A Complete Guide on Jal Mahal, Jaipur
Jaipur is a famous tourist destination for various monuments and lakes and Jal Mahal is a great monument here. Situated at a distance of 4 km on the Amer – Jaipur main road, in the middle of Lake Man Sagar this is a five story building. However, it looks like there is only one floor on the water because the other four are under the water. You have to go there via boat/ ferry during the monsoons.
Historic Significance of Jal Mahal
Founded in the eighteenth century by Maharajah Pratap Singh the ‘Water Palace’ later got renovated by Maharajah Jai Singh II. The palace was first built as a rest house for the king and his people when they returned from hunting expeditions. Hence, visitors would not find personal rooms or things similar to other palaces. However, the palace offers a picturesque view of the Nahargarh mountain ranges and the surrounding lake waters.
There are many migratory birds found at the lake. In ancient times, the kings had royal duck & birds hunting parties. So, these activities were done from this water palace as there are many birds here. Maharajah Sawai Madho Singh invited foreign dignitaries and other kings & rulers to stay at this pleasure palace.
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Jal Mahal Palace Architecture
The Jal Mahal is built in a combination of Rajput and Mughal architectural style and a best example of Indo-Mughal ancient architecture. There are alluring arches of the ceiling carved intricately. The corridors are also extensively done up giving a great look to the Jal Mahal Palace. The Rajasthan Government restored the palace using organic construction materials such as lime, sand and herbs.
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To see the true regal Rajput art & architecture check out the halls & domes mentioned below.
Things to See at Jal Mahal Palace
- Jal Mahal was earlier a resort rest home for the Jaipur ruler’s family members. This structure was constructed by talented artisans with amazing architecture.
- Many visitors see this attractive tourist spot every year.
- There are straight angled umbrella domes in the Palace Chhattri giving an idea about how the Royal family of Jaipur liked the architectural type and design.
- A lovely terrace Garden known as Chameli Bagh where regular song and dance performances take place. This sprawling garden platform that is in the Jal Mahal got advanced by the Government.
- The arched corridors have domes in each corder and each one has a unique specialty due to its design or construction material.
- The Chini Burj is the central dome with traditional Rajasthani Blue Pottery.
- The Alina Burj is a dome made with mirror glass that gives a unique attraction by itself.
- There is a dome which is made from the precious metal called Brass known as Pitli Burj.
- The dome that has alluring Rajasthani jewels and portrays regal Rajasthani designs is known as Shoba Burj.
- There are four halls where visitors can witness the true Rajput rulers art and designs especially in the Anand Mahal Tibari with intricate patterns of blue and gold decor.
- The Gulab Tibari, as the name suggests, is in synchronization with the title of Jaipur ‘Pink City’. There are lovely rose pink creations within this hall that attracts a lot of tourists for this reason.
- The Badal Mahal is a hallway with paintings and patterns of heavy clouds in the skies across the hallway.
- The hallway of Raas Niwas Tibari portrays various paintings and artistry of Lord Krishna.
- The scenery especially while taking part in the famous boating activity in the Lake Man Sagar is an unforgettable experience during sunset at evening time.
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Things to do at Jal Mahal Palace
- Shop at the local market small stalls
- Camel ride on the shores of Lake Man Sagar
- Go on an exciting boating ride across the lake
- Visit magnificent gardens to South of Man Sagar Lake
Indian National: Rs. 10/-
Foreign Visitor: Rs. 50/-
Camera Fees: R. 25/-
The Jal Mahal is open for visiting from 9.00 AM in the morning to 5.00 PM in the evening.
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Spend at least 45 minutes if you want to see quickly or if you are interested in enjoying yourself then give at least 2 -3 hours of your time.
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Things to Carry
- If travelling in summer, put on a hat to cover from sun and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Clothing and footwear must be comfortable so you can comfortably tour the Jal Mahal Palace.
- Preferably cottons & sneakers/ sports shoes is advisable.
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