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“Imposing facade with a few gems to view”

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 27 March 2011

Unlike most visits to palaces in India you have to take your shoes off and leave them in a designated area quite a distance from the entry into the palace. On entering the palace one walks past a precious glassed collection of sculptures and artefacts - disappointing experience since you are not allowed near the exhibits, but get to view from a distance (my binoculars could have come handy!). For those with an interest in armoury there is a fine collection of weapons. The most impressive rooms are the Public Durbar Hall( richly decorated) and the Amba Vias Hall (impressive ceiling and stained glass). Some of the carved wooden doors and the mosaic tiles are of interest, too as are a few paintings by Varma.
Tips: take a pair of socks to wear; advisable to visit early part of the morning (cooler); ;since it can be very crowded; if you are short of time, view from the outside and walk along the periphery to see the gates leading to the palace - particularly impressive during the weekend in the evenings when the palace is lit up with millions of light bulbs; no photographs are allowed inside the palace; the walk leading up to the ticket office is lined with souvenir vendors (much too pricey) and be prepared to be 'hassled' by some individuals touting for business.

Date of experience: January 2011
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Reviewed 28 February 2011

Mysore was 350km from Bangalore. We traveled 4.5 hours from Bangalore to Mysore. We spent 2 hours inside the palace and 1 hour outside.
Mysore palace has 4 buildngs with many many lights on the facade all around. Every sunday around 7pm all the lights are switched on. The view was fantastic.
There were many tour guides waiting for customers. We heard about the history of Mysore and saw the beautiful interior of the palace. Cameras and shoes were not allowed inside.
There were many beggars and vendors outside. They were very aggressive to foreigners and they kept following me. The roads were unsafe and drivers honked all the time.
I bought a Punjabi suit very cheaply.

Date of experience: February 2011
1  Thank sunnydoha
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Reviewed 27 February 2011

We have visited Mysore palace in February 2011 and I have to admit that we were really supraised by its beauty. It is a must. Unfortunaltelly you are not allowed to take pictures inside.

There are actually to palace on the compound but just the first one is worth seeing the second one is rather not interesting and overpriced.

Date of experience: February 2011
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Reviewed 22 February 2011

I found it surprising that the palace was built so recently (early 1900's), so I might pass if this is your only reason to come to Mysore because the history isn't really underlying the undeniable beauty of the palace. If you're already in Mysore, then it's a must-do. Please note that you can bring your cameras to the palace grounds, just not inside the palace itself. Also, do NOT purchase a guide for the palace tour. The guide only takes you through the inside of the palace, which takes only 30 min for Rs 350 (for a couple)! Foreigners get free audio sets anyway, so guides are unnecessary. Also note that there are few seating areas outside the palace and the weather can be very hot in Mysore, so plan accordingly. At the sake of being obvious, do not use the restrooms here if you can avoid it.

Date of experience: February 2011
2  Thank DYG2011
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Reviewed 21 February 2011

Maharajah's Palace is a must for everyone who is visiting Mysore. Palace is in the very centre of the city. Palace rebulit in early XX century is a great example of fusion of two architectonic styles: Anglosaxon and Indian. The marriage whole is absolutely stunning. Unfortunately it is not allowed to taka pictures inside.

Date of experience: February 2011
1  Thank lleosia
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