The city of Mysore, or Mysuru, is one of India’s most enchanting, with a long history, rich tradition, royal heritage and a wealth of grand monuments and buildings. It is also home to an atmospheric bazaar, where you can discover all sorts of fragrant spices and is has acclaimed schools of Ashtanga yoga too.
At the very heart of the city is Mysore Palace, once the seat of the Wodeyar maharajas. It is the second most visited attraction in India, after the Taj Mahal. This is one of India’s most extravagant palaces, its interiors incredibly lavish and Indo-Saracenic in style. As you explore you’ll pass through a confection of stained glass, mirrors, carved wooden doors and mosaic floors in a whole host of colours.
This current incarnation of the palace, designed by English architect Henry Irwin, was built between 1897 and 1912 after the previous wooden palace burnt down during a wedding. Within is a large collection of sculptures and artefacts, as well as a collection of weaponry.
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