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Jal Mahal Jaipur

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Experience Seekers, Photo Fanatics, History Buffs

jal mahal jaipur

 Entry Fee
Free
 Timings
8 AM to 6 PM Daily
 Visit Duration
1 to 2 Hours

A visit to Jaipur is sketchy without enjoying the serene beauty of Jal Mahal for which Jaipur is known as Water Palace. In amidst the chaos of Jaipur, this low-rise symmetrical palace with light sand colour stone walls emerges to float in the centre of Man Sagar Lake. The colour of the wall gives a contrast to the deep blue water of the lake and this majestic scene makes the Jal Mahal Jaipur's most photographed monument but unfortunately exploration of the actual palace is off limits to the majority of visitors as it is to be transformed into an ultra exclusive restaurant.

 

History of Jal Mahal:

The Jal Mahal was once a shooting lodge for the Maharaja Madho Singh I who constructed the Mahal in 1750. He simply wished the lodge to be a lodge for himself and an escort for his duck hunting parties. Madho's son Madho Jal Singh II greatly enhanced the Jal Mahal into a palace during the 18th century by adding the courtyard grounds and redesigning the interiors of the Palace.

 

The Jal Mahal lies 4km to the north of Jaipur and is located on the main Amer-Jaipur road. The tourists generally combines the trip to Amer Fort and Jal Mahal as these destinations are located nearby and is a 15 minute side stop on either the journey to or from the fort. The visitors who wish to spend a longer time at the Jal Mahal to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the Lake Sagar will either need to hire a Rickshaw (20RS), taxi (50RS), or catch the bus (5RS) for the 15 minute ride from Jaipur.

 

Tourists who view the Water Palace from the banks of Man Sagar Lake are often unaware of the technological and design achievements of the ancient palace. Though the palace only appears to be a single story there are actual a further four submerged levels. Only the top floor of the palace is visible because the other four are submerged in the water. The solid stone walls hold back millions of litres of water and the special designed lime mortar has prevented water seepage for over 250 years. The Jal Mahal was constructed from pink sandstone and follows the classical Rajput symmetrical style which is found throughout of Rajasthan. The presence of Mughal architecture is also there in the designs of the palace.

 

Jaipur's government has made a tremendous effort to improve both the palace and the surrounding lake. Before 10 years, the palace was an abandoned ruin with water leaking in while the lake was a foul smelling sewage outlet but today wildlife teems within the lake's water. The cost for this transformation was significant and the local government bowed under financial pressures into leasing the banks and palace to an exclusive hotel chain (Jal Mahal Resorts) for 99 years who are presently transforming it into an exclusive restaurant.

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