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Mysore Palace

A historical country like India, where each state, each city, every hill station and every beach carries a story behind it, and flaunts its importance through beautiful historical monuments, a travel trip is the best holiday you can enjoy. Take a look at all the architectural forts, monuments, palaces of the country and have a memorable holiday, touring historical palaces in India.

The kings and rulers of earlier times, liked to boast about their luxuries and to flaunt their grand empire and arts, and hence they used to spend quite a lot on the regal buildings, structures and palaces, which now serve as popular tourist attractions. One such grand palace is the Mysore Palace, of Karnataka, which is one of the top 10 historical monuments of the country.

The Mysore Palace is located in Mysore, the City of Palaces in Tamil Nadu, a southern state of India, and is a grand structure built in great pomp and architectural magnificence.

General Details:
Mysore Palace is also known as Amba Vilas Palace, which has been and still is the residence of the Wodeyar royal family, who were the last Mysore rulers. Built in 1897, in place of the much older Wodeyar palace of 14th century, the palace got completed in 1912, and was designed by the British architect Henry Irwin.

The Palace has been built in Indo-Saracen style, with influence from Mughal, Indian and British Gothic styles of architecture. Built in stone, to three storeys, the palace has deep pink marble domes and is surrounded by lush green gardens from all sides. Right in the front you will see grand arches, while the central arch has a sculpture of goddess Gajalakshmi, above it. Many temples were also built by the kings inside the complex and the palace is also known for hosting many cultural programs.

Major Attractions:

Built on the lines of Diwan-i-Khas, this section was made for king's special guests and hence is designed in a spectacular pattern. Some amazing features of this section are, the rosewood doorway with carvings, gilded columns, ceilings with stained glass, and floral shaped chandeliers. All these adornments and crafts made this section certainly royal for the royalties.

Doll's Pavilion:
Also known as the Gombe Thotti, this section is a Doll Museum, where traditional dolls have been collected and treasured from19th to 20th centuries. The area also contains many Indian and European sculptures , thereby giving it an image of a museum.

The Marriage Hall:
Known as Kalyana Mantapa, this section is a major tourist attraction as it is a beautiful octagonal shaped , grand arena, with many embellishments like stained glass ceiling, and peacock motifs, all around. The floor also has a peacock mosaic, finished in English tiles. The walls of this section have been painted, depicting royal stories and festive celebrations.

The rulers of Mysore, or rather the owners of the Palace, have time and again, built many temples inside the palace complex, and even they are grand structures drawing a lot of tourist attention. There are about 12 Hindu temples here, including Someshwara Temple, Lakshmiramana Temple and Shwetha Varahaswamy Temple, dedicated to lord Shiva, Vishnu, and one of Vishnu's incarnations, respectively.  

Important Information about Mysore Palace:

· Seeking amazing tourist attraction, almost as much as the Taj Mahal of Agra, the palace is well protected and maintained by the officials.

· While going inside the palace, the tourists are supposed to take their footwear off, and not supposed to take photographs in the premises.

· The palace is the venue for the famous Dasara Festival, that takes place every autumn in Mysore city, which see many performances on the palace grounds culminating into a royal elephant parade on the tenth day, Vijaya Dashmi.

· The palace also has a section which treasures the armory of the royal family, from 14th century tools to present day.

·With renovation and refashioning of the palace, the royal family moved out into the extension , built later on, while palace has been preserved with acute care for tourism and historical values.

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