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Its interior is awesome. And it's annual Dussehra religious festival is a magical scene.
Mysore Palace rooms
Private audience hall
Used by the maharaja for meetings with visiting dignitaries and with his top ministers.
Grand royal weddings were held here.
Public audience hall
Where the maharaja listened to the petitions of his subjects.
Other worthy attractions
They include the gold-laden elephant howdaw, Dessehra procession wall paintings, hall of dolls, and the armory.
The ten magical days
of the Dussehra Festival
As with Easter and Ramadan, the dates of the Dussehra Festival vary from year to year. But it always fall in September and/or October. Highlights:
Palace lights see photo
Tens of thousands of small bulbs light up the Mysore Palace's exterior. (If you miss the festival, remember that the lighting also takes place on Sunday and public holiday evenings throughout the year).
Celebrated musicians perform on a special stage on the palace grounds.
On the final night, you enjoy a lively parade featuring bedecked elephants, floats, and more.
Four palaces were built on the site by the Wodeyar maharaja dynasty. The first was in the 14th century. It and the next two were destroyed by intent, neglect, or accident. The fourth and current one was constructed in the 20th century.
The dynasty's lengthy rule ended when India attained independence in 1947. Today, Mysore Palace is a museum and no longer a royal residence.
Location in India