The Maharaja's Palace

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JacobChr JacobChr
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Beautiful Palace in Southern India Feb 03, 2011
Mysore Palace is a beautiful palace not so far from Bangalore. This makes Mysore an excellent location for a Sunday full-day excursion from Bangalore (or just get some accomodation in Mysore since this is the second largest city in Kernataka). Make sure to see the palace on a Sunday since this is the only time that it is lit up at 7 pm.

It is not allowed to take pictures inside the palace, but quite frankly the outside is also more fascinating than the inside.

You may get a local guide to tell you about the different rooms and attractions inside the palace. Our guide was okay, but had a hard time distinguishing between interesting and not so interesting stories. He could go from telling an interesting story about the origins of one of the treasures that were in the Maharajah bedroom, to suddenly pointing up at an electric fan that was installed in the ceiling, and announce to us that it was a fan made in 1969 - produced by the company General Electric.

If you have the time - go and see some of the temples that are scattered around the hills of Mysore for example the Chamundeshwari Temple...
Mysore Palace at 7 pm
Mysore Palace lit up
Kristian and me in front of Mysore…
Mysore Palace
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heyjulie heyjulie
1 reviews
Beautiful but I felt like the attraction Mar 12, 2011
I traveled to Mysore for a weekend during my time in Bangalore and we visited the palace.

It was beautiful and the tour was great but the only negative was that we were so bombarded with people as me and my friends were westerners. We were asked so many times if we could have our photo taken with people.....we were not meant to be the attraction!

Beautiful place though, just a lot of people!
niz4you niz4you
1 reviews
The art of ancient world May 17, 2011
Visit the Kawadiar Palace in Mysore - you can see the meritorious arts of the ancient Indian men. Especially the paintings - no doubt you will wonder when you see, its humanirsm, creativity; all you will like definetely.
Liselore_Verschuren Liselore…
252 reviews
A taste of A Thousand and One Nights Sep 26, 2008
Until 1947, Mysore was the capital of the small Kingdom of Mysore and was ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty. The Palace of Mysore (also known as Maharaja’s Palace) was the official residence of the Wodeyar family. It was commissioned in 1897 and completed in 1912. It’s now one of the most famous tourist attractions in Mysore.

The outside of the palace looks as if it comes straight out of a story from A Thousand and One Nights. It is huge and every square meter seems to make me think I’ve landed straight into the story of Aladdin.

The Wodeyar kings and their extensive families used to live here, this royal dynasty ruled the Kingdom of Mysore from 1399 to 1947. The Wodeyar family remained in place during British rule, but they were subsidiaries of the British Raj and had to pay annual subsidy to the British.

The rooms that are open for visiting are jaw dropping though. The most spectacular is the hall called Ambavilasa. This was used by the king for private audiences. It’s decorated woth gilded columns, stained glass ceilings and a mosaic floor embellished with semi-precious stones.

The Kalyana Mantapa (Mariage Hall) is a large pavilion that also has a stained glass ceiling, this time with peacock motifs arranged in geometrical patterns. The entire structure was mad in Glasgow, Scotland. The peacock theme continues with a peacock mosaic, designed with tiles from England. Oil paintings at the walls illustrate royal processions of the Wodeyar kings.

It would be wise to go as early as possible. You can then beat the heat at most of the crowds.
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jethanad says:

thanks for bringing us this review. I faintly remember visiting this place in 1957, but it was in a sad shape then.
Posted on: Jun 22, 2010

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