Mysore City is surrounded with plenty of places of tourist interest that are beautiful, scenic and holistic. Including Mysore, places around Mysore have very comfortable climate throughout the year. Also all the facilities that are required by the tourists are available. Boarding is available for all sorts of people who are middle class or upper class accordingly. During dasara festival it is better to book the accommodation before visiting Mysore. There are places nearby Mysore which can be visited from Mysore staying here. There is facility to stay here and go for one or two days of tours. The Mysore palace is the major attraction for the visitors. This is built in indo-ceracenic style. Mysore was capital and administrative centre of Wodeyars. Durbar Hall "Diwan-e-Khas" and personal durbar hall are of major attractions in the palace. There are paintings of Raja Ravivarma, Siddalinga Swamy and K. Venkatappa on both sides of the walls. One of the attractions during dasara festival is the Throne" which is kept for public viewing only for 9 days in a year!. "Golden Also the Howdah or used in the elephant parade in dasara festival is"AMBAARI"which is attractive and eye catching. This Howdah weighs approximately 715 KGs. Palace is open from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Entry fee is Rs. 15/-. Apart from the main palace, kings' personal museum is also present and can be entered with Rs.15/- entry fee. Guides are available at the entrance. No cameras are allowed inside. Every Sunday, government holidays and on dasara festival, palace is lit up in lights. Timing of lighting is 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.