Jai Mahal - lake palace, Jaipur
The lake palace was built in 18th Century by Maharaja Singh. It sits in the middle of a manmade lake and was restored in 2008. The palace is not currently open to the public, but has been leased to a developer for the purposes of restoring it for tourism.
We stopped briefly for photos here on our way back into town from the Amber Fort. The Jal Mahal sits in the south west corner of Man Sagar Lake, a man-made lake created in the 16th century when a dam was built across the Darbhawati River to address water shortage problems in Amer. The palace itself is thought to have been used for Maharajah picnics and duck hunting parties, but no one seems quite sure. It is partly sunk, with four floors hidden under water (when the lake is full), and has been neglected for over 200 years, but our guide told us there are now plans to restore it and open it as a hotel. If done well (and the Indians do these things very well) it will be an amazing place to stay!
The lake too has been badly neglected in the past, with pollution caused by untreated sewage and a build-up of silt on the lake bed. In recent years a number of bodies, including tourism and government organisations, have worked together to address this and the lake has been considerably cleaned up. A sign of this is the gradual return of bird life, although not in the numbers and variety (yet) that they once were. Nevertheless just from the roadside I spotted a number of egrets, Chinese cormorants, a brown heron and a few moorhens.
We were here in the morning when unfortunately the light is not at its best for photographs – I imagine it could be wonderful in the late afternoon or at sunset.
Next tip: an encounter with a young magician whom we met here.
Address: Man Sagar Lake, Amer Road
Directions: On the northern fringes of the city, on the Amer Road
The Jal Mahal, also known as the Water Palace is situated and as the name denotes, is located in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. The palace appears to float on the waters of the lake, hence the name Jal Mahal (Water Palace). 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.
It's not open for visitors but is a nice place to relax for a half hour.
Address: Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city
Directions: Off Amer Rd.
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.
Phone: (0141) 2670101
You can have a good walk along the Man Sagar lake, a favourite of Jaipur residents on a weekend. First there are loads of people about, hawkers for camel rides, pretty girls for photos and there is the Jal Mahal, lake palace sitting there baking in the sun. The palace was once used for duck-shooting parties but it is now abandoned and boats do not take visitors there anymore (at least officially). It still makes a pretty sight on the water.
Address: Amer road, Jaipur.
Directions: 4 kms north of Jaipur on the road to Amber fort.
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.
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.
From the city centre as you proceed to Amber fort, about 4 kms away, you will come across a huge body of water with three large buildings on it, with the Aravalli hills forming a neat backdrop. This is the Man Sagar (Man Lake) and the biggest building of the three is the Jal Mahal (Water Palace). During the day, the scene is quite ordinary but come the evening and the palace is lit up to present an exquisite picture. The shimmering water and the vast expanse of the lake imbues the palace with an alluring beauty. For an even better view, go up towards Amber Fort, park your vehicle before the fork that takes you to Nahargarh Fort and watch the jewel of lights of Jaipur, with the Jal Mahal to your mid-top left corner. It is a sight you will not forget.
Originally meant for duck-shooting parties by the well-heeled, it had fallen into disrepair. However, a complete makeover of the Palace, as well as of the lake, was undertaken in 2011. Now, there are comfortable boats to take you across to the Palace.
In 1596 AD, when a severe famine afflicted this region, the-then ruler of Ajmer ordered construction of a dam across the Darbhawati River. In the 17th. century, a stone masonry wall replaced the original structure. The final touches to the Palace and to the Lake were done during the reign of Jai Singh II of Amber in the 18th century. When the lake is full, only the top floor of the Palace remains above the level of the water; the rest four floors get submerged.
First Written: Apr. 4, 2012
Directions: Enroute Amber Fort; 4 kms from city centre
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.
Directions: About 6.5km from Jaipur, along the way to Amber.
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.
Address: Amber Road
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.
Address: On way to Amber Fort
Jai Mahal is the lake palace on the road between Jaipur and Amber Fort. It's looks beautiful in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. All guided tours from Jaipur to Amber Fort stops at this place so you can take your photos. However it is not possible go inside the building, and no people lives there.
Directions: GPS coordinates:
26° 57' 15.9900" N 75° 50' 34.6700" E
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.
Directions: Midway between Jaipur and Amber Fort on Jaipur-Delhi Road
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.
On the road to Amber at a distance of 6.5 kms from Jaipur are the cenotaphs of the royal family. 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.
Introduction to Jal Mahal Palace:
Amongst the Monuments in Jaipur, Jal Mahal Palace stands out as one of the proud monuments that has not lost its old imperial charm and grandeur. This palace is one of the most striking architectural landmarks and is extremely charming. Jal Mahal Palace at Jaipur should not be missed out by the tourists during their tour to Rajasthan.
History of Jal Mahal Palace, Jaipur :
This unique palace was built by Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799 A.D. This palace is quite eminent for its complex technique of architecture. It was constructed in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake, as a spot for recreation and pleasure. It was the royal families by whom this palace was used, for the purpose of arranging royal duck shooting parties. The royal families used to take part in these pleasure activities with great zeal and enthusiasm.
Description of Jal Mahal Palace :
The Jal Mahal Palace at Jaipur lies on the way to Amber and it is at a distance of 6.5 km from the beautiful city of Jaipur. There are many memorials of the royal families which the tourists can witness on their way to the palace. The Jal Mahal Palace at Jaipur is strategically placed in the centre of the Man Sagar Lake. It is really exciting to see the first four floors of this splendid building, which are submerged under the waters of the lake. Only the top floor of this beautiful palace is visible to the onlooker. The lake and the palace offer some of the best views that are simply a feast to the eyes.
During the rainy season the beauty of this palace is simply unparalleled as the red sandstone becomes even more dazzling and appealing to the eyes. The initiative of building a dam between two hills was taken by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh I and as a consequence, the lake was formed. The visitors can also witness the varied species of migratory birds that flock to the Jal Mahal Palace, Jaipur each year. Hence this place is a paradise for the birdwatchers as well.
Once in Rajasthan, make sure that a visit to this palace surely features in your itinerary. The most favorable time to visit this palace is from October to March.
Directions: On the road to Amber at a distance of 6.5 kms from 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.