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Private Half-Day Tour to The Amber Fort in Jaipur with an Elephant Ride
"Start the tour after meeting the guide in the hotel lobby. Drive to Amber with private guide and private chauffeur in an air conditioned comfortable car.The Amer Fort situated in Amber 11 kilometers from Jaipur is one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan.Mount an Elephant to ride the beast uphill. As the Elephant rise to the height see the beautiful sites downhill from a bird's eye view. Say bye bye to the elephant once you reach the main courtyard of they are restricted to carry any tourist while walking downhill.Amer originally was the capital of the state before Jaipur. It is an old fort
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Full-Day Private Guided Tour of Jaipur City
"Be picked up from your accommodations at approximately 7:30am for the visit the Amber Fort situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur. The image of the fort is beautifully reflected in the lake below. Within the fort lies the famous Jai Mandir Temple with its world-renowned hall of mirrors the Sheesh Mahal. The walls and the ceiling of the Mahal which reflects any streaks of light to illuminate the entire room.After enjoy a photo tour of the Rajput style Water Palace that sits in the center of the Man Sarobar lake. The lake is often dry in the summer but the winter monsoons return it to a paradise filled with water hyacinths. The next photo location is the Hawa Maha the palace is a major Rajput landmark. This five-storied building is a pink sandstone masterpiece with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows. The monument was originally conceived with the aim of enabling ladies of the royal household to watc visit the royal residence of the erstwhile King of Jaipur. Built using a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal styles the palace has carved arches and intricately crafted columns. Two carved marble elephants guard the entrance. The palace also houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes.After the palace visit
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Private Tour: Amber Fort and Jal Mahal Including Elephant Ride
"Your guide will pick you up from your Jaipur hotel in the morning and take you by private air-conditioned vehicle to Amber Fort. When you arrive at the bottom of the hill near Maota Lake enjoy a unique cultural experience of riding an elephant outfitted with traditional coverings! When you reach the top of the hill follow your guide inside Amber Fort an impressive architectural wonder built by Raja Man Singh I. Known for its artistic style it blends both Hindu and Mughal elements as seen in its large ramparts
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Jaipur Water Palace-Jal Mahal

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.

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lynnehamman
Nov 15, 2008

Visit Jaipur renting a Rickshaw for a day

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!

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schlumpf
Jan 27, 2005

A Serene Palace

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.

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Donna_in_India
May 17, 2015

Jal Mahal

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.

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MalenaN
Dec 30, 2010
 
 
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Jai Mahal or The Jal Mahal Palace

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.

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goutammitra
May 12, 2012

Jal Mahal – the Lake Palace

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.

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toonsarah
Dec 12, 2015

Jal Mahal (Lake Palace)

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...

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schlumpf
Jan 28, 2005

The beautiful lake palace

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.

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Feb 28, 2008
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Jal Mahal/Lake Palace

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.

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RAJASTHANBYCAR
Apr 28, 2006

Jal Mahal

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.

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keeweechic
May 26, 2006

THE JAI MAHAL

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

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BerniShand
Nov 22, 2003

Jal Mahal - The Water Palace

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

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Apr 04, 2012

Things to Do Near Jai Mahal - lake palace

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Nahargarh Fort

Nahargarh is a lot closer to Jaipur with an impressive view over the city to the City Palace. The name means "Abode of the Tigers". Built by Jai Singh the founder of Jaipur, this fort was added to...
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Jantar Mantar

This was one of our favourite sights in Jaipur, and indeed, one of Chris’s favourites from the whole trip – he found it totally fascinating, as did I. For both of us it had a double appeal – not only...
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City Palace

The city palace complex still has some areas reserved as royal residence, but several buildings are opened to public as a museum. Different buildings and yards, arches and rooms, provide a very...
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Jaigarh fort

Jaigarh Fort was built in 1726 by Jai Singh. It was originally constructed to tighten the security of Jaipur and Amber Fort which is located just below. Since it is located high on a high hill you...
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Monkey Temple

I just adore monkeys and there was no way I was going to pass up the opportunity to go to Galta Temple. After stopping for a very late lunch we went to Galta Temple – also known as Monkey Temple. At...
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Albert Hall Museum

Taking roughly 10 years to build, after laying the first stone during Alberts visit to India in 1876, in fact it was undecided what to do with it. After many discussions of whether it would be the...
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