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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
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