive architecture of Mysore Palace showcased the ingenuity and planning of its architects. Secret passageways, hidden chambers, and fortified walls were deliberately designed to protect the palace and its inhabitants during times of strife. These structures stand as a testament to the strategic importance placed on the palace’s security.

Stories of bravery and courage

Mysore Palace is intertwined with countless stories of bravery and courage displayed by its defenders. These tales, passed down through generations, recount heroic acts and the indomitable spirit of those who fought to safeguard the palace. The enduring legacy of these individuals is etched into the very fabric of Mysore Palace.

The Modern Mysore Palace: Restoration and Preservation

Conservation efforts and restoration projects.

Preserving the grandeur of Mysore Palace requires dedicated conservation efforts and restoration projects. Skilled artisans painstakingly restore faded frescoes, repair delicate carvings, and maintain the structural integrity of the palace. These endeavors ensure that future generations can marvel at the beauty and magnificence of this architectural masterpiece.

Challenges faced in maintaining the palace

Maintaining and preserving a structure as magnificent as Mysore Palace presents numerous challenges. The ravages of time, weathering, and the sheer scale of the palace necessitate ongoing repair and maintenance. Balancing the preservation of historical authenticity with the demands of modern conservation techniques is a constant pursuit.

Collaboration with international heritage organizations

Recognizing the global significance of Mysore Palace, efforts have been made to collaborate with international heritage organizations. This enables the exchange of knowledge, expertise, and resources, fostering a collective commitment to safeguarding this architectural gem. The collaboration ensures that Mysore Palace remains a source of wonder and inspiration for generations to come.

Mysore Palace at Night: A Mesmerizing Spectacle

Illumination techniques and lighting effects.

As the sun sets, Mysore Palace undergoes a breathtaking transformation. Illumination techniques and carefully orchestrated lighting effects bring the palace to life, accentuating its architectural features. The ethereal glow that bathes the palace at night creates a surreal and captivating spectacle.

Nighttime activities and cultural performances

Beyond its visual appeal, Mysore Palace at night offers a plethora of nighttime activities and cultural performances. Traditional dance recitals, classical music concerts, and theater performances honor the rich artistic legacy of the palace. Visitors are transported to a world of enchantment, immersed in the splendor of Mysore’s cultural heritage.

Unforgettable experiences for visitors

For visitors fortunate enough to witness the spectacle of Mysore Palace at night, the experience is truly unforgettable. The combination of architectural brilliance, captivating lighting, and engaging performances creates a sensory feast. The tranquil ambiance and majestic surroundings make for a magical evening, leaving a lasting impression on all who visit.

Mysore Palace: A Cinematic Splendor

Bollywood movies filmed at the palace.

Mysore Palace’s resplendent beauty has captivated filmmakers from Bollywood and beyond. Numerous cinematic masterpieces, spanning different genres and eras, have been filmed against the backdrop of this regal palace. These movies have immortalized Mysore Palace and showcased its cinematic splendor to a wider audience.

Influences on Indian cinema and pop culture

Beyond serving as a cinematic location, Mysore Palace has left an indelible mark on Indian cinema and pop culture. Its majestic architecture, rich heritage, and vibrant festivals have influenced storylines, art direction, and costume design. Mysore Palace’s legacy resonates in the hearts of moviegoers and cultural enthusiasts alike.

A testament to the palace’s grandeur

The prevalence of Mysore Palace in Indian cinema serves as a testament to its enduring grandeur. Filmmakers are drawn to its splendor, recognizing the visual impact it lends to their productions. As audiences around the world connect with these movies, Mysore Palace continues to enchant and inspire.

Exploring the Palace Grounds: Beyond the Main Palace

Ambavilasa and kalyana mantapa – other architectural gems.

While Mysore Palace takes center stage, the palace grounds also house other architectural gems that deserve attention. Ambavilasa, an opulent pavilion adorned with intricate artwork, and Kalyana Mantapa, a wedding hall that exemplifies architectural finesse, are just two remarkable structures within this sprawling complex. Exploring these hidden treasures offers a holistic understanding of Mysore’s architectural magnificence.

