The Lalitha Mahal Palace (Hotel) Review

Updated: Jul 15, 2020


The Lalitha Mahal Palace was built in the year 1921 by the erstwhile Wodeyar of Mysore. Second in size to the Amba Vilas Palace, it is a beautiful piece of Royal architecture that stands out for its style and substance. This is one of the rare few places in South India that you can rent out to live like a King for a day! It is so filled with materials and artefacts only Royal Family of Mysore state that it is near impossible to replace certain elements present within it with present day substitutes which can only be sub-par. This can be anything from the marble staircase that is breathtakingly beautiful, to the Raja Ravi Verma Originals, or the intricate rose and teak wood furniture.

Lalitha Mahal Palace, Mysore
Lalitha Mahal Palace, Mysore

One of my all time favourite bikes is the Yamaha RD 350. RD stands for Race Derived. The roar of this particular v twin engine is so distinctive that I can identify it anywhere I here it. My Dad had a similar bike, the Rajdoot 175. It is exactly half the engine of the RD 350. Both the bikes mentioned are really hard to find in good condition. And if found, it is really hard to keep it that way. This is because they no longer make these bikes, and therefore the spares for such out of production models are hard to come by. Most times I see RD 350 owners cannibalize a Rajdoot 175 for parts. This may not be ideal, but is way cheaper than getting components machined exclusively for the bike. This makes it a really expensive affair to even just own a vintage or even long since out of production bike.

This is the reason why the Lalitha Mahal Palace is always hit by reviews of poor maintenance. There are certain elements of a heritage building that is simply impossible or at least highly improbable to maintain or restore.

Classic Otis Lift, Lalitha Mahal Palace
Classic Otis Lift, Lalitha Mahal Palace