The beautiful Jal Mahal (Water Palace) is located in the heart of Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur, the famous pink city of Rajasthan, India. The presence of the building in the vast lake provides a perfectly eye-soothing and heart-warming experience to the visitors. The Majestic Water palace offers a deep calm to the mind as opposed to the chaos of the city life. Easy accessibility, excellent sights, and marvellous architecture lend it the perfect aura of a tourist destination.
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Jal Mahal – The Serene Water Palace of Jaipur
Let us first know about the history associated with the Jal Mahal of Jaipur.
The area on which the lake and the palace stand used to be the natural water logging site. The Maharaja of Amer then decided to construct a dam to prevent the famine hit areas by securing water for them through the construction of this lake. The construction of the Jal Mahal is, however, credited to Maharaja Madho Singh in 1750.
Though the construction of the Mahal was done under Madho Singh I, but he never imagined it to be a permanent abode for himself. The palace was built as a temporary lodge during the duck hunting parties. The actual use and expansion of the palace were actually done by Madho Singh II who renovated it in the 18th century. Since then the entire palace has undergone several rounds of renovations, finally to be transformed into an ultra-luxurious hotel.
About the Palace
Combining the Mughal and Rajput architectural styles the palace offers an unparalleled expertise in both construction and craftsmanship. The floating structure of palace is beautifully set amidst the lofty Nahargarh hills surrounding the landscape.
The five-storey building is built with red sandstone to give it provide it a contrast from the deep blue water of the lake. The palace is submerged in the water except for the fifth floor when the lake is flowing at its peak. Additionally, a lush garden is constructed on the terrace of the palace. The palace stands now for more than 250 years without any problems of water seepage.
How to Reach
The palace is located on the main Amer-Jaipur road and is roughly 4-5 kilometers from the city of Jaipur. A rickshaw can be hired from Jaipur to the Palace for a return journey in less than 150 rupees.
Alternatively, the palace can also be visited by bus leaving from Ajmeri Gate. The ticket charges are very minimal at the rate of 10 rupees. One can also avail a rickshaw tour for a whopping 500 rupees to visit Jal palace, Amer Fort, and the famous monkey temple.
Important Information for Tourists
Jal Mahal is open for tourist during all days of the week from 9 am to 5 pm. The entry fee is kept very affordable at 10 rupees for Indian and 50 rupees for foreigners.
If you are interested in bird-watching, exploring historical sites, capturing sizzling pictures and experiencing very profound moments of joy, then it’s the place you should consider with priority. One of the disappointments is that the gondolas which provided the romantic boat rides in the lake have stopped some three years ago.
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