Beautiful gardens and landscapes

The palace grounds are not only a testament to architectural prowess but also a haven for natural beauty. Beautifully landscaped gardens, adorned with vibrant flowers and serene water features, provide a tranquil escape within the bustling city. The juxtaposition of nature’s splendor against the palace’s grandeur creates an atmosphere of serenity and harmony.

Lesser-known attractions within the palace complex

In addition to the main attractions, the palace complex unveils lesser-known gems that await discovery. Intriguing nooks and crannies, hidden courtyards, and secret passageways add an element of surprise to one’s exploration. Unveiling these hidden attractions is akin to embarking on a delightful treasure hunt, uncovering the lesser-known facets of Mysore Palace.

Mysore Palace: A Center for Cultural Festivals

Celebrating the major festivals at the palace.

Mysore Palace is not only a historical monument but also a vibrant center for cultural festivals. Major festivals, such as Diwali and Navaratri, witness the palace coming alive with color, music, and dance. These celebrations, deeply rooted in tradition, embody the spirit of Mysore and bring the local community together in a joyous celebration of culture.

Traditional dances and musical performances

The palace’s cultural festivals are incomplete without captivating dance performances and melodious musical renditions. Classical dance forms, such as Bharatanatyam and Kathak, grace the palace stages, enchanting audiences with their grace and rhythm. The harmonious blend of traditional music and dance forms forms the very essence of Mysore’s cultural fabric.

Preservation of local art forms

Embracing its role as a cultural beacon, Mysore Palace takes pride in preserving local art forms that define the region’s identity. Traditional handicrafts, indigenous paintings, and folk art find expression within the palace’s hallowed walls. This commitment to nurturing local talent ensures the continuation of these art forms for generations to come.

The Haunted Tales: Mysteries and Supernatural Intrigue

Legends about ghostly encounters in the palace.

Mysore Palace has not escaped the realm of eerie legends and stories of ghostly encounters. Generations have passed down whispers of haunted corridors, apparitions, and inexplicable phenomena. These spine-chilling tales infuse the palace with an air of mystery and intrigue, captivating visitors who become fascinated by hidden realms yet to unveil.

Paranormal investigations and reported phenomena

Intrigued by the palace’s haunted reputation, paranormal investigators have delved into its mysteries and documented reported phenomena. Eerie sounds, unexplained movements, and anomalous sightings have fueled speculation about the supernatural within the palace’s walls. These investigations, while providing no definitive

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Why The Mysore Palace Is The Most Impressive Palace In Southern India (& How To Visit)

  • Mysore Palace, located in southern India, is a remarkable architectural attraction and one of the best palaces to explore in India.
  • The Kingdom of Mysore existed from 1399 to 1950 and played a significant role in the history of southern India.
  • The palace, built between 1897 and 1912, incorporates elements from various architectural styles and features stunning courtyards and gardens. It is now open to the public as a museum.

The Mysore Palace (also called the Amba Vilas Palace) is one of the great architectural attractions in India. It is located in southern India in the state of Karnataka and was the seat of the Kingdom of Mysore. Mysore is sometimes called the "City of the Palaces" owing to it being home to seven palaces.

Go to Jaipur in Rajasthan in northern India to discover more of the most remarkable palaces in India including the Hawa Mahal (particularly the impressive facing where the Raj's princesses and other women were kept) and the Amber Palace / Fort set on a hill overlooking the surrounding area. But first, Mysore Palace is one of the great palaces to explore in India (and one of the very best in southern India).

What To Know Of The Kingdom & Princely State Of Mysore

India has a long and complicated history that saw many kingdoms and empires coming and going on different parts of the subcontinent. The history, culture, and languages of southern India are very different from northern India.

Before independence from British rule, it was rarely united into one country, although the Mughal Empire at one point controlled almost all the subcontinent (it was the Mughals who built the picturesque mausoleum the Taj Mahal ).

  • Period: 1399 to 1950

The Kingdom of Mysore existed in southern India from 1399 to 1950 (as a princely state during British India). It grew to dominate much of southern India, but this eventually drew it into conflict with the British.

After a series of wars, the British emerged victorious and annexed much of the kingdom. The diminished Kingdom of Mysore was permitted to continue as a princely state.

