Do you really need a guide, you might ask? And the answer is, if you really need to enrich your experience, then yes, you do need to engage a guide. Without the services of a guide you might easily walk past the umpteen 3D wall paintings, some of which took 5 years to complete, without as much as a second glance. You would also probably not think about the various tiles imported from different parts of the world. Or the expensive gifts showered on Mysore royalty from different Kings and Generals both in India and from abroad. Or the richness and extravagance of the Mysore Maharajas. Or the more than 100 year old photograph which you might mistake for a painting.
The semi and fully lit Mysore Palace is a sight that will remain etched in your heart for years to come.
Getting-there: Bang in the middle of Mysore city.
Must-Do: Engage a guide, visit on a weekend to watch the Palace fully lit up, utilize the photo-op.
My Rating: 8/10