Named for the Demon Mahishasura, who according to legend inhabited these parts, Mysore is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka, with a history dating back at least 2000 years. It is a popular tourist destination, and undoubtedly its main attraction is the Ambavilas Palace - most commonly referred to as the Mysore Palace. Dating back to the 14th Century, it was the seat of the Maharajas of Mysore, and was rebuilt in 1912.
This incredibly opulent structure is one of the most impressive palaces in the world. Its rich interior contains exquisite carvings and works of art from around the globe. Intricately carved doors open on to luxuriously furnished rooms. You'll be amazed by its sheer size, and the beautiful facade of this Indo-Saracenic (mix of Hindu, Islamic & Gothic) architectural gem.
Up on a hill overlooking the city is the temple to Chamundeswari, its patron goddess, whose defeat over the Demon gave rise to the annual Dasara Festival that attracts people from all over India and the world.