Jag Mandir, also known as the ‘Lake Garden Palace’, was constructed on a natural island in the Pichola Lake in Udaipur, under the initiative of Maharana Amar Singh, continued by Maharana Karan Singh and completed by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1551. The fusion of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles tells us about the refuge of Prince Khurram (later known as the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan) in the palace under Mewar`s protection during 1623-1624.
It was at this time that the palace was known as the Gul Mahal. After the death of Maharana Karan Singh, Jagat Singh became the king and successfully made addition to it, thereby naming it after himself. This palace was used as a summer resort and for auspicious occasions by the Mewar royalty. The towers of the palace at the corners are octagonal in shape and are topped with cupolas. The entry pavilion with sculptured elephants, the reception hall, the Palace of the Crown Prince, the residence of royal ladies, the Palace of the Twelve Stones, the open sided terrace called Darikhana, and the courtyards, reveal the glory of the land.
Jag Mandir can be approached by boat from the Bansi Ghat jetty next to the Lake Palace in Udaipur. The air of hospitality and friendship alongside political alliance and peace agreement between the Mewar kingdom and the Mughals is palpable in stone and structure. Grab the opportunity to experience a boat ride to the Palace. Jag Mandir and its fantastic ambience awaits you!
When to visit : Jag Mandir Palace
Best time to visit: August - February
Opening hours:9:00 AM - 6:00 PM