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.
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