The Majestic Splendour of the Jal Mahal


Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, known popularly as the Pink City, is studded with priceless tourist attractions like exquisite places, forts, gardens as well modern shopping malls. One of the most fascinating attractions of this marvellous city is the Jal Mahal – the ‘water palace’, built right in the charming Man-Sarovar Lake in Jaipur. It is a great architectural marvel, steeped in history, traditions and natural beauty.


Architecture of Jal Mahal:

The Jal Mahal is a five-storied structure constructed using red sandstone. Remarkably, four of those five floors are under water, when the lake is full. But no water seeps in from outside.

Jal Mahal depicts a combination of traditional Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture. The sand-colored stone walls of the halls of the palace and its reflection stand out from the dark blue lake.

The four corners of the palace are adorned by four ‘chattris’ (umbrellas) which are octagonal. The exquisite marble carvings in the palace add further charm. Twenty ornate pillars in the palace represent the cenotaph of Maharaja Jai Singh dynasty.


The Jal palace is a living symbol of the age of the renowned Rajput rulers who promoted art and architecture in a big way. This palace was originally constructed by Maharaja Madho Singh in 1750. It was built to use as a temporary abode for royalty and as a place for his royal guests to stay for a day or two during the duck hunting parties held periodically. Years later, when the palace became old, his son Madho Singh II renovated it enhanced the charm by adding courtyards and other external features. The surrounding lake was a wonderful place to watch different types of birds. Man Sagar Lake itself was formed when the ruler constructed a dam between the two nearby hills.  

Interesting Facts about the Jal Mahal and surroundings:

  • The place is a vantage point for bird lovers to watch over 150 types of colorful birds. Some of these are found locally while others are migratory. These include Coot, Pochards, Kestrel and Flamingo. Great Crested Grebe, Pintail, Redshank and Marsh.
  • The beautiful Nahargarh hills set as the backdrop, add to the breathtaking beauty of the Jal Mahal.
  • The palace can be reached by taking a boat ride from the lake shore. The wooden boats used are handcrafted and beautifully decorated by traditional boat makers of Vrindavan.
  • The palace has an excellent rooftop garden called Chameli Bagh, which brings together the art tradition of Jaipur city and a number of flowering trees that fills the air with its fragrance.
  • Plans are on to turn Jail Mahal into a palace hotel.

Timings and Entry Fees:

The Jal Palace remains open every day of the week for 12 hours each. The normal opening time is 6:00 AM and the closing time is 6:00 PM.

Admission tickets are priced at INR 10 per head for Indians, while other nationals are charged INR 50 per person.

Once the palace is converted into a palace hotel, the whole scenario will change.

About and Jal Mahal:

Any Jaipur sightseeing package that covers its major attractions, would necessarily involve the Jal Mahal. It would be wise to utilize the efficient services of a reputed agency like Jaipur Luxury Car Rental to turn it into a hassle-free and memorable experience. It provides a range of vehicles to suit the tastes and budget of the customers. The experienced and courteous drivers/chauffeurs would take the visitors to various attractions like Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, and Jantar Mahal and then arrange beautiful boats to take them to the Jal Mahal to enjoy its splendour to their heart’s content. That will be an experience they will cherish forever.


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