Jai Mahal - lake palace, Jaipur
On the road to Amber Fort stands this once picturesque peach-coloured water palace, the Jal Mahal. Now seemingly abandoned, it is still impressive, and in past times must have been a peaceful retreat for the rulers and their families. At the time we saw it, there was water in the lake. It can be reached by a causeway,but is now closed to visitors.
The palace has beautiful chatris at either end , and a garden.
Built in the 18th century by Madho Singh, ruler at the time.
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!
From the road between Jaipur and Amber Fort, you will see the beautiful Jal Mahal (Water Palace) which is located in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. The palace was built in red sandstone by Madho Singh in 1799 century to be used for a pleasure palace for the royal family and duck hunting parties!
The palace looks best when the lake is full and you can catch a reflection in the water. Unfortunately the first floor of the palace is submerged under water and the palace is closed. It is still a very pretty sight.
**Update: Since my last visit to Jaipur the Jal Mahal has been restored and it is now possible to take a boat trip out to the island and explore the palace. Details Here
Built to be a pleasure palace for the royal family in 1799, Jal Mahal Palace (translated as Water Palace) of Jaipur is an extremely romantic place with its red sandstone intricate architecture casting beautiful reflections in the calm waters of the Man Sagar Lake, full of hyacinths. Surrounded by Nahargarh Hills, Jal Mahal is known for its majestic architecture and sophisticated design. It was once used for the royal duck shooting parties. It has also been home to one of the prime ministers of Jaipur estate. Though abandoned, it is very well-preserved and provides a picturesque view from Nahargarh Fort. Set opposite the cenotaphs of the royal family, the first four floors of Jal Mahal is under water and only the top floor is above the water level. The lake eco system is a favorite home of a number of migratory and resident birds. The Mansagar Dam is situated on the eastern side of the lake and provides a good vantage point for viewing the lake and the valley.
Jal Mahal, the Lake Palace, is standing in the middle of Man Sagar Lake about 6.5 km from Jaipur. It was built in 1799 in red sandstone and it was used by the royals as a pleasure palace. Among other things they had duck shooting parties here. The first floors of the palace is submerged under water and it is now abandoned.
On my way to Amber the bus made a stop by the lake and I saw the palace. It looked very beautiful and I though that I must make a stop here on my way back to Jaipur. I stayed long in Amber so unfortunately didn’t make that stop on my way back. The photo is taken from the battlements opposite Amber Fort.
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...
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.
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.
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
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.
On our way back from Amber Fort to Jaipur we made a short stop at Jal Mahal. This water palace is located in the middle of Man Sagar Lake.
As the weather was still misty the palace looked very mysterious in the distance.
Appropriately named Jal Mahal ("Water Palace"), this palace appears to float on the waters of Man Sagar Lake, just north of Jaipur. The lake was created in the 16th century after the construction of a dam to preserve drinking water. Jal Mahal was built in 1799 by Maharaja Madho Singh I who modelled it on a similar palace, the Lake Palace, in Udaipur where he had grown up. It was intended mainly as a getaway spot for the royalty and was frequently used for their duck hunting parties! The palace is nowadays abandoned and seems in need of restoration. It is located just north of Jaipur on the road to Amber and can be seen from Nahargarh Fort.
Note: the palace is called JAL MAHAL, not JAI MAHAL, which is a hotel in Jaipur.
The Jal Mahal has been built right in the middle of a lake which has been formed by a dam. The lake is still dry in the summer and a furthe 4 floors can be seen then.
These pictures show it in the period after monsoon when some of the floors are underwater.
On the roof is a garden which is currently under reconstruction.
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.
We had a glimpse of this beautiful palace surrounded with water from our Auto.It was drizzling in the morning of first week of July.Our Auto driver stopped his auto so that we can steal the glimpse of Jalmehal in our camera.