Jal Mahal- The beautiful Water Palace

The name Jal Mahal refers to a palace created in water and that is what this Mahal is all about as it is located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city, the capital of the state of Rajasthan, India.

It is an extremely romantic place with its red sandstone intricate architecture casting beautiful reflections in the calm lake water. Surrounded by Nahargarh Hills, Jal Mahal is known for its majestic architecture and sophisticated design.

The most fascinating fact about this palace is that the first four floors of the building are underwater and the top floor of the building is the one that is visible. 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.

I really admire whole concept of this palace. Isn’t it a marvellous historical structure?

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16 Responses to Jal Mahal- The beautiful Water Palace

  1. Gloverlee says:

    I just fell in love and have now added yet another place to my travel bucket list!!! Thank you for making me stop for a moment today and dream!!

  2. This place is so beautiful,I will add it to my bucket too!
    Have you been inside?

    • A J says:

      Thanks Michael. My husband and I loved this place, however we didn’t get chance to go inside the place because it was undergoing renovation on our visit. I think we will try our luck next time.

  3. Hi AJ – This is a beautiful photograph of a beautiful palace in what looks like a beautiful landscape! Nicely done, my friend!

    Cheers

    John

  4. carlaat says:

    Some day when I take a trip to India I will definitely get in touch with you about wonderful gems like this! 🙂

  5. Zhang Wenjie says:

    Beautiful. The first four floors are under water you say? Time to google…

  6. A J says:

    That’s true Zhang, the first four floors are under water. You may check Jal Mahal link in my blog.

  7. An incredible building in an amazing location! And really interesting to know that it’s built largely underwater.

  8. A J says:

    Thanks Mufidah, it’s great to see you here. Yes, this underwater palace is incredible.

  9. ladyfi says:

    It’s such a lovely place! Can you go into the house by boat?

  10. A J says:

    Thanks Ladyfi. Yes, you can go into the palace by boat.

  11. diana t. says:

    That’s very unique. Beautiful of course! From what I can quickly glance in Wikipedia, the palace was initially built to have full use of all levels, but the construction of the dam made it under water? Do you know if the top level still house guests?

  12. A J says:

    Thanks. Yes, this palace was initially built for full use however lake water keeps first floors submerged under water. Recently Jal Mahal has went through major renovation where lake water has been cleaned, lake eco system has been revamped for migratory birds and top floor & terrace garden has been renovated.
    You may also check this article for more detail on renovation done here:
    http://www.news.vrindavantoday.org/2011/01/28-crore-restoration-of-jal-mahal-and-man-sagar-lake-complete/

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