Jal Mahal

Scenic Spot

 

Overview

The Jal Mahal is 4km to the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city, the capital of the state of Rajasthan. 
and is located on the main Amer-Jaipur road. The palace appears to float on the waters of the lake, hence the name Jal Mahal. Man Sagar Lake is an artificial lake, about 400 years old, in the city of Jaipur. The lake was created in the 16th Century by constructing a dam to conserve water. The palace was modeled on a similar palace, the Lake Palace, Udaipur. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Madho Singh I.
 
The Jal Mahal when translated into English means the Water Palace but the complex was never intended to be used as a palace by Maharaja Madho Singh I. Madho Singh, who constructed the Jal Mahal in 1750, simply wished it to be a lodge for himself and his entourage during his duck hunting parties. Madho’s son Madho Singh II greatly enhanced the Jal Palace during the 18th century interior of the palace adding the courtyard grounds and much of the exterior as seen today.Technological and design achievements of the ancient palace. Though the palace only appears to be a single story there are actual a further four submerged levels. The solid stone walls hold back millions of litres of water and the special designed lime mortar has prevented water seepage for over 250 years.
 
The Jal Mahal palace is considered an architectural beauty built in the Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture  providing a picturesque view of the lake, and the surrounding Nahargarh hills. The palace, built in red sandstone, is a five storied building out of which four floors remain under water when the lake is full and the top floor is exposed. The rectangular Chhatri on the roof is of the Bengal type. The chhatris on the four corners are octagonal. The palace had suffered subsidence in the past and also seepage due to water logging, which have been repaired under the restoration project undertaken by the Government of Rajasthan. The hills surrounding the lake area, towards the north east of Jaipur, have quartzite rock formationswhich is part of Aravalli hills range.
A typical visit to the Jal Mahal will be less than 30 minutes, enough time to take some photos.It's interesting to note that you can take a boat ride to this Mahal, sitting elegantly in the handcrafted wooden boats. These boats have been nicely done by them. There used to be gondolas which would provide romantic boat rides across the lake but these rides stopped 3 years ago. Apart from the small market stalls and camel rides there is not much else to do at the Jal Mahal.
 
Jal Mahal Timings: All days of the week 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
 
Visit Duration:  1 to 2 hours.
 
Entry fee,
 
 10 per person for indians  
 50 per person for foreigners.  
 
How to Reach,
 
By Road,
 
The Jal Mahal is connect to Jaipur by bus - bus number 5 and AC1 and the palace is on the main route between Jaipur and Amer.
 
Nearst Railway: Jaipur Jn.
 
Nearest Airport: Jaipur International Airport.

Location

Country
India
State
Rajasthan
City
Jaipur
Location
Jaipur City
Address
Jal Mahal, Amber Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan -302002.
Contact Info
Phone: 09089256816
Mobile :
Fax :
Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Amber Road,Jaipur.
Nearest Railway Station
Jaipur Jn (JP)
Nearest Airport
Jaipur International Airport
IN
latitude : 26.824199680 longitude :75.812202450
Corporation : Jaipur
GPS Code : VIJP
Open Year
1799
Area
300 acres
Architect
Sawai Pratap Singh
Dedicated To
Maharaja Madho Singh I.
Visiting Hours
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

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