The Kingdom of Mysore was ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty from 1399 until the independence of India in 1947. The Wodeyar kings first built a palace in Mysore in the 14th century, but this palace was partially damaged by a lightning strike in 1638. It was repaired and expanded, but fell into neglect by the late 18th century. It was demolished in 1793, and a new palace was built in its place in 1803. This palace was destroyed in a fire in 1897 during the wedding of Princess Jayalakshmanni.
The regent of Mysore at the time, commissioned a British architect, Henry Irwin, to build yet another palace in its place. The result is the current building that was completed in year 1912. Its architectural style is commonly described as Indo-Saracenic, and blends together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles. It is a three-storeyed stone structure, with marble domes and a 145 ft five-storeyed tower. The interior features elaborate stained glass and mirrors and is quite over the top. The palace is surrounded by a large garden which features 12 Hindu temples, the oldest of which dates back to the 14th century.
You have to deposit your shoes and cameras before entering inside and photography isn't allowed, which is a real shame.
Open: 10am-5.30pm. Admission: Rs20.
the mysore palace is magnificient.parts of it are open to the public while the erstwhile raja of mysore's descendants retain part of it.
The best time to visit is during the festival of Dussera which falls in the months or september or october.a grand procession is held where the king sits on an elephant and goes around the town with his paraphernalia to honour Goddess Chamundeshwari,who is the presiding deity of the town and the family Goddess of the maharajas .the whole palace is lit in the evenings.the whole town wears a festive look.
You can see palace lighted during Sunday evenings and Holidays. Take a tour of palace during day time from 9AM -5PM. You can also ride on elephant and/or Camel in the palace for a nominal fee. You will really enjoy spectacular view of palace when it is lighted.
The Mysore palace is an architectural wonder. The main building is in grey granite, three storied and dominated by a five storied tower topped by a gilded dome. The tower soars to a height of 145 feet from the ground. The palace is built around an open courtyard, to the east of which is the elephant gate. On the first floor is the Durbar Hall and towards the north is the Ambavilasa. The Kalyanmantap or the marriage hall is awesome. The stained glass decorations and the murals adorning the pavilion are worth spending some time over. Another attraction in the palace is the golden throne or Howdah
Mysore Palace Architecture (fact extracted from © Mysore Palace Board)
A dramatic three storied stone building of fine gray granite with deep pink marble domes dominated by a five-storied 145 ft tower with a gilded dome mounted by a single golden flag.
Designed by Henry Irwin, the Mysore Palace is one of the finest achievements of Indo-Saracenic architecture, summing up many diverse themes that have played through Indian architecture over the centuries. Muslim designs and Rajput style combine with Gothic elements and indigenous materials in an exuberant display of grandeur.
The palace is set among meticulously laid gardens and has an intricately detailed elevation with a profusion of delicately curved arches, bow-like canopies, magnificent bay windows and columns in varied styles ranging from Byzantine to Hindu.
The striking façade has seven expansive arches and two smaller ones flanking the central arch, which is supported by tall pillars. Above the central arch is an impressive sculpture of Gajalakshmi - the Goddess of wealth with elephants.
The sumptuous interiors of the palace, in keeping with the grand exteriors, are replete with exquisitely carved doors, expansive pavilions, delicate chandeliers, exquisite stained glass ceilings and decorative frescoes depicting scenes from the Indian epics. An enduring reminder of the splendour of the Mysore maharajas and a testament to the dexterity of the local artisans and craftsmen.
No shoe nor camera allowed in the palace. I just cannot imagine if cameras were to allow in the palace because all the priceless collection will be soon removed by thefts and the queue for visiting will take forever to clear.
The Mysore Palace is open all days of the week, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The palace is illuminated on Sundays, national holidays and state festivals from 7:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This magnificent royal palace was commissioned in 1897 after the previous palace burnt down during a royal wedding, It was the British Architect Henry Irwin who built it in the Indo-Saracenic style, a style that blends Hindi, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic, it was completed in 1912
It has many splendid features including chandeliers, stained glass, and ornate ceilings and carved doors, the main rooms are the dumbar room, and the wedding hall
It’s illuminated on Sundays, national holidays and of course festivals
Beautiful palace. Nice carvings and a beautiful mix of architecture styles.
Impressive lighting at night!
Mysore palace is lit up every sunday night for one hour only between 7pm and 8 pm also for special holidays and festivals