Built on an island in Lake Pichola, the Jag Mandir Palace also known as the “Lake Garden Palace” is one of the most beautiful palaces in Rajasthan. Constructed by three Maharanas of the Sisodia Rajputs of Mewar Kingdom, this palace should definitely be on your list. The palace was used by the family as a summer resort and as a place to hold parties.
The construction of Jag Mandir was started in 1551 by Maharana Amar Singh and was succeeded by his son Maharana Karan Singh during the period of 1620 to 1628. It was finally completed by Maharana Jagat Singh I during the period of 1628 to 1652, and hence named after him as Jagat Mandir.
Jagmandir has an interesting history associated with the Mughal emperor Shahjahan, earlier known as Prince Khurram. In the year 1623, Khurram rebelled against his father Jahangir as he wanted to occupy the throne. Fearing for his safety, Khurram sought refuge in Mewar kingdom of Udaipur which was under the rule of Maharana Karan Singh.
Maharana Karan Singh offered refuge to Khurram as he was born to a Rajput lady. Khurram along with his wife and two sons were initially kept in City Palace. Later they were moved to Gul Mahal in the partially completed Jag Mandir as it was safer due to its location amidst the lake.
The domed pavilion, Gul Mahal remained as a refugee camp for Khurram for many years. It was later enlarged by Maharana Karan Singh’s son Jagat Singh into a magnificent palace and named as Jag Mandir palace. The palace left a huge impact on Khurram who later became Emperor Shah Jahan and went on built the marvellous wonder Taj Mahal.
Maharana Jagat Singh added further new structures to the Jag Mandir complex including Gul Mahal. He was responsible for completing the construction of Jagmandir Isla in the 17th century. In his honour, the palace was named after him.
Jagmandir acted as a refuge palace in one more occasion which was during the revolt of 1857. During the war, Maharana Swaroop Singh offered shelter to a number of European families in this palace
Highlights of Jag Mandir Palace: Large elephants made from white marble, Lake Pichola
How To Reach Jag Mandir:
Located on one of the two natural islands in Lake Pichola, Jag mandir palace can only be reached via boat ride from Bansi Ghat jetty. There are private boats and cruise rides available from the ghat and take about 30 minutes to 1 hour to reach the palace.
Timings: 10 AM-6 PM