Jai Mahal - lake palace, Jaipur
On our way to the Amber Fort we saw the Jal Mahal or the Lake palace of Jaipur. It is situated in the middle of a huge lake and looks beautiful. The background is also very green and beautiful. It is very unique for the builder to have thought of something unique like this. I am not quite sure if one can go upto the palace. We did not, but from the roadside itself it looked quite beautiful.
The Jal Mahal Palace, Jaipur is noted for its intricate architecture. The Palace was developed as a pleasure spot. It was used for the royal duck shooting parties.
A causeway leads to Jal Mahal Palace situated in the middle of Man Sagar lake, opposite the cenotaphs.The first four floors of this building is under water, only the top floor remains outside.One can have a wonderful view of the lake and the palace from Nahargarh Fort .
Built in 1799, the palace is now abandoned, but reasonably well preserved. In the monsoons, it looks particularly startling with its red sandstone set against the water hyacinth filled lake.
The ground on which the Jai Mahal Palace stands has always been referred to as Natani ka Bagh or the Garden of Natani. Sawai Ishwari Singh’s (1743-50) Military Commander and Prime Minister, Hargovind Natani, developed it around 1745.In 1747 Natani led the Jaipur armies to victory at Rajmahal in Tonk, against Madho Singh’s combined forces of Udaipur, Kota, Bundi, and the Marathas of Holkar states. He was honoured for this victory with a tower called Ishwar Lat built by Maharaja Sawai Ishwari Singh in 1749 that overlooked Natani’s house in Chhoti Chopar.After Natani’s death his property was reverted to the state as according to the state laws he had committed an act of disgrace. Thus Natani ka Bagh became a princely property since then. In the 1860s it was allotted as the Residency Surgeon’s house. In 1881 during one of the occupant Dr Thomas Holbein Hendley’s tenancy, a meteorological observatory was built beside the garden. It was later joined into the gardens of the palace of which only a dilapidated tower remains. When Sawai Man Singh II (1922-1947) took over Jaipur State, Natani ka Bagh became the official residence of the Prime Ministers of Jaipur and continued to be so till 1948. Sometime during his reign Man Singh II changed the name of the garden to Jai Mahal in honour either of his second son, Jai or his great ancestor, Sawai Jai Singh II or simply after the city itself.
The Jal Mahal (Water Palace) is located on the main Jaipur-Delhi highway about 8km (5 miles) to the north of the city. The palace was built as a summer resort and pleasure spot by Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799 in the middle of the beautiful Man Sagar Lake. It is one of the finest and most exotic pieces of Rajput architecture reflecting the technical excellence and knowledge of the builders of those times. Even the Man Sagar Lake is a man made lake formed by constructing a dam between the two hills by Sawai Man Singh II for meeting the growing demands of water by the residents of Jaipur city. Those demands must still occur as there was no water when I visited. I was told that the monsoon had been very poor in Jaipur that summer.
In order to get rid of heat royal family built the palace Jai Mahal on lake for staying in summer. The scenery of "a castle on lake surrouded by hills" is fantastic! Currently the palace is repaired and transformed into a hotel.
The Jal Mahal is known as the Lake Palace for obvious reasons. The palace sits in the middle of Man Sagar lake. The first four floors of this building are underwater and only the top floor is visible above the lake. The palace was originally built as a summer and pleasure residence for the royal family and was used to host royal duck shooting parties.
Jal Mahal (Lake Palace) was bult by Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 A.D. in the midst of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur is merely a facade and was used for hunting birds by the Maharajas of Jaipur.During winter months one can see a Large number of migratory birds at the Lake.
In the middle of the street beetween Jaipur and Amber there is this strange palace, called Jal Mahal a.k.a. the water palace.
The name reflect exactly the meaning of this palace, indeed the building has been build in the middle of the lake, and you can reach the palace walking on a little street upon the lake...
The easiest way to visit Jaipur is to rent for a whole day a Rickshaw. First of all, you gotta be definitely clear to the driver. He will drive you some times into some shops, where the seller will pay him a commision. So, if you do not want to get stressed all day long, be clear with him, maybe pay him something more, but in this way you are sure to avoid those stuff.
The day could beginn with the visit of the Hawa Mahal, then he could drive you to the Monkley Temple and the Fort. After visiting the amzing Monkley temple you can rest a bit in a bar beside the buildings, wehere the atrmosphere is pretty relaxed and where you can chill drinking something cold, as here the temperatures are definitely hot!
After that he could drive you back and reach on the way Jal Mahal and get you back to the City Palace and the Jantar Mantar.
After all that, he could drive ytou to the Tiger Fort and leave you in the Flower Market.
In this way you visited all the sites of Jaipur in one day, and on the second day you can reach Amber fort and spend here few hours.
For such an itinerary (considering to avoid all the stops in shops and so on), do not pay more then 200Rs total.
Simply wait for a Rickshaw and bargain!
This was built on the artificial lake for the Emperor and his court to enjoy in the summer..... the surrounding water would have been cooling on hot days.
I apologise for the amount of foliage in the picture... it was taken from the balcony of my hotel room
JAiMahal Palace is a nice stopover enroute to Amer Fort, try and weed away from the people who try really hard to sell you an elephant ride
During the monsoon when water fills the Man sagar, the Jal Mahal or " water palace " seems to float ghost like on still waters.
On our way to the fort and Amber palace we saw this nice palace in the middle of very not nice (dirty) lake. :))
Mando Singh I, a mid-18th century ruler in Jaipur, admired Udaipur's Lake Palace -- and built this 'Water Palace' to rival it. Though very fine indeed, the Water Palace is no Lake Palace.