Mysore Palace is one of the famous tourist attraction in India. Mysore Palace also known as Amba Vials Palace is the historical attraction which is situated in center of the city. The present Palace built in Indo-Saracenic style and blends together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles of architecture. The Mysore Palace is a beautiful three storied stone building of fine gray granite and rich pink marble domes, overlooking this structure is a five-storied 145 foot tower whose domes are gilded in gold. The Palace is surrounded by large garden. The Palace has three entarances South Entrance, West Entrance and East Gate.
Ambavilasa is a confidential room was used by the king as a hall for private audiences. One enters the Palace through Gombe Thotti or Doll’s Pavilion, this is a pavilion of traditional dolls from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This collection also has a wooden elephant howdah (structure for carrying people on the elephant) that is decorated with 84 kilograms of gold. The Kalyana Mantapa or marriage pavilion has a central octagonal gabled roof that is covered with stained glass.
The original Palace was burnt completely in 1897 during the weeding of Chamaraja Wodeya’s daughter in 1897. The architect Henry Irwin designed the new Palace in 1912. In the Palace the upper floor has a small collection of weapons. The beautifully carved mahogany ceilings, solid silver doors, white marble floors and superb columned Durbar Hall are a fest to the eyes. The Royal Throne, Chinnada Simhasana or Ratna Simahasana with captivating artwork on its gold plates is displayed during the Dasara festival. The Maharajas of Mysore used to sit on golden Throne and hold Durbars in the Palace Hall.