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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular Palaces in Mysore?

Kapil Gumasta DEC 10 2012
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The old capital of Karnataka, the city of Mysore has a plethora of experiences to offer for anyone who visits this place. The ancient city surprises you with its magnificent palaces. Just take a look at the popular palaces of Mysore.

  • Mysore Palace

    Also known as ‘Amba Vilas Palace’, it is located in the heart of the city and is the official residence of the Wodeyars (erstwhile royal family of Mysore). This remarkable palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions in India, second only the enchanting Taj Mahal (Agra).

    The architecture of the palace is an amalgamation of Muslim, Rajput, Hindu and Gothic styles of architecture. This three-storied stone structure is surrounded by vast expanse well-manicured and lush gardens. The beautiful building of the palace was designed by Henry Irwin, using fine gray granite and deep pink marble (for domes). The Mysore Palace houses many exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world, and thus, has been converted into a museum for public viewing.

    This majestic palace is illuminated on
    Sunday nights and holidays with thousands bulbs which shimmer against the inky black night, presenting one of the most enduring images of the city. Even though you cannot enter the Palace but you can go in the gardens and enjoy this beautiful show. The illuminated Palace is a truly magnificent sight, and worth planning your trip around. To enjoy the beautiful view do remember to arrive a little early to settle at a vantage position. The best part about it is that the palace is lit in one stroke, rather than in parts. So, arrive before the palace is about to be illuminated to feel the real charm.

    Timings: 10 am to 7 pm. Entry fee is INR 25.

  • Jaganmohan Palace

    This palace was built during the reign of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in 1861 and served as a alternate home for the royal family, as their original home (the Mysore Palace) has burnt down. The royal family of the Wodeyar lived in this palace till the their home was rebuilt in 1912. In 1915, the palace was converted into an art gallery, housing many remarkable collection of antiques, like the “The Lady with the Lamp” by
    S.L. Haldekar’s and works by Nicholas Royrick, Raja Ravi Varma and Rembrandt. The diverse collection here includes musical clock, paintings depicting the life and times of the Wodeyar kings and the famous Dasara festival, various brass-ware, sculptures, antiques coins and currencies. This palace also houses an auditorium which, especially during Dasara festival, is used for various cultural events like dance and music performances.

    Timings: 8 a.m. to 12 noon, and again from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. It is open on all days except Thursdays and National holidays. Entry fee is INR 10 per adult.

  • Jayalakshmi Vilas

    Located at a distance of 3 kilometres from the city centre, it is situated in the lush green landscape of the University of Mysore premises. It was constructed by Sri Chamaraja Wodeyar for the royal comforts of his eldest daughter Jayalakshammanni in 1905. Formerly known as the ‘First Rajkumari Mansion', this palace has a three wing structure elaborated with a sequence of Corinthian and ionic columns.

    The breathtaking interiors are adorned in
    Indian decor with the main feature being the dancing hall which is called the Kalyana Mantapa and has 12-pillar square and an eight-petal shaped dome. The high roof is exquisitely adorned with painted glasses and the windows and doors are ornamentally carved.

    Timings: The mansion open from 10 am to 1 pm and again from 3 pm to 5 pm and there is no entry fee.

  • Lalitha Mahal

     The second largest palace in Mysore, it is on the slopes of Chamundi Hills. This majestic palace was built during the reign of Raja Krishnaraja IV in 1913 to accommodate the Viceroy of India. E.W. Fritchley from Mumbai. The palace is built in Renaissance style with concepts and designs inspired from the English manor and Italian palazzo. The pure white imposing building of the palace with lush gardens and sprawling terrace is a treat to the eyes. The palace was converted into a 5-star hotel in 1974 by Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC). Staying here will surely give a feel of being royalty.

These beautiful palaces and mansions give the name “City of Palaces” to Mysore and add a touch of royalty, charm and elegance to the city.

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