<!-- -->The Palace of Mysore
() 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 2.7 million 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.
The Kingdom of Mysore was ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty
from 1399 until the independence of India in 1947. The Wodeyar kings built a palace in Mysore in the 14th century, But Raja Wodeyar shifted his Capital to the island fort town of Srirangapattana in 1610 and Mysore lost its importance as a seat of power. But this palace was partially damaged by a lightning strike in 1638. It was repaired and expanded by Ranadhira... Read More