• The Mysore Palace, officially known as Mysuru Palace, located in Mysore in the Indian state of Karnataka.
• Mysore Palace, The Palace of Mysore or the Amba Vilas Palace is a palace situated in the city of Mysore in southern India.
• It is the official residence of the Wodeyars - the erstwhile royal family of Mysore, and also houses two durbar halls (ceremonial meeting hall of the royal court).
• Mysore is commonly described as the City of Palaces, however, the term "Mysore Palace" specifically refers to one within the old fort.
The Wodeyar kings first built a palace in Mysore in the 14th century, it was demolished and constructed multiple times. The current palace construction was commissioned in 1897, and it was completed in 1912 and expanded later around 1940.
Mysore palace is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in India after Taj Mahal with more than 6 million annual visitors.
• Although tourists are allowed to visit the palace, they are not allowed to take photographs inside the palace. Price of admission for foreign tourists is 200 INR., and for Indians 20 INR. All visitors must remove their footwear to enter the palace.
Built & Dimentions:
• Historically there is an interesting story behind the current structure construction, which goes like this- there was an Old Palace or the Wooden Palace in place where the currnet palace exist, was burnt into ashes during the 1896 marriage event (Dasara festivities).
Now due to this tregedy the then Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV and his mother Maharani Kempananjammanni Devi, commissioned the British architect Henry Irwin to build a new palace.
• The construction cost was placed at Rs 41,47,913 (around $30 million adjusted to inflation) and was completed in 1912.
The palace was further expanded in around 1930 (including the addition of the present Public Durbar Hall wing)
• Although the construction was completed in 1912, the fort continued to be beautified and its inhabitants were slowly moved to the newer extensions built off the palace.
• The architectural style of domes of the palace is commonly described as Indo-Saracenic, with blends of the Hindu, Mughal, Rajput, and Gothic styles.
It is a three-story stone structure with marble domes, and has a 145-foot five-story tower. The main complex is 245 Ft in length and also 156 Ft in width.
• The three-story stone building of a fine grey granite with deep pink marble domes has a facade with several expansive arches and two smaller ones flanking the central arch, which is supported by tall pillars.
• The palace houses two durbar halls (ceremonial meeting halls of the royal court) and incorporates an array of courtyards, gardens, and buildings.