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Jal Mahal, An Exquisite Architectural Marvel In Jaipur

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Jal Mahal in Jaipur, also known as the Water Palace, represents a beautiful illustration of the Mughal and Rajput craftsmanship. Before it became a tourist spot, Jal Mahal used to be a shooting lodge for the maharajas. Along with its architectural beauty, the Jal Mahal has a night view to die for and provides a boating experience through which the tourists can have a closer look and appreciate the alluring beauty of the palace since entry is prohibited inside.

Among the most enigmatic places to visit in Jaipur, the Jal Mahal which floats in the middle of Sagar Lake was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. The splendid palace which stands in contrast with the deep blue waters of the lake also gives its credits to Madho Singh I for its establishment.

Jal Mahal is considered to be one of the most photographed sites in India because of its pleasant beauty as it is constructed with red sandstone across its four-storey height. One of the most amazing features of this palace which catches the eyes of the tourists are the four storeys that are submerged underwater and only one storey is visible which is appreciated by the tourists even when they reach their cosy apartments. Jal Mahal is one of the most authentic places a tourist can visit on their tour to Jaipur in the glee hours of the evening.

The Splendid Architecture of Jal Mahal

It is a Rajput architecture built with red sandstones. The history of Jal Mahal affirms that it is an Indian wonder hidden under the water with four chattris on all four corners of the palace that are in octagonal shape. The palace has several exquisite marble cravings which denote the royal touch and there are two pillars in the palace which are the cenotaph of the royal family of Maharaja Jai Singh.

A must-include in every Jaipur tour package, Jal Mahal palace and the lake was renovated by Maharaja Jai Singh 2 in the 18th century. From the well-preserved hand paintings that fill every hall and room to the stairs and the beautifully designed terrace on the roof, Jal Mahal is definitely one of the greatest Indian creations that remained well preserved to this day.

How to Reach Jal Mahal

From Airport: The most convenient way to reach Jal Mahal from Jaipur airport is by taking a taxi that will take around 15 minutes to reach over here. You can also take a direct bus from the Sanganer Police station to reach Jal Mahal. It takes around one hour to reach Jal Mahal by bus.

Jal Mahal Entry Fee 

The entry to Jal Mahal itself is prohibited by the Government so you won’t be able to visit the actual palace itself. However, a pathway around Man Sagar Lake allows tourists to view the Jal Mahal. There is no entry fee or ticket price per se for Jal Mahal; you can visit it during the day time from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Best Time to Visit Jal Mahal

The rainy season is the best time to visit Jal Mahal when the weather becomes even more pleasant. The rain almost embellishes the look of the sandstone of this palace, making it look quite stunning. People especially prefer visiting Jaipur during October as the weather is extremely pleasant around this time.

Things to Do at Jal Mahal


Evenings are mostly crowded with tourists. Winter mornings are the best time to photograph if you want to capture the calm lake and sunrise. Jal Mahal is well-lit at night. So, late evenings are also a good time to photograph or get photographed at this spot. What’s more, the use of a tripod is allowed.


One of the best things to do at Jal Mahal is to have a magnificent view of this palace while boating at Man Singh Lake. These boats are made with wood by the traditional wood makers of Vrindavan, and they extend a royal experience as you take an escapade around the lake. You can also have a view of the Aravali hills which has umpteen forts and temples on it while boating across the lake.

Camel ride

The thrilling and bumpy camel ride can be yet another exhilarating activity that you must try near Jal Mahal at Man Sagar Lake. See what it feels like atop a camel.


The Water Palace is among the most beautiful spots nestled amidst the Nahargarh Hills submerged in Man Sagar Lake. You can enjoy the scenic view of this palace during sunset and sunrise - its beauty increases multifold during this time.

Tips for Visiting Jal Mahal 

Let us share certain tips to follow when you’re visiting the Jal Mahal for the first time.

  • Always wear comfortable shoes as there will be a fair share of walking and exploring to do! Moreover, the best shopping places in Jaipur are quite accessible from here.
  • You should also carry sunglasses and hats in the summer to stay away from sunstroke or sunburn.
  • Keep your camera handy to capture the beautiful memories over here. You’ll have to pay a nominal fee to carry the camera along with you.
  • It’s also important to carry the basic medicines that you might need in the middle of the trip.

With all this information shared, it is time to plan your trip to Jaipur and discover this wonderful attraction that is regal and spellbinding in equal measure!

April 12, 2021


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