A sound-and-light show tells the 400-year-old history of Mysore at this magnificent palace, which is decorated with art collections and opulent Hindu temples.
Mysore Palace (aka Mysuru Palace) is among the most resplendent of the seven palaces that give Mysore the nickname of City of Palaces. Once home to the rulers of the Wadiyar dynasty, today it dazzles with its flamboyant architecture, vast courtyards, richly adorned temples and orderly gardens. Discover centuries of regional history while visiting Mysore Palace and attending light displays.
The present Indo Saracenic-style palace dates back to 1897 and replaced a wooden structure that burned to rubble during a festival. Designed by British architect Henry Irwin, the palace combines elements of Byzantine, Hindu, Islamic, Gothic and Rajput styles. Bay windows, huge arches, marble domes and a five-tiered tower dominate the façade. Above the central arch is a statue of Gajalakshmi, the goddess of wealth, alongside elephant sculptures.
Inside, carved wooden doors, chandeliers, frescoes, mosaicked floors and stained-glass ornamentations complement the palatial exterior. Brightly colored pillars, Egyptian figurines and a stucco ceiling in the Durbar Hall present an idea of the exultant lifestyle enjoyed by Wadiyar rulers. Admire the Golden Throne and paintings that portray religious festivals, royal parades and scenes from the lives of maharajas. Look inside temples dedicated to Hindu deities such as Krishna and Shiva.
Nightly multimedia displays light up the palace, accompanied by a soundtrack that recounts historical events from Mysore’s past. Shows in English take place from Thursday to Saturday. Stay after the show, when thousands of lights illuminate the palace. During the Dasara Festival, in late September, the palace is the starting point for a flamboyant procession of song and dance.
Find the palace in the area called Old Fort, in the heart of Mysore’s city center. It’s about 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) southeast of Mysuru Junction train station. Travel here by taxi and rickshaw or walk for 20 minutes from the station through the lively city streets. Nearby attractions include Crawford Hall, Jaganmohan Palace Art Gallery and Mysore Zoo.
Mysore Palace is open daily. Buy admission tickets online or at the palace entrance. Fees are also applicable for the sound-and-light show. Find more information on open hours and show schedules on the palace’s official website.