After the independence of India, reforms saw the abolition of the princely states. Mysore was centered on the Kannada-speak regions of southern India.

Related: Rajasthani: Why, How, And Where To See Its Fort Trails

Why The Mysore Palace Is One Of The Magnificent & Popular Palaces

The Mysore Palace is one of the seven palaces found in the city. The palace is built on the site of an older wooden fort (which had been destroyed and reconstructed multiple times over the years).

  • Built: 1897 to 1912 (current structure)
  • Commissioned: By Krishnarajendra Wadiyar IV
  • Architectural Style: Indo-Saracenic

The current palace was built between 1897 and 1912 after a fire had destroyed the Old Palace. The old palace burned down during the wedding of Jayalakshammani, the eldest daughter of Chamaraja Wodeyar. British architect Henry Irwin was hired to help build the new palace.

The Mysore Palace is impressive and boasts a number of massive courtyards, beautiful gardens, buildings, and two durbar halls. It is three stories high and built with fine granite, and it has a five-story tower rising 145 feet.

The palace was built with many secret tunnels. See how the palace incorporates elements from Indian, Neo-Classical, Indo-Islamic, and Gothic revival styles.

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What To Know About Visiting The Grand Mysore Palace

After the absorption of the princely state into the Union of India, the Mysore Palace was converted into a museum. The Mysore Palace is open to the public and is one of the greatest architectural attractions in southern India. It is also known as the New Fort and is now one of the most remarkable attractions in India attracting millions of visitors every year.

Exhibits in the palace include royal dresses, weapons, musical instruments, and other artifacts from the period. There are also 12 Hindu temples to explore in the palace that were built between the 14th century and 1953.

Plan the visit with the Mysore Dasara festival that is held there every year during the autumn. For 10 days the palace is lit up by 100,000 light bulbs between 7 pm and 10 pm.

The Mysore Palace is open every day from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.

  • Openings Hours: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • Entry Fee: 200 Rupees ($2.50) For Foreigners

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The Sound and Light Show is held every day (except for Sundays and public holidays)

  • When: 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm
  • Days: Mondays to Saturdays

The palace is located in the modern Indian state of Karnataka. The state is home to around 61 million people and the most well-known city is the tech hub Bangalore (now called Bengaluru). The state is full of historical and natural attractions to visit, from ancient temples to wildlife parks.

India has a long and impressive history with a number of palaces, forts, and temples bearing witness to India's heritage. While in southern India, visit the Brihadisvara Temple and see why it is UNESCO-listed .

Another overlooked example of excellent Indian engineering is the Chand Baori, the largest step well (one of the most Instragrammable but overlooked attractions in India).

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More trains were built in the 19th century for the country's maharajas and other ruling elites and their families.

Following India's independence in 1947, privy purses — or governmental payments to these rulers — ended. Without the money to maintain them, India's luxury rail carriages were abandoned.

Indian Railways, which is part of India's national railway system, refurbished several trains over the years, with the first making its debut in the 1980s. The trains were introduced to promote tourism in India by providing travelers with a unique and opulent way to experience the country.

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Route: an eight-day journey across northwest India, including the country's "Golden Triangle" of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra

Price: from $864 (based on twin sharing)

When it runs: September to April

Introduced in 1982, the Palace on Wheels is an icon in Indian luxury train travel. Chugging along the northern reaches of India through Rajasthan and Agra, this train immerses passengers in a royal bygone era with sundowners in the dunes, camel safaris and trips to Rajasthan's palaces and historic forts.

A peek inside a dining car and a cabin show the ornate details on board India's Palace on Wheels train.

Its 14-coach train, each named after former princely states of Rajasthan, have 41 cabins, with panoramic windows, sumptuous carpets, frescoed ceilings, mahogany paneling and attached bathrooms. The two "super deluxe" cabins come with a noteworthy perk: a private car and guide for sightseeing.

The train's two dining cars serve Indian, continental and Italian cuisines, and there's a separate bar for cocktails and drinks. Active guests can get their exercise fix in the gym, while those who prefer to relax can book Ayurvedic treatments in the spa.

