Week-long Palace tour guide training begins

Performed for the first time to improve overall tourist experience

Mysore/Mysore: For the first time in Mysuru’s tourism history, a week-long training program for Palace Tour Guides started this morning at the premises of the Mysore Palace Board.

The training program is organized by the Mysore Palace Council and Karnataka State Open University (KSOU). Subject matter experts, resource persons and historians will hold sessions for the guides.

The intention behind launching this program is to improve the overall experience of tourists visiting Mysore Palace, which in turn will lead to the flourishing of the tourism and hospitality industry. The training program aims to make Mysuru a tourist spot and also to create a pool of trained tour guides to showcase the best.

Some of the topics included in the training are Political History of Wadiyars of Mysore – Early Phase, Middle Phase and Modern Middle Phase, History of Mysore Palace (Palace Fort, Old Palace, Wooden Palace – New Palace – Specialties , expenditures, art and architecture), pavilions and paintings of the Palace Amba Villas, Durbar Hall, temples inside the Palace Fort, performing arts, cultural activities in the Palace, human relations for the guides and dress code.

Inaugurating the training program, the titular head of the former royal family of Mysore, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, said that a majority of tourists come to Mysuru to see Mysore Palace and this iconic structure is the must-see itinerary. of all tourists. “In such a scenario, the responsibilities of the guides play a crucial role. Guides should stick to the facts and should not stray from the original story,” he said.

Be true to history

“History cannot be changed and guides should not sell distorted history while taking tourists around the palace. The information you give reaches the world and as such the information should be truthful and factual without any exaggeration,” Yaduveer noted.

While many other historical monuments have a past history, Mysore Palace has a living and dynamic history and traditions are followed diligently without any violation even in the event of a natural disaster, he said and asked the guides to update themselves on the story so that they can spread the authentic story without any deviation.

“Do not deviate from the facts and respect the training you have been given. A small factual error will be detrimental to Mysuru and tarnish the image of this great city which has come down to us by heritage,” he said.

Deputy Director of Mysore Palace Board of Trustees TS Subramanya, Department of Ancient History and Archeology Studies, KSOU Chairman Dr. Shalvapille Iyengar, Member of Heritage Conservation Committee, Government of Karnataka and Head of ‘INTACH, chapter of Mysuru Prof. NS Rangaraju, historian and chronicler Dr. SV Ranganath and resource person LN Swamy were present.

KSOU offers AV studio to promote Mysore Palace

Addressing the guides and others present at the event, KSOU Vice Chancellor Prof. S. Vidyashankar offered the institution’s audio-visual studio to tour guides and palace authorities to raise awareness the palace and its glorious history.

“Now, KSOU students can watch videos of study materials and lectures from the comfort of their homes and don’t have to depend on any other source for learning. We can use the same facility to distribute information, videos and literature about the Palace. In this way, we can attract tourists from all over the world to Mysuru and we can enjoy royal glory for this,” he said.

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