Mysore Palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions in India, outside the Taj Mahal, attracting over six million visitors annually. The Mysore Palace, also known as the Amba Vilas Palace, is one of seven palaces in the royal city of Mysore.
A unique architectural mix
Guests will have the opportunity to view and explore several areas within the three major temple buildings within Mysone Palace or the Old Fort, as well as the 18 smaller palace areas within the compound. For building design and artistry-lovers, the architectural style of the palace features an intriguing Indo-Saracenic style, with an infusion of Hindu, Mughal, Rajput, and Gothic in just the right places. There are numerous secret tunnels leading from the palace cellar to adjoining palaces and other private within the greater Mysore grounds.
Making your way to Mysore Palace
This majestic palace can be seen from a considerable distance from any point you approach it. The four arched gates on either side, give way to a large garden area that is perfect for taking a relaxing break or strolling with family and friends. The main building is three stories of stone granite, pink marble and a five-story tower. To enter the palace, you will have to remove your shoes as they are not allowed inside.
What to look for at Mysore Palace
The most notable elements of the Mysore Palace are Durbar Hall, the Ambavilasa, the Royal Howdah, and the Kalyana Mantap. Several of the rooms you will encounter are some of the most intricately decorated spaces imaginable. The palace compound is also host to 12 Hindu temples, dating as far back as the 14th century. Similar to Ambavilasa Hall in design, Durbar Hall is the reception area where the maharaja addresses the public. The maharaja can be seen using the Durbar balcony to talk to the public as well as viewing festivals and celebrations performed in the open space in front of the balcony.
Ambavilasa Hall is considered even more spectacular than Durbar due to its generous use of gold on the gilded columns, its stained-glass ceiling and the enormous chandeliers it adorns. Kalyana Mantapa, also known as the marriage hall, is one of the first halls you'll come upon on your visit - and it is sure to leave you speechless. The amount of detail and work that went into the room, with its vaulted domed ceiling and gilded columns, is remarkable and a must-see for guests. There is so much to see at Mysore Palace so be sure to carve-out enough time to check out as many exhibits, rooms and treasured areas as possible. Not to be forgotten, this historic structure is especially stunning to view from its exterior at night on Sundays and public holidays, as this is when you'll be fortunate enough to find the entire palace lit with an incredible 97,000 lights.