2. The Golden Chariot

Routes: three itineraries, ranging from three to five nights, across south India

Price: from $3,160 per person (based on twin sharing)

When it runs: October to March

Launched in 2008, the Golden Chariot runs across South India, past historic towns, sun-kissed beaches, jungle-covered hills, temples and safaris. It has 18 purple and gold carriages, each named after the dynasties of south India.

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Cabins come with ensuite bathrooms, smart TVs, Wi-Fi and an attendant. Local and international fare is served in two dining cars, and the train's lounge bar, Madira, features decor inspired by Mysore Palace .

There is also an exercise room and spa with traditional Indian and modern massage therapies.

All journeys start and end in Bengaluru.

3. Deccan Odyssey

Routes: Six week-long itineraries, departing from Mumbai and Delhi

Price: From $8,330 for single occupancy and $11,900 for double occupancy

When it runs: September to May

The Deccan Odyssey — running since 2004 — feels like a roving hotel.

Its 21 carriages house a high-tech conference space, spa, souvenir shop, gym and a bar serving fine wines and spirits, plus mocktails. Twelve cars are sleeper cabins, which come with personal butlers and plush carpeting, private bathrooms and mod cons such as internet and DVD players.

One of two restaurants on board the Deccan Odyssey, which runs from September to May.

The train was refurbished during the Covid-19 pandemic, reopening in 2023 with gas stoves in lieu of gas-powered ones in the pantry car, with added suspension for a smoother journey, according to The Times of India.

The two onboard restaurants — Waavar and Utsav — are another highlight, serving specialties from the regions traversed by the train. Sumptuously draped curtains, crisp linens, engraved wood panelling and fine silver cutlery add to the royal aesthetic.

The journey also weaves in cultural experiences. One day, passengers might be admiring ancient Indian architecture, and on the next, wine-tasting or embarking on a game drive.

4. Maharajas' Express

Routes: four itineraries, ranging from three to six nights, departing from Delhi and Mumbai

Price: from $4,890 per person (based on twin sharing)

When it runs: October to April

Lavish interiors combined with the traditional royal hospitality of India have garnered the 23-carriage Maharajas' Express numerous awards since it launched in 2010.

Passengers can choose from four categories of room in 14 guest cabins — the largest being the Presidential Suite, which has two bedrooms, a living room and a bathroom with a bathtub.

Indian food served in one of the dining cars on board the luxury Maharajas' Express.

A choice of two restaurants — the peacock-themed Mayur Mahal and Rang Mahal — are suitable for vegetarians and meat lovers alike.

Travelers can mingle over cocktails at the Safari Bar or opt for a more tranquil setting at the Rajah Lounge, where they can play games or read while taking in views of the passing landscapes.

Stops along the way highlight Indian culture and history, including holy baths in the sacred ghats, jungle safaris, palace and temple visits and shopping in bustling bazaars.

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Based on a report by the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) in 2023, Muslim travellers’ estimated expenditure is projected to reach US$225bil (RM1.069 trillion) globally by 2028, with visitor arrivals reaching 230 million.

This is unsurprising considering the traction that halal tourism or Muslim-friendly travels have been gaining in the past decade or so. Momentarily halted by the pandemic, now the tourism industry is picking up again and travellers are eager to resume exploring the world.

It was reported that Muslim international arrivals reached 110 million in 2022, and are expected to match the pre-pandemic or 2019 figures of 160 million by this year.

As the market grew, offerings have also started to diversify in the Muslim travel sphere. Some travellers may seek only halal food, praying amenities and halal accommodations while they enjoy the standard attractions (think water parks, theme parks and the likes). But there are also those who seek, on top of the basic requirements, specific attractions that will broaden their knowledge and appreciation of their Muslim heritage.

If you’re one such traveller who appreciates the value of visiting mosques, shrines and historical sites with Islamic roots, then you may just want to visit these destinations that will offer you plenty to do and see, topped with an unexpected wealth of Muslim-oriented places of interest.

In Spain, Alcazaba of Badajoz’s history dates back to the 9th century. — DIEGO DELSO/Wikimedia Commons

In 2022, Spain was the proud recipient of the Halal In Travel Awards’ “Top Muslim-Friendly Emerging Destination” accolade.

