The History of Mysore palace
Known for its extravagant royal heritage and beautiful monuments, Mysore can be defined as a city of grandeur. Magnificent palaces, stunning gardens, colorful festivals and exceptional craftsmanship are some of the special features that make Mysore unique and a much sought holiday destination. Being extremely popular amongst travellers, Mysore has a number of hotels and cottages providing accomodation to these tourists.
The Mysore Palace:
Narrating the glorious tale of this City of Palaces, the Mysore Palace is among the grandest of India’s royal buildings. The seat of Wodeyar maharajas, this beautiful palace is embellished by mosaic floors, carved wooden doors and a series of paintings depicting life here during the Edwardian Raj era. The intricate architecture of the Mysore Palace is an outstanding example of Indo-Saracenic interior and a perfect blend of Hindu, Islam, Gothic and Rajput styles. Visiting the palace during daytime is a feast to the eyes but it is completely mesmerizing to see the palace illuminated by over 98000 bulbs in the night. Before starting your journey to this city, you should pre-book your stay in a Mysore hotel of your choice, to avoid any wastage of time.
Visiting hours: 10 am – 5:30 pm (Open all days, except Sunday)
Palace Illumination: 7 pm – 7:45 pm (Sunday and Public Holidays)
Sound and Light Show: 7 pm – 7:45 pm (Expect Sunday and Government Holidays)
Tourist Attractions of Mysore:
- Chamundi Hills: Crowned with the Sri Chamundeswari Temple, Chamundi Hills are a major tourist attraction in the city of Mysore, situated 1062 metres above the sea-level. It’s a fine half-day excursion to the temple as well as the hill, offering spectacular views of the city below. One of the most ancient temples of South India, Sri Chamundeswari Temple was built in the 11th The Chamundeshwari Temple is considered as a Shakti Peetha and is one of the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas. The temple exhibits a divine aura and offers an exhilarating view of the Mysore city.
Visiting hours: 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM, 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (Open all days)
- Jaganmohan Palace: Built as the royal auditorium in 1861, this stunning palace houses the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery. The Jaganmohan Palace is one of the seven palaces of the royal city of Mysore and is one of the most beautiful contributions of the Wodeyar Kings to the city during their reign. The palace showcases an exquisite collection of paintings by Rembrandt, a renowned Dutch painter and many other renowned artists. Another prominent attraction of the palace is the collection of Gravure prints by officers of the British Army, depicting scenes from the Mysore wars against Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali.
Visiting hours: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm (Open all days)
Offering an alluring scenic view, this City of Palaces is also the cultural capital of Karnataka. The cultural ambience of the city finely embellished with music, art, paintings and dance exhibit the cultural influence of the Vijayanagara Empire and Wodeyar Dynasty. Counted amongst one of the cleanest cities in India, you will find numerous Mysore hotels catering to the needs of the incoming travellers. Amidst the historical architectural marvels of Mysore, natural splendours like Mysore Zoo, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary and Virndavan Garden equally attract the inquisitive travellers. Best known for its silk all across the world, you should definitely visit the Government Silk factory in Mysore to learn and familiarize about the making of several silk products.