Jaipur is the capital of the magnificent state of Rajasthan. It is also known as the pink city due to its signature pink walls lining the beautiful city. The pink city has many breath taking monuments but Jal Mahal is one of the most astonishing among them.
Jal in the Indian language Hindi means water and Mahal, a palace. The Jal Mahal is an exquisite palace built at the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. The palace stands bright with five floors, four of which remain under water.
The Jal Mahal was built by Maharaja Madho Singh I to serve as a lodge for his duck hunting parties. The Mahal is a testament to the bond that was formed between the Rajput’s and Mughal Empire. The architecture of the palace has resemblance of both types of construction.
The beauty of the palace was the enhanced by many generations of Maharajas. For example Maharaja Jai Singh II added to the beauty of the palace by creating gardens to make the Jal Mahal more picturesque. After generations of creativity we today have the magnificence of the “water palace”.
The Jal Mahal is around 5 KM from the center of Jaipur city. It is easily accessible by autos and taxis. If you are feeling particularly adventurous you can try the local bus service. The nearest bus stop is Shahpura Bagh which is 200 m from Jal Mahal.
The Jal Mahal was declared as a protected area by the government after which the entry to this wondrous jal mahal place has been restricted. Earlier there were boat rides to around the palace. However it still makes an amazing location for a romantic evening stroll.
The pathway outside the Jal Mahal has no entry fee. Tourists are free to spend as much time as they like and click as many pictures as they want.
The ideal time to visit the Jal Mahal is in October when the weather is the most pleasant.
The Jal Mahal is on the way to Amer Fort. The best plan is to visit this place twice, once on the way to Amer in the morning and second in the evening when the palace is lit up.
The best part about the Jal Mahal is the chowpatty, street food market. On your way back from Amer when hunger engulfs you, eating the aloo tikki chat while looking at the colorful Jal Mahal will fill your stomach and the soul.
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