Jal Mahal in Jaipur
along with Hawa Mahal and City Palace is one of the most beautiful tourist spot
in Jaipur. It is located 6 Km from Jaipur city. It is also called as water palace is located
in the Mansagar Lake. It was built by Mahraja Pratap Singh but however it was renovated
by Maharaja Jai Singh-II in 18th century. One can have a mesmerising look at the
Nahargarh Fort from here. The architecture is the blend of Rajput and Mughal
style giving a beautiful view of the lake.
To visit the palace one has to take the traditional boats built by the
boat makers from Vrindavan. The area around the palace had a natural depression
but later on due to drought Maharaja constructed the lake was built by
constructing a dam across the Dharbawati river which is between Khilagarh hills
and Nahargarh hills.
Built in red
sandstone the palace consists of five floors, but when the lake is full four
floors get submerged in water and only the top floor can be seen. The roofs and
the walls of the palace are filled with paintings of Mahraja’s and their
stories. The elevated dome shaped pavilions called as Chattris on the roof
resembles the Bengal architecture. These chattris are octagonal in shape. The
palace contains a roof top garden called as chameli bagh which contains exquisite
lush green garden all around. The four corners of the garden contain high rise
flower beds where one can sit and enjoy the greenery all around. The garden
consists of many varities of shrubs, many variety of white flowers like
Chameli, Champa and Bargad trees. The
lake was home for many migratory birds like red shank, coot, ruff, grey wagtail
and many more. The lake is also home for many aquatic animals like fish,
plants, insects etc. Near the hilly areas
soil erosion was caused due to stripping of forest in certain areas. This
caused increase in the silt built up inside the lake raising the height of the
bed. Hence to improve the condition of lake many new restoration projects have
been taken up by the government.
time to visit the palace is from October till March as remaining months are
very hot in Rajasthan. The palace is open from 9amto 6pm. Reaching any place is
Jaipur is very convenient and easy. There are rickshaw pullers and good public transport.
One can even drive down from Delhi. Jaipur has also airport, hence one can even
fly down depending upon the connectivity.