Mysore Palace is a historic landmark in the city of Mysore in the State of Karnataka, India. The fort of Mysore is also known as Amba Vilas Palace. Mysore Palace has been the residence of the royal family and they are still living in the palace. The land where the palace stands is known as Purgiri. The Palace is located at the center of the city of Mysore. It is facing the Chamundi Hills. Usually, Mysore is known as the "city of palaces".
There are seven palaces, including this magnificent fort that enhances the beauty of this city. Mysore Palace is one of the most attracted tourist places in India. More than 6 million tourists are visiting the Mysore palace annually. The history of the Mysore Palace is very old and has already witnessed the many rulers of the Mysore Fort. During the 14th century, there was the first palace inside the fort, which was destroyed many times. The old Palace was burnt down and the present structure was built during 1897 and 1912. After the death of Tipu Sultan in May 1799, the Maharaja Krishna Raja Wodeyar III had declared Mysore as its capital.
The architecture style used to design the Mysore Palace has been based on the Indo-Saracenic mixture of Hindu, Rajput, Mughal and Gothic styles. The three-storied building of the Mysore Fort has a dome made entirely from marble stone and 145 fitted stone structures. The Mysore Palace is surrounded by a magnificent garden. The palace has three gates-the eastern doorway, the south entrance, and the west entrance. There are many important sites inside Mysore Palace.
The construction of this three-floor palace is done by brown granite, with three pink marble domes. Along with the palace, there is also a 44.2 meter high, and a five-tower building, whose dome is made of gold. This palace is one of the most visited places in the world. The New York Times has listed the Mysore Palace as one of the best 31 destinations to visit around the world. You can enter the palace as a Gobe Thot or a Dolls pavilion. This entry-door has a group of dolls made of the 19th and 20th centuries. Besides this, a wooden-made elephant, which is decorated with 81 kg of gold, is constructed here.
On the occasion of Dusshera (Dasara), there is a ceremony is held at the palace and the crown of 200 kg is displayed for the public. In the palace, you can also see the rooms in which the royal clothes, the photographs, and the jewelry are kept. Also, the wall of the palace is decorated with the paintings of Siddalinga swami, King Ravi Varma, and K. Venkatappa. The Mysore Palace was built in the mid-20th century has 12 temples, each having different architectural styles.
Mysore Palace Timings: 10:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.
Mysore Palace Entry Fees: INR 50 for adults, INR 30 for children 10 to 18 years, and INR 50 for foreign tourists