Jal Mahal (Water Palace) in Jaipur is a beautiful monument that appears to float on the lake’s surface. It is located in the centre of the scenic Man Sagar Lake. It is an architectural masterpiece in and of itself, embodying the Rajput period’s engineering brilliance. The palace, which was originally built as a hunting lodge for the Maharajas of Jaipur, is today one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations. A visit to the Jal Mahal is now one of the most popular things to do in Jaipur. The captivating view of the palace set against the lush Aravalli Hills is a sight to behold.
Jal Mahal: History
The Jal Mahal, one of Jaipur’s most popular tourist attractions, has no written history as to who built it or when. However, it is widely assumed that Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh built Jal Mahal in 1799 as a hunting lodge for his duck shooting expeditions. Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber later refurbished the palace in the 18th century. Due to partial seepage of lake water and waterlogging difficulties, the structure has sunk over time. Renovation work was carried out in the early part of the twenty-first century to restore the palace to its former splendour after several years of degradation and neglect.
Jal Mahal Architecture
Jal Mahal is located in the middle of a 15-foot-deep lake with a 4.9-foot-deep minimum depth. It is a five-story edifice created in the Rajput style of architecture with Mughal architectural influences. While four of the palace’s storeys are submerged, only the top storey is visible, giving the impression that the building is floating on the lake.
Red sandstone was used to build the Jal Mahal. The four corners of the palace are adorned with four magnificent octagonal chhatris. On the roof of the palace is a massive Bengal-style rectangular chhatri. The terrace garden of the Jal Mahal had arched passages in its heyday. The palace is only accessible by boat because it is submerged in a lake. Because the palace has been designated as a protected site by the government, boat trips and access to the palace grounds are currently prohibited. From the lakeshore, however, you can spend hours gazing and photographing the palace.
Written By Ankit Lad | Subscribe To Our Telegram Channel To Get Latest Updates And Don’t Forget To Follow Our Social Media Handles Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter. To Get the Latest Updates From Arco Unico