A Travel Guide to Jal Mahal Jaipur, Rajasthan
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.
Jal Mahal History & Overview
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.
Major attractions at Jal Mahal Palace
1) Terrace Garden corridors called Chameli Bagh
2) Corner cupolas of the arched corridors
i. Chini Burj – cupola with traditional Rajasthani blue pottery
ii. Aina Burj – cupola with complete mirror work
iii. Pitli Burj – cupola made with pure brass
iv. Shoba Burj – cupola with regal Rajasthani jewelery designs.
3) Straight angled umbrella called Palace Chhattri
4) The four artistic halls to see true Rajput art & the Pink City – Jaipur
i. Gulab Tibari (vibrant pink rose decorations)
ii. Raas Niwas Tibari (Paintings of Lord Krishna)
iii. Badal Mahal Tibari (for clouds & skies patterns)
iv. Anand Mahal Tibari (Blue & Gold intricate patters)
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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
Jal Mahal Visitor Information
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.
Closed On: Open on All Days
Best Time to Visit
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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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