Andalusia, one of Spain’s autonomous communities with the highest Muslim population, is understandably popular among Muslim tourists. It’s a place rich with Islamic heritage, from the Alhambra Palace (cover pic) in Granada and the Medina Azahara in Cordoba, to the Royal Alcazar in Seville.

However, in recent years, there have been ramped up efforts to promote Islamic heritage in other parts of Spain as well. The landlocked Extremadura, which borders Portugal, is one such example.

The eponymous capital city of Badajoz is home to one of the country’s most important historical monuments: Alcazaba of Badajoz. The citadel was founded by Ibn Marwan in 875, but it was only in the 12th century that it took on the appearance that it has now, following construction done by the Almohads.

Located within the citadel is the Archaeological Museum, where you can learn more about the province’s history through archaeology.

Another province in Extremadura is Caceres, which is also a significant historical area. Its capital city of the same name, a World Heritage City, also saw fortifications made by the Almohads that remain standing to this day.

For instance, the 1,174m-long wall that surrounds the historic Old Town of Caceres. Take a stroll along the Adarve or wall-walk to take in the sights of the city without fear of getting lost. As you wander, you will see the three towers that once served as watchtowers: Torre del Horno, Torre de Bujaco and Torre de la Hierba (also spelled Yerba).

With just 298sq km of land area, the Republic Of Maldives in the Indian Ocean is the smallest country in Asia. Its territory expands to 90,000sq km when factoring in the sea, which forms 99.6% of the island nation.

Turquoise waters, white beaches and overwater bungalows are synonymous with the Maldives. But venture to its vibrant capital Male, on the North Male Atoll, and you will see another interesting side to this tropical paradise.

One of the most densely populated cities in the world, Male features narrow streets lined with high-rise buildings. Amid these, you will find more than 30 mosques. These places of worship were traditionally made from coral stone.

Placed on the Unesco World Heritage Tentative List are six mosques collectively known as the Coral Stone Mosques of Maldives: Ihavandhoo Friday Mosque, Meedhoo Friday Mosque, Male Friday Mosque, Male Eid Mosque, Fenfushi Friday Mosque and Isdhoo Old Mosque.

Meanwhile, the Grand Friday Mosque is a more modern iteration with a stark white marble façade that belies the intricate wood carvings, lacquer work and Arabic scriptures within.

It is the biggest mosque in Maldives that’s able to accommodate up to 5,000 worshippers.

Malaysia, along with other nations such as Brunei and Pakistan, lent a hand in building the mosque that is easily identified – even from afar – by its towering golden dome.

Since Maldives is a 100% Muslim country (it requires citizens to be Muslim), rest assured that you will not encounter in its capital any alcohol offerings (these are only allowed within licensed areas such as resorts and cruise boats).

Visitors here are also advised to dress modestly, though activewear and swimwear are fine.

Other than mosque visits, other activities you can do on North Male Atoll include submarine tours, dolphin cruise, visiting the Male markets (one sells only fruit and vegetables, no meat products, while the other sells fresh seafood) and, of course, island hopping.

The Basilan Provincial Capitol was built to commemorate religious influences that shaped Basilan in the Philippines today. — RON RAMOS/Wikimedia Commons

A year after Spain’s win, the Philippines was next to be named Halal In Travel Awards’ Top Muslim-Friendly Emerging Destination.

The city of Zamboanga in the Zamboanga Peninsula, which has a large Muslim population, is among the Philippines’ destinations that is rapidly gaining popularity with Muslim travellers, as it offers a fascinating mix of sights and activities.

In the city’s Taluksangay Barangay, you will find the Taluksangay Mosque. Constructed in 1885 by Hadji Abdullah Maas Nuno, this is said to be the oldest mosque in the region. The religious site can be easily distinguished by its red roof and the minarets surrounding it.

About an hour’s drive from the historical mosque is the Yakan Weaving Village, where you can purchase colourful fabric that have been handwoven using the traditional weaving techniques of the Yakan people, said to be the original indigenous Muslim settlers of Basilan. Bags, seputangan (a square cloth used as head scarf or sash) and other forms of accessories and souvenirs are also sold here.

Basilan, located off the southern coast of Zamboanga Peninsula, has a series of places worth visiting. Its Basilan Provincial Capitol was built to celebrate the religious influences of Islam and Christianity that played a key role in forming the city today.

