In 1750, Jal Mahal was built by Maharaja Jai Singh for picnics with his family. Silently sitting in the middle of Mansagar Lake, it is pretty much like a star everyone loves to glance at. The palace has five stories with chhatris and cenotaphs, exhibiting rich Rajput and Mughal style of architecture.
After restoration work in 2005, this little historical marvel got a new face altogether. Today not just the fort looks magnificent but a lot many migratory birds find home here.
Sitting prettily right in the centre of the Man Sagar Lake on the outskirts of Jaipur, lies the splendid and tranquil Jal Mahal. A masterful creation, it is bordered by the Nahargarh Hills. This low rise symmetrical Palace was once a shooting lodge for the Maharajas and now fascinates many visitors from all over the world. Jal Mahal was constructed in the 1750s and was commissioned by Maharaja Madho Singh. It is indeed one of the most photographed monuments in India. The most striking feature of this palace is that while only one storey that appears above the water level, there are in fact 4 storeys submerged underneath.
It is one of the most beautiful architectural palaces built by combining the Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture. The entry inside the fort is prohibited, but the view from a considerable distance while boating is enough to mesmerize you. During the evenings, the fort lights up and the reflection of the fort in the lake is absolutely gorgeous. With its impressive beauty and laid-back ambience, the Jal Mahal has become a true tourist delight.
The entry to Jal Mahal has been restricted since it was declared a protected area by the government. The boat ride around the palace has also been stopped. However, it is an amazing place to spend some peaceful time in the midst of beauty and nature.
There is a pathway which surrounds the Man Sagar Lake from where tourists can view the Jal Mahal. It has no entry fee, and you can spend as much time as you like but only during the day time (6:00 AM to 6:00 PM)
How To Reach:
The Jal Mahal is located on the route between Jaipur and Amer and is well connected to Jaipur by bus. You can either take the Jaipur-Delhi NH 8 to reach the Jal Mahal by road. Cabs or private cars can be taken to reach the palace from Jaipur. The Rajasthan Road Transport Corporation also run buses regularly on this route.