Maharaja's Palace (Amba Vilas Palace)

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Floohoo Travels offer Maharaja's Palace (Amba Vilas Palace) Tour Packages. Choose from a wide range of tour packages based on your interests and needs.Amba Vilas Palaces is the official residence and seat of the Wodeyars — the erstwhile royal family who ruled the princely state of Mysore from 1399 to 1950. In 1897 the owners commissioned the British architect Lord Henry Irwin to rebuild the palace that had been destroyed in a fire.

The palace contains a bewildering array of courtyards, gardens, and buildings, as well as two grand durbar halls (ceremonial halls of the royal court). The architecture of the palace’s domes is in the Indo-Saracenic style, and the rest of the structure incorporates a gamut of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles. Built with a combination of three stones, the edifice is topped with marble domes and a tall five-story tower.

Above the central arch is a sculpture of Gajalakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity, good luck, and abundance, she is also accompanied by her elephants. The palace complex is surrounded by a large garden and contains 18 temples. The Amba Vilas palace is the venue for the famous Mysore Dasara festival every autumn, at which time leading artists transform the ground into a whimsical delight. On the tenth day of the festival, floats carrying tableaux joined by caparisoned elephants bearing the idol of goddess Chamundi begin their march from the palace grounds.

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