Surrounded by the Aravalli hills, Jal Mahal, a soothing retreat of summer, was built and restored by the Rajput kings, over the years of their reign. This palace is a five storied sandstone structure, with four floors often submerged, and the topmost showing, in the midst of Man Sagar Lake.
The architectural style is the mainstream Rajput and Mughal blend, common to Rajasthan. But the intricate technique of an underwater palace, to secure the queens from attacks of heat and enemy as well, is praiseworthy. In the past, the lake was a hub of diverse migratory birds, but increasing habitation has led to its decline and now only grey heron, blue tailed bee-eaters, and white-browed wagtail can be watched. Often called the ‘Water Palace’, this Mahal can be reached by taking a ride on boats, hearing the swaps of the oars, and the songs of the boatmen.
The terrace is made into a garden, which is a remarkable add-on to the exquisite tranquillity. Certain renovation of the structure makes the Government of Rajasthan seal entry to the palace, but proper check over the beautiful Mahal have been made and so is the ecological concerns of the lake taken into consideration. Where on one hand, the day light view of the palace convinces the tourist with aquatic attraction and architectural styles, on the other hand, the distant night view lures with its gleaming glory amid the dark ripples.
When to visit : Jal-Mahal Palace
Best time to visit: August - February
Opening hours:6:00 AM - 6:00 PM