The Jal Mahal Palace, or Water Palace of Jaipur, is noted for its
intricate architecture. Built in the mid 18-th century by Madho
Singh I, Jal Mahal was developed as
pleasure spot, and was based on the Lake Palace of Udaipur, where
the king spent his childhood.
A causeway leads to Jal
Mahal Palace in the middle of Man Sagar lake, opposite the
cenotaphs. The first four floors of Jal Mahal is under water, only
the top floor remains outside. Jal Mahal's terrace garden is
enclosed by arched passages, and at each corner, there is a
semi-octagonal tower capped by an elegant cupola.
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
The palace is set amidst 18 acres of beautifully
landscaped Mughal gardens, spread over 3 levels. The 255 year-old Jai
Mahal Palace, is a masterpiece in the Indo Saracenic style of
architecture. The hotel has 102 rooms designed to transport guests into
a world of unimaginable opulence and luxury. The hotel which was once
the home of the Prime Minister of Jaipur, is set in beautiful Mughal
gardens. The palace is located downtown, close to the main shopping area
and historical monuments.