The palace is really grand and beautiful, built by an English architect when the old wooden palace was burned down, therefore it is in the Indo-Saracenic (Colonial) style. Very posh - especially the marriage hall and the durbar hall, with beautiful gilded decorations - nothing is wooden in this palace, after the trauma of the last one burning down! Not much furniture, mainly wall paintings, portraits, collections of decorated boxes and weapons, but it's the palace itself that is the attraction, as well as its lush gardens and temples outside it. It is quite well preserved, unlike lesser monuments in Mysore. You have to remove your shoes before entering, which is sensible, but when you do step in it's not that clean underneath your feet. You are not allowed a camera inside, but there is no good book with good pictures to buy, only a video, which is cheap, though, at Rs 150, and includes all of Mysore sights.
Do get the audio guide, it's really excellently made, with lots of insightful information, even to the extent of offering appropriate music for each item. For foreigners, it's included in the ticket price, for Indians it means shelling out an additional Rs 100, but really worth it.
On your way out you will discover that the Maharaja's former living quarters are a separate section, with a separate ticket - which I thought was greedy of them.
I also didn't like that the garden road was blocked at some point so that you had necessarily to take another road which passes through the shops. What is this?!
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