Previously standing on the site were Fort Isabela II and the Basilan City Hall. The former was destroyed during World War II, and the latter was devoured by fire back in the early 1990s.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a short nature retreat to include in your itinerary, the Great Santa Cruz Island is a slice of holiday paradise featuring pink sand beaches. This unique feature is caused by red corals (organ pipe corals). However, visitors have to book ahead with the City Tourism Office, as only a limited number of visitors are allowed onto the island each day.

Hazratbal Shrine is the only domed mosque (the other mosques are pagoda-like) in Srinagar, India. — ABDULLA NASAR/Wikimedia Commons

According to the World Population Review, India sits third in the ranking of top 10 countries with the largest number of Muslims, totalling 200 million. That makes up 13.87% of the South Asian nation’s total population, which stands at 1.44 billion as of January 2024.

A mention of India as a Muslim holiday destination might conjure up the image of Taj Mahal in your mind. Understandably so, since the majestic mausoleum is a Unesco World Heritage Site described as “the jewel of Muslim art in India”.

But there is more to the country than that. Take Kashmir for instance. The Muslim majority region is renowned for its mountainous peaks, verdant valleys and tranquil lakes. Don’t let the territorial conflict deter you from visiting this picturesque place, as it has been deemed a safe place for tourists.

Although as always, do practice caution when visiting, same as you would in any other country. Kashmir is also home to the Hazratbal Shrine. Situated on the left bank of Srinagar’s Dal Lake, the white marble mosque is revered because housed within it is the holy relic “Moi-e-Muqaddas”, a strand of Prophet Muhammad’s beard. You may visit Hazratbal Shrine from 9.30am to 5.30pm daily, but do note that photography is not allowed in the main sanctum.

Another destination in India that you can explore is Mysore, or Mysuru, down south in Karnataka. With its second largest population being Muslim, after Hindu, the city has plenty of halal food, Muslim-friendly facilities and several mosques to cater to Muslim travellers.

Nicknamed “City Of Palaces”, Mysore boasts seven stunning former royal residencies that now serve as an iconic landmark (Mysore Palace), hotels (Lalitha Mahal Palace, Rajendra Vilas Palace, Chittaranjan Palace), museums (Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion which houses the General, Folklore and Archaeology Museums), an art gallery (Jaganmohan Palace) and even a research institute (Cheluvamba Mansion).

The centuries-old Afaq Khoja Mausoleum is a unique attraction in Xinjiang, China. — DAVID STANLEY/Wikimedia Commons

Xinjiang is a Muslim-dominated region in China with a large population of Uyghur people and other ethnic minorities. Aside from its sweeping desert plains and rolling mountains, what you can also experience here is its colourful Muslim heritage.

One such destination that illustrates this is the old city of Kashgar – located in its heart is the Yusuf Khass Hajib Mausoleum. Interred within are the remains of the eponymous 11th-century Muslim poet and philosopher from Kyrgyzstan. He died in 1077, but the burial structure was only built – to pay tribute to his life – hundreds of years after his passing.

Over in Haohan Village, you can visit the 384-year-old Afaq Khoja Mausoleum, named after a religious and political leader renowned in the Uyghur communities. The tomb was originally constructed for his father, who was also an important figure, but today it is the resting place for five generations of the Afaqi family, including Afaq Khoja.

In Urumqi, Shaanxi Great Mosque and the Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar will be among the highlights of your trip. Located on the South Heping Road, the mosque has been around since the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Take the opportunity to marvel at its architectural beauty, which incorporates traditional Chinese style featuring wooden structures.

Meanwhile, occupying over 10ha (inclusive of an observation tower and a mosque) is the Grand Bazaar that comes alive with some 3,000 handicraft stores.

You will also come across stalls selling local delicacies and other special commodities, such as clothes and knives.

If it’s traditional handicraft by Uyghur artisans that you seek, head to Gaotay Village where crafting skills are handed down as heirlooms through generations. You will even find traditional musical instruments during your visit to the village, which is surrounded by ancient dwellings and from afar, the khaki-coloured houses appear as if they are built on top of one another.

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