Jal Mahal – Water Palace of Jaipur

Jal Mahal, Jaipur
Jal Mahal, Jaipur: The Top Level seen in the middle of the Lake
Jal Mahal, Jaipur
Jal Mahal, Jaipur: The Top Level seen in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake

Location: Amer Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur is much popular for its marvelously built historical palaces and monuments which adorn the beauty of this Pink City. The specialty of the architectures of Jaipur lies in their uniqueness of construction. One such uniquely built structure is the Jal Mahal which stands in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. The eye popping aura of this architecture fascinates a large number of visitors from all over.

Surrounded by a web of mysteries, the actual construction date of Jal Mahal remains unknown. Likely to be built around 300 years ago, this masterpiece is said to be the brain child of the ruler of Amer but was later restored by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of the Jaipur City. Spread across 60 meter square in area, it is aptly located on the Amer Road which is popularly known as the artery of the tourists.

Jal Mahal, literally the “Water Palace”, was constructed in the Mughal-Rajputana style of architecture as a pleasure resort. It is five storey building made up of red sandstone. Four levels of the building submerge under water when the lake is full and only the top most level remains visible and can be accessed with the help of a boat. The building has chhatris on each corner while the terrace has been designed as the typical Mughal Garden.

Even though the entry inside the fort is prohibited, just the sight of this edifice is breathtaking. The palace looks mesmerizing in the evenings when the entire structure is immersed in flood lights. The palace looks like an iceberg in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. A number of migratory birds can also be seen around the Jal Mahal during winters. The picturesque view of this intricately carved palace in the backdrop of the Nahargarh Hills is definitely worth a visit!

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