Maharaja’s Palace is one of the most royal edifices of India. This fantastic palace has served as a resting edifice for the Wodeyar maharajas. The original palace, the one inhabited by the royals, was destroyed by fire in 1897. The construction for the one standing now was concluded in 1912; English architect Henry Irwin was the architect. It was reconstructed at a cost of Rs. 4.5 million. The interior of palace features Indo-Saracenic architectural brilliance, complemented by a kaleidoscope of mirrors, gaudy colours and stained glass.
Carved wooden doors, splendid mosaic floors and a collection of wonderful paintings reflect the ways of Mysore-living during the Edwardian Raj and add to the royalty of palace’s décor. While you make your way into the palace, you walk down through an intricately carved collection of sculptures and artifacts. Make sure, you haven’t missed view of the armoury featuring a classy collection of over 700 weapons. During weekends, Dasara celebrations and national holidays, nearly 100,000 light bulbs are used to illuminate the palace that spreads its grandeur and glow against the darkness of night. Sorry, photography is strictly prohibited inside the premises. You will have to deposit your cameras in lockers at the entrance. You can also avail the services of a multilingual guide, present at the compound. The price of the ticket for Indian/foreigner is Rs.20/200 respectively. Visiting hours: 10am–5.30pm.