Palace sights in Karnataka
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The fantastic profile of the walled Indo-Saracenic Maharaja's Palace, the seat of the maharajas of Mysore, graces the city's skyline. An earlier palace burnt down in 1897 and the present one, designed by English architect Henry Irwin, was completed in 1912 at a cost of Rs 4.5 million.
The palace's interior - a kaleidoscope of stained glass, mirrors and gaudy colours - is undoubtedly over the top, but it includes awe-inspiring carved wooden doors and mosaic floors, as well as a series of historically interesting paintings depicting life in Mysore during the Edwardian Raj. Hindu temples within the palace grounds include the Sri Shweta Varahaswamy Temple; its gopuram…
Built in 1861 as the royal auditorium, the Jaganmohan Palace, just west of the Maharaja’s Palace, houses the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, where large crowds gather to check out a collection of kitsch objects and regal memorabilia. The collection includes some fantastic and rare musical instruments, Japanese art, and paintings by the noted artist Raja Ravi Varma.
The private residence of the Wodeyar family, Bengaluru Palace preserves a slice of the bygone royal life for you to see. Aged retainers show you around the building, designed to resemble Windsor Castle, and you can marvel at the lavish interiors and galleries featuring family photos and a collection of nude portraits. Ask before you get clicking. The palace grounds, interestingly, are now Bengaluru’s hottest concert arena, having hosted everyone from Iron maiden, the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and Deep Purple in the past!