Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city, the capital of the state of Rajasthan, India. The palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber. "The Jal Mahal palace has got an eye-popping makeover.

Jal Mahal
Traditional boat-makers from Vrindavan have crafted the Rajput style wooden boats. A gentle splashing of oars on the clear lake waters takes you to Jal Mahal. You move past decorated hallways and chambers on the first floor to climb all the way up to the fragrant Chameli Bagh.

Across the lake, you can view the hills, dotted with temples and ancient forts, and on the other side, bustling Jaipur. The most remarkable change is in the lake itself. The drains were diverted, two million tonnes of toxic silt were dredged from the bottom, increasing its depth by over a metre, a water treatment system was developed, local vegetation and fish reintroduced, the surrounding wetlands regenerated and five nesting islands created to attract migratory birds.

This amazing construction falls on the road in between Jaipur and Amber and was constructed to be the summer resort of the royal families to beat the heat in the desert state Rajasthan. The colorful Rajput art and architecture can be seen in the modeling and carvings on the outer walls of the leisure palace that stands in the middle of the Sagar waters. The intricate designs and the majestic royal touch of the Water Palace will surely reflect the cultural heritage and the rich architectural history of the brave Rajput rulers.

The Jal Mahal palace within the Maan Sagar Lake is accessible from the Jaipur-Delhi National Highway No 8, over a road distance of 4 kilometers from Jaipur. Delhi is a further 273 kilometers away.

The Jal Mahal palace is not open to visitors but it was open to delegates at large on the occasion of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas held from 7-9 January, 2012 in Jaipur with the purpose of attracting investment for the restoration of the palace.

Seeing the picturesque view of the enchanting fort, particularly during the evening times will be a mesmerizing experience. Exploring the inner part of the palace is not possible and the first floor is submerged inside the water. The interesting thing about the fascinating Water Palace is the ride on the wooden boats across the lake during which a traveler can capture the marvelous monument. The boats stand as a special attraction as they are handcrafted in Rajputana style. The pleasure palace of the imperial family reveals the Rajputs style of art and architecture that offers a fair chance to stay close to the royal ambience and majestic natural beauty.