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“A palace fit for a king”

Mysore Maharajah's Palace (Amba Vilas)
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Owner description: This 1912 structure is one of the largest palaces in the country and contains art from around the world.
Reviewed 6 May 2014

I didn't want to leave the palace and wished to stay on for another day to fully take in the breathtaking beauty, architecture that South India is well known for, the golden interior and unique exterior. Its amazing how grand the whole place is. The outside of the gates has small merchants who sell hand-crafted, locally made items and if you are good bargainer, you can walk in with a souvenir. Right from the entrance, you are welcomed by infinite stone-caved pillars and architecture which continues up the entrance. You leave the shoes outside the entrance and no photography is allowed beyond this point. All you need is your photographic memory and vivid pictures will stay with you forever. The audio tour and company of other visitors enhances the mood in the palace. History is retold in these walls from the idols, paintings, architectural beauty to the golden ornaments. You can even see through the eye's of the "Maharajah"(King) by standing in the same spot he stood at the balcony during the festivals. The palace is illuminated on Sundays and festive occasions like Dasara. When you leave the glamour interior of the palace, you can take an elephant ride worth R80 in the compound of the palace. If you are lucky you can see the elephants blessing the natives by laying its truck on their heads. The whole memory is ceremoniously ended with a ride on the horses outside of the palace face if you choose too. Now Isn't this worth a trip?

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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Ok, I may be biased as I am from mysore but still its one of the best palaces. Love this palace to bits, visit it almost every time I am in Mysore as my son loves it too

Thank Sowjanya V
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Visit to Mysore is far from complete without visiting the Mysore Palace. As luck would have destined, I get a chance to visit this temple every 7 years and here I come back again after 7 years and 15 years since I first visited.
The palace is huge, majestic and still in all its glory but depleting faster due to lack of efficient maintenance and apathy. We visited it on a Saturday afternoon assuming the crowds to be less in hot sun but came out as soon as we entered the palace after taking the tickets as it was choking with herds of people and we started feeling claustrophobic, we then visited on Sunday morning 10:00 AM as soon as the Palace opened for public but were still surprised to see huge crowds (extended weekend effect && vacation time) but still lesser as compared to day before.
After having been here couple of times, we were still enthralled by the paintings, architecture, carvings, teak wood doors and ceiling, luxury and life of Maharajas a century back and their gold silver artefacts. Though the Durbar hall and central area has tiles and paints chipping off, it still looks grand in its own self. Wish the management takes a note and does proper maintenance. People are equally responsible for touching, scrapping and writing there names at the earliest opportunity available.
We wish we had taken the audio guide which would have given more substance and knowledge and would recommend it to every one who is interested in history.
Maharaja's residence had a separate ticket and it is in more dilapidated condition but still worth a visit.

Nevertheless, the palace and the residence still stands tall and majestic and is a must watch when in Mysore.

Thank Nishan D
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

The Palace is one of the things you cannot miss in Mysore. Entrance is 200 IRP for western people. You have to leave your cameras and shoes at the entrance. Do not give tips to anyone, even if they will ask you: the service is free.

1  Thank Giacomo G
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

The palace looks really grand - when it is all lit up. Apart from that, a visit inside the palace and the museum is just about okay - it has some really beautiful artefacts but on the whole - inside tour of the palace is quite okayish ...
Ensure a few things -
1) Visit the palace on a Sunday, since the palace is lit up only during Dusshera festival and on Sundays.
2) Watch the palace all lit up from the aerial view point @ Chamundi Hills - its really breath taking - with just the palace standing bright amongst the cityscape darkness.
3) Though they say the offical timing of the lighting is from 6.45 - 8 PM - they turn on the lights by round 7, and turn if off by around 7.45 - so maybe you may want to plan it properly.

This is what we did - 7 - 7.15: saw the amazing sight of the palace from Chamundi Hills and took lots of snaps. After that, quickly drove down directly to the palace, reached there by around 7.35 or so, and watched the lit up palace directly in front of us :) ... so we did not miss the hill view as well as the direct front view !!!

1  Thank coolme_kiran
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