Mysore Palace is one of the most beautiful Palaces of India. Completed in 1912, with a few additions in later years, it is exquisitely designed.
Part of the day trip itinerary to Mysore, this time I traveled with my parents, sister & my one-year old niece. We reached the Palace around one, bought the tickets and entered the grounds. The first thing, we had to do before entering the premises, was to leave our shoes behind and were strictly advised not to click any pictures inside by the glaring board put up right outside the door.
From here, we were supposed to go through the souvenir shop and this roundabout always leads to shopping – and the same happened. We ended up buying lots of things made of sandalwood and were carrying packets of stuff on the palace tour.
We walked through the ornate halls and through the polished doors to see this architectural masterpiece. The palace walls are adorned with splendid paintings and it has numerous beautiful halls. One of the most striking halls was the opulent marriage pavilion – with stained-glass ceiling and the painted pillars which seemed to reflect the color of the sky – it was very impressive – perfect for the family ceremonies.
With massive public durbar halls, courtyards, gardens all around the palace and over twelve temples on the premises – it is extensively spread out. We all had a wonderful time admiring the beauty of this palace and even my one-year old niece enjoyed running around in the courtyard.
- Timings – 10 am to 5:30 pm
- Audio Tour available in many Languages.
The palace is illuminated every Sunday evening and on Holidays from 7 pm to 7:45 pm – definitely, the best time to see this magnificent structure all lit up. And not to forget, it is decorated elaborately during the well-known Dasara festival with parades on the palace grounds – one of the must-see events in Karnataka.
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