Mysore is a city that was unknown to Lawrence and I before we ventured on the road South from Bangalore for about 3 hours and arrived at our next hotel The Windflower. This is a beautiful spa resort which has a few others throughout India.
Our room overlooked the peaceful water center piece with the sound of geese every so often!
We were then met by our guide and we drove across to the main attraction – the Mysore Palace. Mysore is often described as The City of Palaces, however Mysore Palace which sits within the Old Fort is the most famous and is now seen as the second largest tourist attraction after the Taj Mahal.
The construction of this current palace began in 1897 and construction was completed in 1912. Unfortunately no cameras are allowed inside but it has incredibly grand and extravagant decor throughout all the rooms. The key piece is the centre room where is no front wall so the king can sit in the middle and look out across the city, with the room spanning nearly the full width of the palace.
We were lucky enough to have visited Mysore on a Sunday which meant we could see the weekly event that flocks of tourists come to see.
Every Sunday between 6-7pm the lights are switched on and the entire palace becomes an incredible sight to see.
Now this post may get a little heavy if I continue with the next day’s history lessons so I shall leave you for now. Enjoy!