Mysore Palace: A barefoot walk through lush architecture and patterns
Spending over a month in Mysore proved my theory of not trusting everything that is written online. While researching this city for a yoga teaching job offer I received, I often came across articles or social media posts stating ´Mysore is dirty´, ´Mysore is dangerous´, ´Mysore is horrible´ - they couldn´t be more wrong.
Perhaps I’m bias as I am 101% spiritually and culturally in love with India - but to answer the questions of travellers planning to visit India ´Is Mysore worth seeing?´ - YES! Mysore is amazing. Full stop.
And the Mysore Palace is a great landmark of a landmark City. Here´s a brief recap of why that is + some useful info.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Regardless of where you´re staying in Mysore, any tuk-tuk ride that uses the meter (ideal if you´re staying further out than the main centre) will take you there for less than 100 rupees.
The ticket office is located by the south gate, and that´s where you should start your visit.
LEAVE YOUR SHOES BEHIND FOR A BAREFOOT WALK THROUGH ART
It feels strange and oddly close and private to walk barefoot on the marbles and courts of this incredible 20th Century Palace (which was originally built in the 14th century) - a bit like dreaming to be in a museum getting off bed barefoot and surreally sleepwalk.
THE INSTA FRIENDLY MYSORE PALACE AREAS
During my online research, I was reading that photography wasn´t allowed within the Mysore Palace walls, but luckily everyone was able to capture snaps of this visual opulence. Here´s what I saw and what I recommend seeing (& shooting).
THE DURBAL HALL
Even if the palace itself is incredible and awe-inspiring, the sight that usually stuns people is the magnificent Durbar Hall. Gold everywhere with contrasting turquoise and dusty pink columns, this room is the Insta dream of patterns and interiors. This area isn´t always accessible to the public so I´d recommend have a look at the official Mysore (or Mysuru) Palace website here http://www.mysorepalace.gov.in/
Kalyana Mantapa, also known as the marriage hall, is a hyper-simmetrical octagonal-shaped room tricky to photograph - due to the natural light reaching the room. Make sure to increase your ISO stops here.
THE INNER COURT
This side was giving me so many European vibes - incredibly spacious with details to capture at every corner. Absolutely stunning to get lost into. Great backdrop for selfies (erm).
The palace itself isn´t the only thing worth checking - the temple, the giant mirror near one of the doors, the gardens and walls - everything within the Mysore Palace grounds will allow you to get astonishing photos and instant time travels.
THE LIGHTS SHOW
I didn´t get the chance to stick around long enough to see the evening / sunset light show, it is said to be really something impressive - unfortunately yoga teachers´duties didn´t allow me to enjoy the city without interruptions. I tried to absorb as much as possible during my daily breaks or weekend off.
If you go, make sure to tag me on your Instagram stories as I´d love to see how that is.
I don´t dare to imagine how many more picture I would have shot should have I stayed to see the show. I honestly think I filled a whole 64GB memory card with images from this place. Something clicked in my mind when I got there and all I could do was getting amazed by the visual overdose I was witnessing. This is definitely a must visit place for aesthetic addics like me. Enjoy it.