Mysore Palace is one of the most significant heritages in India. A beautiful 3 storyed structure that is located in the heart of the city, and offering an excellent insight in the history and past glory of the place and the Wodeyar kingdom, the palace is a must visit in Mysore. Pick one from the lucrative Mysore tour packages, book your tickets and hotels in advance and get going to Mysore.
True to its epithet, the “City of Palaces” in India, Mysore is one of the handful of cities in the country that share a close association with the royal families. There are number of regal palaces in the city each constructed by different rulers, of which the Wodeyars in particular are worth mentioning. Today, lot many of these palaces have been turned into hotels, museums, and government offices, whereas some still continue to be the home to the royal families. Each one of these palaces is a work of art and is a passage to the glorious era that is long gone. To name some of the most prominent palaces in Mysore include: Ambavilas Palace, Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, Lalitha Mahal Palace, Laxmi Vilas Mansion, Krishna Rajendra Vilas Palace, and Mysore Palace.
Of the several palaces that adorns the Mysore city, the Mysore Palace is perhaps the most popular and significant palace. It is a grand palace which used to be the residence of the Wodeyar kings and queens. The palace continued to be the official residence of the former royal family during the era of their reign, that is from 1350 to 1950. It was also their seat of administration and was the place where the kings made and issued laws and did justice. All the major rules, regulations, and orders came out from this grandiose palace, which are meant to be followed by the people of Wodeyar kingdom.
Today, the Mysore Palace is one of the major highlights of Mysore. After Taj Mahal in Agra, it is perhaps the most popular historical place to visit in India. Each year, the palace sees above six million domestic as well as international visitors. It is a major landmark in the city and is quite prominent. Besides, it is also easily accessible, as it is located at the backside of the city bus stand and just about 10 minutes away from the city’s central railway station. From the Mysore airport it takes about 20 minutes to reach the palace. Meanwhile, there are number of excellent Mysore hotels located in the vicinity of the old fort.
The Mysore Palace is simply one of the most beautiful ancient remnants that the nation has. It is a gorgeous three storeyed structure located inside Old Fort. An interesting fact about the palace is that over the centuries it got demolished and reconstructed multiple times. The palace was first built by King Yaduraya in 14th century. The palace which currently stands on the site was built by his highness Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV and his mother. It took quite a time for the palace to get complete, with getting commissioned in 1897 and completed in 1912. The credit for the ethereal architectural feat of the palace goes to British architect Lord Henry Irwin. Featuring an architectural style that is recognized as Indo-Saracenic style, the palace is made up stones, granite and deep pink marbles. There are beautiful domes, a 145 feet tower, huge facades, strong pillars, and archs. Other than that, as the Wodeyars were great believers of Goddess Chamundi, so the palace also houses number of temples of the goddess. Plus, there is also a beautiful sculpture of goddess Gajalakshmi above the central arch.
Simply put, the Mysore Palace is one fine heritage that is simply beautiful and immensely significant to the nation. Head to city to explore the stately palace in real. Meanwhile, do check out the lucrative Mysore tour packages before heading to the city.